Crouse Hospital will host an informative seminar on “what really works” in the growing field of integrative medicine (IM) on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. This seminar is a continuation of the hospital’s successful integrative medicine educational series that began last fall. Carolyn Christie-McAuliffe, PhD, FNP, will lead the session, taking participants through the differences between complementary, alternative and holistic medicine, as well as outlining safe strategies for integrating IM therapies into personal health care. The event—free and open to the public—will be held at the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. Parking is also free in the Marley and Crouse Hospital garages. To register, call 472-2464.
Integrative medicine combines conventional medical treatment with complementary and alternative therapies, according to the National Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Currently in the U.S., 36 percent of people practice some form of integrative medicine, with the major forms being Biologically Based Practices, Energy Medicine, Manipulative and Body-Based Practices, Mind-Body Medicine and Whole Medical Systems. A growing body of evidence exists documenting the safety and efficacy of integrative medicine.
Christie-McAuliffe received her doctorate in nursing, with a concentration in rural health, from Binghamton University and also received her post master’s family nurse practitioner certification in 2007. She is founder and president of Quality Health Services, based in Skaneateles, which develops corporate wellness programs based on personal responsibility for health and wellness. She was recently named Director of Research at Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York, where she studies and promotes means of primary prevention through conventional and alternative methods. Christie-McAuliffe recently led a community health initiative in San Salvador, El Salvador with local nurses and nursing students.