Thriving Through Uncertainty, Cultivating Realistic Optimism, & Transforming Trauma

The 5th Annual Patrick & Marguerite Sung Symposium: Resiliency & Well-being returns to GW!
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Resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, workplace and financial stressors, racism, or armed conflicts. Stress takes a physical and emotional toll on the body.  As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.  Being resilient is a skill you can learn and sharpen to you can cope with stress.   Resilience has many health benefits associated with longevity, lower rates of depression, and greater satisfaction with life. 

The 5th Annual Patrick and Marguerite Sung Symposium: Resiliency & Well-being will explore this topic with lectures from healthcare thought leaders, followed by a panel discussion, and then a Q&A.  The event will be online via Zoom from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022.  The symposium and free and open to the public.

The topics and speakers are:

Thriving Through Uncertainty: What Resilient People Have in Common

Presenter: Francoise Adan, MD, board chair and past president of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, chief whole health and well-being officer of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, director of the University Hospitals' Connor Integrative Health Network, assistant professor, Case Western Reserve Medical School.

Cultivating Realistic Optimism Across the Health Enterprise

Presenter: Lorenzo Norris, MD, chief wellness officer, GW medical enterprise, medical director, GW Resiliency & Well-being Center, and associate dean for student affairs and administration, and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at SMHS.

Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope & Healing

Presenter: James Gordon, MD, founder and CEO of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), a nonprofit educational organization that has become a worldwide leader in making self-care, group support, and community-building central to all healthcare, the training of health professionals, and the education of children.

This free online event is sponsored by the GW Office of Integrative Medicine & Health and the GW Resiliency & Well-being Center.

The Sung Symposium promotes the use of Integrative Medicine. This annual event teaches health care providers and consumers about Integrative Medicine.  It encourages and supports research into the benefits of combining conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies to promote optimal health and wellness.  This approach adopts a whole health approach to patient care with the widest array of evidence-based health, wellness, and disease prevention and treatment options available.  Integrative Medicine goes beyond treating symptoms and works to find the root cause of illness and disease to engage the patient in prevention and treatment.  

Learn more about the Sung Symposium — GW's premiere Integrative Medicine event, donors Patrick & Marguerite Sung, and watch past symposiums!

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