IM Network Forum 2020: Resiliency, Education, Diversity

On Friday November 6th, the Osher Center’s Virtual Integrative Medicine (IM) Network Forum convened the IM community—both within and beyond Harvard Medical School (HMS) and its teaching affiliates—to build our network, strengthen our connections, and provide an environment for seeding new ideas and opportunities.

The 2020 Integrative Medicine Network Forum was centered around ‘Learning Horizontally and Vertically: Building Networks Within and Between Healthcare Providers.’ Within this context we explored the following themes:

  • Resiliency – for the healthcare provider of the future;
  • Inter-professional education – learning horizontally and vertically;
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – learning through our differences.

2020 Video Archive

Welcoming Remarks

Keynotes, Talks, and Panel Discussions

Resiliency Talks:

Interprofessional Practice and Education Talks:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Talks:

Breakout Sessions

Closing Remarks


The day kicked off with welcoming remarks and an event overview from Peter Wayne, PhD, Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and David Golan, MD, PhD, Dean for Research Operations and Global Programs at Harvard Medical School.


Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, Director of Education of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine introduced the keynote speaker Michelle Williams, ScD, Dean of the Faculty for Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Michelle Williams, ScD, gave the first keynote presentation titled Healthcare Provider Resilience and Well-Being – Focusing Our Conversation in The Era of The Pandemic.

Fidencio Saladana, MD, MPH, Dean for Students at Harvard Medical School gave his talk titled Addressing Well-Being in the Health Professions: Starting at the Beginning. 

Michelle Williams, ScD; Fidencio Saladana, MD, MPH; and Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH engaged in a panel discussion and Q&A.

Interprofessional Practice and Education

Peter Wayne, PhD, introduced Mary Jo Krietzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota.

Mary Jo Krietzer, PhD, RN, FAAN gave the second keynote presentation of the day titled Advancing Integrative Health and Medicine through Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE).

Louis Sportelli, DC, President of the NCMIC Foundation gave his talk titled The Chiropractic “Dilemma”.

Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LicAc, Director of the Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging (CiPNI)at Massachusetts General Hospital gave his talk titled Acupuncture and the Importance of Research in Boosting Interprofessional Practice.

Mary Jo Krietzer, PhD, RN, FAAN; Louis Sportelli, DC; Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LicAc; and Peter Wayne, PhD engaged in a panel discussion and Q&A.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH introduced Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Joseph Betancourt, MD gave the final keynote presentation titled Structural Equity: Lessons from 2020.

Nawal Nour, MD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital gave her talk titled COVID-19: A Race and Gender Perspective.

Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Nawal Nour, MD, MPH; Tony Beal, student at the New England School of Acupuncture, Jalen Benson, student at Harvard Medical School, and Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH engaged in a panel discussion and Q&A.

Breakout Sessions

Developing Your Research Career: NCCIH Career Development Funding Opportunities with Lanay Mudd, PhD and Peter Wayne, PhD.

Trainees in Integrative Medicine Research: Pearls and Lessons Learned with Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH, Kristen Kraemer, PhD; Dennis Muñoz-Vergara PhD, MPH; Ivy Ma, MD, MPH;Amy Yang, PhD; Michael Datko, PhD; and Jacklyn Foley, PhD.

Women in Research with Kathryn Hall, PhD, MPH; Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD; Meenakshi Rao, MD, PhD; and Julie Buring, ScD. (With apologies for the small technical problem with audio 03:45 – 05:45)

Interprofessional Team Workshop in an Integrative Medicine Clinic – The Migraine Toolbox with Meredith Beaton-Starr MS OTR/L; Jie Fan-Roche, PT, NCMT; Carolyn Bernstein, MD; Matthew Kowalski, DC; and Lindsay Keach-Bronstein, MS, RD


Peter Wayne, PhD gave closing remarks and Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH, Director of Clinical Research recognized the poster award winners.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

Since 2006, BHI has been integrating the field of mind/body medicine into Massachusetts General Hospital’s clinical care, research and training programs. BHI accomplishes its objectives of integrated health care by:
• Documenting and furthering the understanding of Mind Body Medicine through research
• Providing treatment that reduces the physical and emotional impact of stress
• Training health care professionals, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and educators
The mission of BHI is to fully integrate mind body medicine into mainstream healthcare at the Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as throughout the country and the world, by means of rigorous, evidence-based research and clinical application of this work.

Brigham Education Institute (BEI)

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), we value our reputation of providing world-class medical education to trainees, faculty and other healthcare professionals from across the globe. Launched in 2016, the Brigham Education Institute (BEI) aims to facilitate the design and implementation of our educational offerings, undertake relevant research, and provide access to resources and professional development opportunities for all educators across Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The Weil Foundation

The Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit, independent 501(c)(3) organization founded by Andrew Weil, M.D., in September 2004, is dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through training, education, and research. Since its inception, the Weil Foundation has given out more than $5 million in grants and gifts to medical centers and other non-profit organizations nationwide. The Weil Foundation seeks to:
• Improve the training of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals.
• Educate the public about health, healing, and lifestyle.
• Reform public policies governing health care and the practice of medicine.
• Expand and deepen research in integrative medicine.

The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

The mission of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to build a rigorous and interdisciplinary science of positive health and well-being and translate the science to influence practice and policy. The Center is designed to serve as a central hub to advance science through primary research and promote collaboration among investigators from across Harvard and beyond. The Center’s scope spans multiple disciplines—including health communications, psychology, nutrition, exercise physiology, basic biology, epidemiology, and population sciences. The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness offers great potential to improve the lives and health of people everywhere.