Monthly Archives: May 2012

Integrated Health Week

By Jennifer Nachbur

A lecture on building an integrative medicine practice is one of several events scheduled to take place during Integrative Health Week from Tuesday, May 22 through Friday, May 25, 2012, with support from the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Program in Integrative Health and the Laura Mann Center. All of the week’s activities will take place in Carpenter Auditorium in UVM’s Given Building.

The week of events, organized by the UVM College of Medicine’s Integrative Health Student Interest Group, is the first of its kind at the College. The Group’s aim is to provide the student body with both resources and networking opportunities in integrative health.

Launching the event will be a discussion about integrative health approaches in cancer patients, which takes place Tuesday, May 22, from noon to 1 p.m. and features Kim Dittus, M.D., Ph.D., UVM associate professor of medicine and hematologist/oncologist, and local naturopathic physician Lorilee Schoenbeck, N.D.

On Wednesday, May 23, at 8 a.m., a lecture, titled “A Model for Building a Thriving Integrative Medicine Practice,” will be presented by speakers Marc Brodsky, M.D., medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness, and Mary Henwood-Klotz, M.P.H., director of the Integrative Medicine and Mobile Wellness Centers of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness, at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. Board-certified in family medicine, Brodsky received his M.D. from Hahnemann University, completed a residency at Naval Hospital-Camp Pendleton and a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has extensive training in traditional allopathic medicine and complementary and alternative medicine disciplines. Henwood, in addition to overseeing the Integrative Medicine and Mobile Wellness Centers, launched the first Hospital-based Domestic Violence Medical Advocacy program in Connecticut in 2010. She holds a B.S. degree in marketing from American University and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. A light breakfast and coffee will be served following the lecture.

Gastrointestinal disorders will be the focus of a noontime discussion on Wednesday, May 23 by Peter Moses, M.D., UVM professor of medicine and gastroenterologist, and neuropathic physician Michael Stadtmauer, N.D.

The week’s activities close with a panel discussion moderated by Janet Kahn, Ed.M., Ph.D., a UVM assistant professor of psychiatry and member of the Program in Integrative Health and the executive director of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium. Panelists include: Jennifer Ayer, M.D., UVM assistant professor of medicine and internal medicine physician; Julia Brock, M.D., UVM clinical assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; Brian Erickson, M.D., UVM clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and pain medicine psychiatrist; Anne Knott, M.D., UVM clinical assistant professor of family medicine; and Philip Trabulsy, M.D., UVM clinical assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation and integrative orthopedist.

Learn more about the Program in Integrative Health and Laura Mann Center.

Choosing Where to Publish

Open access literature is literature that is digital, available online, free of charge and free of most restrictions on copyright and licensing. By removing the price barriers and permission barriers that often limit access to scholarly publications, open access publishing offers the potential to mitigate the crisis in scholarly communication and to ensure wider dissemination of academic research and knowledge at greatly reduced costs to scholars and institutions.

While most open access publishers are ethically run for the common good, there are a few open access publishers who exploit the author-pays model solely for the purpose of making a profit. Beall’s List of Predatory, Open-Access Journals outlines the top offenders to help you make an informed decision as to where to publish.

Jeffrey Beall is an academic librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado at Denver, who writes the Scholarly Open Access blog. He also publishes a list of predatory open access publishers, who he describes as “those that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process. Unlike professional publishing operations, whether subscription-based or ethically-sound open access, these predatory publishers add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.”