Atlantic Health is sponsoring its first Humanistic Medicine Symposium on Tuesday, May 11th from 12:00 Noon to 4:00pm. The conference will take place simultaneously at Overlook Hospital in Summit and Morristown Memorial Hospital. Speakers from each site will be viewed via video conference at the alternate site.

Humaninstic Medicine focuses on the meaningful social interaction between caregivers and their patients. It embraces consistent and open communication between clinicians and their patients, consideration for the patient as a whole, and the need for balancing body and mind to achieve optimal health. This inaugural event brings the humanities, integrative medicine, palliative care and patient-centered care into a collaborative relationship at both hospitals; all for the purpose of providing the best care to patients, families and clinicians.The conference will begin with a lunch focusing on healthy foods, and then each hospital will host one nationally known presenter and one Atlantic Health presenter. This event is open to the public, but is also a Continuing Medical Education (CME) granting event for health professionals.

Rita Charon, MD, PhD, Founding Director, Program in Narrative Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, will present at Overlook on "Narrative Medicine: Engendering Empathy and Reflection in Clinicians." Ronald M. Epstein, MD, Director of Research in Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, will speak at Morristown Memorial Hospital on "Patient-Centered Medicine: A Mindful Approach to Communication and Care." '

Dr. Jeanne Kerwin, DMH, Coordinator, Palliative Care and Ethics at Overlook Hospital, will present show the awarding winning Atlantic Health/Horizon Blue Cross video, Anna's Story: An End of Life Journey.

Carol Reifsnyder, RN, with the Integrative Medicine department at Morristown Memorial Hospital will present on "Clinician Self-Care: For the Good of the Patient."

These presentations will be punctuated with lively intermezzos featuring, music, dance, drama and art.

The event is free, but registration is required by calling 1-800-247-9580. Attendees may attend either location: Overlook Hospital, Wallace Auditorium, 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit; or Morristown Memorial Hospital, Malcolm Forbes Amphitheater, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. For more information, contact Nancy Gross, Overlook Hospital Palliative Care Community Liaison at 908-522-2894.