Complexity Medicine: A Center of Teaching Excellence for Physicians Exploring the Nature of Complexity, Holsim, Innovation and Systems-Based Practice in Medicine
"Listen to your patient, he is telling you the diagnosis."
The Institute of Complexity & Medicine is a novel, innovative, and evolving concept whose primary focus is on complexity-based and holistic design practices, and the development of embodied relational interactions, thereby forming a nexus for health and healing within the individual, cultural, and eco-systemic spheres.
Complexity Medicine, as an idea, serves as both a global critique of medicine as it is, and a vision of what it may be. There has been a growing momentum and yearning, within the dialogue of medicine, towards a greater sensed holism. This has become even more punctuated and contrasted of late by the arguably rapidly growing, technologically driven, evidenced based, quantifiably measured, and bureaucratically burdened aspects of a modern medical system, reflective of our information-centric world. In answer to this, we have seen a resurgence of such things as traditional osteopathic approaches, complementary and alternative medicine, mind-body medicine, integrative medicine, and functional medicine, not to mention changes within the orthodoxy by its practitioners who also feel this pull towards this imperative for collective change. The question remains though as to what it is that we are being collectively attracted and pulled to? How do we begin to articulate the organization and processes of a holism both in scientific and philosophical terms through a paradigm of circular and monistic complexity, rather than one of linear, dualistic, reductionism? What essentiality lies beyond the pale of language, but remains transformative, and accessible, nevertheless, through aesthetic and embodied, if not pragmatic and logically articulable means? How do we take care to not have our desire for change be co-opted back into the same greater epistemological/ontological frame we are trying to emerge from? What are the first principles or axioms that we must adopt and subscribe to if we are to support the verities upholding and supporting a science and medicine born of complexity and holism. What lies next, soon to be manifested, in our medical evolution beyond the allopathic - complementary – integrative, and functional lineage? I would suggest to you that in Complexity Medicine, as supported by the Institute’s teaching and research projects, all of these answers can be found.
The governance values of the Institute of Complexity Medicine is based on the systemic principles of emergence and self-organization, and is heterarchical (i.e. driven largely by local interactions and autonomy), rather than hierarchical, in both form and function. In this way, the governing concepts, forms, and process always remains greater than any one individual’s view, with its continued growth, development, creativity, innovation, and evolution thus being assured.
The primacy of relationship in medicine is one of the foundational pillars of the Institute of Complexity & Connection Medicine. As such, it is our mandate to form strong associations with other medical and culturally focused individuals and groups supportive of a holistic, systems-based, and service driven activism. We equally invite you to invite us into your dialogues and activities of change and transformation.
The focus of the institute is presently one of physician healing and physician health. As well, we are actively engaged in articulating, exploring, and evolving the Complexity Medicine concept through our writing and dialogue with others in the field. In the near future, we also see a role of supporting qualitative research through our partnering with progressive academic institutes and universities. In addition, as the institute grows and develops, our mandate will be such that we will be supporting holistic community partcipatory health-care design
All of this is, of course, a work in progress and we expect nothing less than continual and dynamic change. We invite you to join us on this journey as a participant and agent of change during this exciting time of transformation in the way that medicine is practiced. Check back with us frequently and celebrate with us our continuing development.
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