Physicians Rediscovering the
Art of Healing
The Institute for Complexity Medicine is dedicated to the pursuit and embodiment of medical practice in its broadest and most encompassing of forms, taking philosophical and scientific inspiration from the complexity and systemic sciences, and aesthetic wisdom from the natural world. At the institute, we strive through our physician retreats to nurture and nourish an appreciation for holism in medicine, in the broadest of milieus, from individual patients and practitioners, through to creating broader based community and societal transformations.
The Institute of Complexity Medicine provides a forum, venue, and community for life-long learning and spirited exploration, focusing on both the art and traditions of medicine vis-a-vis the forward looking science of complexity. The study of complex systems, in both the pure sciences and the humanities, is closely associated with both innovation and design, and based on these ideals and practices, we are continually striving to create an experience of discovery that changes, transforms, and grows along with you, and your development as a physician.
Western or Orthodox medical practice has been, and will continue to be, a powerful force in society. Its evolving technologies and applications continue to grow ever rapidly through our knowledge-based pursuits. These achievements should be celebrated and never diminished, as they have been the source of hope and the remedy for the suffering of multitudes the world over.
Is it possible, however, to situate our present medicine into a broader context? A context that brings into focus the relational connectivity of Life that is inevitably lost when we view the world through a reductionist lens. What would our medicine look like if we focused our inquiry into the nature of health, rather than the nature of disease? We are seeing what evidenced-based investigation has done for the Science of Medicine, but what has happened in our day and age to the Art of Medicine? Could we also consider the possibility of undertaking an aesthetic, rather than pragmatic-based inquiry? Is there still a place for awe and wonderment in what we do, despite the indifference and sterility of the gaze of modernity? Do you strive for a medicine that is soulful and spirited, as well as scientific and scrutinized? If upon reflecting on these questions, something begins to stir within, then read on; a community of like-minded physicians awaits to welcome you back home.
"It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."
Complexity Medicine: Physicians Rediscovering a Healing Heart through the He(art) of Healing
"To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease."
Andrew Taylor Still, Founder of Osteopathy