The 2022 Medical Education Convergence (MEC) Weekend is a three-day educational experience designed to connect leading minds and influential voices in healthcare. Gathering experts from a range of medical specialties – from psychoneuroimmunology to pediatric nutrition – and game-changing educational programs, this event provides unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.
Taking place at the stunning Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, between September 8-10, 2022, MEC Weekend offers more than just professional development. Hosted on a luxurious property offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, 102 acres of lush grounds, and a suite of amenities, the event venue is a reason to attend in itself.
California is the perfect place to kick off a new academic season with sun-filled days and outdoor activities abound, immersed in the nature of the coast. The event brings together the best of both worlds, a relaxing end-of-summer getaway with cutting-edge educational programming. Featuring the inaugural Pediatric Brain and Resilience Summit, Navigate Aging: Telomere Biology and Longevity Summit, Peptide Therapy Masterclass, and the bestselling Module XVI-A: Advanced Cardiovascular Health – the MEC weekend will be a monumental event.
Read on to discover some innovative programs and topics we are most excited about.
Innovative, Integrative Approaches to Pediatric Health
Early childhood is a crucial period for development with profound implications for future health and well-being. One reason for this is the astonishing speed at which the brain grows, starting before birth and continuing into early childhood. Although the brain continues to develop and change throughout life, these initial years can build a foundation for future health, learning, and lifelong success. Or, they can curb development, expose children to noxious toxins and infections, and set poor habits for life.
A brand new, cutting-edge program chaired by pediatric functional medicine authority Elisa Song, MD, The Pediatric Brain, and Resilience Summit aims to respond to the ongoing and worsening childhood epidemics threatening children’s physical and mental health. This one-of-a-kind event will bring together leading researchers, researchers, and clinicians in pediatric brain development, neuropsychiatry, and resilience.
The Summit is a three-day intensive course that will provide healthcare professionals with a deeper understanding of how to tailor and leverage integrative medicine protocols to serve pediatric patients best. From epigenetics to toxin-mediated illnesses, a thoughtfully curated agenda will delve into multi-disciplinary strategies for addressing current challenges and opportunities in pediatric health. Attendees will learn how to identify and treat chronic illnesses, assess brain development and function, treat behavioral issues and implement nutritional strategies – all to improve overall health and promote resiliency in future generations.
Click here to learn more about the inaugural event.
Telomere Biology and Related Anti-Aging Interventions
A growing body of evidence suggests that the true underlying cause of human aging is telomere shortening and that preventive measures aimed at protecting telomeres can significantly benefit longevity. Shortened telomeres have been linked to various health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and premature aging. As a result, telomere biology and targeted interventions play a fundamental role in longevity and are crucial elements of a successful anti-aging practice.
The Navigate Aging: Telomere Biology and Longevity Summit will introduce attendees to the biology of telomeres, their function in the body, their impact on cellular health, and their correlation to degenerative disease, illness, and the aging process. To prepare clinicians to incorporate telomere therapy into their practice effectively, anti-aging medicine experts will outline their innovative protocols for activating telomerase in practice.
With a focus on effective patient-provider communication, the two-day Summit will delve into the nuances of telomere therapy, long-term benefits, and the associated costs – and how to best convey these to patients. Finally, participants will also learn how to manage treatment protocols that include nutraceuticals, peptides, and other therapies as part of an integrative clinical approach.
To learn more about the Summit and sign up, click here.
Peptide Protocols and Hands-On Training
Public and provider awareness of the vast clinical potential of peptide therapeutics is rising as increasing numbers of scientific studies, anecdotal reports, and first-hand experience prove the modality both safe and successful. In recent years, the effective use of peptide therapies for disease management, performance optimization, anti-aging interventions, and a growing number of additional approved applications has progressed significantly with advances in research and development.
According to Masterclass faculty member and renowned peptide science expert James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT, DHPh: “The current use of peptides is everything you can think of. From antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-obesity uses to hormone regulation, dyslipidemia, digestion, and cognitive performance enhancement. Virtually every bodily function you can think of utilizes peptides.” Capitalizing on this potentiality, forward-thinking providers have begun integrating peptide therapies into their service offerings, transforming both their practice and their patients’ lives.
Comprehensive, interactive, and engaging, the one-day Peptide Therapy Masterclass will equip attendees with the edge to leverage peptides for optimal patient results. Incorporating in-depth, hands-on training, evidence-based education, and actionable protocols, the course and its star-studded panel of speakers will prepare participants to tackle any clinical scenario as they explore the emerging field of peptides.
Learn more about the upcoming masterclass here.
Critical Concepts in Advanced Cardiology
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) remain the leading cause of death for both men and women across the globe, and they are responsible for an estimated 32% of deaths worldwide. In the United States, approximately $360 billion in spending is attributed to CVDs on a yearly basis, including about $220 billion in health care costs and $140 billion in lost productivity. At the same time, fewer medical graduates are choosing to specialize in cardiology, contributing to the nationwide physician shortage that will likely have devastating effects on cardiovascular care and is expected to worsen in coming years. Meanwhile, those who select the specialty prefer to practice in urban areas, creating a vast disparity in accessibility between geographical locations and leaving many patients in need without care.
To combat the escalating public health and economic burden of cardiovascular disease, unprecedented demand for health care, and the shortage of physicians with advanced cardiovascular training, Module XVI-A: Advanced Cardiovascular Health strives to meet the need for specialized education.
This module provides an in-depth, evidence-based understanding of the fundamental concepts and most up-to-date research on a comprehensive range of integrative cardiology protocols. Participants will leave with an expanded clinical toolkit ready to implement the weekend’s learning on Monday morning, ready to redefine cardiology from cardiovascular crisis to integrative, life-saving solutions.
Click here to discover more about the upcoming module.
With the convergence of such a prestigious group of leading minds, medical specialties, and influential voices, this is a chance for attendees to immerse themselves in an educational experience like never before. Each of these educational programs aims to prepare forward-thinking medical professionals to solve ongoing health crises, meet advanced training needs, and help build a better, more resilient future of medicine.