Course Overview

The Medicine of Belonging: A Remedy For Difficult Times

The session will discuss how a sense of belonging and not belonging have demonstrated health-promoting and health-degrading effects.
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2022 Annual Conference

October 28-30, 2022

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

44 minutes

CME Eligible*

.75 credit(s)

Detailed Course Info

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Course Description
Learning Objectives
 Course Description

What is this course about?

There is increasing evidence in the literature that belonging is a fundamental need. Belonging and not belonging have well demonstrated health-promoting and health-degrading effects, respectively. Through the lens of belonging, we can better understand many aspects of human behavior and these affect our health, and our patients' health, in profound and often unseen ways. This offers opportunities to intervene in ways that are sometimes not considered as "medicine" such as support groups and classes, spending time in nature, and ferreting out our own narratives of not belonging. This also offers some hope for the "othering" I see in medicine at large and in my own tiny profession of naturopathic medicine: where we could be one great interdisciplinary immune system, there is often in-fighting, division, and even frank discrimination and through the lens of belonging this can be better understood and, hopefully, addressed and healed.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. 
To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on October 31, 2024. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.

California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241, which require CME activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency & implicit bias. It is the intent of AB 1195 and AB 241 to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population and reduce health disparities through appropriate professional development. Please see the CME website,, for AB 1195 and AB 241 resources.
For questions about CME credit, please contact us at The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
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 Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to...

  • Explain one psychological, neurophysiological, endocrine and evolutionary basis for belongingness as a fundamental need, as described in the literature.
  • List three effects on morbidity and mortality when belongingness is absent or threatened.
  • Describe at least 3 medicines of belonging that you can enact along with their scientific rationale.

What's included in this course?

This course includes the following:
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  • Video Recording
  • Downloadable Audio
  • Speaker Handout(s)
  • Quiz
  • Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Outline

Meet Your Faculty

Greg Yasuda, ND

Greg Yasuda, ND, is a 2003 graduate from Bastyr University and, as a didactic and clinical faculty member there since 2008 and the Associate Dean of Academics from 2018-2021, he has placed a strong emphasis on holism, helping students and patients capitalize on their unique strengths in navigating their journeys toward health and healing. In 2016, he delivered a keynote on Belonging for the Bastyr faculty development retreat and has lectured on the topic in philosophy courses, grand rounds and conferences since. He has also been active in related efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion at the school. He views diversity as a strength- giving opportunity to be navigated for the benefit of all. Further, he sees belongingness as a determinant of health, a fundamental need that impacts our thoughts, behaviors and every aspect of our being.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.