ACE’s , trauma informed medical care, and how we can help the medical community learn how to help us all.
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Doctors know medicine, but do they know people? More specifically, do they know that childhood trauma can create a difficult patient, or a high-risk patient, or patient who appears not to follow directions? Do doctors need to know about trauma-informed care and is anyone doing anything about it?
Andrew Seaman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University, and he’s created a program to help medical residents get hands on experience and understanding of ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences study that is reshaping how we look at the bad things that happen to people as children.
Seaman is an educator, addiction medicine and hepatitis C researcher, and a healthcare for the homeless clinician. His research passions center around issues surrounding drug use, but extend to the implementation of trauma-informed care practices into healthcare systems. His program at OHSU includes trained mentors and role playing to help future doctors recognize and work with those whose childhood trauma impacts their health and behaviors today.
Join us as we talk adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma informed medical care, and how we can help the medical community learn how to help us all.