Canadian massage therapist to teach medical students in England

Maria Di Danieli
October 15, 2014
By Maria Di Danieli
Canadian registered massage therapist (RMT) Paul Lewis will be lecturing to second-year medical students at the University of Warwick Medical School in the U.K. this November.
The opportunity, created by the University of Warwick, for a complementary and alternative (CAM) health-care practitioner to speak to second-year medical students will be instrumental in bridging the gaps in communication and interprofessional collaboration that still permeate the health-care landscape in Europe and North America.  

The University of Warwick Medical School leverages academic excellence and research training to support its emphasis on values-based medicine. The medical school houses the largest graduate-entry medical course in the U.K. and offers a distinctive and innovative medical program to its students. The faculty has organized a week in training in the area of breast cancer, incorporating discussions on presentation, pathology, treatment and outcomes. Dr. Sarah Stewart-Brown, a professor of Public Health, has invited Lewis to introduce the second-year students to the role CAM can play in breast cancer care.

Lewis is also an approved provider, finding balance between patient treatments and presenting workshops. He presented at CAMExpo in London and is scheduled to provide workshops for therapists in various areas in the U.K. such as the Isle of White, London, Southampton, Newcastle, Glasgow and Cardiff. He is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork(NCBTMB), American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and also with The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC) in Great Britain. He is an accredited provider and has taught advanced treatment techniques, using a method called Dynamic Angular Petirissage (DAP), across North America, Europe and Japan. He has also contributed to a number of massage therapy publications and has recently completed his preliminary filming on two new DVDs about joint mobilizations and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.  

Stewart–Brown notes that the teaching session will include a few CAM therapists, who care for people with any aspect of breast cancer, to outline what they do, why people come to them, and how their work relates to breast cancer care. The session would end with the medical students attending a panel discussion with all the contributing therapists. This event will give medical students and CAM therapists an opportunity to interface and to come to better understand on how their respective professions can work together and interact with their patients in a clinical scenario.  

Grateful for the opportunity to lecture at the University of Warwick Medical School, and eager to meet with the second-year medical students, Lewis says, “ I believe this wonderful opportunity is another step forward in helping CAM and conventional medicine move forward together.”

For more information about Paul Lewis, RMT, visit www.paullewis.ca.

For more information about the Warwick University Medical School, visit the school's website.

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