Benefits of Membership
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is the only professional association of institutions dedicated to including integrative healthcare across the tripartite service mission of academia: education, clinical and research. When an institution joins the Consortium, representative faculty become part of a vital network of leaders committed to advancing the principles and practices of integrative medicine. Faculty representatives belong to many different specialties within medicine and disciplines of healthcare. The Consortium sponsors many ongoing activities to facilitate involvement, professional development and networking among these faculty.
Representatives from Consortium institutions participate in the pre-eminent Consortium-sponsored International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (formerly North American Research Conference on Integrative Medicine) and ongoing Consortium biannual meetings. These events provide opportunity for:
- Ongoing professional development
- Early dissemination of scientific research
- Multi-disciplinary and multi-site collaborations
- Peer consultation and feedback
- Multi-disciplinary networking
- Access to program officers at the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Members receive ongoing announcements, weekly newsletters, and use of resources on the members-only section of the Consortium Web site. Advantages include:
- Rapid dissemination of individual program news, conferences, academic publications, funding announcements and career opportunities;
- Access to a database repository of national experts, educational programs, teaching materials, conference presentations, research faculty interests and funded grants.
Professional Development Groups
The Consortium supports a number of working groups that meet monthly and focus on four major areas: education, research, clinical (including clinical sub-groups focused on pediatrics, oncology, and mental health), and policy. These groups provide ongoing professional development for members via:
- Resource sharing of educational initiatives occurring at member institutions
- Exposure to expertise on clinical issues and academic models of practice
- Mentorship by integrative medicine academic leaders and researchers
Working groups collaborate in the development and evaluation of educational, clinical and research models of practice, grant submissions and academic position papers.