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Clinically-Oriented Training Opportunities

  Clinical training opportunities listed here represent Consortium schools that provided this information.  Other Consortium schools may also have similar offerings which will be added as information becomes available.  Please note listed information pertains only to clinical training opportunities.  For research-oriented training opportunities, click here.  Many schools have, in addition, substantial hours of curriculum in integrative medicine.  For a complete list of Consortium member schools, please see our Members page.

Institution

Medical
Student
Clinical
Elective

Resident Clinical Elective

Fellowship Program

Training for Allied Health Practitioners

Distance Education Modules or Courses

Continuing Education Conferences

Albert Einstein

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Duke University

Yes *

Yes **

Yes *

No

No

No

George Washington University

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Mayo Clinic

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

McMaster University

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Northwestern UniversityYesYesNoNoNoYes

Oregon Health Sciences University

Yes

Yes *

No

Yes *

Yes *

Yes

University of Alberta

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

University of Arizona

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

University of California, Irvine

Yes *

Yes *

No

No

No

Yes

University of California, Los Angeles

Yes

YesYesYesNoNo

University of California, San Francisco

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

University of Connecticut

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

University of Colorado

Yes *

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

University of Michigan

Yes *

No

Yes

Yes *

Yes *

Yes

University of Minnesota

Yes

Yes *

No

Yes

Yes

No

University of
New Mexico

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

University of Pittsburgh

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

University of Texas Medical Branch

Yes

Yes

No

Yes *

Yes

No

University of Vermont

Yes *

Yes *

No

No

Yes *

Yes

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Wake Forest University

Yes *

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

* Program is limited to students, residents, or practitioners of home institution. 
** Training is available by special arrangement only.

(Updated May 2012)

   PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Albert Einstein

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This is a one-month elective taught in conjunction with a required rotation for second year Beth Israel Family Medicine residents. The course is offered annually in April. Goals of the course are to provide basic skills in nutritional assessment and therapeutics, use of herbals and dietary supplements, and applications of mind-body medicine. The course is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty including physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths, and nutritionists. For more information contact Course Director Ben Kligler, M.D. at bkligler@chpnet.org.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

This is a one-month elective taught in conjunction with a required rotation for second year Beth Israel Family Medicine residents. The course is offered annually in April. Goals of the course are to provide basic skills in nutritional assessment and therapeutics, use of herbals and dietary supplements, and applications of mind-body medicine. The course is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty including physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths, and nutritionists. For more information contact Course Director Ben Kligler, M.D. at bkligler@chpnet.org.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship (Post-Residency Physician Training Program)

We are one of six sites for the Integrative Family Medicine program led by University of Arizona; to qualify for this program applicants must be enrolled in the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice. We are also a site for the Bravewell Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. In addition we have a year-long, one half-day per week CME-type fellowship for physicians and other health professionals. For details on any of these contact Ben Kligler (bkligler@chpnet.org) or Roberta Lee (rlee@chpnet.org).

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

We offer a one half-day per week, one year long training program in integrative medicine for allied health professionals and physicians. For details contact Ben Kligler (bkligler@chpnet.org).

  Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

We offer a professional education module on Integrative Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome available with CME credit through our website at www.healthandhealingny.org. Similar modules for other disease conditions are planned for the future.

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  Duke University

Elective Weekend Retreat for Medical Students

An elective weekend retreat is provided annually for Duke medical students at the beginning of the academic year. Retreat activities center on self-care and team building.

Monthly Lunch & Learn Series for 1st Year Duke Medical Students

Monthly lunch conferences are focused on topics of interest to the students as reflected in a student survey administered during the first monthly session. These range from Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) interventions such as Acupuncture and Nutrition to broader topics such as Physician Burnout and the overall mission of Duke Integrative Medicine (IM).

Clinical Core Modules for 2nd Year Duke Medical Students

2nd year Duke medical students participate in five week-long Clinical Core modules, which precede their different clinical clerkships.  Within most of these week long modules, Duke IM presents themes related to Mindfulness, complementary approaches to cancer, self-care or general prevention. We also facilitate participation for all these second year students in a Community Practitioner program, in which they spend a half-day each Clinical Core week shadowing non-MD health practitioners.  This includes 6 licensed acupuncturists, massage therapists, and chiropractors from the Durham community. Duke IM faculty also teach components of the pre-clerkship offerings in Ob/Gyn and General Internal Medicine.

Integrative Medicine Selective for 2nd Year Duke Medical Students

During this 2-week Selective, students complete a personal health risk assessment. They receive training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, receive personal health coaching, attend Duke IM weekly case conferences, and shadow clinicians in the Duke IM clinic and in the local community. A project and presentation are also required.

Integrative Medicine Elective for 4th Year Duke Medical Students

This is a 4-week, full-time 4th year elective that explores the issues presented in the second-year course in significantly more depth and seeks to link with each student’s medical career interests.  Duke IM faculty, staff, and community practitioners mentor and teach in this elective, which devotes efforts to self-care, self-inquiry, health assessment, health coaching, evidence assessment in complementary and alternative medicine, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. A project and presentation are also required.

Integrative Medicine Fair Module for 4th Year Capstone

Duke IM’s 3-hour Integrative Medicine Fair is a required activity for the entire Duke fourth year medical class. Over 40 practitioners from Duke and the surrounding communities participate.  In 2007, the event was held in the new Duke IM Health and Healing Center, and was structured around the five NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) classifications (i.e. Mind Body Therapies, Alternative Medical Systems, Biologically Based Therapies, Manipulative and Body Based Therapies, and Energy Therapies).

 Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Elective experiences are sometimes arranged for Duke residents on a case-by-case basis, when circumstances align well with a particular resident’s interests and availability.  Other programmatic initiatives are in development, focused on self care and based on earlier pilot work with Duke resident group.  

Integrative Medicine Fellowship (Post-Residency Physician Training Program)

Over the past 3 years, Duke has worked with the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative and the University of Arizona (U of A) to provide a two year faculty development experience, for which Duke health care professionals ( MD, DO, NP, PA) may apply. This includes didactic training through the U of A’s Fellowship in Integrative Medicine and professional contribution at Duke Integrative Medicine. The second class of Duke Faculty is now underway. The ability to offer these faculty development opportunities in the future will be contingent on funding.

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 George Washington University

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

Two week full time elective for 3rd or 4th year medical students, offered throughout the year. It is primarily an observational experience in an integrative clinical environment. We have 4 MDs, 1 ND and 12 practitioners ranging from acupuncturists, manual therapists, hypnotherapist, Reiki master, nutritionist, etc. Space may be limited depending on availability.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Four week full time program similar to the student elective. Length of program can be flexible. Participation in patient assessment depends on previous experience.  Tailored to needs of individual.

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 Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center

Complimentary and Integrative Medical Therapies Research Fellowship

The Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School invites candidates to apply for a three-year, NIH funded research fellowship to begin  July 1, 2009 or 2010. This joint teaching program of Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals offers candidates the opportunity to obtain an M.P.H. degree, as well as clinical experiences in complementary and integrative medicine. Physician candidates who are BC/BE in family medicine or internal medicine by the beginning of the fellowship are preferred, but physicians trained in other specialties will also be considered.  Applications from non-physician, doctoral level candidates will also be accepted.  The deadline for applications for the year beginning July 1, 2009 will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the deadline for July 1, 2010 is September 30, 2009. For information and application forms, contact: Ms. Patricia Wilkinson, Harvard Medical School, Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, 401 Park Drive, Suite 22A West,  Boston, MA  02215 or via email at patricia_wilkinson@hms.harvard.edu. The participating institutions are equal opportunity employers.  Underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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 Mayo Clinic

Integrative Medicine Research Fellowship

The Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) Program at Mayo Clinic is active in research, practice and education following the Mayo model of care. The program has several ongoing studies supported by NIH and foundation grants. The accepted fellow will work with and be mentored by one of the several experienced faculty with the Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) Program. In addition, the fellow will be encouraged to collaborate with any of the specialties of choice at the Mayo Clinic. The fellow will also participate in all other aspects of the two-year fellowship research training including attaining a Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Research from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Qualified applicants must be board eligible or certified in internal medicine. Interested applicants should contact Nancy O'Brien at obrien.nancy@mayo.edu or Amit Sood, MD MSc at sood.amit@mayo.edu.

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  McMaster University  

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This is a clinic based elective at the Family Practice Centre of Integrative Health and Healing in Burlington Ontario. The length of time is up to the medical student, however we suggest between 2-4 weeks. This elective is primarily an observational experience in an integrative clinical environment. We have 2 integrative primary care MDs, 1 integrative medicine consultant MD and 6 CAM practitioners.  The student will have an opportunity to spend time with all the practitioners and gain an understanding about integrative medicine and inter-disciplinary approaches to patient centered care.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Two to four week full time program similar to the student elective.  Participation in patient assessment depends on previous experience.  Tailored to needs of individual.

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Northwestern University

Medical school curriculum:

All medical students at the Feinberg School of Medicine participate in a series of required lectures that cover topics such as Philosophy, Dietary Supplements, Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Mind/Body Medicine. Dr. Melinda Ring is the medical school director for this course, and Northwestern Integrative Medicine physicians and complementary medicine providers as well as guest faculty teach the classes. An Honors option is available to interested students.

Elective:

For more hands-on learning, 4th year medical students, residents and fellows can participate in a 2-4 week elective housed in Northwestern Integrative Medicine. This course has been extremely well received with recent comments:

"The integrative medicine rotation provided two of the best weeks I've had in medical school. Getting to experience massage, acupuncture, meditation and nutrition counseling first hand helped me to better understand my own health. The two weeks provides you an opportunity to reflect on how you feel and it opens your eyes to new treatments that you might not have considered otherwise. The staff are all incredibly nice and they work hard to provide students with an informative and immersive overview of the field of integrative medicine. I learned things on this rotation that I have no doubt that I will be using with patients 30 years from now. One of the best rotations I have had in my medical school experience."

-FSM Student, Class of 2012

“My integrative medicine rotation was a true pleasure, a great learning experience, and a time to truly reflect on personal well-being and health habits. This is the first time during medical school where I felt I had truly had a better understanding and grasp on what CAM means, the research that is ongoing in the field, and the modalities that many of our patients are using or are interested in learning about. I realized that what I had previously characterized CAM as was mostly herbal supplementation, acupuncture, and the like. During this rotation, interestingly, I realized that what CAM is really about is providing holistic care with a preventative focus, something that hits true to home for me, a future Family physician. Rather than "complementary" or "alternative" a lot of the modalities that fall under the category of CAM are essential to well-being, good mental, emotional, and physical health. This rotation also let me focus on my own health. Previously I was afraid of acupuncture, but interestingly, this turned out to be the most relaxing and invigorating experience for me during the whole rotation. That's only one of many things that I learn that I'll take with me into the future.

Thanks for the experience!”

-FSM Student, Class of 2012

Integrative Medicine Intensive

MED.4594.02.NMH

Advisor: Melinda Ring, MD

Clerkship Director: Melinda Ring, MD,

Clerkship Coordinator: Sherri Peavy, MBA, 150 E. Huron, Suite 1100, speavy@nmh.org

Background and Justification:

Goals

Develop and understanding of the key principles of integrative medicine and how they enhance the quality of patient-centered care.
Explore a clinical area of interest within Integrative Medicine.
Promote self-exploration/self-care.
Experience first-hand complementary medicine treatments
Become knowledgeable in benefits and limitations of common CAM modalities.
Identify conditions for which an integrative approach could be beneficial.
Objectives

Personally experience the benefits of an integrative medicine approach through trial of varied complementary medicine modalities and self-care
Perform an Integrative Medicine interview.
Communicate effectively with patients about CAM in an open manner that increases patient self-efficacy and empowerment.
Use evidence-based resources to explore an area of interest.
Develop an in depth Integrative Medicine Treatment Plan specifically tailored to meet an individual patient’s needs in a holistic fashion.
Interact with practitioners from varied healing traditions in a collegial manner to facilitate coordinated patient care.
Describe the benefits of mind/body therapies and understand how to teach a brief relaxation exercise to patients.
Course Format and Proposed Schedule:

This two week long rotation consists of ambulatory patient care at Northwestern Integrative Medicine (NIM). The participant will attend clinic or be involved in assigned activities Monday-Friday during clinic hours. There are no weekend or call responsibilities.

Instructional strategies include informal lectures, experiential learning, and small group discussion of assigned reading, clinical experiences, and a patient case.

Participants will have the opportunity to personally experience complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, energy healing, chiropractic, biofeedback and meditation. Nutrition evaluations and participation in movement classes are a part of the self-care component of the rotation.

Evaluation and persons performing the evaluation:

Evaluation by preceptor will include reviews of a reflective journal, evidence-based paper and case presentation. All components must be satisfactorily completed in order to receive a satisfactory grade for the course.

Number of weeks:

Two. The full integrative medicine elective is offered at specific blocks in the academic calendar. Please specify which of the 2 available blocks you are requesting:

2 week 2/4/2013- 2/15/2013; option to extend to 4 weeks 2/4-3/1 for approved research project

2 week 4/29/2013-5/10/2013 ; option to extend to 4 weeks 4/29- 5/24 if approved for research project

NOTE: Requests for electives outside these 2 time slots will be considered; however students will not receive the full curriculum with all didactic sessions, and students will be responsible for coordinating meetings with CAM providers and physicians.

Number of students: 10

Number of credits: One half credit.

Prerequisites:

Students interested in taking this elective should familiarize themselves with the basic definition of different CAM modalities which can be found at the NCCAM website: http://nccam.nih.gov.

Sites: Northwestern Integrative Medicine, 150 E. Huron, Suite 1100 and some off-site experiences.

First day report to: Sherri Peavy, MBA at 8am on first day, or student will be e-mailed instructions.

CME
Northwestern Integrative Medicine co-hosts an annual preventive and integrative medicine conference with the Cleveland Clinic.

Overview

As use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) continues to expand, so does the practitioner’s need to know current risk-benefit data, potential applications, and how to integrate CAMs into clinical practice. Because these therapies are still outside mainstream medicine, not all practitioners are familiar with the evidence base for these options or may be uncomfortable discussing them with patients or prescribing them.

At this conference, presenters will discuss up-to-date scientific information on using CAMs to enhance traditional medical practices in the prevention and treatment of disease. The objective of this conference is to provide current, scientific evidence on the use of CAM and related wellness therapies in the prevention and treatment of diseases and in the promotion of general health and well-being.

The format will focus on evidence-based discussions, helping health care practitioners understand the benefits and risks of these treatments and how to integrate them into a patient-specific management plan. By narrowing the educational gap among practitioners of CAMs, this program will ultimately translate into improved patient outcomes.

Our next CME conference will be December 7-9, 2012
 at the Mirage Hotel, 
Las Vegas, NV.

 Oregon Health Sciences University

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

Four weeks in duration. This is a combination of clinical experiences with chiropractic, Oriental medicine, natural medicine and massage, as well as nutrition and basic training in how to research CAM treatments. A short paper is written on a CAM treatment of choice to demonstrate research abilities.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Oregon Health & Science University participates in the family medicine residency program in integrative medicine. This is an additional year of residency and collaborates with the University of Arizona's distance learning program.

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

30 hour online course for physician assistants and a 'holistic nursing program' within our School of Nursing.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

30 hours of online instruction.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

CAM Grand Rounds monthly and yearly Distinguished Lectureship in Integrative Medicine.

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    University of Alberta

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

The Complementary and Alternative Research and Education Program (CARE), Stollery Children's Hospital, University of Alberta, offers two-week clinical electives for undergraduate medical students. In CARE clinic, students will gain exposure to the practice of evidence-based integrative medicine in a pediatric context. Currently, health care providers in this clinic include experts in care in traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, and massage therapy, who work in collaboration with conventional health care providers to deliver advice to families on complementary therapies they are considering for their children. Participants in these electives may also gain exposure to other aspects of this organization's mandate, including its research and education portfolios.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship (Post-Residency Physician Training Program)

Pediatric Integrative Medicine Fellowship: Stollery Children's Hospital, University of Alberta The Complementary and Alternative Research and Education (CARE) Program, part of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, is offering a clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Integrative Medicine. This program is not accredited by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The fellowship is focused upon providing opportunities to integrate skills and concepts about healing and wellness which represent the best evidence in both conventional and complementary medicine. The fellow will learn about a broad range of CAM topics, emphasizing the evidence base for each, and use this information to inform children and families, students as well as clinic and CARE employees. The CARE team will serve as mentors, teachers and role models for developing an integrative medical practice. The fellowship will follow general guidelines, but will be tailored to meet each fellow’s strengths and interests. Contact: Sunita Vohra, Director, CARE Program Phone: (780) 407-3798 Email: care@med.ualberta.ca

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

The Canadian Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Network, hosted by the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education Program (CARE), Stollery Children's Hospital, University of Alberta, regularly offers continuing education workshops and collaborates with other organizations to deliver training and education in integrative medicine in the pediatric context. The focus of such workshops is to advance the research agenda and research quality in pediatric CAM, and foster collaboration between CAM practitioners and researchers. For more information, please see the PedCAM website at www.pedcam.ca, or contact: Leah Vanderjagt, Education Programs Lead, CARE Program, Stollery Children's Hospital, University of Alberta, Tel. 780.407.2103, Email. leahv.@ualberta.ca

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  University of Arizona

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This is a 4 week rotation for medical students offered twice a year in fall and spring. Includes presentations by PIM faculty on a variety of topics, including: an overview of Integrative Medicine, IM Research, the difference between IM and CAM, and IM approaches to various health conditions. Additionally, introductory sessions and workshops will be presented by community preceptors focusing on different components of Integrative Medicine: Botanicals, Homeopathy, Mind/Body, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Osteopathy, and Energy Medicine.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

This is a 4 week rotation for medical students and residents offered twice a year in fall and spring. Includes presentations by PIM faculty on a variety of topics, including: an overview of Integrative Medicine, IM Research, the difference between IM and CAM, and IM approaches to various health conditions. Additionally, introductory sessions and workshops will be presented by community preceptors focusing on different components of Integrative Medicine: Botanicals, Homeopathy, Mind/Body, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Osteopathy, and Energy Medicine.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship (Post-Residency Physician Training Program)

Two year fellowship accepting 70 physicians per year. See website for information: www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu.

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

Nurse practitioners are eligible for the fellowship training.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

Two year fellowship program. See website www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu online courses for CME and CEUS on nutrition and botanical topics and on Ayurveda.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

Nutrition and Health Conference offered annually .

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  University of California, Irvine

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

Offered as a 4-week fourth year elective with community practitioners, who are MDs practicing integrative medicine and who are CAM providers (chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists etc). It is very popular and often oversubscribed.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Residents are able to do clinical rotations with MDs who practice IM and with CAM practitioners in the community and to discuss and write up the experiences.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

1. Acupuncture/herbal medicine conference every other year (national audience). 2. Nutrition conference every other year (national audience). 3. Ongoing monthly colloquia in integrative medicine topics offered to local and regional audiences.

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  University of California, Los Angeles

  

Elective on Integrative East-West Medicine (1st Year Medical and Nursing Students)

The 6-week Selective is offered through the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. Students are taught about the similarities & differences between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine as well as their respective strengths & weaknesses in their approach to patient care. Through didactics and discussions, they will gain a basic understanding of the theory, diagnostic skills, treatment principles, and techniques used in TCM, and the basics about how to incorporate TCM theory and practice into a biopsychosocial framework to evaluate and treat patients with common clinical problems. The experiential learning components include interviews with patients and case studies.

Lecture Series on Integrative East-West Medicine (3rd Year Medical Students) 

The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine offers a series of lectures throughout the year to the UCLA third year medical students as part of their core Family and Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship. These lectures cover the hallmark features of integrative medicine as well as expose students to how the center's brand of integrative East-West Medicine is practiced. Furthermore, these lectures are designed to stimulate thinking and help students re-evaluate their perspective on the art and practice of medicine. A highlight of this course is the acupuncture demonstration and practical, which gives each student the opportunity to perform and experience acupuncture.

Elective on Integrative East-West Medicine (4th Year Medical Students)

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine offers a 2-week full-time elective that is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the theory, diagnostic skills, treatment principles, and techniques used in traditional Chinese medicine, the similarities and differences between TCM and modern Western medicine as well as their respective strengths and weaknesses in their approach to patient care. Through didactics and clinical practice sessions, students are shown how integration of the two systems of medicine can be utilized to improve patient care. Students are introduced to the progress of modern research on TCM and integrative East-West medicine and understand how the theory and practice of TCM can add value to conventional biomedicine in a manner that is guided by patient safety, scientific evidence and patient preferences.

Elective on Integrative Cancer Medicine (for Medical Students)

This course program (offered by Stiles Program in Integrative Oncology??) is intended to introduce students to current concepts and practices in integrative cancer medicine, with opportunities for both research and clinical experiences. Students will learn about methods used for the discovery of new anti-tumor therapeutics from natural sources and about new evidence-based approaches in clinical-translational research. In addition, students will participate on an inpatient palliative care service for patients with advanced malignancy and on several outpatient services emphasizing conventional as well as alternative and complementary medical practices in oncology.

Integrative East-West Medicine Elective for Residents

The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine offers a two to four week rotation program for medical students and residents. The program aims to introduce a patient-centered approach incorporating traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a major representative of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) traditions in clinical problem-solving through didactics, case discussion, group discussion, and clinical practice sessions At the end of this elective, students will gain a basic understanding of the theory, diagnostic skills, treatment principles, and techniques used in TCM, similarities and differences between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine, and show how integration of the two systems of medicine can be utilized to improve patient care. They will learn about the state of research on integrative East-West medicine and key acupuncture points as well as their application in the treatment of medical conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice.

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   University of California, San Francisco

 

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

“Culture and Integrative Medicine” is an interdisciplinary, 2-week elective offered each Fall for 4th year UCSF medical students. It is taught by a medical anthropologist, physicians and CAM practitioners  (TCM, Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, Naturopathy, etc). Students participate in didactic and experiential sessions, rotate through integrative medicine practices in the community and at UCSF’s Osher Center and have the opportunity to attend an all-day retreat in Shamanic Healing.  For more information, contact course directors Ellen Hughes (ehughes@medicine.ucsf.edu) and Shelley Adler (adlersh@ocim.ucsf.edu).

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

UCSF Family and Internal Medicine residents have the opportunity to see patients one half-day/week at the Osher Center Integrative Medicine Practice during their ambulatory rotations under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Barrows, one of OCIM’s integrative medicine physicians.  We hope to extend this clinical experience to community sites (both private practice and underserved settings).

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

A clinical elective for students of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is being planned at the Osher Center Practice. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to shadow the three licensed acupuncturists who practice at OCIM and doctoral students will see patients under the supervision of our TCM practitioners.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

CAM Grand Rounds are offered approximately quarterly. In addition, physicians and other allied health professionals who participate in our 8-week long Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program, have the option of receiving CME credit for it.

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  University of Colorado

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

The elective is a semester-long combination of didactic, experiential, and shadowing exposure to a wide variety of CAM practices. Students meet weekly for an hour for 18 weeks and also spend a half-day (or more if they like) shadowing CAM practitioners at the Center for Integrative Medicine. Though we'd love to have students from other institutions, it's not practical at this point unless the student has other activities planned here to occupy the rest of the time!

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

The elective is 2 weeks of nutrition and 2 weeks of CAM. The CAM time is spent shadowing community CAM practitioners as well as shadowing CAM practitioners in The Center for Integrative Medicine here at the University of Colorado Hospital and Health Sciences Center. In addition, there are up to 2 didactic sessions on communicating with patients about CAM and on Western Herbs, and a syllabus, textbooks, videos, and online resources are used to enhance the learning experience. Residents are asked to complete a review project. For more details, please contact Lisa Corbin, MD, course director at lisa.corbin@uchsc.edu. For details on the nutrition portion, contact Laura Primak at laura.primak@uchsc.edu.

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

Allied health practitioners from all of the Health Sciences Center schools (SOD, SON, SOP, CHA/PA, PT/OT) have lectures in their curricula about integrative medicine and are offered the chance to spend time at the Center for Integrative Medicine as they would like. They are also welcome to join in the medical student elective and are active members of the Complementary Alternative Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group. Our psychologists at TCFIM also precept/mentor psychology graduate students from the University. Given the nature of the AHP training, it's not practical to sponsor students from other institutions, with the possible exception of psychology externships (3 months to 1 year). Please contact Lisa Corbin, MD, for more information (lisa.corbin@uchsc.edu).

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    University of Connecticut

 Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

Offered as a one-month elective for fourth year medical students, the elective will focus on the areas of Integrative Medicine in which the learner wishes to explore.  Required and elective readings as well as learning about the current evidence-basis and research in the field will be included.  Much of the elective is designed to allow participants to work with local clinicians from various integrative medicine disciplines/areas such as Ayurveda, TCM/Acupuncture, Mind-Body, Naturopathic, Osteopathic, Nutrition & others. For further information please contact the Course Director, Mary P. Guerrera, MD at mguerrer2@stfranciscare.org

Additionally, a six -week, 4-credit, course in Ayurveda (the whole medical system) is offered to first and second year students by Dr. Amala Guha.  Professors and experts from Ayurvedic Medical Schools of India co-teach with Dr. Guha under her collaboration. For details please contact Dr. Guha (guha@worldnet.att.net).

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  University of Michigan

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This elective exposes students to physicians in the community and at the University who incorporate complementary, alternative, holistic and integrative medicine approaches into their clinical practices. Student learning is supplemented with didactic presentations, experiential sessions, case-based learning and evaluation of the literature related to mind-body medicine, bodywork, herbal medicine, nutritional approaches, energy medicine and lifestyle/health promotion strategies. Expected requirements include active participation and a case presentation to peers in an oral and written format using evidence based investigation of complementary modalities/integrative medicine healing systems.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship (Post-Residency Physician Training Program)

The Integrative Medicine Fellowship provides core clinical training for family physicians working to successfully care for diverse populations of patients. The fellowship trains physicians to skillfully integrate the best of conventional and alternative medicine while preparing each fellow for a leadership role in the emerging field of Integrative Medicine.  Strong emphasis is placed on clinical training in addition to a core curriculum of supplement use, naturopathy, functional medicine, acupuncture, and anthroposophic medicine. The fellowship is scheduled one month during each of the three years, which allows time to learn about and experience various modalities, interact with Integrative Medicine physicians and alternative providers, focus on self-care, and develop an integrative approach to caring for patients. Fellows also undertake twelve additional months of training beyond the three-year residency period to develop an individualized approach to the clinical practice of Integrative Medicine.  Midway through training, fellows sit for the American Integrative Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHIM).  Fellows also choose a specific area for additional training outside of the university setting.  Additional opportunities in teaching and research are available depending on the fellow's interests.  Salary is commensurate with an HO4 level plus University of Michigan benefits.     

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

The University of Michigan has 1-3 credit elective courses for graduate students in the Schools of Social Work, Public Health, and Nursing in the area of botanicals, mind-body health and energy-based therapies. The College of Pharmacy offer students exposure to herbal therapeutics and complementary modalities. An integrative health certificate program for enrolled graduate students is in the planning stages.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

A series of on-line modules in four areas of Integrative medicine (mind-body medicine, botanicals, manipulative medicine and foundations of wellness) is currently under development. These modules are designed for family medicine residents.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

A 2-day CME in integrative medicine is offered to update professionals on research and clinical evidence related to the safety and efficacy of a wide number of therapeutic approaches related to complementary, holistic and integrative medicine.

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  University of Minnesota

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

The course is a 3-week course elective available to third and four year medical students. Students delve into the vast area of CAM though site-visits, small group discussions, lectures, and independent research projects. The specific objectives include:1) acquire knowledge on the principles and philosophy of holistic care; 2) demonstrate enhanced understanding of indications for a CAM referral; 3) describe how a patient care plan can integrate CAM therapies; 4) identify the role of self-care in professional and personal life. The course was started in 1998 and continues at the University of Minnesota campus offered twice a year in October and April. A similar rotation is now offered in Hawaii during February. The location of study is on the Big Island, in cooperation with Five Mountains Healing Center and the North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Within the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Minnesota - residents can design their own elective CAM rotation pursuing areas of interest within the integrative medicine field.

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

The Center for Spirituality and Healing has a wide selection of classes for allied professionals.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

The Center for Spirituality and Healing has designed learning modules that are accessible at www.csh.umn.edu.

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  University of New Mexico

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

UNM SOM offers a 4-week elective in CAM, available to fourth year medical students. Preceptor: Stan Handmaker MD. Students, working with the preceptor, design their own experience, scheduling time with UNM and community providers in Integrative Medicine. Students write a descriptive paper about their experience at the end of the rotation.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Residents in primary care specialties can spend a month at the UNM Integrative Medicine Clinic. Preceptor: Brian M. Shelley MD. Residents see patients at the IMC, and also complete a web-based curriculum.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

Every two years we offer SIMPLE, the Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment, a 3-day conference with excellent local, national, and international speakers. See website for more details: http://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/integrative_med/.

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

"Fieldwork in Alternative & Complementary Therapies" PMED 452 (also FMME 452).  Offered during any 4-week elective period to 4th-yr medical students. Students will observe and participate in the delivery of health care in the practice setting of one or more alternative/complementary care providers. Such providers may include practitioners of chiropractic, homeopathy, herbal medicine, or mind-body therapies. Students are expected to take an active role in designing their elective, identifying one or more practitioners who will be approved by the faculty advisor and submitting a list of their personal goals and strategies. The student is required to keep a daily journal of experiences as well as prepare a Powerpoint presentation on a topic that has been agreed upon by the coordinator, the clinical faculty member and the student. For further information, e-mail gaylords@med.unc.edu or phone (919) 966-8586 or Becky Coble at e-mail rcoble@med.unc.edu or phone (919) 966-8586.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

PM&R CAM Selective Rotation Physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists) treat patients with acute and chronic medical, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Many of the physiatrists utilize mobilization, physical modalities, exercises, behavioral changes, biofeedback and nutritional supplements, as an extension of their practices. Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the philosophy, therapeutic uses, mechanisms of action, indications, contraindications, side effects and current research on efficacy of selected CAM therapies potentially utilized in PM&R practice. 2) Describe the risks associated with selected CAM therapies and what possible interactions there might be with conventional treatment plans. 3) Recognize the applicability of selected CAM therapies for PM&R patients. 4) Identify patients for whom, because of attitude and philosophy or clinical condition, CAM approaches to health and optimal functional status would be appropriate. 5) Locate information on selected CAM therapies and assess the validity and evidence-base for the information presented. 6) Provide advice to patients based on needs about appropriate CAM therapies and their individual application. Learning Activities: 1) Complete required readings. 2) Observe application of several selected CAM therapies by chosen practitioners. These might include nutritional assessment and counseling/treatment, acupuncture (including moxibustion), magnetic therapies, mindfulness meditation, naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation, Chinese herbal assessment and counseling/treatment, and Medwell offerings such as hypnosis and biofeedback. 3) Experience a new technique for stress management and self-care such as yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, mindfulness training, or meditation. Optionally, residents may seek a CAM treatment not previously experienced, i.e. OMT, acupuncture. Describe the importance of self-care as a frame of reference for interacting with patients regarding CAM treatments. 4) Present a case study to peers describing the evaluation of a patient and suggested CAM therapy. Have peers provide feedback. Elective Evaluation: (Note: these are initial ideas about program eval) 1. Complete a pre/post test on specific application of selected CAM therapies to PM&R issues. This will consist of a case scenario for which resident will identify the therapeutic action, efficacy and safety of selected CAM modalities. a) Questions re: philosophy, therapeutic cases, etc as described in objectives 1&2 b) Questions re: application as in objectives 3&4 2. Evaluation of residents’ case presentations, using structured evaluation form (to be designed). To encompass learning objectives 1-6.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

Since 1999, UNC-PIM has sponsored professional conferences on herbal medicine and integrative care, providing a meeting ground for both conventional and CAM health-care providers. The fifth conference, “Improving Outcomes Through Integrative Practice” was held on March 18-19, 2005.

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  University of Pittsburgh

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This is a 1 month full-time elective offered from September through May, open to 3rd and 4th year medical students and residents from multiple specialties, with limited availability for students from other institutions. Students are exposed to an interdisciplinary model in a physician-centered integrative medicine program, with 12 complementary medicine modalities offered. Additionally, students spend time with community preceptors in integrative medicine and other complementary therapies. See the following link for a formal rotation description through the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. For further information, contact Ronald Glick, M.D., at 412-623-3023.  http://www.medschool.pitt.edu/Redbook/FamilyMedicine.html#FM 5465

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

This is a 1 month full-time elective offered from September through May, open to 3rd and 4th year medical students and residents from multiple specialties, with limited availability for students from other institutions. Students are exposed to an interdisciplinary model in a physician-centered integrative medicine program, with 12 complementary medicine modalities offered. Additionally, students spend time with community preceptors in integrative medicine and other complementary therapies. See the following link for a formal rotation description through the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. For further information, contact Ronald Glick, M.D., at 412-623-3023.  http://www.medschool.pitt.edu/Redbook/FamilyMedicine.html#FM 5465.

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    University of Texas Medical Branch

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This is a four week Elective in Integrative and Alternative Medicine (residents may take for 2 weeks).  Offered monthly except May, June, and December.  Includes clinical site visits – students will have an opportunity to work with alternative and Integrative Medicine practitioners in the Galveston and Houston area, spending at least 5 half-days per week with alternative practitioners observing their clinical practice.  Includes weekly scheduled seminars with designated course faculty, student book club seminars, and self-study online educational modules. Students also present at the Alternative and Integrative Medicine Journal Club, devise a personal wellness plan, experience a massage and other alternative treatments. They also prepare a scholarly paper on an integrative topic, treatment, or condition of their choosing which will be published online at our website. Please see our website for information on goals and objectives: http://cam.utmb.edu/curriculum /elective.asp

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Essentially the same as for students with options for other challenging assignments depending on level of interest.

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

Classroom based, not clinical.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

See our website http://cam.utmb.edu for web cases that can be used at a distance.

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    University of Vermont

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This is a self designed elective. Students choose to work with a provider and then they get approval from their advisor.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

Residents may self design an elective month, and then get clearance from the residency director.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

We use the modules available on our black board platform for students to work through at their leisure. This is not for credit.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

The Department of family medicine has continuing education conferences on this topic woven into their grand rounds schedule.

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  University of Wisconsin-Madison

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

The Integrative Medicine (IM) Elective Rotation through the Dept. of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health is a fulltime rotation for 2-4 weeks for fourth year medical students. It is available year round and open to students of other medical schools as well as those of UW-Madison. Learning objectives include: 1. To promote self-exploration/self-care. 2. To develop an understanding of Integrative Medicine. 3. To explore an area of interest within Integrative Medicine. The curriculum involves required reading, independent reading on a topic of interest within IM, writing a definition of health and devising a personal health plan, seeing patients in the Integrative Medicine Clinic and assisting in the development of their health plans, and experiential learning with holistic practitioners. For further information contact the Pre-Doc Programs Coordinator at (608) 263-1334.

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

The Integrative Medicine (IM) Elective Rotation for residents of the Dept. of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health involves 4 half days/week for 1-4 weeks for second and third year residents. It is available year round. Learning objectives include: 1. To promote self-exploration/self-care. 2. To develop an understanding of Integrative Medicine. 3. To explore an area of interest within Integrative Medicine. The curriculum involves required reading, independent reading on a topic of interest within IM, writing a definition of health and devising a personal health plan, seeing patients in the Integrative Medicine Clinic and assisting in the development of their health plans, and experiential learning with holistic practitioners. For further information contact Michelle Grosch, Education/Recruitment Coordinator, at (608) 263-6261 or michelle.grosch@fammed.wisc.edu. Physicians in other residency programs can contact Charlene Luchterhand, IM Program Development Coordinator, at (608) 262-0740 or char.luchterhand@fammed.wisc.edu to discuss a possible rotation with the UW Integrative Medicine Program.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship (Post-Residency Physician Training Program)

The Academic Integrative Medicine (AIM) Fellowship in the Dept. of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health is one of the few worldwide that allows participants to combine academic and Integrative Medicine interests into one overall two-year fellowship experience. The purpose is to train physicians to create positive change in health care delivery. As part of the AIM fellowship, fellows are enrolled in the intensive online IM curriculum made available through the University of Arizona and attend three one-week sessions in Tucson. AIM fellows engage in a continuous process of self-reflection relating to personal health, see patients 4 half days/week, choose one or two healing modalities for focused study, participate in educational and research projects, and are expected to become board-certified with the American Board of Holistic Medicine. For further information contact Adam Rindfleisch, MD, AIM Fellowship Director, at (608) 213-9688 or adam.rindfleisch@fammed.wisc.edu.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

Two-day conferences are offered on a biennial basis for health care practitioners, including allied health professionals. These conferences explore pathways to health and healing. Past topics have included mindfulness as well as integrative approaches to headaches, myofascial pain, mindfulness, lipid management, and GI health.

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  Wake Forest University

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

During the second year, students may participate in an elective to learn how to provide therapeutic touch and healing touch and to communicate compassionately. This elective occurs in 90 minute blocks over 7 sessions in summer or fall depending on student interest. It is theoretically open to other students, but because of scheduling, it is unlikely to fit schedules of other students. Furthermore, most of our integrative medicine training is INTEGRATED into the curriculum. That is, cases in the organ systems courses include items that encourage students to think about treatments such as diet, stress management, massage, specific dietary supplements, homeopathy, etc appropriate to the specific clinical context.

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

PA students receive a lecture in integrative medicine. Any level of trainee from any profession may "Shadow" Dr. Kemper in her consultations or second opinion clinic.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

On-line courses on herbs and dietary supplements offered through North Carolina's AHEC program. These have been completed by over 1000 health professionals. Continuing Education credits are available for a fee. https://northwestahec.wfubmc.edu/learn/herbs_ce/index.cfm

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

Topics on integrative medicine are frequently included in courses offered by our Comprehensive Cancer Center, Women's Health Center of Excellence, Department of Pediatrics, and via community outreach from NW AHEC.

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