Integrative Medicine Education

 In Education, Integrative Medicine

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Founded in 1997 by Dr. Andrew Weil, the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine was the first and most comprehensive academic curriculum for the training of doctors. The fellowship started as a 2-year residential program from the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Four residential MDs trained with Dr. Andrew Weil to learn clinical aspects of Integrative Medicine in the newly formed Integrative Medicine Consultative Clinic in Tucson. Interest grew such that by the year 2000, a new fellowship was formed that incorporated a distance (online) educational curriculum with three on-site residential weeks in Tucson. Initially one class per year was accepted until 2010 when demand dictated that two classes per year complete the curriculum. To date, there have been almost 1000 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have been trained in the 1000-hour program. By 2008, the program had been designated as a center of excellence by the University of Arizona and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine was formed.

The center has since developed an Integrative Medicine in Residency program to train family medicine residents using a 200-hour online curriculum combined with on site activities led by an Integrative Medicine supervisor. There are over 25 North American schools that have adopted this curriculum. Other initiatives include a Pediatric Integrative Medicine residency program, medical student and resident electives, an Integrative Health Coaching program, and the Integrative Health and Lifestyle Program (iHELP) program to expand integrative medicine educational opportunities to nurses, therapists, dieticians, and other health care professionals.

The core program of the Center is the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. The 1000-hour curriculum consists of the following fields: nutrition and health (200 hours), botanical and dietary supplements (150 hours), mind-body therapies (100 hours), whole systems of healing (80 hours), manual medicine (50 hours), spirituality (25 hours), preparing for practice (25 hours), energy medicine (20 hours) and clinical integration and case studies (350 hours). For more information, please visit: www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/education/fellowship

Adam Gavsie, MD
Medical Director of The Montreal Centre for Integrative Medicine Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
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