The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
Formerly called the Consortium for Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH) was formed in 1999 by eight academic centers in the United States with the purpose of advancing integrative medicine and health through academic institutions and health centers. These initial schools included Harvard University, Duke University, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Arizona, Tucson, the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. These institutions all had significant experience and interest in education, clinical care and research in the field of integrative medicine. They also had the support from the leadership of their institutions at the level of the dean or the chancellor.
Working groups were established to further develop and expand the field of integrative medicine with a focus on clinical care, teaching and education, and research. These working groups met (and continue to meet) on a monthly basis to advance medical school curricula, establish standards for research in integrative medicine, and integrate complementary treatments into clinical care. Specific goals of the consortium include the support and mentoring of academic leaders, faculty, and students to advance integrative healthcare education, research, and clinical care, the dissemination of information on rigorous scientific research, educational curricula in integrative health and sustainable models of clinical care, and to inform health care policy.
Over the years, the consortium has grown significantly. There are now over 60 North American Schools that have become members. In Canada, there are currently four academic members: University of Calgary (joined in 2003), University of Alberta (joined in 2004), McMaster University (joined in 2007), and the University of Toronto (joined in 2014). Laval University in Quebec joined in 2005 but withdrew in 2011.
The consortium also hosts a biennial scientific conference on Integrative Medicine and Health. The next one takes place in Las Vegas from May 17-20, 2016. For more information visit: www.icimh.org
Adam Gavsie, MD
Medical Director of The Montreal Centre for Integrative Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University