Sunday, July 24, 2011

The University of Arizona Med School adds Integrative Medicine

From UA's website (emphasis mine):
The track will focus on integrative medicine – healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person (mind, body and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. IM emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of appropriate therapies, both complementary and alternative, seamlessly blending conventional medical training with other modalities for disease prevention and to better trigger the body's innate healing response.

"Preventive medicine is a crucial part of a medical professionals' training and is often minimalized in conventional medical training," said Dr. Andrew Weil, center founder and director. "Receiving this additional training early in their career will give UA College of Medicine students an advantage in their residency and practice and a more comprehensive set of skills for treating and communicating with their patients."

Enrollment in the IM Distinction Track will be open to first- and second-year medical students at the UA College of Medicine-Tucson beginning with the fall 2011 semester.

It will require participation in the center's month-long integrative medicine elective rotation, attendance at grand rounds presentations and patient conferences, monthly special-topics lectures, facilitation of a "healer's art" course, completion of more than 30 hours of online courses, a capstone paper suitable for publication and an oral exam.
I have nothing to add other than what David Gorski of Science Based Medicine said at TAM9: "Integrative medicine integrates quackery with real medicine."

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2 comments:

  1. I wish they can add the study of Herbal Medicine to their curriculum because Herbal medicine can be a great alternative to conventional medicine.

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  2. It is about time that there will be more study about these complementary and alternative medicine. There is more to healing than the conventional Western medicine that we know.

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