UA Integrative Medicine Fellows from Past and Present to Meet in Tucson, April 4-6

UA Integrative Medicine Fellows from Past and Present to Meet in Tucson, April 4-6

UA Integrative Medicine Fellows from Past and Present to Meet in Tucson, April 4-6



PLACE: Casa Viejo, 7850 N. Como Drive (one block west of La Cholla, off Magee)

CONTACT: UA Program in Integrative Medicine, 626-6417

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: News media are welcome to attend/cover this Saturday evening dinner event. If you wish to cover the three-day retreat at a different time, please call Darlene Kerr, 626-6417.

Twenty-five of the 28 physicians who have participated in the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine are slated to attend a Graduate Retreat, April 4-6, in Tucson.

Reporters are invited to attend/cover the Saturday evening dinner, where past and current Integrative Medicine Fellows and program officials will be available for interviews.

Since its beginning, a primary goal of the UA Program in Integrative Medicine is to prepare leaders for the rapidly evolving field of integrative medicine.

"The Graduate Retreat will capture where the Fellows are, what they are doing and will provide an opportunity to examine the group's accomplishments as a whole and their influence on the field of medicine," says Victoria Maizes, MD, Executive Director of the UA Program in Integrative Medicine. "Our program's graduates are serving leadership roles at academic centers, others have opened integrative medicine clinics, while others are teaching medical students and doing research."

The three-day retreat provides more than an opportunity to reunite with old friends, she adds. "Our goal is to devise an effective network of graduates. We will share our post-fellowship experiences, especially about effective strategies for education and clinical care. We plan to develop strategies for doing more projects together and will explore how PIM can better prepare graduates for their future roles in health care."

Directed by internationally noted integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD, the UA Program in Integrative Medicine was established in 1994. PIM's first continuing education offering was introduced in January 1995. In October of the following year, a medical director was hired, a curriculum was modeled, a faculty was built, a clinic was created and the first class of residential Fellows was selected. The residential Fellowship, the first of its kind in the nation, began in July 1997. In January, the sixth class of fellows (Danna Park MD, Yoon Hang Kim MD, Carolyn Ross MD, and Elad Schiff MD) began their Integrative Medicine fellowship.

Integrative medicine seeks to combine the best ideas and practices of conventional and alternative medicine into cost-effective treatments that will be in the best interests of patients and that aim to stimulate the human body's natural healing potentials. It neither rejects conventional medicine nor embraces alternative practices uncritically.

The Fellows study a curriculum of healing-oriented medicine, the philosophy of science, the art of medicine, culture and medicine, research education, mind/body medicine, spirituality medicine, nutrition, phyto-medicine, energy medicine and lifestyle medicine. The physicians also train in guided imagery, homeopathy, acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation. PIM has seen tremendous growth since its inception. In addition to the Fellowship, the program provides a two-year distributed learning associate fellowship, a research fellowship, an undergraduate course at the University, research studies, clinical care and is launching a new fellowship for physicians with the U.S. Department of Defense.