UA Program in Integrative Medicine Continues to Grow
The University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) continues to grow, as it marks the start of its first class of research fellows, its third associate fellowship class and its sixth class of residential fellows. In addition, PIM now offers an undergraduate class and a graduate-level research seminar in integrative medicine.
The Program in Integrative Medicine also is working with the U.S. Department of Defense on a first-of-its kind project to train military medical personnel in the principles and practices of integrative medicine.
The program's Associate Fellowship is a two-year, 1,000-hour distributed-learning program that teaches the principles and practices of integrative medicine to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician's assistants. The 44 participants in the 2004 class began their training Jan. 6 with the first of three weeklong residential sessions in Tucson. The remaining curriculum is offered primarily over the web, where participants engage in interactive learning modules with expert integrative physicians and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.
The Program in Integrative Medicine also has welcomed its first class of predoctoral and postdoctoral research training fellows as part of a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to establish the Arizona Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Training Program.
The program offers intensive, mentored research preparation for professionals seeking a CAM research career in academia. Opportunities include participation in a two-semester CAM research methodology graduate-level course, one-on-one mentoring and apprenticeship with a primary research adviser based at the UA, additional regular meetings with core PIM research faculty and other experts in disciplines relevant to the trainees' specific interests, and completion of an independent project. The program supports two-year fellowships for two to three postdoctoral fellows who have advanced degrees (PhD, MD, DO, ND, DC, DDS, PharmD and DVM), two predoctoral fellows working toward doctorates, and two short-term (two-to-three-months) students enrolled in clinical doctorate schools. Deadline for the next application cycle is April 15, 2003.
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.
Further details about these programs are available on the PIM website at http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/