Thirty-six Doctors Graduate Tomorrow from UA Program in Integrative Medicine

UA Program in Integrative Medicine Graduates 36 Doctors
Can the Internet change a doctor's life? Dr. Andrew Weil and his team at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine have proven it can.

To date, 160 physicians from six countries and 32 states, representing 35 different medical specialties, have studied Integrative Medicine in a unique UA Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine program conducted primarily over the internet. These doctors have changed their practices and their lives forwarding the message that integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Weil has been teaching for 30 years.

Thirty-six of these physicians will assemble in Tucson Friday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., at the Westward Look Resort, 245 East Ina Road, for their graduation ceremony. The 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 36 graduates in the class of 2004 began their training in January 2002 with the first of three weeklong residential sessions in Tucson. The remaining curriculum was offered primarily over the Web, where they learned through interactive learning modules and dialogues with expert integrative physicians and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.

Established in 1994, the UA Program in Integrative Medicine has grown tremendously since its inception. In addition to the Associate Fellowship, the Program in Integrative Medicine offers a Residential Fellowship (now in its seventh year); a Research Fellowship (supported by the National Institutes in Health); a new Department of Defense Fellowship; a combined Family Medicine Residency-Integrative Medicine Fellowship, an undergraduate course at the UA, research studies and clinical care.

Applications are being accepted for the next class of associate fellows, which will begin in January 2005. Further details about the Associate Fellowship are available on the Program in Integrative Medicine website: http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/