John Weeks July 2012 Integrator Round-up on Integrative Care & Health Systems includes updates on:  Mayo Clinic; Christian Nix, health system briefs.

Mayo Clinic encourages MDs with integrative medicine training to apply for new internist positions

In a note in the newsletter of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), Mayo Clinic integrative medicine leader Brent Bauer, MD posted this notice: “The Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic is actively recruiting several internists to join the practice. While these positions are not specifically dedicated to individuals with integrative medicine training, the Division leadership has encouraged us to seek colleagues with such skills and encourage them to apply. If you know of highly qualified general internists – with skills in integrative medicine research, education and/or practice – who would like to explore what a blended career of general internal medicine and integrative medicine at Mayo Clinic might be like, please have them contact me.”

Comment: This is a remarkable, quiet sign of the inroads of integrative medicine. In a system as respected in conventional medicine as Mayo, the “Division leadership has encouraged us to seek colleagues with [integrative medicine] skills and encourage them to apply.” Some sad-sack non IM applicant is going to end up going home to his/her spouse and say: “Can you believe it? I got beat out at Mayo by some jerk who’d studied that integrative medicine crap!”


Acupuncturist Christian Nix explores optimal skills for acupuncturists in hospital practices

The title of the Acupuncture Today article is “Who Does Best in Hospital Practices.” Author Christian Nix quotes one hospital-experience provider: “If you even say the word qi within earshot of hospital physicians, you’re finished. Mention ‘yin and yang’ and you’re classified as a stoner and surfer who had time to kill and so decided to take up acupuncture.” The column provides the service of beginning to share the distinct skill sets needed of licensed acupuncturists who wish to work in hospitals and other integrated settings.

Comment: Nix apparently offers a training program. His views appear to be quite consonant with those expressed by a multidisciplinary group, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care with which I am involved via their Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments.


Briefly noted developments on health system integrative medicine programs 

  • The Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship at the Greenville (North Carolina) Hospital System announced a pioneer partnership with Cancer Support Community (CSC) called “one of the largest worldwide providers of social and emotional support for cancer patients and their caregivers.”
  • Two medical directors of the Sutter Downtown Integrative Medicine program in Sacramento, California published a media piece on how the new guidelines of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society “now endorse the use of several alternative therapies to help keep migraine headaches at bay.”
  • The Program in Integrative Medicine in General Internal Medicine is serving as the clearinghouse for the diverse CAM/IM programs at Johns Hopkins University.
  • The Chicago Tribune marched out Brent Bauer, MD, integrative medicine leader at Mayo, to comment on a piece on integrative back pain care.
  • The inaugural Connor Integrative Medicine Network “Heal the Healer Symposium” associated with Case Western was announced.
  • In CAM on America’s Main Streets, Sita Ananth, MHA of the Samueli Institute writes in Hospitals and Health Networks about integration in rural hospitals.
  • Duke Integrative medicine is teaching patients how to get quality food in Eating Local 101.
  • The pitch for an “integrative medicine consult” from the Cleveland Clinic is here.
  • Ben Kligler, MD, MPH and his integrative team are the focus of this significant feature in the Albet Einstein College of Medicine. Kligler directs the student wellness program at Einstein.
  • The Windbur Medical Center Institute of Integrative Medicine provided instruction on botanicals to a volunteer group of girl scouts.
  • A physician with Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center talked up the toxicity of herbs for the American Liver Foundation.
  • The Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s program and Penny George Institute were the subject of this CBS News feature.

The Aurora Medical Center’s “holistic hub” model, and its new IM directors, were featured here.