John Weeks June 2013 Integrator Round-up covering the topic of integratve health care; academic medicine and health.

Ben Kligler, MD, MPH on recent accomplishments of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

The chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), Ben Kligler, MD, MPH, posted a series of recent CAHCIM accomplishments to the organization’s members. At the top is a set of consensus competency guidelines for fellowships in integrative medicine. Also noted is the exceptional pain initiative, separately reported below, with the hospital and health system accrediting body, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Two educational congresses, a program in integrative medicine for medical students, and a publication on the nature of integrative practices in academic centers round out the list.

: Kligler is an activist chair. This is good work from the hands of many members. I particularly like seeing CAHCIM leverage its power to open JCAHO’s pain guidelines to review. Meantime, the consensus competencies on fellowships are a chess piece in setting the infrastructure for the standards in the American Board of Integrative Medicine.


Texas Tech becomes 53rd academic health center to join the integrative medicine consortium

In a brief notice in its May 30, 2012 newsletter, the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine announced that Texas Tech University’s application to the Consortium has been approved for Consortium membership. The Texas Tech website notes Kimberli Perk, MD and Katherine B. Chauncey, PhD,RD, as the director of the Center for Integrative and Nutritional Medicine. The Consortium now has 56 member institutions, including 53 academic health centers and 3 affiliate health systems.


“Integrative Medicine” in the names of acupuncture and Oriental medicine academic institutions

A dialogue one hears sometimes among practitioners in the broad complementary and integrative health and medicine movement pertains to whether the “integrative medicine” term belongs to medical doctors (MDs). Notably, two of the roughly 50 accredited institutions of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) have the term in their names. The first to associate the 2000-3000 year old AOM profession with the roughly 18-year-old movement for integrative medicine was the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkley.  More recently, when the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of Austin (AOMA) gained regional accreditation status under the direction of Will Morris, LAc, DAOM, that school changed its name to AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine.

Meantime, earlier this spring, the former Tai Sophia Institute took a somewhat different tack with its achievement of university status from its regional accrediting agency. Under the leadership of Frank Vitale and Judith Broida, PhD, Tai Sophia became the Maryland University of Integrative Health. When one considers the comments reported above from Tracy Gaudet, MD regarding the pioneering of integrative medicine by naturopathic physicians, the suggestion is that the the integrative ground is felt by some, at least, to be shared by various traditions in “medicine,” regardless of the MD/DO exclusivity of the American Board of Integrative Medicine.