The Mayo Clinic offers Continuing Medical Education programs in Integrative Medicine. For example, in June 2007, the Mayo Clinic offered a two-day series entitled “Topics in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Evidence-Based Information for the Practicing Physician.”
Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine program was created to address the growing patient interest in wellness-promoting activities that are not typically part of conventional medical care, such as meditation, massage therapy and herbal medicine. This clinic provides evidence-based consultation to Mayo patients and Mayo physicians about the use of complementary therapies.
Mayo Clinic’s complementary and integrative medicine physicians and other health professionals offer patients and their referring physicians recommendations to help integrate appropriate complementary therapies and wellness programs into the patient’s overall treatment plan. Recommendations are meant to complement rather than replace conventional Western medicine.
Services offered by the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Clinic:
- Physician Consultation
This service is provided by a physician with training in Integrative Medicine. During the consultation, the physician assesses the patient’s needs and develops a treatment plan. Recommendations might include use of dietary supplements, botanicals and their interactions with prescription medications, mind-body procedures such as meditation, acupuncture, massage, and alternative medicine systems such as traditional Chinese medicine or ayurveda (a holistic medicine system from India.)
- Massage Therapy
This service is provided by a certified massage therapist. During the initial assessment, the therapist evaluates the patient’s needs and develops a treatment plan. Techniques are chosen based on the therapist’s ongoing assessment and patient’s goals. Massage techniques can include Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, myofascial release, and reflexology.
This service is provided by a physician trained in acupuncture or a licensed acupuncturist who works under the supervision of a physician. Techniques include acupuncture with manual and electrical stimulation.
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
Address & Contact:
Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
200 First St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55905