November 2011 John Weeks Integrator Round-up:  Academic Medicine

UCSF’s Margaret Chesney, PhD in line to chair the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine 

Integrative medicine leader at the UCSF Osher Center director Margaret Chesney, PhD has been selected as the new vice-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). Chesney was formerly the deputy director of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine when founding director Stephen Straus, MD was in decline with brain cancer. As CAHCIM vice chair, Chesney is expected to succeed Ben Kligler, MD, MPH in late 2013. Kligler’s term as chair just began. Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, director of the integrative medicine program at Duke, just completed his term.

Licensed acupuncturist Beau Anderson, PhD, LAc in academic appointment at Albert Einstein medical school 

I recently became aware of the appointment of Belinda (Beau) Anderson, PhD, MAOM, LAc as assistant clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. Anderson, academic dean and research director at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), New York, is among the first licensed acupuncturists to receive such an appointment. She shared the following educational responsibilities that come with the title:

  • As part of an educational exchange program, 1st year Einstein students in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course attend Anderson’s introductory lecture about Chinese medicine. They also attend a clinic shift at the PCOM student clinic. (In addition, a group of PCOM interns attends an introductory lecture followed by a three-hour cadaver dissection lab at Einstein.)
  • Anderson teaches a workshop on stress reduction called “The Use of Integrative Medicine” in the clinical examination section of Einstein’s Introduction to Clinical Medicine course.
  • Family practice residents at New York Beth Israel, an Einstein-affiliated residency program, attend a lecture of Anderson’s and then shadow licensed acupuncturists in the PCOM clinic during their 2nd year of training.

Anderson, a researcher by prior professional experience, is also involved in a series of NIH grant submissions with members of the Einstein faculty including Paul Marantz, MD and Ben Kligler, MD, MPH.

Comment: Among the pleasures of this work is noting these historic moments, quiet breakthroughs, stones dropped in ponds, as the choices of patients and the actions of professionals begin to be reflected in the practice of institutions. Kudos to Marantz and Kligler for facilitating this door opening and to Anderson for having the skill sets to step through.