The co-chair of the Education Working Group of the 51 medical school member Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM) announced in the organization’s newsletter a new initiative to network residents from CAHCIM schools with an interest in integrative medicine. According to an open letter to such residents, the group will share best practices, engage a quarterly conference call, and support other such networking opportunities,.

Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine begins forum for residents interested in integrative medicine

The co-chair of the Education Working Group of the 51 medical school member Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM) announced in the organization’s newsletter a new initiative to network residents from CAHCIM schools with an interest in integrative medicine. According to an open letter to such residents, the group will share best practices, engage a quarterly conference call, and support other such networking opportunities,. One feature is a Facebook site entitled Resident Doctors for Integrative Medicine. The leaders on the effort are residents Ashley Salomon, MD (PGY-2 University of Arizona Family Medicine) and Stephanie Cheng, MD (PGY-1 Contra Costa Family Medicine).

Comment: The initiative might eventually be smartly linked with the National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine, reported above, given its close relationship to the dozen preventive medicine residencies in integrative medicine.

 

Portrait of growth in an AOM school: Five Branches University

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a focus on a local business on September 1, 2012: “Profile – Five Branches University grows to faculty of 100.” The for-profit acupuncture and Oriental medicine institution was founded in 1984 with five faculty members and 18 students, according to founder and  current president Ron Zaidman, MAOM, MBA. The school now has 200 students in Santa Cruz and 240 students in a second campus in San Jose, California. Classes are taught in English in Santa Cruz, and in English, Korean and Chinese in San Jose, according to the article. The teaching clinics treat over 100 patients a day, and as noted in the title, total faculty members has hit 100. Zaidman said the economic downturn in 2008 kept the school from opening a third campus in 2010.

Comment: The story exemplifies the type of vision and leadership many of those responsible for the development of integrative care options in the 1980s. In an era of virtually no “cultural authority,” and even less access to any public, private or foundation financial investment, individuals like Zaidman pulled together a handful of colleagues and started schools. These provided infrastructure that led to expanded availability of practitioners and services. The Five Branches story is multiplied across disciplines like massage, naturopathic medicine, yoga therapy and direct-entry (home-birth) midwifery, its growth and success a marker of the changes in the US culture, and a reminder of the gutsy, passion-driven work of those who pioneered.  

 

Historic International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine close to selling out

A near capacity crowd of close to 300 educators, researchers and leaders are signed up for the first ever International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ICECIM). ICECIM  is co-sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care and Georgetown University, where it will be held. The Congress is international. Among the initial 271 registrants, 35 are from 10 countries outside the US: Canada-12, Korea-6, Germany-5, China, Italy, Jamaica and Thailand with 2 each, Iran, Israel, Spain and Switzerland with 1 each. 

Comment: This is the most significant event ever developed from the ground up via a direct, horizontal collaboration between academics in integrative medicine and academics from the licensed complementary and alternative healthcare disciplines. The collaboration is apparent in planning teams, program teams, content and sponsorship.