Highlights 2010 Report from the Wake Forest Center for Integrative Medicine  The March 2, 2011 newsletter for the Wake Forest Baptist Health Center for Integrative Medicine offers a quantitative look at the production of the Center based on grants and

Highlights: 2010 Report from the Wake Forest Center for Integrative Medicine 

The March 2, 2011 newsletter for the Wake Forest-Baptist Health Center for Integrative Medicine offers a quantitative look at the production of the Center based on grants and projects under way in 2010. The CIM is led by Kathy Kemper, MD, MPH holder of the Caryl J Guth Chair for Integrative Medicine. Ed Shaw, MD is program director for research. A full PDF, available through the newsletter link above, describes these in detail.

 Area of activity 



 Total research grants



 Total research grant funding



 Peer-reviewed publications


(150 faculty involved)

 Website visits






 Participants at presentations



 Media interviews, articles



 Other funding support



Most surprising award


“Supporting Pillar
of the Police Department”

 * Grant may have been received earlier but work underway during 2010.

Comment: Quite simply, remarkable.

Integration theme propels record turnout for conference of chiropractic educators and researchers 

“Outstanding speakers and this year’s theme, integration, propelled us forward to our largest turnout ever for an Association of Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda (ACC-RAC) Conference.” So reports David O’Bryon, executive director of the ACC. A total of 463 participants attended. O’Bryon adds that the conference “was a huge success due to the timeliness of and interest in the topics covered. Integrated healthcare is the future and full of opportunities for chiropractic.”

The release from ACC notes that the formal theme was “Integration: Chiropractic Education and Practice in Integrative Healthcare.” One piece of integration was a closing keynote presentation provided by Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, president of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Shannon addressed “The Future of Integrative Healthcare: Benefits and Obstacles of Integration.”

Comment: I had an opportunity to participate in this meeting by helping lead a workshop on practical integration. I shared some perspectives on the emerging environment that I later converted into 8 Major Trends Promoting Integration of Integrative Practices and Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Disciplines. In the midst of the ACC-RAC, I began a conversation with a chiropractic clinician with 4 decades of scars from poor relationships with medical doctors. He sees no future in investing in integration, except perhaps among the natural healthcare disciplines. Given the poor inclusion of chiropractic doctors even in most integrative medical settings, it’s no surprise that the purple-ing of the DC-MD bruises is still visible. The slow mainstream response to the evidence on cost and care noted above is yet more fanning of the ire. Good for the ACC to both chose this topic, and then turn out for it in such numbers. 

Explore publisher Horrigan provides resource on integrative MD residencies 

The March 2011 issue of Explore includes an article by publisher Bonnie Horrigan entitled
Integrative Medicine Fellowships and Residencies Transforming the Healthcare Landscape. The web-available resource includes information on 4 national programs (e.g. University of Arizona Fellowship, Bravewell) and 12 regional programs (Connecticut, New York, Maine, Michigan, Texas, California, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and elsewhere). The report offers a short description of each, names core faculty and provides a link.

Comment: This is an excellent resource for not only prospective fellows but also for interested observers of this field. While Horrigan’s title claim that the residencies are “transforming the healthcare landscape” may yet be an aspirational reach, certainly this report signifies integrative medicine’s growing entrenchment in medical education. Horrigan’s article is a fine, useful piece of work. (Thanks to Taylor Walsh for pointing me to this information.)

Tai Sophia offers Nutrition and Integrative Health Masters; link with James Gordon’s “Food as Medicine” 

Fall 2011 will be the first class of a new Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program at the Tai Sophia Institute. The former single purpose acupuncture program has been expanding its offerings over the past decade. The following are the published “program highlights” of the 47 hour course. The course is structured so that working professionals can take it via weekends over 2 years.

  • Taught from a holistic and integrative perspective
  • Prepares graduates for a variety of nutrition and wellness careers
  • Prepares graduates to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam
  • Features custom-designed science courses and core competencies in nutrition assessment and treatment strategies
  • Includes whole foods cooking as part of academic curriculum
  • Addresses sustainability and the relationships between our food choices, our agricultural and food processing practices, and the environment
  • Integrates students into the broader health and wellness learning community at Tai Sophia Institute.

The curriculum is posted here. One interesting feature is a relationship with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) founded by James Gordon, MD. According to an April 6, 2011 e-letter to the CMBM the new course “is very special to us and to Food As Medicine (FAM) graduates.” The reason: “Our own Kathie Swift, MS, RD, our brilliant FAM Curriculum Designer, was one of the visionary leaders in the field who informed the creation of this curriculum.” FAM graduates can receive advanced standing in this degree program.

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