U Arizona medical school approves integrative medicine "Distinction Track" A release from the University of Arizona College of Medicine announced a new Distinction Track in Integrative Medicine for the college’s medical students. The track is described as an intensive four
A release from the University of Arizona College of Medicine announced a new Distinction Track in Integrative Medicine for the college’s medical students. The track is described as an intensive four-year study program that one takes along side of and in addition to the standard curriculum. Those who complete requirements will graduate with Distinction in Integrative Medicine. The track was approved in June, allowing the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to open the new offering to 2011 incoming students. Andrew Weil, MD, the Center’s founder, explains: “Preventive medicine is a crucial part of a medical professionals’ training and is often minimalized in conventional medical training. Receiving this additional training early in their career will give UA College of Medicine students an advantage in their residency and practice and a more comprehensive set of skills for treating and communicating with their patients.”
Comment: This is another layer of remarkable accomplishment at the Center, directed by Center executive director Victoria Maizes, MD. The release details the other levels of IM training the Center offers:
- month-long rotation for fourth-year medical students and residents
- 200-hour Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum, utilized at 22 institutions throughout the United States, including the University of Arizona
- an internationally recognized fellowship for MDs, DOs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants
- an annual nutrition and health conference and
- stand-alone online courses.
No other academic health center out comes near to touching this resume of infiltration and inclusion.
An August notice from the multidisciplinary Tai Sophia Institute indicates that a new Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program has struck a chord with students. The inaugural Fall 2011 class filled quickly. A new class has been added and will begin in January 2012 “due to overwhelming interest.” This Master’s degree offers “a holistic approach to nutritional study that emphasizes the interrelated physical, medicinal, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual roles food plays in people’s lives.” The program is under the leadership of a newly named director, Rebecca Snow, M.S., LDN, CNS, RH(AHG), a licensed nutritionist and professional herbalist. Course information is available here.
Comment: Interesting to see that this program has grabbed the attention of learners. I wonder what the percentages of these are who are in career change as compared to either career enhancement or are straight out of undergraduate programs. More interesting yet will be where the graduates find work.
A year ago Bastyr University, based near Seattle, Washington, announced plans to open a campus in California. They had a hopeful 2011 start-date. On August 12, 2011, Bastyr president Dan Church, PhD announced that a long search led to the San Diego decision. The campus will be neighbors to that city’s “robust life sciences and health industry cluster.” A Bastyr blog underscores the proximity of major medical institutions including the University of California at San Diego Health System, Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Health hospital network and the VA San Diego Medical Center. The site is also not far from the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Classes are expected to begin in Fall 2012. The California Naturopathic Doctors Association worked closely with Bastyr in the decision to find a California campus.
Comment: Early rumors were that Bastyr administrators were favoring a Los Angeles area location. Knowing the health-and-nature orientation of the naturopathic student body, San Diego was a smart selection. Backing off from a rapid drive to implementation also appears to have paid off. Interesting that Scripps’ integrative medicine leader Mimi Guarneri, MD offered the keynote at Bastyr’s spring fundraiser. Some good ties with the new location appear already to be in place.