Content on integrative healthcare and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is now being taught in hundreds of educational programs across the country. Nursing, medical, osteopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathic, and other programs are finding creative and innovative ways to include these approaches in new models of education and practice. This column spotlights such innovations in integrative healthcare and CAM education and presents readers with specific educational interventions that they can adapt into new or ongoing educational efforts at their institution or program. We invite readers to submit brief descriptions of efforts in their institutions that reflect the creativity, diversity, and interdisciplinary nature of the field. Please submit to Dr. Sierpina at email@example.com or Dr. Kreitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be brief, no more than 300 to 400 words. Please include any Web site or other resource that is relevant as well as contact information.
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Over the past five years, there has been a significant increase in the number of health professional education programs that have integrated content on CAM into core curricula. This trend is most apparent in schools of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy and, to a lesser extent, other allied health programs such as physical therapy. The R-25 CAM education grant initiative funded by the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) provided funding to support curriculum development in 15 educational programs across the country. There are currently 30 medical schools that are part of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
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