Innovations in Integrative Healthcare Education: Integrative Medicine DesignShop and National Education Dialogue

Victor Sierpina, Mary Jo Kreitzer

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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 or Dr. Kreitzer at 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-485
Number of pages2
JournalExplore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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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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