Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine - Founded in 1994 by Dr. Andrew Weil
The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is leading the transformation of health care by training a new generation of health professionals and by empowering individuals and communities to optimize health and wellbeing through evidence-based, sustainable, integrative approaches. The Center was founded in 1994 by Dr. Andrew Weil, and has focused its efforts in three domains: education, clinical care and research. The Center was built upon the premise that the best way to change a field is to educate the most gifted professionals and place them in settings where they can, in turn, teach others. Education The Center offers a broad range of educational opportunities for health care professionals with an interest in learning and practicing the principles of integrative medicine. The majority of the Center's educational offerings are online, including our flagship program: The Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Clinical Care The Center has been serving patients at a small consultative practice at the University of Arizona, partnering with patients to facilitate healing by using a wide range of therapies from conventional and complementary traditions. In 2012, the Center opened a primary care clinic in Phoenix, Ariz.: the Arizona Integrative Health Center. The clinic is positioned to give thousands of Arizonans access to world-class integrative primary care unparalleled in the industry, with longer in-depth patient intake appointments, followed by visits with complementary providers, and unlimited classes on health and wellness topics. The clinic will also be the site for an outcomes study, through which statistically relevant data on the effect of IM will be used to open conversations on a national level about insurance reimbursement for integrative health-care services, wellness and prevention. Research Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine research activities contribute rigorous scientific studies on the integration of complementary therapies with conventional medicine, with a focus on educational research, corporate health improvement research, and methods to study clinical outcomes in integrative medicine. The Center made leaps forward in 2012 with the hire of world-renowned researcher Esther Sternberg, MD, to establish a collaborative, multidisciplinary translational research program that will explore the science of the mind-body connection from varying perspectives and then translate those findings into IM practice. Accomplishments The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine… • Developed the first and most comprehensive academic curriculum in integrative medicine. • Co-founded the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, with Duke University and the University of Massachusetts. The Consortium has 46 member institutions engaged in clinical, educational, and research programs in integrative medicine. • Created the first Integrative Medicine in Residency program, which is a national model for training of all physicians in integrative medicine. • Offers the largest Fellowship in the world, having graduated nearly 1000 Fellows in integrative medicine by 2012, with 120 new practitioners accepted to the Fellowship each year thereafter. • Has trained doctors from 47 U.S. states and 15 countries and territories. Mission The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is leading the transformation of health care by training a new generation of health professionals and by empowering individuals and communities to optimize health and wellbeing through evidence-based, sustainable, integrative approaches. Our commitment is to live the values of Integrative Medicine, thus creating a unique model for transforming medicine.
Creating a New Generation of Doctors - Andrew Weil, M.D.
- The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is the world leader in integrative medicine education, research and clinical care. In addition to a robust research program, the Center opened the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center in Phoenix, Ariz., in affiliation with District Medical Group, and offers a number of educational opportunities for the public, students practicing physicians, and everyone in between.
- Options open to health care practitioners include a two-year distance-learning Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, an Integrative Medicine in Residency program available through approximately 40 medical schools nationwide, an Integrative Medicine Elective Rotation for medical students, and a variety of standalone online courses designed for health care professionals and open for an informed public.
- Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
- To learn more about the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, please visit www.azcim.org.