Category Integrative Medicine Education

The Evolution of Integrative Medical Education: the Influence of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

AW and VM 2 001For more than twenty years The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine has been leading the field of Integrative Medical Education. I was delighted that the Journal of Integrative Medicine published a new article written by Center directors Drs. Victoria Maizes, Randy Horwitz, Hilary McClafferty, Patricia Lebensohn, Jim Dalen, and Andrew Weil entitled: The Evolution of Integrative Medical Education: the Influence of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in their November 2015 issue.

In 1994, the University of Arizona College of Medicine embarked on an experiment in medical education. The Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. James Dalen, authorized Dr. Andrew Weil to establish a Program in Integrative Medicine (IM) within the College of Medicine...

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Supplements can be helpful but need better oversight

In February, NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused GNC, Target, Walgreen’s, and Walmart of selling supplements that contained little, if any, of the herb they purported to contain. This has caused tremendous uproar among consumers, providers, the dietary supplements industry, and retailers alike. The stores, in response, have pulled the products from their shelves. American consumers have been portrayed as stupid and gullible for using worthless and ineffective products. But what if the results of the tests aren’t credible?

The attorney general used a relatively new method of testing for the presence of herbs called DNA bar coding, but DNA testing isn’t particularly useful with herbal extracts, because little to no DNA remains after the commercial extraction process. Dr...

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An Online Program Shapes Doctors’ Minds—and Hearts

An Online Program Shapes Doctors’ Minds—and Hearts**

By Victoria Maizes MD

Nearly 14 years ago, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine embarked on an experiment in online education that would have a major impact on the medical profession.

To meet the growing demand for training in integrative medicine—a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person and makes use of all appropriate therapies—the center began offering the content of its residential fellowship online...

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