AzCIM Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
Twenty years ago, we had a powerful vision. Together with a talented team of faculty, staff, and philanthropic supporters, we created a process to implement IM education and practice to transform medicine and health care in this country and throughout the world. What began so long ago is now a vast network of IM-trained alumni stretching around the globe, respected programs that educate thousands, and clinical care and cutting-edge research that inform the field of IM.
As the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine marks our 20th anniversary, we hope you'll join us in reflecting on the building blocks that have brought us to this point, what they mean for our work today, and how they will carry all of us into the future.
- The Program in Integrative Medicine is founded
In 1994, a group of forward-thinking faculty, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil, developed a fledgling program believing that an integrative approach to medical education and practice could change the current focus of health care from disease management to prevention and health promotion. The timing was right. A philosophical and practical transformation began at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
- Residential Fellowship program begins
Program in Integrative Medicine institutes the Residential Fellowship program.
- Associate Fellowship program begins
Associate Fellowship program begins. To date, nearly 1000 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants have been trained in this 1000-hour program, utilizing state-of-the-art online educational techniques and intensive experiential sessions in Tucson.
- NIH T32 Research Fellowship awarded
NIH T32 Research Fellowship is awarded to the Program in Integrative Medicine.
- Integrative Family Medicine residency launches
Integrative Family Medicine residency is launched, allowing family medicine residents to complete the Program's Fellowship while pursuing conventional family medicine residency at one of six partner institutions.
- Bravewell Fellows Program launches
Bravewell Fellows Program is launched with 24 full scholarships and 4 partial scholarships awarded. By 2012, 93 Bravewell Fellows scholarships had been awarded.
- Alumni Association is founded
Alumni association (PIMAA/CIMA) is founded.
- Integrative Rheumatology scholarships
Integrative Rheumatology offers full-tuition scholarships to support new and established academic rheumatologists who wish to incorporate integrative medicine approaches into their practice.
- Center of Excelllence
Program in Integrative Medicine is designated a Center of Excellence by the University of Arizona, becoming the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
- Integrative Medicine in Residency launches
Integrative Medicine in Residency seamlessly integrates integrative medical education into primary care residency curriculum with the goal of expanding primary care and subspecialty training programs throughout the US. Tested with 8 pilot sites, by 2012, 33 institutions had adopted the curriculum.
- Integrative Oncology training program
Integrative Oncology training program provides critical information and education for health care professionals and patients and their families.
- Fellowship classes double
The Fellowship in Integrative Medicine began accepting two classes per year, due to growing demand and class sizes, doubling the number of practitioners receiving IM training to each year.
- Integrative Mental Health Conference
Integrative Mental Health programs kicked off with a conference, received with overwhelming enthusiasm, during which many regional groups throughout the US connected to form mental health interest groups. An online course on anxiety and depression was also released.
- The Integrative Medicine Distinction Track opens
The Integrative Medicine Distinction Track was opened to first year medical students, allowing the Center to impart IM skills and knowledge early in the careers of future medical leaders.
- AzCIM Research expands
Expanding its research operations dramatically, the Center welcomed internationally-recognized mind-body authority Dr. Esther Sternberg and her team from the National Institutes of Health.
- University of Arizona Integrative Health Center opens
The Center opened the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center, designed to provide world-class integrative primary care, prove the IM primary care model for possible replication, and be the site for an outcomes study, to fuel national conversations on insurance reimbursement for IM and preventive medicine.
- Educational Exchange to Cuba
Center leadership and invited alumni participated in an educational exchange to Cuba where they witnessed first-hand the lower costs associated with preventive and integrative health care options.
- Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency launches
The Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency pilot program launched at five sites with 350 faculty and residents. With the sharp rise in chronic illnesses among children, this program satisfies a growing need to offer a residency program that teaches a wide variety of treatment strategies.
- Integrative Health and Lifestyle (IHeLp) program launches
The Integrative Health and Lifestyle (IHeLp) program launched to expand integrative medicine educational opportunities to nurses, nutritionists, therapists, and other health care professionals, and build integrative teams.
- Integrative Health Coaching program launches
The Integrative Health Coaching program launches, giving Fellowship and IHeLp graduates the opportunity to be certified in health coaching with a focus on interprofessional team-based, patient-centered care.