About the Center

The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (UACIM) 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.

Founded in 1994 by Dr. Andrew Weil, we focus on three domains: education, health promotion and research. We believe the best way to change a field is to educate the most gifted professionals and place them in settings where they can teach others.



Accomplishments

The University of 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 more than 70 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 more than 1200 Fellows in Integrative Medicine, with 160 new practitioners accepted to the Fellowship each year thereafter.
  • Has trained doctors from 47 U.S. states and 15 countries and territories. 

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Health Promotion

In addition to educating the best and brightest healthcare professionals, we're working to ensure that integrative care is available to as many people as possible. With a commitment to build integrative healthcare up in underserved communities, and projects to make sure that patient-centered sustainable care becomes an integral part of primary healthcare through initiatives like the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH) we hope that one day all healthcare will be integrative healthcare.

The Center serves patients directly at a small consultative practice in Tucson, partnering with patients to facilitate healing by using a wide range of therapies from conventional and complementary traditions.

Research

UACIM 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.

Our research director, Esther Sternberg, MD, is working to establish collaborative, multidisciplinary translational research program that is exploring the science of the mind-body connection from varying perspectives and then translating those findings into IM practice. Toward this end, UACIM has also partnered with other University of Arizona units to form the Institute on Place and Wellbeing, of which Dr. Sternberg is the founding director.

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.

Other programs include the Integrative Health & Lifestyle program (IHeLp), Integrative Health Coaching, Integrative Medicine in Residency, Integrative Medicine Distinction Track, and the Integrative Medicine Elective Rotation.