The University of Arizona

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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About The Center

The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine is leading the transformation of health care by creating, educating, and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine, addressing mind, body and spirit. 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 Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine leads the transformation of healthcare by creating, educating and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine, addressing mind, body and spirit.

Our commitment is to live the values of Integrative Medicine, thus creating a unique model for transforming medicine.

Creating a New Generation of Doctors from Andrew Weil, M.D. on Vimeo.