What are the requirements for admission? Do you have to have an MD?
The Fellowship is designed for physicians (MD and DO), nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants with a current medical license.
What would my time commitment be?
The Fellowship is a two-year, 1,000 hour program. Fellows spend approximately 8-10 hours of home study per week and are required to spend three separate residential weeks in Tucson. Summer and winter breaks are incorporated into the curriculum. Fellows must maintain current academic progress throughout the two years of the Fellowship.
What will I receive upon graduation from the Fellowship?
After successful completion of all Fellowship requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion through the University of Arizona and Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Our Fellowship is recognized as the national model for fellowship training. Academic centers and hospital organizations continue to send their physicians and nurse practitioners to our Fellowship for advanced training in integrative medicine (e.g., John's Hopkins, University of California at San Francisco, the National Institutes of Health, Beth Israel, Duke, Mayo, Scripps, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico). Board certification from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (the certifying board for all medical sub-specialties) is not currently available.
Can I receive CME credit for completing the Fellowship Program?
CME credit is offered for the Residential Weeks and some online curriculum, totaling approximately 80-100 hours over the two years.
What role does Dr. Weil play in the Fellowship?
As the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Weil guided the development of the curriculum used in the Fellowship. While Dr. Weil's schedule does not always allow him to regularly be involved in the online delivery of the program, he does teach at the residential sessions, occasionally participates in online dialogues, and contributes to other curricular areas and clinical scenario development.
When can I apply to the Fellowship Program?
Applications are accepted continuously. Classes start in February and August, enrollment permitting. We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2015 Fall, beginning August 5, 2013.
What if I'm not currently in practice? Can I still be accepted into the Fellowship?
It's most beneficial for Fellows to be in an active practice because the learning experiences involve interaction with patients. However, physicians who are not currently in an active practice are considered without prejudice.
The tuition is prohibitive for me. Are there any scholarships or financial aid funds available?
Since the Fellowship is not a degree-granting program with the University of Arizona, there is no financial aid available through federally sponsored student loans. However, the Fellowship is awarding 2 scholarships of up to $15,000 each for healthcare practitioners that work with underserved populations. Additionally, 2 scholarships for NPs, CNMs and PAs, will be awarded for up to $15,000. For more information please visit the Scholarships page. If you have questions, contact Moira Andre at (520) 626-2865 or by e-mail. Staff can work with you on a variety of payment plans.
I am not a primary care physician. Is this program right for me?
The Fellowship program is geared toward primary care providers, including pediatricians and OB/GYNs, however, emergency medicine, ophthalmologists, surgeons, oncologists, cardiologists, otolaryngologists, anesthesiologists, etc. have all been successful participants in the program and report great satisfaction from the learning experience.