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Fellowship

Retired Fellowship Director Tieraona Low Dog, MD, engages Fellows in hands-on learning about botanical and dietary supplements during a Residential Week in Tucson.

Join a vibrant community of health professionals who are leading the transformation of healthcare by making integrative medicine a part of their practices!

Designed for physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants, the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is a 1,000 hour, two-year distance learning program. Created by Andrew Weil, MD in 2000, the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine has achieved international recognition as the leading integrative medical education program in the world.

  • Why the Fellowship is right for you

    Participating in the Fellowship re-energizes, restructures and reframes your perspective of medicine. It teaches a new way of caring for patients, with emphasis on the individual, not simply the disease - and on prevention, not just treatment. Through the Fellowship, you will be able to continue your medical practice while studying, and apply what you learn immediately.

    Our Fellows work in multiple care models, including primary care, consultative practice, clinical setting, and IM-specific and community clinics for the underserved. IM Fellows have applied integrative techniques to more than 35 medical specialties, ranging from family practice to cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, OB-GYN, and rheumatology.

  • What you will learn

    Healthcare is often symptom-focused and reactive, rather than prevention-focused and proactive. Patients and physicians rarely discuss nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle change, and instead focus mainly on diagnosis and treatment of disease. Many clinicians feel unprepared to discuss the safe and effective use of dietary supplements or herbal medicines, or how to help patients incorporate relaxation or mind-body practices into their lives. The amount of information available in the fields of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine is growing at an exponential rate - making it difficult for even the most highly motivated practitioner to sort through the evidence and put into practice. The Fellowship in Integrative Medicine provides you with a structured and highly interactive educational experience, allowing you to gain the knowledge and skills you need to effectively practice integrative medicine.

    Our multimedia curriculum consists of:

    • web-based modules with case studies
    • online dialogues with faculty and colleagues
    • podcasts and streaming video
    • peer-reviewed content
    • experiential exercises

    The Fellowship curriculum is divided into 10 Units, typically nine to 10 weeks long, created by nationally recognized experts and faculty from a variety of disciplines, modalities and philosophies.

    You will learn:

    Nutritional health
    the latest nutritional approaches and dietary recommendations for general health, as well as specific conditions such as cancer and diabetes
    Botanicals and dietary supplements
    research-based uses, how to identify a quality product, supplement-drug interactions, and use in specific patient populations
    Mind-body medicine
    ways in which emotional, mental, social and behavioral factors affect health and how to teach patients meditation and other mind-body techniques
    Complementary and alternative practices
    uses, benefits and recommendations for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, manual medicine and homeopathy
    Integrative approaches
    to women's health, pediatrics, mental health, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular disease, cancer and much more.
  • Residential weeks

    Create and maintain a sense of community with your Fellowship class by meeting in Tucson, Arizona for three, week-long sessions during your two years of study. These residential weeks offer you the opportunity to connect with like-minded colleagues, establish relationships with faculty and directors, and receive hands-on training. You will return home feeling invigorated and inspired to incorporate the techniques you have learned into your practice!

  • Alumni network

    The Fellowship has created a strong international community of more than 900 alumni with whom you can share experiences, draw support, and participate in continuing educational opportunities. Our alumni hail from all over the world - 47 U.S. states and 15 different countries and territories. They have also begun integrative practices and lead IM programs at prestigious institutions, such as Beth Israel, Chapel Hill and University of California, San Francisco.