The University of Arizona

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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Facts on the Center

The Center at a glance:

  • 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. 

AzCIM brief history

1997:    Program in Integrative Medicine institutes the Residential Fellowship program.

2000:    Associate Fellowship program begins. To date, nearly 800 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have been trained in this 1,000-hour program, utilizing state-of-the-art online educational techniques and intensive experiential sessions in Tucson.

2001:    NIH T32 Research Fellowship is awarded to the Program in Integrative Medicine.

2004:    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.

2005:    Bravewell Fellows Program is launched with 24 full scholarships and 4 partial scholarships awarded. By 2011, 93 Bravewell Fellows scholarships had been awarded.

2005:    Alumni Association (PIMAA/CIMA) founded

2007:    Integrative Rheumatology offers full-tuition scholarships to support new and established academic rheumatologists who wish to incorporate integrative medicine approaches into their practice.

2008:    Program in Integrative Medicine is designated a Center of Excellence by the University of Arizona, becoming the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

2008:    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 2011, 23 institutions had adopted the curriculum.

2009:    Integrative Oncology training program provides critical information and education for health care professionals and patients and their families.

2010:    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.

2010:    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.

2011:    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.

2012:    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.

2012:    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.

2012:    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.

2013:    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.

2013:    The Integrative Health and Lifestyle (IHeLp) program is launched to expand integrative medicine educational opportunities to nurses, dietitians, therapists, and other health care professionals.