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Written by John Weeks   

Academic Health & Hospitals: U Maryland, NY Chiro College, Spaulding Re-Hab, Southwest College of Naturo Med, Greenwich Hospital and more...

Summary: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine expands health clinics in public schools program through two grants ... University of Maryland IM program chooses Will Boggs, MD as medical director ... Spaulding Rehabilitation integrating inpatient care, seeks information on privileging complementary and alternative providers ... New York Chiropractic College receives $1-million HRSA grant on manipulation and exercise therapy for low back pain ... Pali Delevitt and Karen Kawson, MD, exit Global Medicine Education Foundation, future uncertain ... Greenwich Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health System, still seeks IM leader .. Bastyr University looking for new vice president for academic affairs.
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Image 1.    Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine - Boost for School Health Clinics

The winter-spring 2007 issue of the newsletter of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) reports that their innovative programs to to provide naturopathic clinical services in a public school received two grants totaling $200,000. According to SCNM president Paul Mittman, ND, the grants upgrade a now "makeshift (yet functional)" clinic at Hamilton Elementary School and add a second in the Murphy School district. The services focus on underserved children. Mittman particularly celebrates the grants for allowing increased pediatric training of naturopathic students who rotate through the clinic cites. Matthew Baral, ND, heads up the Hamilton program. The list of SCNM's extensive off-site training programs is available here.

Will Boggs, MD, medical director, U Maryland IM program
U Maryland: Boggs New Medical Director, Integrative Program for Shock-Trauma

Will Boggs, MD, an internal medicine physician, has been named medical director for the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The Center's Fall-Winter newsletter notes that Boggs has been interested in holistic health for 30 years. Boggs' memberships are a what's-what in terms of pedigree for integrative medical doctor. Along with the
American College of Physicians, Boggs' holds membership in the American Association of Medical Acupuncture, the American Holistic Medicine Association, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association. The newsletter notes that Boggs also earned a master's degree in finance and business which he plans to put to work in "making the business side of integrative medicine a success."

Clinical services at the University of Maryland program include acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, cranio-sacral therapy, dietary counseling, shiatsu and reflexology. The newsletter further describes a new program with
R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center "to explore solutions for some unmet patient needs in acute care emergency medicine." A foundation grant is supporting some pilot research.

Image3.    Spaulding Rehab Hospital Seeks Info on Privileging CAM Practitioners for Inpatient Care

The Integrator has learned that the Integrative Medicine Project at Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is "starting to offer" integrative medicine services to Spaulding's inpatient populations. The hospital is exploring strategies for credentialing and privileging complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Anyone with a lead on good written information on this topic please contact me at . I'll pass on the information to Spaulding's group and publish it to Integrator readers. Spaulding is part of the set of teaching hospitals serving Harvard Medical School

Image4.   HRSA Grants $1.1 Million to NY Chiro College for Multi-Site Trial

New York Chiropractic College has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the United States
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to explore the effectiveness of treatments for low back pain. According to a notice on the NYCC site, the grant was awarded as part of the HRSA's Chiropractic Demonstration Project. The multi-site 3 year grant, which lasts 3 years, will support a randomized clinical trial on the effectiveness of treatments for low back pain. Among the sites are the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Paul Doherty, DC, is the principal investigator on the project which will look at both spinal manipulation and a exercise program. The project will attempt to understand which patients will benefit most from one, or the other, of the interventions. Prior awardees from HRSA on this program are Northwestern Health Sciences University and Palmer College of Chiropractic which shared a 2006 grant of $2.4-million.

Delevitt - founder leaves GMEF
5.   Founder Exits Struggling Global Medicine Education Foundation Program

Information from a variety of sources suggests that the Global Medicine Education Foundation (GMEF) program is foundering. The program, covered here in the Integrator, is in its first year, with just 12-14 individuals in a combined onsite and distance learning format.  Karen Lawson, MD, director of medical education for the program left recently due to contractual issues involving payment. Then, in a letter to associates, founder Pali Delevitt announced that she too was not only leaving the program but also leaving work in healthcare education. The not-for-profit program has been dependent on philanthropic support and is not expected to be able to survive Delevitt's departure. Rachel Ansano is holding the reins as interim director.

6.    Greenwich Hospital Still Seeks IM Leader

"This is indeed an interesting search," begins a note to the Integrator from a head-hunting firm employed by Greenwich Hospital in its effort, over many months, to find a medical doctor to serve as director of the hospital's integrative medicine program.
Brian Joyce, the head-hunter for Korn/Ferry International Image writes: "This is truly a growing area but at the same token there seems to be a shortage of talented physicians who have the business acumen to run/launch a multi-million dollar practice." Greenwich Hospital is a part of the Yale-New Haven Health System. The Integrator ran a notice in September 2006, but the position has not yet been filled. Here is a follow-up:
Greenwich Hospital has just built a state of the art 7,500 sq. foot clinic in Greenwich, CT to be the home of their first Integrative Medicine Clinic offering the following services, Meditation, Yoga, Acupuncture, Music Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Stress Management and additional services depending on the candidates personal strengths and beliefs. Among the offerings will be holistic consultations as a preventive measure for people for people who want to maximize their health and for those seeking help with managing chronic pain, cancer and other conditions. This center is the product of 9 years of market research and staff education. With over 100 healing touch volunteers on the inpatient side at Greenwich Hospital, they have a successful model with a strong, accepting patient base.  Bernadette Johnson, RN, MS is the current director of this integrative medicine program and we seek the oversight and direction of a talented Family Practitioner committed to Integrative Medicine to build this practice and put their stamp on a beautiful community.  Once on board, this person will recruit 2 full time physicians focused on integrative medicine and we are in the final stages of securing a medical director of women's services to also practice under the same roof.
Any takers? Know anybody who might be? Contact Brian Joyce at 203-406-8799.

7.   Bastyr Searching for New VP for Academic Affairs

In a note to members of the Bastyr community, Bastyr University president Dan Church, PhD, announced that the university is again engaging a search for a vice president for academic affairs. Last year Jacqueline Hooper, PhD was given the position but for various reasons not enumerated in the note, Hooper did not prove to be a good fit for the multi-disciplinary natural healthcare University.

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