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Academic Medicine Journal Devotes October Issue to NCCAM-Funded Integrative Education Initiatives PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Academic Medicine Journal Devotes October Issue to NCCAM-Funded Integrative Education Initiatives

Summary: For the last half decade a series of multi-year grants from the NIH National Centers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine have quietly allowed significant explorations in transforming medical education. Some have given medical students their first mind-body medicine experience. Others allowed ties to be forged between conventional academic health centers and academic institutions which educate chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians and massage therapists. In October 2007, Academic Medicine, the journal of the American Association of Medical Colleges, devoted over 50 pages to reports on these NIH programs. Medical troglodytes across the country must have developed hives on picking up Volume 82, Number 10.
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One arena where the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has had an indisputably positive impact on the transformation of medicine in the United States is through its R-25 education grants.

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Devotes 50 pages to integrative education programs
The October 2007 issue of Academic Medicine (Volume 82, Number 10), the publication of the American  Association of Medical Colleges, has a 50 page section devoted to these efforts to change medical education. In a note about the publication, NCCAM states: "
An important goal of this novel grant program was to incorporate CAM health education information into the curricula of established medical, dental, nursing, and allied health professional schools, residency training programs, and continuing education programs."

The special issue begins with a preface by Adi Haramati, PhD, who took the lead in managing the series for the Academic Medicine. Nancy Pearson, PhD, and NCCAM deputy director Margaret Chesney, PhD, both widely respected NCCAM officials, then present an overview of the NCCAM program, which funded 15 programs. These form the basis of the content for the articles which range from implanting meditation and mind-body education in the training of medical school students to elaborate inter-institutional relationships with schools of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, chiropractic, massage and naturopathic medicine.

Here are the titles and authors.


  • Preface: Insights from Educational Initiatives in Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Aviad Haramati, PhD, William Elder, PhD, Margaret Heitkemper, RN, PhD, and Sara Warber, MD

  • The CAM Education Program of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Overview by Nancy J. Pearson, PhD, and Margaret A. Chesney, PhD

  • Rationales for CAM Education in Health Professions Training Programs by Susan A. Gaylord, PhD, and J. Douglas Mann, MD

  • What Should Students Learn about Complementary and Alternative Medicine? by Barak Gaster, MD, John N. Unterborn, MD, Richard B. Scott, and Ronald Schneeweiss, MB, ChB

  • Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine Instruction into Health Professions Education: Organizational and Instructional Strategies by Mary Y. Lee, MD, Rita Benn, PhD, Leslie Wimsatt, PhD, Jane Cornman, AP, RN, PhD, Joan Hedgecock, MSPH, Susan Gerik, MD, Janice Zeller, RN, PhD, Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, Pamela Allweiss, MD, Claudia Finklestein, MD, and Aviad Haramati, PhD

  • Barriers, Strategies, and Lessons Learned from Complementary and Alternative Medicine Curricular Initiatives by Victor S. Sierpina, MD, Ronald Schneeweiss, MB, ChB, Moshe A. Frenkel, MD, Robert Bulik, PhD, and Jack Maypole, MD
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  • Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine Curricular Elements to Foster Medical Student Self-Awareness by William Elder, PhD, David Rakel, MD, Margaret Heitkemper, RN, PhD, Carol Hustedde, PhD, Nancy Harazduk, MEd, MSW, Susie Gerik, MD, and Aviad Haramati, PhD

  • Evaluating CAM Education in Health Professions Programs by Terry D. Stratton, PhD, Rita K. Benn, PhD, De´ sire´ e A. Lie, MD, MSEd, Janice M. Zeller, PhD, RN, and Anne R. Nedrow, MD

  • Collaborations between Allopathic and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Health Professionals: Four Initiatives by Anne R. Nedrow, MD, Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, Moshe Frenkel, MD, Douglas Mann, MD, Peter Wayne, PhD, and Ellen Hughes, MD.

Comment: This issue is for academic medicine what the November 11, 1998 issue (Volume 280, #18) of the Journal of the American Medical Association was for the complementary and alternative medicine field in general. Like it or not, "integrative medicine" has not only arrived, it has as least leased space in medical schools across the country, if not yet taken up full residency.

Now, the question is how well these integrative programs will sustain themselves once the money from Big Daddy (a.k.a., the NIH) runs out. As we know from the
embrace of research in the 1950s by these same academic medical centers, millions of dollars from the NIH can have a transformative effect on one's passions. Has the uptake of integrative medicine gained enough ground to be funded internally? Here's hoping these integrative medicine leaders can continue with their advances once weaned from the NIH's generative teat. That Academic Medicine chose to feature these programs bodes well for their future.
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