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Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 29-February 17, 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 29-February 17, 2009

Summary: The list of IOM-contracted papers, and authors for the IOM Summit ... U Kansas program announces 2nd Fellow, and opens applications for third .. LAc-led clinic approved by UC Regents as internship location for medical students, others ... Holistic nurses elevate field research in their professional agenda ... Move in massage therapy profession may lead to split in organizations responsible for licensing exams and that for certification exams ... AAAOM to add focus on military medicine at its April conference ... Wendy Weber, ND, PhD becomes first naturopathic physician to be hired as a program officer at NIH NCCAM ... Key mover in creating Continuum Center, Barbara Glickstein, MS, MPH, RN, selected for prestigious media program, plus ...
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ImageIOM Summit announces availability of commissioned papers

As part of the National Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public, the IOM commissioned a series of papers. On February 6, the IOM announced that most of these are available for downloading and review on their website
available here. A paper on economics is anticipated. The list of papers and authors is as follows: 

Integrative Medicine Research: Context and Priorities
     Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D.
     Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
     Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc.
     Kathi Kemper, M.D., M.P.H.

Preventive Medicine, Integrative Medicine & the Health of the Public
     David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, FACP
     Ather Ali, N.D., M.P.H.

Integrative Medicine and Patient Centered Care
     Victoria Maizes, M.D.
     David Rakel, M.D.
     Catherine Niemiec, J.D., L.Ac.

Health Professions Education and Integrative Health Care
     Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
     Benjamin Kligler, M.D., M.P.H.
     William C. Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

Communicating with the Public about Integrative Medicine
     Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., R.N.
     Mary Ruggie, Ph.D.
     Matt Russell

The IOM makes clear that the "broad range of perspectives" shared in the papers are those of the authors, rather than the IOM.
Comment: I was pleased to see that each of the papers reflects a collaborative, multidisciplinary team, including leads from the nursing fields in two areas, plus a chiropractor, a licensed acupuncturist and two naturopathic physicians. (Matt Russell and his Russell Public Communications firm also has experience working across many disciplines.) Good for the IOM to have included this diversity in content preparation. This is a nice step toward multidisciplinary respect after the MD-centric 2005 IOM study.
Federal Policy Week for integrative health and wellness

See the Integrator article on a February 23rd US Senate hearing on integrative healthcare principles, and for your invite to a Samueli Institute reception on February 26th, plus some relevant aspects of the Obama economic stimulus package, and more.


Academic Medicine


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Drisko, Left, and 2nd Fellow Bischoff
University of Kansas announces 2nd fellow; applications open for 2010-2011


The Integrator received the following note from Lana Nagel, program manager at the Program in Integrative medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center: "We're pleased to announce the University of Kansas Medical Center Program in Integrative Medicine fellow for 2009-2010. Bette Bischoff, MD, our second fellow, is completing her internal medicine residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio. The fellowship serves to fully prepare doctors as integrative medicine practitioners as well as develop research skills. We are now accepting fellowship applications for 2010-2011." Jeanne Drisko, MD, program founder and director adds:
"We feel we are preparing doctors to be fully equipped integrative practitioners as well as have some skills to help with the research agenda." 913-945-6607

Acupuncture clinic gains status with UC Regents as clinical internship site for UC medical students, others

An article in the February 2009 issue of Acupuncture Today shares a pioneering initiative in which a clinic led by license acupuncturists has gain legitimacy as a recognized site for an elective medical rotation. (See Bringing the Mountain to Mohammed: AOM Clinic offers rotations to UC medical students.)  The clinic, called the Center for Integrative Medicine, is located in Visalia, California. The program is the brainchild of C. Kwong-Robbins, MSTCM, RPH. The interview describes a list of typical activities:
  1. Shadow acupuncturists during patient appointments
  2. Develop patient profiles according to TCM standards
  3. Monitor blood pressure or other vital signs, blood sugar or weight
  4. Periodically evaluate scientific or other health care literature.
  5. Provide counseling to patients
  6. Help in herbal pharmacy.
  7. Learn the business aspect of a TCM medical practice
The typical internship is full-time, with at least 40 hours per week, for 6 weeks, for which the student typically receives 6-12 credits. Information is available at www.allholisticmed.com/default.asp.


Professions

ImageHolistic nurses elevate importance of promoting research
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The American Holistic Nurses Association is engaged in a new effort to promote research within the holistic nursing field. The second issue of the new AHNA newsletter, Connections in Holistic Nursing Research, was recently published. The work is being led internally by Rorry Zahourek, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, AHN-BC. the coordinator for research on the AHNA's leadership council. The initiative includes a very small awards program ($2500) which is intended to support pilot work of a field researcher. The newsletter reflects the networking focus, sharing stories of successful research, mentoring, and training in grant writing.

ImageMassage profession moves toward separate licensing and certification agencies


The American Massage Therapy Association has officially recognized the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) as the "preferred entry-level licensing exam" for massage therapists in the United States. The action follows the emergence in the field of the FSMTB over the last. Many states presently use the test of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). A statement from the FSMTB notes that the Federation "like AMTA, sees voluntary certification as a valuable cornerstone of the profession. The Federation continues to hope that the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) will recognize that the profession has evolved and that NCBTMB’s true purpose in the industry is with certification," and "encourage(s) NCBTMB to fully support the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the regulatory process, and the benefits of a single licensing exam owned, operated and designed specifically to meet the needs of the regulatory community in their role of public protection."


ImageAAAOM to include focus on military medicine at April 23-26 conference

The uptake of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by the US military has not been lost on the American Associatino for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). In a February 9, 2009 notice to members, the organization's president Deborah Lincoln,RN, MSN, RAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM) shared plans for a half-day workshop on the topic. The discussion will be led by Joe Chang, LAc and will focus on efforts "
to alleviate the suffering of PTSD through expansion of AOM use in the military." Lincoln says that Chang's work "may very well represent a new and much-needed direction to expand our professional opportunities nationwide." The conference will be held April 23-26 in Sacramento.


Personnel

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Wendy EWeber, ND, MPH, PhD
Wendy Weber, ND, MPH, PhD to be first naturopathic physician with staff position at NIH NCCAM


In an brief note to colleagues on February 12, Wendy Weber, ND, PhD announced that she has been hired as a program officer at the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Weber, a member of the research team and board member at Bastyr University, will be the first naturopathic physician to hold a staff position inside NIH NCCAM. Her doctorate is in epidemiology. It was not immediately clear with which programs Weber will be affiliated. Her last day at Bastyr will be March 20, 2009. Licensed chiropractors have held program officer positions for many years at NCCAM with Partap Khalsa, DC, PhD currently in that role. Weber co-authored the IOM-commissioned paper on research context and priorities, noted above.
Comment: As a side-note, Weber is a member of the Research Working Group of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, a co-chair for which is Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, the first licensed CAM practitioner to hold a program officer position at NCCAM. Goertz role was in health services, her specialty. Kudos to Weber, and to NCCAM director Josephine Briggs, MD, for opening this door. 
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Barbar Glickstein, MS, RN, MPH
Barbara Glickstein, RN, MPH, MS selected as part of Progressive Women's Voices program


Barbara Glickstein, RN, MPH is known to many in the integrative medicine field as the individual who partnered with Woodson Merrell, MD in pulling together the Continuum Center for Health and Healing in New York City. Glickstein, a long-time radio host and producer shares that she was recently selected as one of just 11 individuals to become part of the Progressive Women's Voices program of the Women's Media Center. PWV is described as an "intense media and outreach training program." Information about the program is here. Cool program. Congrats!

Natural health policy and marketer Janice Hall seeking new position

Janice Hall of Natural Network International (NNI), with 30 years of leading-edge marketing and policy-related work in sustainability, organics, natural foods and natural products shared an interest in a career shift. Hall has 30 years of international experience in natural health related fields and was instrumental in many early initiatives in the organics and sustainability areas. Hall says she's looking "for a new team to play on" and after running NNI since 1991." 609-683-1134 or  

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