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Integrative Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Round-up #47: September 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Integrative Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Round-up #47: September 2011

Summary: American Hospital Association/Samueli Institute find growth in hospital CAM use ... Allina group shows health workers use CAM more than typical consumers ... Consumer Reports finds high use of CAM, high value for chiropractic, massage, yoga ... Dr. Rogers' Prize symposium September 23 focuses on integrative centers ... Blog strategy for business enhancement explored by Glenn Sabin via FON Therapeutics ... Significant integrative center activity noted via Google Alerts ... Naparastek on getting coverage for mind-body interventions ... Inc. 5000 fastest growing includes Standard Process, American Specialty Health, GNC, Massage Envy, others ... Alternative Medicine re-launched ... "Distinction Track" in integrative medicine approved at U Arizona ... Tai Sophia find quick uptake of Masters in Nutrition program .. Bastyr University's California campus to be near Scripps in San Diego ... Chiropractors produce white paper on their role in patient centered medical homes (PCMH) ... Work to set standards for health coaches advances ... International Association of Yoga Therapists completes "hat trick" with $30,000 NCCAM grant ...  Team led by Steven Stumpf, EdD collates report on acupuncturist income and debt ... International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health opens website, online program applications ... Association of Chiropractic Colleges announces March 2011 meeting ...  Tracy Gaudet, MD's's view featured in Modern Healthcare video ... Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND selected as Boucher Institute president ... Oldest university in the West to offer CAM course with Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD ... Society for Integrative Oncology seeks first executive director ... Palmer Colleges seeks 2 research faculty...
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CAM Use Surveys

Co-sponsor of survey
Hospitals: AHA and Samueli Institute survey finds 42% of hospitals offer CAM services

On September 7, 2011, the American Hospital Association and Samueli Institute announced the result of their long-awaited 2010 survey on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in hospitals.
The basic finding is that more than 42 percent of responding hospitals indicated they offer one or more CAM therapies. This up from 37 percent in 2007 and 26.5% in 2005. The joint release is here. The full report is here. [Due to a deadline, this brief is based only on the release.]

The survey
was mailed in to 5,858 hospitals in March of 2010. Results are based on 714 responses (12%), a similar response rate as 2007. Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and patient safety at the AHA states:
"The rise of complementary and alternative medicine reflects the continued effort on the part of hospitals and caregivers to broaden the vital services they provide to patients and communities. Hospitals have long known that what they do to treat and heal involves more than just medications and procedures. It is about using all of the art and science of medicine to restore the patient as fully as possible."
Ananth: Samueli lead on project
Of the responding hospitals, 78% indicated patient demand as a rationale for inclusion. Clinical effectiveness, however, was key for 74% percent of survey respondents.
Sita Ananth, MHA, director of knowledge services for Samueli Institute notes:
"Today's patients have better access to health information and are demanding more personalized care. The survey results reinforce the fact that patients want the best that both conventional and alternative medicine can offer, and hospitals are responding."
Among the other findings are that:

  • Majority of respondents offer wellness services for patients and staff, including nutritional counseling, smoking cessation, fitness training and pastoral care;
  • Massage therapy is in the top two services provided in both outpatient and inpatient settings;
  • The majority of hospitals that offered CAM were urban hospitals (72 percent); and
  • 75% cited budgetary constraints as the biggest obstacle for implementation of CAM programs.

The release states that "CAM is not based solely on traditional western allopathic medical teachings, and can include acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, diet and lifestyle changes, herbal medicine, massage therapy and more." The release continues add: "CAM services also reflect hospitals' desire to treat the whole person-body, mind and spirit." The full report is available here.
Comment: The most significant data point here is that 74% say that "clinical effectiveness" is a top reason for inclusion. This growth took place in a down economy and despite the lack of good payment models for CAM. These findings will be interesting to view after new incentive structures that might support CAM inclusion kick in with the growth of accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Allina: Health workers explore alternatives
Healthcare workers: Allina-group's analysis finds health workers use CAM more than other consumers

The authors of this study entitled "Personal Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by U.S. Healthcare Workers" conclude: "Personal CAM use by healthcare workers may influence the integration of CAM with conventional healthcare delivery." The "healthcare workers" were described as those "employed in hospitals and ambulatory care settings." The team of researchers from Allina Hospitals & Clinics, the Penny George Institute and the University of Minnesota announced findings on August 19, 2011. Core finding: 76% of healthcare workers used CAM in the previous year. This compared to 63% in the general population. The top conditions for which CAM was sought by healthcare workers reflect the general population as captured in the Consumer health survey: back pain, neck pain and joint pain. The analysis was based on the CDC's 2007 National Health Interview Survey.

Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HN-BC, shared some of the flavor of the rapid media uptake. "The study findings went out on the AP news line on Friday morning" the 19th, she wrote in an email. Knutson adds: "By Friday night I had done interviews with the New York Times, CBS, MSNBC, and NBC." Scores of stories have continued to roll out since. The authors conclude that these finding may have significant ramifications for the movement toward "integrative care." They conclude: "Personal use of CAM by healthcare workers may be a principal determinant in the movement toward 'integrative care' - the mainstreaming of CAM with allopathic medicine."
Comment: When I shared there findings with Colleague Sean Sullivan, JD, co-founder of the employer-based Institute for Health and Productivity Management, he quipped: "This is like public school teachers who send their kids to private schools." My guess is that the authors are right in their conclusion. Personal practices and professional services will move toward better alignment. These new data will empower these advocates further.
Puts high use of alternative therapies in headlines
Consumers:  Consumer Reports finds high use; chiropractic, deep tissue massage and yoga highlighted

Consumer Reports published a 15 page article in July entitled Alternative Treatments: More than 45,000 readers tell us what helped. Use was found to be high. The media re-published findings widely. Examples were KABC Los Angeles, the Hartford Current, Seattle's KOMO News ("Effective Alternative Therapies") and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The latter article's headline concluded that these treatments are "real competition for prescriptions," underscoring their "alternative" nature. The article breaks down patient use of diverse CAM therapies and providers for 11 common conditions. (See left side of page here for links to individual condition reports.) Each condition-specific account has 3 columns: type of treatment, the percent of consumer who used, and a ranking of whether the modality or practitioner "helped a lot." Data are also presented on perspectives relative to OTCs and prescription drugs for the same condition.

A chief finding was that use remains high even though consumers tend to experience prescription medications as more frequently "helping a lot." A significant exception was in the area of back pain and neck pain. In each condition, chiropractic is viewed as "helping a lot" by nearly two-thirds of users. This compares with just about half of prescription drug users.
Deep tissue massage and yoga also fare particularly well with some conditions. The report concludes with a User's Guide to Hand-on Therapies. The article in the Integrator culls information about therapies ranked highest in "helped a lot."
Comment: Notably, treatments related to CAM providers and CAM disciplines rather than CAM self-care receive the highest marks. The report offers a very low-end type of comparative effectiveness research. Interesting data, from a lot of consumers.

Integrative Centers

Award features afternoon integrative center program
Vancouver, BC: Dr. Rogers' Prize colloquium offers interactive focus on successful integrative centers,
September 23, 2011

A note from the the managers of the Dr. Rogers' Prize, North America's most significant award for contributions in integrative care, shares details about the afternoon colloquium and evening event. The afternoon session will examine four successful integrative clinics (InspireHealth and Integrative Healing Arts of Vancouver, the Integrative Health Institute of Toronto and the Seekers Centre for Integrative Medicine in Ottawa. The results will be discussed in breakout groups then reported back. To open the colloquium, participants will be briefed by Integrator publisher-editor John Weeks and Steven Carter, editor of the the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, on the current state of integrative medicine. The discussion among clinic leaders will then be facilitated by Allen Grossman of the Harvard Business School. Grossman will also offer concluding remarks. (Notably, Inspire Health has inspired the government of British Columbia to use it as a model for cancer support in an expansion of clinics throughout the province.) Samueli Institute CEO Wayne Jonas, MD offers the evening keynote entitled “Returning to Healing: Thoughts on the Journey Toward Wholeness.” The winner(s) of the $250,000 will then be announced. More information is at
Comment: As the Canadian dollar begins to take wings above the US dollar, more of us south of the border might wake up: Perhaps the Canadians may have something to teach us ... In this case, the teaching may be relative to successful integrative clinic models. I look forward to participating, helping with facilitating and learning. Here's hoping more of you will journey up to connect with what promises to be a remarkable gathering. And who's going to be honored with all that prize?
Glenn Sabin: supporting sustainable integrative business
Glenn Sabin and FON Therapeutics offers a blog strategy to promote integrative centers

Three recent posts at the FON Therapeutics site provide guidance to integrative centers and practitioners on how to use a blog strategy to support their business. The introductory analysis from FON founder Glenn Sabin is titled, simply, Why Your Blog Strategy Is Important. He singles out blogs of well-known integrative center leaders: Mark Hyman, MD, Keith Block, Julian Whitaker, MD and Frank Lipman, MD. These he qualifies as centers "doing a pretty good job with their blogs." Consistency and frequency are key. In Creating a Sustainable Blog Strategy for Your Integrative Center, Sabin suggests having one person manage the blog and have members of a center's team commit to two posts of 300-650 words a month. In How to Maximize Readership of Your Blog, he argues that "content is king, but the reality is distribution is the only way to really get your work out there." He provides strategies.
FON founder Sabin's business focus is on supporting integrative centers to stronger financial viability.
Comment: If any of you know other individuals or firms that are working and sharing as directly as Sabin in creating business models for integrative clinics, please let me know. I would be happy to report. Meantime, these from Sabin, an Integrator adviser, are a fine trio, from which this sometimes blogger could well learn.
Nets widespread activity in CAM/IM
Google Alerts surfaces diverse activity in health system-based integrative centers

A month-long immersion in the deluge of links when "integrative medicine" and "alternative medicine" are plugged into
Google Alerts netted significant integrative medicine activity in August according to this report. Some 20 different hospital-based integrative centers were referenced. These include some centers that are relatively well known (Myrna Brind Center at Thomas Jefferson, Simms-Mann Center at UCLA) and those not well-known, such as the Wilmot Oncology Center at Rochester, NY and the integrative medicine service at Owensboro Medical Health System in Kentucky. The links included media coverage, special clinical programs and, not surprisingly, a series of fundraising events.
Comment: If you want to head to the beach to watch the tidal wave, go to Google Alerts to set up these preferences for yourself. Then watch out! 

Insurance and Business

Belleruth Naplarstek on how to get insurers to cover mid-body interventions

HealthJourneys founder Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD offers a common sense perspective on how to approach insurers for coverage of mind-body therapies. In How to Persuade Insurers to Use Mind-Body Tools, she notes key research breakthroughs that helped advance coverage in that field. She also sites early adopter Kaiser Permanente which offers 20 of her firm's products to members for free. Kaiser anticipates cost savings associated with patients using these tools.

ImageIntegrative practice-related firms Standard Process, American Specialty Health, Massage Envy, others make Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing firms

Recent releases from whole foods natural products manufacturer Standard Process and managed CAM and wellness firm American Specialty Health (ASH) each boast of making the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing firms during 2008-2010. To qualify, firms must have turned at least $2-million in annual revenues in 2010. Standard Process ranked 4250 with a 25% growth rate to $108.8-million. ASH is 4421 on 20% growth to $155.7 million. A quick scan of the list of healthcare firms also turns up:

  • #97 - Pure Formulas, 2679% growth to $9.9-million
  • #120 - TF Supplements, 2231% growth to $10.2-million
  • #1035 - ChiroOne Wellness Centers, 292% growth to $44.9-million
  • #1320 - ChiroNet, 218% growth tio $7.4-million
  • #1521 - Nutricap Labs, 182% growth to $16.4-million
  • #2305 - Massage Envy, 105% to $39.4-million
  • #2518 - Deseret Biologicals, 93% growth to $3.7-million
  • #3510 - General Nutrition Centers, 49% growth to $1.8-billion

This list of companies on the list that may be viewed as being in the integrative practice space is not conclusive. Other supplement firms are certainly present. A number of fitness and wellness related firms are also on the list.
Comment: The list, available here, can be scanned by both industry sector and individual company. Viewing it provides an interesting vantage point on what is happening in health care. The bigger the firm was in 2008, the tougher it is to continue at that high growth rate. This speaks well of the continued business success of Standard process, ASH, General Nutrition, and Massage Envy.
New consumer mag
Alternative Medicine relaunched as a quarterly consumer magazine by Innovision, owner of ATHM and IMCJ

Innovision, the publishers of the peer-reviewed Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and
Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal have relaunched Alternative Medicine, a consumer magazine. The gold-plated website ( features the first issue here. The editor is Craig Gustafson. I was approached by the publishers to consider a regular column for consumers on CAM politics. My first column is entitled: If Your Single Issue is Integrative Health - Obama's Reform is Bold. Take a look.
Comment: The title seems a throw-back to the pre-Eisenberg era before "integration" of alternatives and "complementing" conventional medicine entered the public discussion. We've seen the term making a comeback this summer. David Freedman favored it in his influential June-July Atlantic feature. The term was back in the mainstream media in as big way more recently with the widespread coverage of the surveys of consumers on "alternative therapies" and of healthcare workers noted elsewhere in this Round-up. "Integrative medicine" appears not yet to have sufficiently penetrated conventional care delivery for the concept to have meaning to most patients and consumers. To them, 2011 is 1993. Choice is still about an alternative. I recall the reason Oxford Health Plans used this phrase to name their historic coverage in 1996. Their market research found that "alternative medicine" speaks to their customer better than "CAM" or "complementary and alternative medicine" or "natural health" or "integrative medicine." So the title, despite being retro, may well be right. The bigger question for Innovision is whether any hard-copy magazine can catch on.

Academic Medicine

Adds additional program
U Arizona medical school approves integrative medicine "Distinction Track"

A release from the University of Arizona College of Medicine announced a new Distinction Track in Integrative Medicine for the college's medical students. The track is described as an intensive four-year study program that one takes along side of and in addition to the standard curriculum. Those who complete requirements will graduate with Distinction in Integrative Medicine. The track was approved in June, allowing the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to open the new offering to 2011 incoming students. Andrew Weil, MD, the Center's founder, explains: "Preventive medicine is a crucial part of a medical professionals' training and is often minimalized in conventional medical training. Receiving this additional training early in their career will give UA College of Medicine students an advantage in their residency and practice and a more comprehensive set of skills for treating and communicating with their patients."
Comment: This is another layer of remarkable accomplishment at the Center, directed by Center executive director Victoria Maizes, MD. The  release details the other levels of IM training the Center offers:

  • month-long rotation for fourth-year medical students and residents
  • 200-hour Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum, utilized at 22 institutions throughout the United States, including the University of Arizona
  • an internationally recognized fellowship for MDs, DOs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants
  • an annual nutrition and health conference and
  • stand-alone online courses.

No other academic health center out comes near to touching this resume of infiltration and inclusion.
Success with nutrition program
Tai Sophia's Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program takes off, new class added

An August notice from the multidisciplinary Tai Sophia Institute indicates that a new
Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program has struck a chord with students. The inaugural Fall 2011 class filled quickly. A new class has been added and will begin in January 2012 "due to overwhelming interest." This Master's degree offers "a holistic approach to nutritional study that emphasizes the interrelated physical, medicinal, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual roles food plays in people's lives." The program is under the leadership of a newly named director, Rebecca Snow, M.S., LDN, CNS, RH(AHG), a licensed nutritionist and professional herbalist. Course information is available here.
Comment: Interesting to see how this program has grabbed the attention of learners. It would be interesting to know the percentages of these who are in career change mode as compared to either career enhancement or are straight out of undergraduate programs.
Chooses San Diego for campus
Bastyr University announces plan to open San Diego campus

A year ago Bastyr University, based near Seattle, Washington, announced plans to open a campus in California. They had a hopeful 2011 start-date. On August 12, 2011, Bastyr president Dan Church, PhD announced that a long search led to the San Diego decision. The campus will be neighbors to that city's "robust life sciences and health industry cluster." A Bastyr blog underscores the proximity of major medical institutions including the University of California at San Diego Health System, Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Health hospital network and the VA San Diego Medical Center.
The site is also not far from the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Classes are expected to begin in Fall 2012. The California Naturopathic Doctors Association worked closely with Bastyr in the decision to find a California campus.  
Comment: Early rumors were that Bastyr administrators were favoring a Los Angeles area location. Knowing the health-and-nature orientation of the naturopathic student body, San Diego was a smart selection. Backing off from a rapid drive to implementation also appears to have paid off. Interesting that Scripps' integrative medicine leader Mimi Guarneri, MD offered the keynote at Bastyr's spring fundraiser. Some good ties with the new location appear already to be in place.


Key white paper on medical homes
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress publishes a white paper on chiropractors in patient-centered medical homes

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) has jumped into a n emerging debate with a white paper entitled The Role of Chiropractic Care in the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). F4CP considers the work a call for action. The authors of
the 26-page report were a joint DC/MD team. They quickly focused on key clinical areas for collaboration: back pain, neck pain and headaches. (Notably, in the first 2 of these areas chiropractic ranked higher than conventional care in the recent Consumer Reports survey.) The white paper succinctly summarizes the considerable positive data for chiropractic. Cost effectiveness data developed through Integrator sponsor Alternative Medicine Integration Group is featured.

The authors underscore how the provider incentive fees in PCMH payment models suggest value in inclusion of chiropractors: "The inclusion of DCs in PCMHs represents an opportunity to transfer significant care components into the hands of a provider group with a unique focus and a unique skill set." On the key issue of guidance of the PCMH, the authors generally accept the position that an MD or DO would lead the PCMH team. (They also offer ideas relative to primary care DC-led models in Appendix A. Places in statute and practice where chiropractors are considered primary care physicians noted.) The integrated Clinical Advisory Council to the white paper makes suggestions on appropriate care pathways.

Comment Section 3502 of the Affordable Care Act notes the PCMHs "may" use "doctors of chiropractic, licensed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners." Proactive work like this white paper will be required to turn the "may" into "will." This F4CP project is an example for the other integrative practice disciplines.
Moore: Chairing the coaching effort
Health coaches continue organizing to establish educational and professional standards

The National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches has published an update on the group's progress. This comes roughly a year after a
September 2010 health coach summit meeting in Massachusetts. The Consortium's executive team, elected in May 2011, includes integrative medicine leaders Karen Lawson, MD (University of Minnesota) and Ruth Wolever, PhD (Duke Integrative Medicine). The others are Michael Burke, PhD (Mayo Clinic), Margaret Moore, MBA (Harvard Institute of Coaching) and Dick Cotton, MS (American College of Sports Medicine). The 12-page document reviews the action at the founding meeting and steps taken in committee work asnd by the executive since. Key tasks are developing a Job Task Analysis, developing training standards, identifying "structural options for certification" and raising money. The reports lists 73 Supporting Organizations. Other individuals and organizations are invited to participate. 

Gestating educational standards process
International Association of Yoga Therapists in "hat trick" of major accomplishments

"Sort of a 'hat trick' as they say in hockey." Those words completed a brief note from John Kepner, MBA, executive director of the International Association of Toga Therapists (IAYT). I had congratulated him on the recent news that IAYT's September 23-25, 2011 Symposium on Yoga Research, engaged with Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, had received a $30,000 conference grant from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Kepner and his team had reason to be jubilant. The past year saw long labor of the organization to step up into the healthcare scene score big 3 times. The first was acceptance of The International Journal of Yoga Therapists by PubMed. The second was the release of the Draft Proposed Education Standard for the Training of Yoga Therapists. The NCCAM grant completed the hat trick.
Comment: As over the past decade yoga seeped into a willing American culture like water finding parched ground, the IAYT has grown into it's role as the field's intellectual guide. This trio of accomplishments is not just a hat trick for the organization. These are markers on our culture's path toward better health. Good for us!
Stumpf: Getting to the bottom of AOM revenue questions
New report on acupuncture workforce clarifies income, debt issues in prior surveys

How can one sort out conflicting findings from various surveys on practice methods, income and student loan debt for members of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) discipline? Steven Stumpf, EdD and a team attempt to do this in the
Summer 2011 issue of the American Acupuncturist, the official journal of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Stumpf's group worked off 4 surveys. These were from: the Community Acupuncture Network (CAN), 12-month out graduates of an unnamed leader AOM school, a forum of Balance Method acupuncturists (BM-described as pain specialists) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The authors describe the value of their project this way :
"The independent surveys analyzed here demonstrate that interest exists in identifying certain factors that might influence economic success among distinct groups of acupuncturists." Overall comparison of gross income (before expenses)found:
"The BM cohort had the highest monthly mean ($7,784) and median ($5,000) income figures among the three groups. CAN posted the next highest monthly mean ($6,236) and median ($4,796) income figures. The [recent graduate] cohort reported the lowest mean ($4,354) and median ($1,500) income figures, which might be expected given they have been in practice no more than 12 months. Sale of herbs and "other items" appears to contribute between 5% and 10% to revenue where asked. The average fee for BM and G09 cohorts was $63 and $53, respectively, and $21 for CAN."
Key work pattern and patient visits behind these findings were:

  • Visits  "The numbers of patient visits ranged widely. The BM group averaged 179% more patient visits than the [recent graduate] group, but CAN saw 229% more patient visits than BM. The [recent graduate] cohort worked the least number of weekly hours. ... The BM group had no more than approximately ten visits per week but reported the highest income and fees. The CAN group reported 70 visits per week, earning nearly the same income as the BM group, but had the lowest fees by far. The [recent graduate group] reported the lowest income and the fewest weekly visits, even with fees more than double those of CAN. The G09 group also held that the largest student loan debt adds a new factor to consider when creating a formula for success."

  • Debt  "The [recent graduate] reported average student loan debt at graduation for that class was $88,545. The follow up survey data showed the median, or the point where half of the respondents fall, was $95,000 ... The BM median student loan debt was $40,000 with reported average income of (roughly) $93,000 and median of $60,000. Student loan debt appears to have grown exponentially for new graduates."

The authors opine that
30 hours may be the standard for "full time" practice among acupuncturists. They also posit that "it is plausible a bimodal distribution exists wherein a large contingent of LAcs earn [gross income of] less than $20,000 and wherein another sizable contingent earn between $40,000 and $60,000."
Comment: The data comparison works favorably for the relatively young CAN movement. Mightn't a new graduate think like this: "If I am going to be struggling with income, why not at least see more patients while I am doing so." The CAN income numbers also look relatively good. Some follow-up questions: To the extent that there is a "bimodal distribution," to what degree is the schism linked to years in practice? Are new graduates ascending into higher income? And where are dedicated CAN doctors after 5 years relative to those with more the typical one-to-three treatment room office set-up? Stumpf is clearly carving a position as the workforce expert for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. As such, he may be tapped by US government when this field is fully integrated into workforce planning as was mandated in Section 5101 of the Affordable Care Act.


Over 1000 registrants expected
International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health opens site, offers descriptive video

The International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, scheduled for May 15-18, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, has opened its website. A 4 minute video available here outlines the chief characteristics and gives a flavor of past meetings. The conference is expected to draw over 1000 registrants. The 9 plenaries feature top of the line perspectives on such topics as the state of acupuncture research (Claudia Witt), a framework for comparative effectiveness research in integrative medicine (Sean Tunis) and more. The conference is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine in collaboration with the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research. Two-dozen organizations have already signed on as Participating Organizations. Online submissions of proposals have been open since September 1, 2011.
Comment: This is a conference not to miss if one has attended before and one to engage if one has curiosity about the breadth and depth of the research dialogue that supports integrative practice and health. It will be interesting to see how the "health" content plays out. This is the first year that this focus has been in the title. Notably, this is also the first year in which the NIH NCCAM has had "health" in its strategic plan.
Announces 2012 ACC-RAC
ACC-RAC 2012: The premiere annual scientific conference of the chiropractic profession

This annual ACC-RAC chiropractic conference
will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada March 15-17, 2012. The meeting will include over 100 presentations that reflect the best scientifically-based clinical information, academic findings and chiropractic research from the chiropractic profession. The acronym stands for Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and Research Agenda Conference (RAC). The conference hotel is Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. This will be the 18th ACC-RAC conference. For information click here.
Comment: This is a fascinating introduction/re-introduction to the chiropractic profession. I have had an opportunity to participate in two recent conferences and found them each fascinating eye openers.

People and Opportunities

Tracy Gaudet, MD
Modern Healthcare features Tracy Gaudet in short video as one Top 25 Women in Healthcare 

The selection of Tracy Gaudet, MD as one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women marked a kind of arrival for the integrative medicine field. Gaudet ran IM programs at the University of Arizona and then Duke. She was then selected to head
heads the new Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation for the Veteran's Administration. She is featured in this short video. Gaudet does not mention "integrative medicine" per se. She  speaks of the importance to "really transitioning to a totally new paradigm" for healthcare. The risk, she says, "is to stay in thee box and just redecorate it - we will have missed a great opportunity." Boucher's welcoming note is here.

Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND
Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND selected as new president at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND, a well-known, long-time educator in the naturopathic medicine field, has been selected as the new president of the British Columbia-based Boucher Institute. Boucher offers one of just two ND programs in Canada. Khalsa is a past dean at National College of Naturopathic Medicine  and, most recently, the University of Bridgeport. He currently serves as the president of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges and the board of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.

Roberti di Sarsina: CAM course at oldest university
University of Bologna, oldest in the west, in historic appointment of Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD to teach CAM course

Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD, an integrative practice leader in Italy, has received an appointment from the faculty of medicine at the University of Bologna to teach a course on traditional and non-conventional medicines. In an electronic note, Roberti di Sarsina, an Integrator adviser, adds that the university, which dates to 1088 AD, is the oldest in the Western world. The course is an elective and not part of the mandatory 6-year Italian program to become an MD. The course has 36 hours. The title: Medicine Tradizionali e Non Convenzionali.

Exceptional job for the right person
Society for Integrative Oncology seeking first executive director

In a late August note, Gary Deng, MD, PhD, president of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) announces: "We have been contemplating recruiting an Executive Director for SIO for some time, and with the success of our recent conferences we are now able to adequately fund this position." The position will start at 20 hours per week. The new executive director can work from home. He or she will be charged with building the organization, including serving as the SIO spokesperson. Those interested can get a full job description by emailing here:

Expanding research faculty
Palmer College seeks two research faculty members

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, vice chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic sends a note that the school has two full-time research faculty positions available. The positions are basic science-focused. Palmer is the best funded research institution of any in the complementary and alternative health care disciplines.
The faculty members will be "expected to establish and sustain an externally funded research program and actively contribute to our collaborative environment." For information contact Lisa Bauer, PHR:  

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