Groundbreaking Integrative Health & Medicine Fellowship Launches, Fills First Class

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The new AIHM Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine launched with a completely full class this week, surpassing its goal with 60 enrolled practitioners indicating a groundswell of demand for advanced training. 19 scholarships awarded.

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AIHM Fellowship Launches

During their two-year training program, AIHM Fellows will work through complex cases together and learn from expert faculty. They will be extraordinarily well-trained in integrative, interprofessional health & medicine.

Led by Founding Director, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) has launched the very first Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine for healthcare professionals. The inaugural AIHM Fellowship class, which filled ahead of schedule and launched this week, includes medical doctors, nurse practitioners, chiropractic physicians, dentists, doctors of osteopathic medicine, pharmacists, licensed acupuncturists and psychologists.

An executive delivery program, the AIHM Fellowship allows practitioners to study part-time for two years while maintaining their professional positions. The AIHM Fellowship utilizes a virtual classroom with media-rich training, discussion groups, streamed videos and an interactive web-based curriculum. Numerous elective modules allow Fellows to customize their training in accordance with their professional interests. In addition, the program incorporates clinical immersion experiences and three in-person retreats in Portland, Oregon.

Expert faculty will deliver the Fellowship coursework, overseen by Dr. Low Dog, who joined the Academy after a decade overseeing the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship training program. The AIHM Fellowship program will be delivered in accordance with the standards of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through its academic partner, the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM). The partnership with OCIM, a nonprofit organization, brings the strength of a network of interprofessional academic institutions, including National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Pacific University and the University of Western States to the Fellowship. Upon review of the curriculum and faculty, the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) officially approved the AIHM Fellowship in 2015.

Dr. Low Dog said, “The fact that this Fellowship filled to capacity within months of its announcement indicates a built-up demand for advanced, interprofessional training in integrative health and medicine. I am delighted that this inaugural class is comprised of a dynamic group of healthcare practitioners committed to broadening their depth and training in integrative health and medicine in a collaborative interprofessional environment in order to promote and restore the health of their clients, patients, families, communities and themselves. For years, I have felt their interest and demand for advanced training. Now, together, we will build a new paradigm of healthcare delivery.”

“AIHM Fellows are the next generation of leaders in integrative medicine,” said AIHM President Mimi Guarneri, MD. “During their two-year training program, AIHM Fellows will work through complex cases together and learn from expert faculty. They will be extraordinarily well-trained in integrative, interprofessional medicine, empowering them to provide exemplary, coordinated care and lead healing teams in a variety of settings.”

Applications for the next class starting August 2016 are now being accepted. While the applications are due August 1, 2016, Associate Fellowship Director, Seroya Crouch, ND, advises individuals to apply early because applications are accepted on a rolling basis. “We are already receiving excellent applications. Space is limited in order to facilitate the development of intimate and collaborative bonds amongst class members.”

Scholarship applications are due July 1, 2016. To apply, visit aihm.org/fellowship or contact the Fellowship team at (218) 525-5651 x 1000.

About Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM):
The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) is a global, interprofessional, member organization that educates and trains clinicians in integrative health and medicine to assure exemplary health care. The AIHM’s training incorporates evidence-informed research, emphasizes person-centered care and embraces global healing traditions. By combining science and compassion, the AIHM is transforming health care.

The core areas of focus of the Academy are Membership (Individuals, Organizations, Chapters), Education (E-Learning, Conferences, Publications) and the Interprofessional Fellowship Program under the direction of Tieraona Low Dog, MD.

Learn more at aihm.org/fellowship

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