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A Holistic Approach to Healing

A shift toward personalized and lifestyle medicine is occurring within health care today—one that is more proactive, predictive, and preventive, and supported by health technology, changes in environmental policy, and advanced natural product development. Integrative Medicine (INTM) is defined by The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (The Consortium) as the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the practitioner-patient relationship. It focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health care professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Recognizing the need to prepare physicians and clinicians to adapt to this method of health care, the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) created unique opportunities for health care professionals to enhance their education with three online programs in INTM: Fellowship, Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS), and Graduate Certificate.

Developed in collaboration with practitioners on the cutting-edge of INTM, these programs teach a perspective frequently lacking in typical medical curricula. Through the programs, students understand the importance of blending technologic advances in medicine with an individualized touch and balancing treating disease with wellness care in an evidence-based practice.

What’s In Our Name? Everything.

Bold. Innovative. Profound.

GW is a premier research institution focused on the nexus between wellness, lifestyle, medical education, research, technology, and personalized medicine. GW INTM Programs combine contemporary medical knowledge with evidence-based complementary and alternative approaches, providing practitioners with the best tools from each.

The GW INTM curricula demonstrate key concepts and approaches as defined by the expertise of our public and private partnerships. Our collaborative partnerships provide an unprecedented opportunity for health care professionals to develop an evidence-based framework to guide their patients to optimal health and healing.

What Will I Learn?

The GW INTM Programs prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate and lead innovation in health care. Throughout the programs, practitioners will learn to utilize their new knowledge of biological systems and advanced analytical methods to evaluate the needs of their patients and make informed decisions while building each patient care and wellness plan. Graduates of the following programs will be able to: 

Graduate Certificate

  • Establish a practice in INTM
  • Apply the core competencies for clinical practice through the development of INTM practice plans
  • Integrate fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism into an integrated care plan
  • Apply the principles of whole-person care to clinical practice

MSHS

In addition to the Graduate Certificate outcomes,

  • Develop a business plan for an INTM practice
  • Exhibit practical and in-depth application of learned principles to patient cases and refine skills as INTM clinical practitioners
  • Develop clinical research skills and participate in the research of INTM practice and outcomes

Fellowship

In addition to the MSHS and Graduate Certificate outcomes,

  • Demonstrate mastery of clinical, business, research and leadership skills in INTM
  • Exhibit professional competency in management of the INTM patient, by displaying sound clinical judgement and interprofessional team building expertise
  • Demonstrate all of the required competencies necessary for eligible physicians to apply for the ABOIM® board exam

Online Education

GW’s INTM programs use an online learning format. The online courses use dynamic media for self-disciplined and self-directed students to pursue graduate studies while preparing for professional advancement. For more information about online education at GW, visit the Online Education FAQ page.