Integrative Medicine

 

The Integrative Medicine Track provides students with the knowledge, experience and understanding of the practice of Integrative Medicine in a four year, longitudinal, coordinated educational program.

 

Program Objectives

  • Explore the world of Integrative Medicine:

- What is it?

- How is it different?

- How is it practiced?

- What are the benefits?

  • Gain understanding to incorporate the practice principles of Integrative Medicine into your medical practice
  • Share the integrative medicine experience within the student community
  • Learn about Integrative Medicine Board Certification program and, if desired, establish plan on preparing to qualify for taking the board after completion of integrative medicine fellowship

 

Program Activities

  Required of First & Second Year Students

  • Attend a combination of fifteen (15) GW Center for Integrative Medicine staff meetings and Grand Round lectures over the course of the first two years.  Listen to real-life case discussions, introduce yourself to integrative medicine practitioners, participate in discussions of scientific articles related to integrative medicine, learn about integrative medicine approaches to healthcare, and listen to guest speakers’ presentations.
  • Participate in an Experiential Opportunity in the summer following first year
    • Students must submit a project proposal including scope of work, a timeline, objectives/goals, and the organization/mentor with which the student will be working including contact information
    • After project completion, students are required to submit a 4-6 page reflection paper to include the student’s project scope, the role the student played in the project, how the project changed from the original proposal, and reflections on the experience
  • Participate in Student Learning Groups (one meeting/semester with Track Directors or designate)

 

  Other Opportunities for First & Second Year Students

  • Participate in informal discussions and events
  • Encouraged to experience integrative medicine modalities, as feasible
  • Participate in organizing and running International Integrative Medicine Day (January 23 of every year
  • Bread for the City offers integrative medicine services during HEALing Clinic lead by GW medical students 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 5-7:30, every month. IM Track students will be working closely with Acupuncture, Massage, and Osteopathic students and practitioners. This experience is supervised by Dr. Kogan
  • Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM) - AMSA
  • Co-organize and/or attend the Spirituality in Medicine Leadership Institute

Required of Third & Fourth Year Students

  • Scholarly Project will be related to Track area
  • 4-week Senior Elective related (two weeks at CIM and two weeks at an additional organization specializing in integrative medicine)

 

Other Opportunities for Third & Fourth Year Students

  • Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM) – AMSA
  • Co-organize and/or attend the Spirituality in Medicine Leadership Institute
  • Participate in organizing and running International Integrative Medicine Day (January 23 of every year)
  • Explore integrative options during clinical rotations (i.e. primary care/pediatric clerkship project)
  • Encouraged to experience integrative medicine modalities, as feasible
  • Organize CAM session
  • Participate in Student Learning Group for 1st and 2nd year students to share experience and provide guidance
  • Bread for the City clinic offers integrative medicine services during healing clinic led by GW Medical students 2nd and 4th Tuesday 5-7:30pm every month.  
  • IM track students will be working closely with Acupuncture, Massage, and osteopathic students and practitioners.  This experience is supervised by Dr Kogan.

 

Experiential Opportunities

  Internships and Host Sites (sampling)

  • GW Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM)
  • Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NCI-NIH
  • Samueli Institute
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
  • Institute of Functional Medicine, Gig Harbor, Washington
  • University of Maryland, Center for Integrative Medicine

 

 

Senior Year Elective (sampling)

 

Textbooks (as a course primer)

 

*Other educational opportunities and activities to enrich students’ experiences may be added to the curriculum during the program, per the discretion of the Scholarly Concentration Directors.