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Academy News | February 2018

Wednesday, August 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeanne Marie Tokunaga
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The AIHM Fellowship Graduates Its First Cohort!

The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine held its inaugural Fellowship Program graduation January 14 and pinned 29 inspired and compassionate professionals as AIHM Fellows. Congratulations to our graduates!

Our first graduates!

The AIHM Fellowship curriculum combines evidence-based practices from both Eastern and Western medicine traditions to give providers a broader lens and new tools to employ when caring for their patients. The scope of the Fellowship curriculum focuses on all areas of Integrative Medicine. The fellows learn about traditional medicine systems including ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathic medicine as well as cutting-edge fields of study including epigenetics, biofield therapies, and integrative subspecialty sciences, such as women’s health, mental health, and cardiology. Due to the high incidence of practitioner burnout in the current medical model, we mindfully infuse self-care modules throughout the Fellowship curriculum to promote wellness for all healthcare providers.

The program appeals to those currently practicing medicine and allied health professionals, but also researchers, like Fellow Lalitha Ayer, MD, FAIHM, who said, “I’d been in the medical practice in my prior career, before I started research and I noticed that the physician’s practice, the traditional way, the assembly line medicine, monitored by pure quantitative metrics (key performance indicators), somewhere the message of taking patient-centric, holistic, competent evaluation was lost and needed reinforcement, so when I found out about the AIHM Fellowship and the vision that they have for medicine, I knew that this is where I would want to be.”


The majority of the time spent on the program is done online, which makes it convenient for busy practitioners. Not only do the Fellows take their courses online, the virtual community that is created within the fellowship program fosters sharing of interprofessional wisdom, from which all benefit. This type of learning is as important as the didactic courses in which the fellows participate. Fellows learn to appreciate the differences that exist across professions and often come to understand that there are multiple ways to approach their patients/clients. The online collaboration can then be emulated in real life practice. AIHM Fellow Kathleen Ignacio, MD, FAIHM said, “The Fellowship has taught me how to do medicine in a different way, to connect, to connect better with patients, really draw out what the real issues are, the root causes. I think the fellowship has made me a better doctor, I think I’m better at doing what I do every day. I think it’s showing in my patients and in their healthcare.”

The AIHM Fellowship Program is now enrolling its fifth cohort.


Non-Pharmaceutical Approach to Pain Management

The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health has revised its pain standard to include nonpharmacologic options. The consortium’s Pain Task Force has been working for a year on a white paper: Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care, which is available for download here. Click here to download or print the one-page guide.


It’s Heart Health Month!
Take Our Integrative Cardiology CME Course!

In honor of heart health month, we invite you to our Advanced Integrative Cardiology Workshop posted on our eLearning site! Earn 10.5 CME/CEUs while exploring this topic with leaders in the field, including cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABOIM.

We now have our entire catalogue of courses from our 2017 AIHM Conference online! These courses have been approved for 53.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ in integrative health and medicine. Each course includes:
  • Video recording of live session(s)
  • Audio recordings for convenient offline use
  • Downloadable presentation slides in PDF format


Bipartisan Integrative Health Caucus Launched

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Mike Coffman, R-Colo., have launched the Integrative Health and Wellness Congressional Caucus in the House of Representatives. The caucus will serve as a non-partisan educational forum for legislators to receive up-to-date information from experts related to best practices and new research, and to discuss legislative and administrative opportunities for integrative health.

Integrative and complementary therapies and treatments are an effective choice for many people on their journey to health and wellness,” Polis said. “As we debate how we can further the health care system in the U.S., we must ensure that it is affordable and accessible to all — but also, we must ensure that it provides the best possible care available. That means investing in evidence-based integrative care.”

“I think it’s important for patients to have all the facts and latest research when it comes to therapies and treatments available to them when making medical decisions. I am happy to co-chair the ‘Health and Wellness Caucus’ with my fellow Colorado colleague, Jared Polis, as we can contribute immensely given our experience dealing with healthcare in a state as diverse as Colorado.” Coffman said.


Tech Tip: Get Listed in Our AIHM Directory!

Introduce yourself to other AIHM members and the public by completing your profile at aihm.org. Here’s a video to show you how!

Learn how to customize how you are listed in AIHM's online directory.

Here are written instructions too!

When you log into aihm.org, you will see your name at the top of the site. Click on it to see the drop-down menu and go to the Account + Settings link. There you can fill out your profile to tell other AIHM members more about yourself. Among the areas you’ll want to fill out are:

  • Contact information
  • Your profession and credentials
  • Your specialty areas
  • Whether you are accepting new patients and what insurance you take.

You can also use the lock icon to decide which information you want shared with the public, shared with members only, or kept private. Be sure to include your photo so we’ll know you the next time we see you!


Membership Maximizes Your Benefit

AIHM envisions a world where humanity and the planet are healthy. Its mission is to transform healthcare through interprofessional collaboration.

How can you plug into AIHM’s world vision? Start with an individual membership to open yourself to everything AIHM has to offer members of the integrative health and medicine community. AIHM has memberships for physicians, clinicians and students.

Benefits include:

  • Community networking — Connect with thousands of like-minded integrative practitioners on a local, national and global level.
  • Discounted Education Programs – Deepen our knowledge with our innovative in-person and online educational offerings.
  • Professional tools – Track CME/CE credits, apply for jobs, post position openings, and share your resume with employers.
  • Connections to patients – Increase your visibility and connect with patients/consumers by creating a profile in our “Find a Member” directory.
  • Volunteer opportunities – Help us build courses, serve as a mentor, influence conference development and present at events.



2017 Conference Recordings
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this enduring material for a maximum of 53.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2016 Conference Recordings
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this enduring material for a maximum of 69.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.