AIHM Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements for the Fellowship?

The AIHM Fellowship is the first integrative interprofessional training program in North America. We are building a community of compassionate, scholarly, collaborative healthcare professionals looking to broaden and deepen their training in integrative health and medicine. At this time, we are accepting the following practitioners who have graduated from an accredited training institution and have an active license to practice their chosen profession:

  • Medical Physicians
  • Osteopathic Physicians
  • Naturopathic Physicians
  • Chiropractic Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Nurses*
  • Physician Assistants
  • Licensed Acupuncturists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Direct Entry Midwives*
  • Podiatrists

*RNs, DEMs, and others with a master’s or doctorate in a health related field are eligible to apply.

Is the Fellowship approved by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM)?

Yes, the Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine was unanimously approved by American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) committee in 2015. This means that medical doctors (MDs) and doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who successfully complete the two-year training program have satisfied ABOIM Eligibility Requirement 7(1) and are eligible to sit for the ABOIM board certification exam.

How much time is required for the Fellowship?

The Fellowship is a two-year commitment. You should plan on spending an average of 8-10 hours per week on your studies. The majority of the curriculum will be done in your virtual classroom. This means you may work on your courses from your home, office, or a favorite Wi-Fi spot. In the curriculum you will find engaging online content and quizzes, podcasts, video presentations, and the ability to dialogue with faculty and classmates for set dates within the course. Your training will also be supported by a number of seminal documentaries, textbooks and journal articles.

Do I have to travel?

You will be required to attend three residential retreats and the clinical immersion week. These sessions are a highlight of the program. Here you will engage in experiential sessions, hands-on training, clinical roundtables, and work with clinicians practicing integrative medicine in a variety of settings, allowing you to put your learning into practice.

Where are the in-person retreats located?

The residential retreats and clinical immersion experience will take place in a variety of locations, including Portland, OR and San Diego, CA. Accepted applicants will be provided with details regarding hotel reservations and special group rates.

How much does the Fellowship cost?

The tuition for the Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine is $22,500. This covers online curriculum, dialogues, videos, and CME/CE credits during live retreats. You must provide your transportation to and from the retreats, hotel costs and all meals. Payment plans are available. See our Tuition & Expenses section for more details.

Is financial aid available?

Because our Fellowship is not a degree-granting program, financial aid through federally sponsored student loans is unfortunately not available. We do have a variety of payment plans available to help you spread out the cost of your tuition.

Do you offer scholarships?

A limited number of scholarships are available for eligible applicants. If you are interested, please know that scholarships may not be awarded until approximately 30 days prior to the start of the Fellowship term to which you are applying. Note: Scholarships are competitive so be sure to submit a strong letter of support and personal statement to be considered.

Are CME/CE credits available?

Yes, there will be approximately 20 hours of CME/CE credits offered for each residential retreat.

What are the graduation requirements?

To graduate, you must complete 1000 hours of courses, attend three residential retreats, attend the clinical immersion experience, and pass the clinical practicum and final examination. In addition, your tuition must be paid in full to walk at graduation. 

What kind of documentation do I receive upon graduation?

At your graduation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). The certificate will also include the names, logos and approval from our academic partners. Graduating Fellows who hold an MD or DO license will eligible* to sit for board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

*Must meet all additional requirements.

What technology do I need for the Fellowship?

To participate in your virtual classroom, you will need a computer with reliable Internet service, as well as the following software requirements:

Internet Connection: 0.5 Mbps (recommended 1+ Mbps), wired or Wi-Fi connection

General Software: Adobe Acrobat Reader

Windows Operating Systems

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista® (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit), or Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11
  • 512 MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128 MB of graphics memory

Mac OS

  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17, Google Chrome, or Opera 11
  • 512 MB of RAM; 128 MB of graphics memory

Before starting the Fellowship, please make sure you have done the following:

  • Enabled JavaScript
  • Disabled Pop-up Blocker
  • Depending on your organization’s security settings you may need to make the Fellowship Virtual Classroom URL a Trusted Site

A device for eBooks is required. Not all required textbooks are available for Kindle. Most Fellows who have an iPad have success with downloading and reading the eBooks.