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
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- Direct Entry Midwives*
*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 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, which are included in the cost of your tuition. Note: Required textbooks will be sent as eBooks. Some of those will be Kindle friendly and others will not.
Do I have to travel?
You will be required to attend three residential retreats and one on-site 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. Residential retreats and the second clinical immersion experience will be held in Portland, OR. The first clinical rotation will be a Fellow-created, local experience that fits within your schedule (must meet approval guidelines).
Sample from the first Fellowship class:
Week 1: September 25-29, 2016
Week 2: August 6-10, 2017
Week 3: January 14-18, 2018
Clinical Immersion Experiences
Quarter 6: Fellow-created, local
Quarter 7: At OCIM institutions
Where are the in-person retreats located?
The three residential retreats and the second clinical immersion experience will take place in Portland, OR at the Hotel Monaco. The first clinical immersion will be a Fellow-created, local experience (must meet approval guidelines). 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 all online curriculum; dialogues, videos, primary textbooks, all CME/CE credits, and some of the expenses associated with your on-site retreats. You must provide your transportation to and from the retreats, hotel costs and some meals. There are payment plans 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. The Academy offers scholarships ranging from $2,500 -$11,500. The amount of the scholarship is dependent on financial need as well as the strength of the personal statement, demonstrated commitment to the principles of integrative health and medicine, and letter of support from an employer, mentor or close colleague. Visit our Scholarship page or more information or to request a link to the scholarship application.
When are scholarships awarded?
The Fellowship team meets once a month to review scholarship applications and letters of support. This will take place during the third week of each month. Awards will be sent out as they are decided upon (usually the third and fourth weeks of the month). If you are interested in the highest scholarship ($11,500) please know that those will not be awarded until approximately 60 days prior to the start of the Fellowship term to which you are applying/accepted. Note: Scholarships are competitive so be sure to submit a strong letter of support and personal statement to be considered.
When is the application deadline?
Applications for August 2017 and March 2018 are now being accepted. We anticipate the August 2017 to fill to capacity soon. > Apply Now.
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 all of the online courses, attend three residential retreats and the clinical immersion experience, and successfully pass the clinical practicum and final examination.
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 be eligible to sit for board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).
What is the course refund policy?
Cancellations may be requested using the cancellation request form. If you make this request at least 14 days prior to the designated start date of your Fellowship class, you will receive a refund of all payments made minus the $200 Application Fee and the $1500 Holding Fee. If you do not request a cancellation less than 14 days before the program start date, all payments are forfeited. In the event of a serious emergency, at the discretion of the Fellowship Director, you may be allowed to start with the next incoming class and your tuition payment will be simply rolled over.
How do I contact a Fellowship representative?
Do I require any special software/hardware to access the online curriculum?
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 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:
- 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.