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Integrative Medicine Scholars Program

An Online Learning Community and Course

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

The AMSA Integrative Medicine Scholars Program is an online series of interactive lectures and activities which will widen participants’ perspective on medicine. The goal of the program is not only to introduce participants to many tools they may be able to incorporate into their treatment of patients (e.g. acupuncture, yoga, herbal medicine, nutritional interventions, etc) but also to encourage and facilitate personal use of self-care techniques (e.g. journaling, meditation). Webinar sessions will revolve around various complementary and alternative (CAM) techniques, each introduced by amazing physicians and other practitioners out in the field. Additionally, each scholar will be required to experience a new integrative medicine modality of their choice (e.g. yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, etc). Finally, to help participants truly own the experience, scholars will create a “Project in a Box” relating to the program, ranging from poster presentations to game and videos, which will be made available to medical students nation-wide to help raise awareness of the value and scope of integrative medicine. At the end of the program, scholars will write and share a reflection of the experience.

Our perspective is that Integrative Medicine is not just a set of extra tools in your tool belt – it is a commitment to self-care and a mind-body-spirit approach to patient care. We hope you will apply to join us in this exciting journey, and be open to new experiences, connections, and ideas about health and healing.


The program will consist of biweekly 1-2 hour online webinar meetings running from October 2013 through April 2014. The online meetings will be led by an expert guest speaker or a panel of speakers on a given topic. Prior to the meeting, scholars will be expected to review an article assigned by the speaker(s). During the presentation, scholars are given the opportunity (and are encouraged) to share their own experiences and ask questions. Additionally, scholars are expected to read a text (TBA) chosen by the program coordinators and will be given opportunities to discuss the text over the course of the program. Feedback will be obtained from each participant after each session via a web-based evaluation form. This will be used to improve the program in the future.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, students should be able to:

  • Develop broader knowledge in a variety of topics in integrative medicine
  • Introduce their medical communities to alternative medicine modalities with confidence and knowledge of supportive medical literature on the topic
  • Produce educational materials such as those created through the “Project in a Box”
  • Be leaders in integrative, mind-body-spirit patient care

Webinar Schedule (8-10pm EST)

  • October 2, 2013 - Dr. Kathryn Hayward
    Introduction to Integrative Medicine and Self Awareness
  • October 16, 2013 – Dr. Michael Hamm, LMP
    Manual Therapies in Integrative Medicine
  • November 6, 2013 – Hilary Garivaltis
    Ayurveda: An Introduction
  • November 20, 2013 – John Weeks
    Battles and Collaborations in the Evolution of the Integrative Medicine and Health: History and Hot Topics
  • December 4, 2013 – Dr. Adam Rindfleisch
    Evidence and More: Choosing Integrative Interventions at the Point of Care
  • December 18, 2013 – Dr. Mary Guerrera
    Integrative Family Practice
  • January 8, 2014 – Dr. Jason Hartman
    Being a D.O. and Starting your own Integrative Practice
  • January 22, 2014 – Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
    Yoga as a Preventive and Therapeutic Intervention: Prevalence Mechanisms and Research
  • February 5, 2014 – Dr. Len Wisneski
    Integrative Healthcare in the United States: Past, Present, and Future
  • February 19, 2014 – TBA
  • March 5, 2014 – Dr. Peter Wayne
    Tai Chi Research with Interactive, virtual Tai Chi Experience
  • March 19, 2014 - TBA
  • April 2, 2014 – Dr. Ty Vincent
  • April 16, 2014 - TBA

Participant Expectations

  • Attendance is mandatory. If a participant has to miss a webinar session, it will be required of the participant to write a reflection paper on a scholarly article in Integrative Medicine of their choice. No more than two absences will be allowed for the entire program. Additionally, participants must complete all post-webinar evaluations to help improve the program.
  • Participants will read assigned readings prior to the webinar meeting.
  • Participants will engage in discussions of the text (TBD) the program coordinators choose.
  • Participants will do one scholarly literature search and share their findings to the group.
  • Participants will create an integrative medicine “Project in a Box” that will be available to all medical students to increase knowledge of integrative medicine.
  • Participants are expected to participate in one integrative medicine modality that they have not tried in the past. They will be required to share their experience by writing a reflection.

Selection Criteria

The Integrative Medicine Scholars will be a small and versatile group of passionate individuals with different interests, experiences, and levels of knowledge of integrative medicine. In the past, many more applicants have applied than the number of available slots in the program, so we hope all applicants will consider the following criteria.

  • Availability: We are especially interested in students who are both motivated to fully participate in this program and who have the availability in their schedule to do so. We believe that participants will benefit most from this intensive approach, but we also recognize that students have other important and competing academic and extracurricular interests and activities.

  • Team Player: A desire to engage with and contribute to the group is essential. The program will foster an online community for students to work together and with experts in order to gain new perspectives, knowledge, and clinical skills.

  • Innovation in Education: Students who have the curiosity to ask why the status quo exists and the creativity to challenge it in productive ways. Students who want to share their newfound knowledge with their colleagues.

  • We do NOT ask for experience in integrative medicine or education. It's great if you have it, great if you don't. We are more interested in your enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and time commitment.

Application Process

  • Applications Due: September 15, 2013
  • Selection Date: September 21, 2013
  • Program Fees: $30 due October 1, 2013

Selected Scholars

Selected Applicants May Pay Their Tuition Fees Here

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