TUCSON, Ariz., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Board of Regents
recently conferred Center of Excellence status on The University of Arizona
College of Medicine Program in Integrative Medicine -- a move that
reaffirms the positive impact integrative medicine has had on health-care
Now known as the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM), the
program underwent an intensive evaluation process and earned unanimous
endorsements from UA health sciences program directors and college deans.
The new designation formally recognizes the center's achievements in the
field over the past 14 years, and its status as the world leader in
integrative medical education.
Founded in 1994 by internationally renowned author and integrative
medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD, the Arizona Center for Integrative
Medicine joins nine other Centers of Excellence at the UA College of
"Having our work recognized in this way is among our greatest
accomplishments to date," Dr. Weil said. "The Center of Excellence
designation formally recognizes us as an innovator in educating the next
generation of physicians and health-care professionals. Our challenge now
is to remain at the forefront of innovation so as to make integrative
medicine available to everyone, regardless of economic or geographic
UA President Robert N. Shelton lauded the Regents' decision, saying,
"This formal designation acknowledges that the Arizona Center for
Integrative Medicine is a respected and significant voice within the
University, and indeed throughout the global health-care community.
"What began as a small, pioneering program has now inspired the
development of scores of similar programs across the country, another
manifestation of the University's innovation and leadership in the health
Since its founding, the center has created five integrative medicine
fellowships, received more than $7 million in federal funding and graduated
nearly 300 integrative medicine fellows. Many of these fellows are now
academic leaders in other prestigious centers, including The Johns Hopkins
University, Stanford University, Duke University, Tufts University, The
University of Wisconsin, and the University of Maryland.
The Center of Excellence designation will enhance the center's ability
to court top-tier faculty and inspire a new era of program growth -- led by
the center's most ambitious program to date: the Integrative Medicine in
Residency (IMR). The center's integrative medicine curriculum soon will be
incorporated into standard three-year family medicine residency programs
across the nation. Residents will learn to incorporate integrative medicine
concepts into their practices, including patient-centered care techniques
that facilitate lifestyle change.
Through funding raised from both public and private sources, an IMR
pilot program will be launched in July at eight family medicine residency
programs nationwide, including the UA; Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
City; Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.; Maine Medical Center,
Portland, Maine; Maine-Dartmouth, Augusta, Maine; University of
Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis,
Minn.; and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
"This will be the first program in the nation to create a required
curriculum in integrative medicine for physicians during residency," said
Victoria Maizes, MD, executive director of the Arizona Center for
Integrative Medicine. "Over the next 10 years, development of IMR into the
national model for residency education is a major goal for the center. We
will gradually move beyond primary care into subspecialty training."
Dr. Shelton added, "Through the center's leadership in education and
research, the role that integrative medicine plays in health-care
transformation has been revealed in exciting new ways. I celebrate the
center's roots right here in Tucson, and I am eager to see its future
unfold as a Center of Excellence."
For more information about the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine,
please visit the Web site: http://www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu, or
call (520) 626-6417.
The mission of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is to lead
the transformation of health care by creating, educating and actively
supporting a community of professionals who embody the philosophy and
practice of integrative medicine. The center defines integrative medicine
as healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person
(body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes
the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies,
both conventional and alternative.
Media Contacts: Matt Russell Jean Spinelli
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SOURCE University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine