What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.
Developed and Adopted by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, May 2005

Online Educational Resources

There are a variety of available free online educational modules offering evidence-based knowledge on a variety of different modalities:

University of Minnesota

Center for Spirituality & Healing Integrative Healing Practice Modules

Offers an introduction to various topics in the field of complementary therapies and healing practices. Each of the modules takes from 1 to 3.5 hours to complete, and is organized into short sections. All modules feature content written by subject matter experts and reviewed by a faculty team from the schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The learning objectives for the modules support the following competencies: ACGME for Medical Education, AACN for Nursing education, and AACP for Pharmacy education.

There are currently 15 modules available, 13 of which are eligible for Continuing Nursing Education credit.

Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing

Users can assess their overall wellbeing, as well as specific areas such as nutrition, relationships, stress, purpose, and security and learn ways to enhance flourishing in life through a six-part Wellbeing Model.

There are currently 15 modules available, 13 of which are eligible for Continuing Nursing Education credit.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Program for Holistic and Integrative Medicine

Online course covers over 100 herbs and dietary supplements. Funded by a grant from the NIH. Includes 40 self-instructional modules about common clinical conditions in which patients might use herbs and supplements, an online discussion group and links to further information from academic centers and the federal government.

This is an evidence-based course aimed at educating physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists and other health professionals.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH

Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Annual webcast featuring two leading figures in science and medicine speaking about the evolution and field of CAM.

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Program in Integrative Medicine Online Education Courses

Web-based courses on various topics in Integrative Medicine include online material, required and recommended reading, virtual patients and a 3-CD set of interviews. Recent courses include a Nutrition & Health Series, Botanical & Health Series, and Clinical Integration Series.

For information about recent and upcoming training programs/continuing education in particular modalities, as well as see the comprehensive and informative website of the Beth Israel Continuum Center for Health and Healing