The question is how do you change
medicine and healthcare, and it seemed to me that you really,
you really can only do that through education. A lot of people had been saying you had to do it through
research; that if we did enough randomized control trials we’d show
that Saint John’s wort worked for depression
for example. It always seemed to me that that’s important but that’s not the real way you affect change. The way
you affect change is to train a new generation of health
professionals who understand integrative medical philosophy. So I founded the
program in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona in 1994, with the intent of doing just that. That
as a beginning to train physicians in a new way of thinking
about medicine, to cover all those areas of deficiency
in conventional medical education and to develop a curriculum in this
new field of integrative medicine. And that was the first such program? Yes, there were, there were other schools that
had started things in the areas of alternative
or conventional medicine that were mostly research. This was the first formal
training program in the country and it’s now really the
leading program in the world, training physicians and other health
professionals in integrative medicine. But one thing I think a lot of people
don’t know is it’s not just at the University of Arizona. There are now programs in Integrative
Medicine at… There’s a group called the Consortium of
Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. It now has 38 member medical schools, 3 in
Canada, the rest in the US. So it’s now more than
one-fifth of all the medical schools in the US. And many of the leading medical schools:
Harvard, Georgetown, Duke, University of California San
Francisco, UCLA, University of Washington. This is involvement at the level of
deans and chancellors who recognize that medical education research and practice
have to move in this direction, so that’s why say it’s a real movement now.

2 thoughts on “Creating a New Generation of Doctors”

  1. Integrative medicine is a more comprehensive and inclusive approach over the pharmacological approach that has been practiced over the last 50 years. Better results happen when there are more options to consider other than only pharmaceutical medications.

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