UA Integrative Medicine Fellows to Graduate

June 15, 2001

The University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine -- the nation's first postgraduate fellowship program in integrative medicine -- will hold a graduation ceremony for its third class of residential Fellows.

Scheduled to graduate are: Drs. Raffaele Filice, David Paul Rakel, Craig Daniel Schneider and Monica Jo Stokes. Also graduating will be two pediatric integrative medicine fellows: Drs. John David Marks and Sharon McDonough-Means.

Under the direction of Andrew Weil, founder and director of the UA Program in Integrative Medicine, and Victoria Maizes, the program's medical director, the Fellows spent two years studying the theory and practice of integrative medicine. Integrative medicine seeks to combine the best ideas of conventional and alternative medicine into cost-effective treatments that will be in the best interests of patients and that aim to stimulate the human body's natural healing potential.

Fellows study natural healing, the history of medicine, the nature of scientific research, and the basis of mind/body interactions. The curriculum includes healing-oriented medicine, the philosophy of science, the art of medicine, culture and medicine, research education, mind/body medicine, spirituality medicine, nutrition, phyto-medicine, energy medicine and lifestyle medicine. The Fellows also train in guided imagery, acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation.

The UA Program in Integrative Medicine began in 1995 to combine the best ideas and practices of conventional and alternative medicine, with a strong emphasis on research, both to evaluate approaches and assess outcomes in a clinical setting. The Fellowship Program is designed to train national leaders who will establish similar programs in this new discipline at other schools and bring integrative medicine into major health care systems.