UWS to provide advanced training for integrative health and medicine fellowship

Venture is part of a partnership between OCIM and AIHM

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 17 – University of Western States (UWS), through its membership with the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), will be designated as a clinical training site for interprofessional health care practitioners to receive advanced training in integrative health and medicine.

The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), an organization dedicated to the advancement of collaboration among health care professionals, has partnered with OCIM to host a post-graduate Fellowship in integrative health and medicine. OCIM was selected because of its vast integrated, interdisciplinary members including UWS, Pacific University, National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and Oregon Health & Science University. As part of the Fellowship program, students will participate in clinical training at OCIM member institutions over a two-year period.

The AIHM Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine will be headed by Tieraona Low Dog, MD, an internationally-renowned educator, physician and thought-leader in integrative medicine. Dr. Low Dog expressed her excitement over the emerging partnership with OCIM.

“The AIHM Fellowship is the culmination of more than 35 years of my life’s work. Our academic partner, OCIM and its members will infuse the fellowship with distinction while providing the infrastructure for its clinical component. The Fellowship curriculum is expertly crafted by a diverse group by professionals. Applications for our first class, which launches February 2016, are rolling in now.”

Fellows selected for this training will receive 1,000 hours of online education through media-rich training, discussion groups, streamed videos and interactive web-based curriculum. Additionally, the program incorporates clinical rotations, three in-person retreats and elective specialty modules.

“Our collaborative is thrilled to partner with the AIHM in training interprofessional health care providers to better understand and appreciate each other’s disciplines,” Dr. Joseph Brimhall, chair of the OCIM Board of Directors and UWS president said. “Patients ultimately benefit when practitioners collaborate to provide inclusive integrated health care.”

This AIHM Fellowship program is accepting applicants now. Prospective students can learn more by visiting: aihm.org/fellowship/


About University of Western States

University of Western States provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, independent non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its educational programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master’s degrees in exercise and sports science with three new concentrations, human nutrition and functional medicine and diagnostic imaging; a massage therapy certificate program; a master of science and doctorate degree in sport and performance psychology; approved continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals; and we provide clinic services in five locations through Health Centers of UWS. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy. To learn more about University of Western States and its academic programs, go to uws.edu.

About OCIM 
The Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) is a nonprofit organization with membership comprised of National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Pacific University and University of Western States. OCIM works to transform health care and improve the health of the public by creating integrative educational opportunities for students, residents, fellows, practitioners and patients by collaborating on integrative health research and patient care and by providing a collective voice for affecting change. OCIM believes that optimal health is not attainable within any single health discipline or profession, but rather is best achieved through an evidence-informed, integrative approach. Go to https://www.o-cim.org.

About AIHM 
The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) is an international, interprofessional, member-centric organization that educates and trains clinicians in integrative health and medicine to assure exemplary health care. The AIHM’s training incorporates evidence-informed research, emphasizes person-centered care and embraces global healing traditions. By combining science and compassion, the AIHM is transforming health care. Go to www.aihm.org.