Changing the Way Physicians are Educated

The most critical need identified by physician leaders has been for fundamental change in the core curriculum used to train medical students. Segmentation of medicine into specialties, overemphasis on technology and pharmaceuticals, and ignorance of prevention strategies and integrative modalities that add value are some of the barriers that have been identified. It rapidly became clear to the Bravewell philanthropists that changing medical education and training was essential to sustain movement toward integrative medicine.

At the same time as the Collaborative began its work, the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM)—then a small group of highly acclaimed medical schools that were developing clinical centers to deliver integrative care—was in its infancy. The Collaborative challenged the Consortium's founders to develop a plan and an organizational structure for the Consortium that would build its capacity to change the way physicians are educated in major academic health centers.

The Collaborative agreed to fund the infrastructure for the Consortium's work for five years and encouraged its rapid growth, which has resulted in the current membership of 39 medical schools. The Collaborative also funded the Consortium's initial project: developing a model core curriculum in integrative medicine destined for publication and adoption in leading academic health centers.


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