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Plenary Keynote - Transformation Through Education: Dr Victoria Maizes, Executive Director Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, USA

05 Nov 2021
Medical Education

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The Evolution of Integrative Medical Education

The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM) was founded in 1994 with a primary focus of educating physicians in integrative medicine (IM).   Twenty-seven years later, IM has become an internationally recognized movement in medicine and AWCIM is recognized for its leadership in developing integrative medical education. The Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health has grown to become a large and influential international membership institution and it is foreseeable that all medical students and residents will soon receive training in IM principles and practices which state:

  • Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  • All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
  • Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body's innate healing response.
  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
  • Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
  • Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  • Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.

AWCIM has the broadest range and depth of IM educational programs and has had a major influence on integrative medical education.  Dr Maizes will describe the trajectory of the Center’s educational programs.

The field of IM has matured with North American national board certification which requires fellowship training.  Allied health professional educational courses, as well as integrative health coaching and team training have been created to assure that all members of the health care team receive training. At no point in history has the need to train health professionals to address lifestyle to promote health and prevent disease ever been greater.  Dr Victoria Maizes will discuss the evolution of integrative medicine and its potential to improve the health of providers and the public alike. 


Dr Victoria Maizes, Executive Director Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health, University of Arizona - USA

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