We apply academic rigor to integrative medicine
To ensure our clinical and research efforts blossom into a new standard of care, we are training the next generation of practitioners in integrative medicine. The educational activities of the Center take place across the Harvard community and are targeted at the medical student, resident, fellow, and continuing medical education audiences, as well as the general public.
Active programs include the following:
Beginning in the Spring semester of 2014, the Osher Center started funding pre-doctoral fellowships in Integrative Medicine research. The fellowship program will be open to HILS graduate students1 and will provide $10,000/year to cover part of the student’s costs (to include stipend and/or supplies), as well as a $2,000 travel stipend; the fellowship is renewable for 2 years.
A key element of the education agenda for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is a research fellowship training program, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) since 1999. Under the direction of Dr. Gloria Yeh, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinician investigator in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the program allows participants to complete a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, followed by a year of protected time to complete innovative research projects. This highly successful program has graduated 20 post-doctoral (predominantly MD) fellows, most of whom have gone on to positions in academic medicine. The training program touches all of the major HMS-affiliated hospitals, with fellows past and present conducting research studies at different institutions based on their areas of interest. More information about the Integrative Medicine fellowship at HMS can be found here.
The Osher Center Integrative Medicine Seminar Series is a monthly lecture series open to the HMS community, as well as the general public. Past topics have included the following:
- Back to Health: A Study Comparing Yoga, Physical Therapy and Education for Chronic Low Back Pain
- Changes in brain activation after eight weeks of training in meditative practices: comparing mindful-attention meditation and comparrion meditation
- Tai Chi for Reducing Fall-Related Fractures in Post-Menopausal Women
- Connective Tissue Research and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine: Connecting the Dots
Osher Clinical Center Continuing Medical Education Series
After meeting numerous quality requirements and safeguards regarding outside or commercial interests, the Osher Clinical Center has developed a regular clinical meeting that qualifies as a Harvard Medical School CME Regularly Recurring Series (RRS). Each week participants who stay the whole hour may earn 1 CME Credit.
Recent topics include:
- Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sleep Hygiene and Insomnia— Donald B. Levy, M.D and team members from each discipline contributing
- The Art and Science (ergonomics) of using a Chair—Donald B. Levy, MD and team members
- Tai Chi—Concepts and Experiential Demonstration—Peter Wayne, Ph.D.
- Collaborative Care—Shared Cases + Summer Ailments: (Lyme Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis) — Dr. Levy
- How does Mindfulness Work? —Guest speaker: David Vago Ph.D., Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
This is a seminar series course offered for elective credit or for auditing through Harvard Medical School. Mind-Body Medicine is an interdisciplinary field incorporating behavioral techniques whose popularity is growing rapidly. The medical efficacy of approaches such as relaxation, meditation, yoga, and guided imagery is the subject of increasing research. Students completing this course will be more competent at assessing the potential effectiveness and suitability of these therapies for their patients. Twice-weekly sessions include a 1-hour lecture by expert faculty in mind-body medicine followed by an optional 1-hour yoga class. Student evaluation for credit will be based upon lecture attendance and a brief written description of personal practice.
Tufts & Boston University medical students are also welcome to audit the course, space permitting – there is no cost to attend. Spring session information will be forthcoming.
This page was last modified on 12/13/2016