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Integrative Medicine

The integrative medicine academic track introduces Regional Anesthesiology & Acute Pain Medicine (RA&APM) Fellows to complementary alternative medicine (CAM) training in the perioperative setting. While the program is intended to focus on surgical acupuncture, other pathways may be considered. 

Academic Track Requirements

  • Physicians Certification in Acupuncture: Fellows participating in the integrative medicine academic track will be required to complete certification from the Helms Medical Institute. This coursework is rigorous and requires approximately five to seven hours of academic work per week.
  • Academic Project: Coupled with the integrative medicine faculty advisor, each fellow will prepare and submit a research proposal through the Department’s clinical review panel and the HSS Internal Review Board (IRB). Additionally, fellows may have the opportunity to craft and implement a clinical pathway to advance CAM within the hospital. 
  • American Academy of Medical (AAMA) Symposium: Fellows must prepare presentations and/or research to the AAMA Symposium. Attendance at the yearly symposium is required. 
  • Clinical Skills: Fellows enrolled in the integrative medicine academic track will use their academic day to practice acupuncture (or relevant CAM skill) in the hospital.

Alternative CAM Study

RA&APM Fellows may propose alternative pathways (e.g., herbal certification, ayurvedic medicine) for the RA&APM Fellowship committee to review and approve.


The Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Management will cover tuition and expenses associated with this academic track upon successful completion of the Helm’s Medical Acupuncture certification.


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