Academic AspectsEdit


There are a number of different preceptors, many of whom lead only one session lasting during the one month elective. Many hold MD degrees, but others have different credentials (psychologists, osteopaths, naturopaths). Some were engaging teachers, others not

Teaching to Service ratioEdit

One hundred percent teaching. However, with no service component. There were a few hours of "shadowing," but no substantial patient contact. Therefore, the learning value for me was limited

Other LearnersEdit

About 15 residents and medical students from US and Caribbean medical schools. Most of the residents were from family med programs, others from pediatrics and psychiatry


Practice PopulationEdit

Not applicable. as there is virtually no patient contact


Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is located at University of Arizona in Tuscon


I stayed at Tuscon Cottages, a relatively comfortable 1 BR with a/c about 2 km from the campus and on a major bus line. I paid about $1,000 for the month. Private accomodation.The program provided a very limited list of available accommodations

Week in the Life of...Edit

What does a typical work week look like on this rotation? Edit

Sessions usually ran 8:30 AM - 4 PM, M-F. The day was divded into 1-3 hours blocks. Most sessions were didactic lectures. Others were workshops, to experience yoga, body work or energy medicine. There were a few hours devoted to shadowing of integrative practioners. Many of the sessions were led by medical doctors and were evidence-based

Call requirementsEdit

Zero. No service component

Other Things to addEdit

Overall the experience was positive. I especially found the evidence-based information provided on use of herbs and supplements to be useful. I appreciated hearing the persectives from medical doctors on the value and uses of complementary modalities such as homeopathy and hypnotherapy. I liked spending time in the warm desert climate and mingling with residents and med students from the US. However, the over reliance on didactic lectures with no patient contact for an entire month was too boring and not engaging enough for me. That type of format for a week or two would have been okay. I would have preferred spending a week or so in the clinic with one of the dynamic integrative practioners, but that didn't seem to be an option. Also, despite the lack of patient contact, I was required to buy malpractice insurance costing nearly $1,000.