School of Medicine Dean Paul Roth, M.D. has announced that UNM and the Section of Integrative UNM within the Department of Medicine has been accepted as a member into the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM).  Arti Prasad, section chief of the Integrative Medicine, will join the organization's steering committee.

 "With this membership, UNM Joins an elite group of medical institutions," said Paul Roth, M.D.  "We are extremely proud of the work that Drs. Prasad and Shelley have accomplished in building the Integrative Medicine Section within the Department of Medicine." 

The Consortium is made up of 25 of the top medical schools within the country, including such prestigious universities as Harvard and Duke and Columbia.  The mission of the alliance is to "Help transform medicine and healthcare through rigorous scientific studies, new models of clinical care and innovative educational programs that integrate biomedicine, the complexity of human beings, the intrinsic nature of healing and the rich diversity of therapeutic systems."

"The goal of the organization is to make a qualitative difference in people's health by advocating an integrative model of healthcare that incorporates body, mind and spirit," said Prasad.  "We are only now seeing the synergistic healing possibilities that such an approach can provide to our patients."

The Section of Integrative Medicine (SIM) was established In July 2001.  The section operates a clinic within the Northeast Heights Academy Clinic and teaches medical students and residents in this setting as well as in the medical school classrooms. For more information on the sections' activities, visit their website at http://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/Integrative_Med. The consortium's website can be visited at http://www.imconsortium.org.


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