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Kripalu Center
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“We didn’t teach them about self care, we put them in an environment where they could learn to take care of themselves.”

-- Former Student
EDCAM Director

Leadership & Education Program for Students
in Integrative Medicine

June 14-19, 2015

Number of Spots Available: 30

The application deadline has passed.

Note to applicants: Your Dean and Mentor have been sent an email so they may submit a letter of verification/recommendation. Once received, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of your status. Thank you.

Location: Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, CA

The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and the AMSA Foundation are seeking MD/DO students, and for the first time ever in 2015, students from non-MD/DO healing professions with a strong interest in integrative medicine (IM) combined with the desire for leadership roles in IM to participate in the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM). The program will focus on Integrative Medicine education, leadership skills, and developing IM projects to implement at their own home schools. Once accepted into the program, students are eligible to apply for a $200 grant to fund their projects.

Selection criteria will be based on completeness of application, good academic standing in an accredited North American MD/DO program, diverse geographic representation of medical schools, and commitment to implementing IM leadership skills and action plans developed at the program. At least half of the students will be accepted from schools affiliated with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. With research and program development being important components of LEAPS into IM, all applicants are required to identify one or two student peers willing to serve in a control group who, along with the participants, will be asked to complete two or three short surveys each year of their medical training. We plan to provide student controls with a small gift for their participation.

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so submission in a timely manner is rewarded.

Mission of LEAPS

The mission of LEAPS into IM is to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge base of future physician leaders in Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine is indispensable to meeting one of the greatest challenges faced by the U.S. health care system: that of chronic disease. Chronic disease is bankrupting us, and its cost is not just measured in dollars. Anyone who knows someone with chronic disease has witnessed unintended side effects of conventional medicine treatments. Individuals with chronic disease and others who have interest in prevention are increasingly engaging in alternative, complementary, holistic, spiritual and traditional ways of healing. In LEAPS into IM, we refer to these healing traditions as “Mind/Body/Spirit Disciplines.” They are an important part of an Integrative Medicine approach to health and healing.

There is a narrative error at 3:28 in this video. The speaker should have said Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment instead of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.