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Human Capital Blog on Strengthening Integrative and Preventive Medical Education in 2013

April 18, 2013

Jamila Williams, MD, MPH and Sangita Chakrabarty, MD, MSPH, FACOEM emphasize the complementarity of preventive and Integrative Medicine, and showcases an institution that is striving to improve programs in the education of these fields in 2013.

An article on Human Capital Blog features Dr. Jamila WIlliams and Dr. Sanita Chakrabarty and their perspective on preventative medicine. Preventive Medicine is a medical specialty that incorporates population-based and clinical approaches to health care, and focuses on keeping individuals healthy through a holistic approach to care. The trend towards preventive medicine should give rise to integrative medicine. According to the IOM, Integrative Medicine orients the healthcare process to create a seamless engagement of the full range of physical, psychological, social, preventive, and therapeutic factors effective and necessary to achieving optimal health throughout the lifespan. (Institute of Medicine, 2009 and Bravewell Collaborative Report, June 2010).

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” will authorize funding for activities to enhance Integrative Medicine and preventive medicine education. According to Jamila Williams, MD, MPH, these enhanced education opportunities will lead to an improved public health workforce. Currently Dr. Williams’ home institution, Meharry Medical College’s (MMC) preventive and occupational medicine programs are among the 16 recipients of this funding. MMC has made a resolution to use this funding to incorporate evidence-based Integrative Medicine into its existing accredited preventive medicine residency program and to improve clinical teaching in both preventive and Integrative Medicine.

Click here to read the full article on Human Capital Blog.


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