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AMSA Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS)

June 15, 2014 – June 20, 2014

On June 15-20, 2014, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will host the Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS) at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. All interested medical students are encouraged to apply before the deadline, March 31, 2014.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)


Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS)

June 15-20, 2014

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014


The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation is seeking medical students 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 Consortium of Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). 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.

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.



For an application and more information about the program, click here to visit the AMSA webpage.


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