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14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning

22. - 24.04.2010, Wien, Österreich

Why integrative medicine is essential for medical education


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  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Aviad Haramati - Georgetown University, Phyisology and Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning. Wien, Österreich, 22.-24.04.2010. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2010. Doc10grako12

doi: 10.3205/10grako12, urn:nbn:de:0183-10grako120

Published: November 18, 2010

© 2010 Haramati.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( You are free: to Share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work, provided the original author and source are credited.


As the public's use of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies has increased, and as research into the safety and efficacy of these modalities has intensified, medical schools are faced with the challenge of determining how best to integrate this information into the curriculum. Some institutions in the US have determined that CAM-relevant material can help achieve a number of desired educational objectives. In this plenary presentation, Dr. Haramati will describe a variety of ways in which material from the thematic thread of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, that is the blending of conventional and non-conventional therapies, can advance scientific curricular objectives and also help students attain proficiency in competencies related to professionalism, such as self-awareness, self-care and personal growth.