About Us - Overview
The program, founded in 1991 by Brian Berman, MD, Director of the CIM and Professor of Family Medicine, is comprised of four inter-dependent divisions:
Patient Care. At the Center for Healing, our out-patient clinic, our team of highly trained complementary medicine practitioners and physicians draw from the best of both conventional and complementary medicine to work with patients on their path to health and maintaining wellness.
Research. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) specialized center for research in complementary medicine, we have a broad-reaching program of clinical, pre-clinical and survey research investigating the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of complementary medicine as well as evaluating integration of these approaches into mainstream care.
Education. Students in all four years of the School of Medicine receive courses about complementary and integrative medicine and our education extends into primary care residency, fellowship training and continuing medical education.
Informatics. In order to disseminate high-quality information on complementary medicine and to guide future research, we are gathering and systematically reviewing the world-wide literature in complementary medicine and pain, arthritis, and related disorders. We also coordinate the complementary medicine field of the international Cochrane Collaboration.
Integrative Medicine blends the best of conventional and complementary medical approaches, addressing not only physical symptoms, but also psychological, social, environmental & spiritual aspects of health & illness. It believes in stimulating the innate human capacity for healing, empowering patients in their own care, while providing them with choices in healthcare that are proven to be safe and effective.