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Jefferson University Starts Nation’s First Integrative Medicine Department

In a first of its kind in academic medicine, Thomas Jefferson University is establishing a Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences to teach students about integrative medicine.

Supported by a $20 million commitment from The Marcus Foundation, the department will be housed in Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

The department features a curriculum that focuses on the clinical applications of integrative medicine with an emphasis on functional biochemistry, nutrient-based therapies, mind-body neuroscience, novel mechanisms of healing and emerging therapies.

“The past decade has seen a surge in the number of medical colleges requiring courses in integrative medicine, mirroring the public’s desire to seek out these therapies,” provost Mark L. Tykocinski said.

“We’re grateful for the Marcus Foundation’s visionary investment, which will enable Jefferson to define the gold standard of excellence in evidence-based, patient-centric integrative care, research, and education.”

Initially, the university is planning to offer several certificate programs in Integrative Nutrition and Mind-Body Medicine, in addition to offering a master’s degree as well.

Physicians who have completed an ACGME-approved residency program can also apply for a one-year fellowship in Integrative and Nutritional Medicine, hosted by the university.

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