Integrative Medicine Scholars Program

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers specialized training for UCSF faculty and housestaff interested in integrative medicine. The goal of the Integrative Medicine Scholars Program is to develop highly skilled leaders and scholars in integrative medicine throughout UCSF.

Scholars are encouraged to develop their individual interests in integrative medicine. The Osher Center clinic’s broad scope of clinician expertise and diverse patient population offer a unique breadth and depth of training opportunities. In addition, the resources and faculty of the Osher Center’s research and education programs enhance educational activities, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities for our scholars.

    The yearlong program includes the following:

    Self-directed one-year integrative medicine curriculum
    Leadership in integrative medicine curriculum.
    Weekly in-person teaching sessions held at the UCSF Osher Center with video conferencing option
    Quarterly meetings with IMSP Director and project mentor
    Bi-weekly case-based learning sessions where the scholar presents a case from their clinic and engage in a discussion with IMSP faculty in creating a treatment plan.
    Complete 30 hours (eight shifts) of clinical observation in complementary/ integrative medicine practices at the Osher Center.

    Mentored scholarly project
    Participate in a pre/post skills assessment.

    Tuition: $8,000, payable by departmental transfer or check

    Program Requirements: Integrative Medicine Scholars are expected to attend weekly two-hour sessions and present at bi-weekly 1-hour case conferences (either in person or via online video conference) throughout the course of the academic calendar year. Scholars are expected to complete assigned readings and assignments in between sessions. Scholars will receive 30-hours of clinical training with Osher Center clinicians. Scholars will complete a scholarly project based in their area of interest in integrative medicine.

    Eligibility: UCSF Faculty and Housestaff are eligible.

    Application Process: We are no longer accepting applications for the upcoming academic year, please direct questions about the next call for applications to Yvette Coulter, the program coordinator.  

    In addition to the online form, applicants will be asked to submit:

    • Curriculum vitae, including current educational role, responsibility, and activities
    • Statement of interest in integrative healthcare (1 page); this is a summary of pertinent background information that may not be apparent from the CV, such as how the applicant became interested in Integrative Medicine and any prior training in Integrative Medicine and should include:
      • A brief summary of pertinent background information that may not be apparent from the CV, such as how the applicant became interested in Integrative Medicine and any prior training in Integrative Medicine;
      • The applicant’s educational goals for the IMSP (e.g., develop expertise in mind-body practices and nutrition);
      • The applicant’s current professional goals following the IMSP, and how completing the IMSP will help to achieve them; and
      • A description of the scholarly project that the scholar proposes
      • Letter of approval/support from Departmental Chair or Division Chief

    Program Leadership

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    Anand Dhruva, MD

    Integrative Oncologist and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Director of Education, Core Research Faculty
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    Current Integrative Medicine Scholars

    Scholar

    Professional Affiliation

    Clinical Specialty

    Gina DeAngelis, MD

    Attending Physician

    Departments of Adolescent Medicine and Primary Care, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

    Pediatrics

    Niharika, Dixit, MD

    Assistant Clinical Professor

    Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

    Hematology-Oncology

    Sarah Patterson, MD

    Adjunct Clinical Instructor

    Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, UCSF

    Rheumatology

    Past Integrative Medicine Scholars

    Scholar

    Professional Affiliation

    Clinical Specialty

    Chloe Ateya, MD, PhD

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

    Hematology-Oncology

    Jenifer Matthews, MD 

    Attending Physician, Departments of Adolescent Medicine and Primary Care, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

    Pediatrics

    Dr. Jenifer Matthews
    The Faculty Scholars Program provides an outstanding framework to learn Integrative Medicine, and continue serving my community and patients. The experience has allowed me to see patients through a more holistic lens, and offer evidence-informed, patient-centered modalities. I am now starting an integrative clinic at our Federally Qualified Health Center with support and mentorship from the program.
    Dr. Jenifer Matthews, Attending Physician, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
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