Integrative Medicine Scholars Program

Integrative Medicine Scholars discussion

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.

Over the course of the year-long program, 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 now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. To inquire about eligibility and to receive application materials, please contact 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

    Application Timeline: 

    • Applications and letters of support due: 5:00 pm PT, Monday, February 15, 2021
    • Remote interviews held: March 4 - March 19, 2021
    • Offers made (tentative): Friday, March 26, 2021 
    • Program start: July 1, 2021 


    Shannon Fogh, MD; Radiation-Oncology; Radiation Cancer Specialist, Department of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

    Meghan Jobson, MD, PhD; Hospice and Palliative Medicine; Palliative Medicine Fellow, Department of Medicine, UCSF

    Natalie Marshall, MD; Hematology-Oncology; Medical Director, UCSF-John Muir Health Cancer Center in Berkeley

    Kavita Mishra, MD, MPH; Radiation-Oncology; Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

    Juliet Morgan, MD; Neurology and Psychiatry; Chief Resident for Education, Psychiatry, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Department for Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF


    Chloe Ateya, MD, PhD; Hematology-Oncology; Department of Medicine, UCSF

    Gina DeAngelis, MD; Pediatrics; Departments of Adolescent Medicine and Primary Care, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

    Niharika Dixit, MD; Hematology-Oncology; Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital 

    Jenifer Matthews, MD; Pediatrics; Departments of Adolescent Medicine and Primary Care, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

    Sarah Patterson, MD; Rheumatology; Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, UCSF

    Program Leadership

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    Anand Dhruva, MD

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