H.I.P. Fellowship

The Integrative Fellowship is made possible with funding from EBSCO

You have reached the website for the only skill based fellowship in alternative medicine for underserved communities.

Please ask yourself the following questions before proceeding…

  1. Are you a family medicine physician?
  2. Do you currently work, or have interest in working with underserved people and communities?
  3. Are you interested and open to learning specific skills in alternative medicine to integrate into your practice?
  4. Do you have interest in other practice forms such as group practice that are more open to integrative medicine?
  5. Are you looking for a year in your life that gives you the space to make the career you have always wanted?

H is for holistic:

  • Fellows and faculty treat patients holistically, considering their physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being in the context of environment as essential to their healing process.
  • Fellows and faculty are expected to live holistically, knowing that their own physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being is essential to their practice of medicine.
  • Fellows will design their own “self-wellness plan” as part of their experience.

I is for Integrative:

  • Fellows choose to become proficient in complementary medical modalities of their choice.
    • Regardless of which modalities they learn it is expected they will be able to integrate these modalities into an allopathic practice for the remainder of their career.
  • Fellows and faculty will review evidence surrounding all forms of alternative medicines using innovative data bases created in cooperation with EBSCO.
    • It is not possible to learn all of alternative medicine in a year, but we hope to supply the methods and tools needed to know the latest research on alternative medicine topics.

P is for Pluralistic:

  • Cultural competence demands that patients are understood in the context of the background.
  • Pluralistic medical competence requires that non-allopathic systems of healing are understood in the context of their own paradigm, rather than how well they are aligned with the allopathic paradigm.
    • Viewed in this way, non-allopathic systems are learned more authentically, and a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of allopathic medicine is achieved.
  • Experience and common sense are valued in the context of a general lack of statistical evidence in many areas of alternative medicine.
    • Just because something has not been studied does not mean it is not worth doing.