2020WRAP/2021 PROMISES

New Members, International Expansion in 2020 - Integrative Advances in 2021

Since its founding in 1999, the Academic Consortium has created a uniquely nurturing home for a growing integrative healthcare community, an active network that is leading the world’s best efforts in research, education and clinical practice toward a transformed healthcare system.

The Academic Consortium welcomed four new members in 2020, including Case Western Reserve University and Parkview Health in the U.S., Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Brazil and NICM Health Research Institute of Western Sydney University, Australia.

“Ongoing expansion of the Academic Consortium reflects an increasing interest in and commitment to integrative medicine,” notes Dr. Adan, “and that means we can look forward to some exciting possibilities for innovative approaches and transformative healthcare and health equity in 2021.”

-- Francoise Adan, MD, Chair, Academic Consortium

What to Watch for in 2021

In 2021, the Academic Consortium will take this work to the next strategic level with:

  • Content-focused activity in 16 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) launched in 2020
  • Grand Round schedule of webinars on the latest research and new approaches in the field (these programs in 2020 attracted more than 1,345 attendees)
  • Increasing investment in our knowledge bank supporting integrative medicine with more research articles published in the Academic Consortium’s journal, Global Advances, including special collections
  • Outreach to nursing schools and osteopathic medical colleges with invitation to join us
  • Partnerships with allied health organizations and government agencies toward shared objectives in education, research, public policy and advocacy
  • Social Justice and Health Equity Action Steps READ MORE
  • Planning for the 2022 International Congress led by Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Jeff Dusek, PhD, Director of Research, Connor Integrative health Network, University Hospitals
  • A new series in Breaking News Briefing that will spotlight integrative successes shared by member institutions.

Impact Circles – New Series Call for Comment

Impact Circles is the title and target of a series of stories focusing on the integrative successes found at member institutions that should serve to encourage others in integrative development and innovation.

The series will begin in February with a spotlight on Clinical Resilience and follow a monthly calendar of topics, including for example, Music Therapy in March and Lifestyle Medicine in April.  Help us fill out the rest of the calendar with your suggestions.  Send them to Jo.Posselt@imconsortium.org

Innovative, Interprofessional, Interactive – 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium

April 11-13, the best features of today’s most robust conference technology will deliver the Annual Members’ Meeting with keynote Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME president and CEO, followed by more than 80 educational and interactive opportunities for all members of the integrative medicine and health community to learn, share and advance this developing field.

From plenary sessions with world-recognized experts, practice-focused sessions and breakouts, special interest clinics, posters, networking small-group chats and more, every attendee will find easy, convenient access and CME options in four distinct subject tracks.

Click here to learn more and register!  #IMSYMPOSIUM21

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