University of California, San Francisco

University of California, San Francisco

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

Culture and Integrative Medicine is an interdisciplinary, 2-week elective offered each Fall for 4th year UCSF medical students. It is taught by a medical anthropologist, physicians and CAM practitioners (TCM, Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, Naturopathy, etc). Students participate in didactic and experiential sessions, rotate through integrative medicine practices in the community and at UCSF’s Osher Center and have the opportunity to attend an all-day retreat in Shamanic Healing. For more information, contact course directors Ellen Hughes ( and Shelley Adler (

Integrative Medicine Elective for Resident Physicians

UCSF Family and Internal Medicine residents have the opportunity to see patients one half-day/week at the Osher Center Integrative Medicine Practice during their ambulatory rotations under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Barrows, one of OCIM’s integrative medicine physicians. We hope to extend this clinical experience to community sites (both private practice and underserved settings).

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

A clinical elective for students of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is being planned at the Osher Center Practice. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to shadow the three licensed acupuncturists who practice at OCIM and doctoral students will see patients under the supervision of our TCM practitioners.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

CAM Grand Rounds are offered approximately quarterly. In addition, physicians and other allied health professionals who participate in our 8-week long Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program, have the option of receiving CME credit for it.