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HMS Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine

The Harvard Medical School Research Fellowship in Integrative Medicine is a NIH-funded three year joint program of Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals. The program accepts postdoctoral candidates including physicians, anthropologists, health behaviorists, sociologists, psychologists and integrative medicine (IM) providers with doctoral degrees who are interested in research training towards academic careers in integrative medicine.

The program is led by research faculty in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School Osher Center for Integrative Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.  Areas of special interest within IM include 1) mind-body therapies, and 2) placebo studies. Other areas of focus and faculty expertise include chronic disease management, obesity and cardiopulmonary health, musculoskeletal health, patient-provider relationship, neurocognition, and healthy aging

Opportunities exist along the full spectrum of translational research and have included large database analyses, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, observational studies, surveys, and clinical trials. Fellows’ investigations have spanned a wide range of utilized skills and tools including genomic and biomarker analysis, complexity and network analysis, cardiopulmonary testing, biomechanics, and neuroimaging. The Program offers each Fellow an appointment at Harvard Medical School and one or more of its affiliated hospitals. All fellows participate in the intensive summer program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. Fellows qualifying for acceptance to the Harvard School of Public Health may go on to pursue a rigorous curriculum that could lead to a Master of Public Health degree.

The Program also includes structured experiences to improve teaching skills and supervised clinical activities under the direction of experienced faculty in general internal medicine and integrative medicine. Each Fellow is expected to design, conduct, present, and publish at least two original investigative projects. This research fellowship in integrative medicine was first funded in 1999 by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine), and was the first of its kind in the United States. We have now trained more than 25 fellows in 16 years of operation, most of whom have gone on to successful careers as research faculty in academic medicine. Many of our prior fellows now lead integrative medicine centers at academic institutions across the country and are national/international leaders in the field of Integrative Medicine.

Prospective Applicants: Key Dates

  • September 18, 2017 - Application deadline for 2018 start
  • October 23, 2017 - Candidate interviews (group and individual) for 2018
  • December 1, 2017 (anticipated) - Application deadline for 2018 Harvard School of Public Health Master's Program
  • February 1, 2018 (anticipated) - Application deadline for 2018 Program in Clinical Effectiveness
  • July 2, 2018 - Fellowship begins

Download Program Application for 2018

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Primary Program Goals

  • Prepare our graduates for successful careers as independent investigators in integrative medicine research. Mentored research is the cornerstone of the Program. We expect our fellows to conduct, complete, and publish 2 or more original research projects.
  • Obtain an advanced understanding of the basic disciplines of integrative medicine research - One vehicle for this is the MPH degree program at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Weekly research conferences also focus on research methodology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the most common therapies in integrative medicine- We expect our fellows to take two to three integrative medicine training courses over the course of their three years of training. These courses are in their particular area(s) of interest and they use these educational experiences to help inform the development of their research projects and their understanding of the uses of integrative medicine in patient care. Ongoing seminars and experiential sessions enhance this curriculum.
  • Develop improved skills in the practice of integrative medicine. All MD fellows participate in the clinical programs offered to fellows at different sites under the direction of experienced faculty preceptors.