An integral part of the Department’s mission is to train healthcare providers in integrative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention. Under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin Kligler, Vice-Chair of the Department, programs are in place for medical students, residents, fellows, attending physicians, faculty and other health care providers.

Acupuncture Fellowship Program Inpatient Care

The Department of Integrative Medicine’s acupuncture fellowship program is open to qualified licensed acupuncturists who have an interest in integrative medicine, the development of research, and advancing standards of acupuncture practice to include inpatient and hospital-based care. This innovative program is the first of its kind, as it includes collaborative training with physicians in an Integrative Medicine fellowship.
Training includes work in one or more areas of hospital specialization such as the departments of surgery, orthopedic surgery, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, oncology and pain and palliative care.

Fellows work two four-hour shifts a week providing acupuncture to inpatients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. They participate in a weekly supervision meeting with Dr. Arya Nielsen. Fellows also participate in Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Physician Faculty Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine that includes both seminar-style lectures by specialists in various fields related to integrative medicine as well as rounds discussions of patient care. The lectures, rounds and supervision require an additional three hours a week for a total commitment of eleven hours a week. The program is designed to allow acupuncture fellows to continue to work in their own private practices while participating in the program.

Fellows work toward developing a research topic or presentation during their tenure with the program. The program spans 12 months with tuition of $1,500.

The goal of the Acupuncture Fellowship Program is to not only train individual acupuncturists in hospital-based care but to encourage and support their future work in other hospitals interested in expanding their services to include acupuncture therapies. Acupuncture fellows qualify for 60-90 NCCAOM PDA credits upon completion of the Fellowship.

The program is directed by Arya Nielsen, PhD. Dr. Nielsen has been practicing acupuncture for over thirty seven years, the last seventeen in an integrative medical setting. She has an academic research doctorate in interdisciplinary studies and philosophies of medicine with a specialization in integrative clinical science and health care.

Licensed acupuncturists who are interested in applying for Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Acupuncture Fellowship Program can contact Dr. Nielsen by email or telephone at or (646) 935-2231.

Further Information on our educational opportunities can be found below:

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