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. Roberta Lee and Dr. Benjamin Kligler, Vice-Chairs of the Department, programs are in place for medical students, residents, fellows, attending physicians, faculty and other health care providers.
Acupuncture Fellowship Program
The Department of Integrative Medicine’s acupuncture fellowship training 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 specialization such as the department of surgery, oncology, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, orthopedics, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and pain and palliative care.
Fellows work approximately two four-hour shifts a week providing acupuncture to patients at Beth Israel Medical Center. Fellows will contribute to the ongoing development of protocols of care for their specialization as well as learn how to develop a research study including how to conduct a thorough literature search, how to read studies and how to develop research protocols that meet Institutional Review Board standards. Acupuncture fellows may participate in article preparation for medical journal review and publication, and/or develop a topic for internal presentation to the Department of Integrative Medicine.
Fellows also participate in Beth Israel Medical Center’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 research development require an additional four hours a week for a total commitment of twelve hours weekly. The program is designed to allow acupuncture fellows to continue to work in their own private practices while participating in the training program.
Fellows work toward developing a research project or presentation during their tenure with the program. The program spans 12 months with tuition of $4,500.
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.
The program is directed by Arya Nielsen, PhD. Dr. Nielsen has been practicing acupuncture for over thirty years, the last twelve 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 Beth Israel Medical Center’s Acupuncture Fellowship Program can contact Dr. Nielsen by email or telephone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 935-2231
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