Emergency BU Alert BU Medical Campus OPEN Jan. 28, 2015 Boston University Medical Campus will be open Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. BUSM classes will be held as scheduled. Staff should check with their managers regarding work schedules. Medical, PA and GMS students who are assigned to inpatient services or clinics are expected to be present, if possible. Students who are assigned to outpatient services should check with their course director or the policy at the clinical site. GMS classes are canceled. Staff should check with their manager regarding their work schedules. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will follow normal school hours. All Patient Treatment Centers will be open for patient care and all classes will be held as scheduled. BU School of Public Health classes are canceled; SPH non-essential staff may telecommute. Employees who are part of the BUMC parking program should park in your assigned lot or garage. The Boston parking ban is still in effect. For updated information, please call the weather/emergency hotline at 617-638-6886 or visit the BU Emergency Communications website at http://www.bu.edu/ehs/comm/


boston_university_medical_campus_01National surveys show approximately one third of Americans use some form of complementary alternative medicine (CAM).  CAM is a heterogeneous group of therapies with different histories, philosophies, and purported mechanisms of action.  Some show promise for effectiveness, others do not, and for many we do not have sufficient studies yet to know.  Furthermore, approximately two-thirds of CAM users do not discuss their use with their health care provider.  It is critical therefore that health care students and professionals learn four main skills: (1) Engage patients in dialogue about CAM use with patients, understanding what they use and why.  (2) Access and interpret the scientific research on CAM therapies.  (3) Counsel patients with sound evidence-based advice regarding the responsible use or avoidance of CAM therapies. (4) Communicate with each other, especially between conventional and complementary practitioners, about the care of mutual patients.  To teach these skills, the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Care Disparities offers a variety of educational activities across the spectrum of medical training for both conventional and complementary practitioners.

Medical Students

Throughout the Boston University Medical School’s academic year our faculty is involved in lecturing to the medical students on various integrative medicine topics (learn more).


Integrative medicine is woven into the three years of our family medicine residency (learn more).

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Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Care Disparities
Department of Family Medicine
1 Boston Medical Center Place
Dowling 5 South
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617.414.6795
Fax: 617.414.3345