Consortium defn. Integrative medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. From http://www.Imconsortium.Org/about/home.Html/.
Combined therapies. Integrative medicine draws from the best of conventional medicine and the best of alternative/complementary medicine. The definition of alternative changes as modalities such as acupuncture become part of the mainstream. Integrative physicians recognize that there are methods of treating patients outside of the traditional medical model that in many cases can be as effective.
Integrative Medicine. There are fellowships in integrative medicine, but they're not completely online. They generally involve a mixture of online education and live, residential sessions several times throughout the course of the fellowship. Dr. Andrew weil's fellowship in integrative medicine at university of arizona is a very good program. http://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/education/fellowship/. Read more...