Two distinct junior faculty-level Andrew and Peggy Cherng Fellowships on integrative medicine are available—East-West subspecialty consultative and East-West primary care. Both fellowship programs are designed to train physicians to become outstanding academic leaders, clinicians and teachers within the field of integrative medicine. The program offers intensive didactics in the basic theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and other Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) disciplines and provides extensive clinical training through the use of evidence-based therapies. Other educational components include regular academic conferences on interesting clinical cases, research meetings in collaboration with the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research and noon conferences and lectures featuring experts found locally, nationally and internationally. Fellows will also be able to learn from and take part in the annual conference hosted by the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine (CCIM).
As a distinctive feature of the Fellowship, training can be tailored toward one’s specific interests. Previous graduates and current fellows have had specialized training using integrative medicine in other germane areas including primary care, geriatrics, health services research, translational investigation, public health, inpatient medicine, palliative care and international health as well as had educational opportunities abroad through attending conferences held in Asia and Australia.
To achieve our mission of improving health, well-being and the quality of life of all people by blending the best of Modern Western medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine and providing healthcare that is safe, effective, affordable and accessible, we are dedicated to training the next generation of physicians who will become experts in integrative East-West Medicine.
The fellowship curriculum includes the following key components:
- Extensive clinical training in the CEWM referral/continuity clinic
- Participation in teaching of trainees rotating through CEWM
- Regular academic conferences on a broad range of relevant topics as well as interesting and challenging case discussions
- Involvement in research, education and publication projects in collaboration with faculty and staff at CEWM and the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine
- Participation in lectures, academic conferences and hands-on workshops conducted by experts found locally, nationally and internationally
Under the Department of Medicine at UCLA, the Center for East-West Medicine is a busy, outpatient consultative practice that sees nearly 15,000 patient visits annually, with referrals from the entire UCLA primary care and subspecialty network including pain management, rheumatology, neurology, gastroenterology, women’s health, cardiology, allergy/immunology, sports medicine, orthopedics, head and neck surgery and thoracic surgery.
Education, Clinical Training, East-West Synthesis:
TCM principles are imparted to fellows during weekly didactic sessions that cover foundations of TCM and TCM internal medicine as well as other special topics. These sessions, in addition to a robust clinical experience, allow MD and DO fellowship graduates to combine Western Medicine and TCM principles effectively and independently without any prior knowledge of TCM.
The first year of training will be focused on establishing a working knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine core concepts and hands-on experience/demonstrations, and clinical training. These practices will be solidified during the second year, with the focus on applying all of these skills in an independent seamless fashion during their continuity clinic with less attending supervision, partaking in clinical or program development projects (tailored towards one’s interest), and learning other areas of integrative medicine in preparation for the American Board of Integrative Medicine examination following completion of the fellowship.
More importantly, graduates will be equipped to use Traditional Chinese Medical principles to evaluate and properly treat any patient that walks through the door, regardless of illness severity or comorbidities. This expertise will be applied across both settings of primary care and subspecialty practice, and will help broaden the available toolkit of the practicing physician.
Specific areas of clinical focus include:
- Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and failed back syndromes
- Autoimmune conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel diseases
- Gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS, IBD and chronic abdominal pain
- Head and neck disorders such as chronic sinusitis
- Neurologic conditions such as headache/migraine and neuropathic pain
- Women’s health such as infertility, dysmenorrhea, menopausal symptoms, endometriosis
Training Locations: Clinical training is primarily outpatient, with three clinical sites including Santa Monica, Westlake Village, and Torrance. Inpatient clinical opportunities are also available.
The fellowship is a junior faculty level position within the Department of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Compensation also includes a competitive benefits package, an educational enrichment fund for conferences and travel, and paid vacation and holidays. Night or weekend call is not required, but extracurricular activities are encouraged and supported.
Graduates are also eligible to sit for the American Board of Integrative Medicine board exam following successful completion of this two-year program.
Successful applicants are US-trained MDs and DOs with a strong interest in Integrative Medicine who have completed a residency in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. Other specialties will also be considered based on background and interest. Because of the educational nature of the program and its close relationship to the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, ideal applicants should also have an interest in teaching and developing training programs for residents and medical students.
Benefits of the Fellowship:
- Training from the CEWM integrative East-West medicine faculty and clinicians
- Opportunity to learn from top Integrative Medicine experts at UCLA
- Involvement in research, education, and publishing projects
- Upon completion, you will be qualified to take the Integrative Medicine Board Certification exam-- this fellowship is approved by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABoIM).
- Clinical Instructor level junior faculty position at UCLA
- Fellows will be given priority consideration for a UCLA faculty appointment after completion of fellowship
Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program: