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1st & 2nd Year Medical Student Selective - ME 644D Integrative East-West Medicine
7 Mondays, beginning January 2021 - Dates TBD

Since 1995, ME 644D has been recognized by UCLA students and faculty as one of the bests elective courses at the DGSOM. ME 644D is a fourteen-hour (seven-week) introductory course in integrative medicine in the US and a patient-centered holistic approach to health and healing. The selective includes hands-on exposure to various evidence-based integrative medicine practices such as acupuncture, trigger point injections, tai chi, mindfulness meditation, nutrition, manual therapy, and supplements.

The objective of the course is to stimulate students to explore a broader range of healthcare possibilities, using a combination of case discussion, demonstration, and interaction with students and faculty. The course will discuss different paradigms of medicine and will compare the Western medical model with complementary and integrative models, with an emphasis on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

4th Year Medical Student Elective - ME 207.01 Integrative East-West Medicine
2/21/21 - 3/4/20

ME 207.01 is a two-week course where students explore topics on integrative medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and other complementary & alternative healing modalities. The course includes didactic lectures, experiential and hands-on sessions, off-site experiences, and a self-care project. Students will be able to illustrate the similarities and differences between Integrative, modern Western, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as well as their respective strengths and weaknesses in their approach to patient care. Special attention will be placed on TCM basic theory, diagnostic skills, treatment principles, and techniques to help students reflect on the differences from their current allopathic training assumptions. The course will show how integration of multiple healing systems, complementary & alternative medical therapies and approaches can be utilized in an evidence-informed way to improve patient care.  Students will also have the opportunity to evaluate their wellbeing before starting residency and create an actionable healing plan for themselves to implement, with support during and after the course.

*Limited spots for an additional week of clinical rotation after the course available. For UCLA students, please contact Annie Law alaw@mednet.ucla.edu after you have added the class on Oasis/MyCourses to schedule this additional week.


For UCLA Students:

Please register through the Student Affairs Office. If you would like to add to the class less than one month before class begins, please contact Annie Law alaw@mednet.ucla.edu as soon as possible.

For Non-UCLA students:

As of now, we are only able to accept visiting medical students for our 4th Year Medical Student Elective - ME 207.01 Integrative East-West Medicine. Please visit the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Visiting Medical Student website and follow the instructions as it pertains to your situation. If you submitted an application through VSAS, please write to Education Manager, Annie Law at alaw@mednet.ucla.edu to inform her.

If you have any additional questions about these courses, contact our Education Manager, Annie Law at alaw@mednet.ucla.edu.

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