Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

Dr. Weil Texas Tech

With greatest appreciation, we thank the Weil Foundation for cultivating the seed the Integrative Medicine (IM) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Weil Foundation grant has definitely helped us increase awareness and interest in IM at our institution. The grant supported the establishment of the Division of Integrative Medicine at TTUHSC, which put us in a better place convincing our Dean of the importance of IM, and obtained his support for joining the Consortium of Academic Center for Integrative Medicine as the 56th member in June 2013.  With the grant, we hosted the first Integrative Medicine Continuing Education Conference in fall 2013, which was well received by our faculty, residents and students. In the spring 2014, we sponsored a Mindfulness and Life-Work Integration seminar series targeting physician and medical students. Currently we are hosting the IM lecture series inviting speakers to talk about different IM/CAM modalities such as Tai Chi, reflexology, musical therapy and etc. (Picture 1)

With Weil Foundation’s grant support, we are able to initiate and organize multiple activities to increase our medical students and residents’ interest in IM. With the grant, we sponsored three medical students to attend the National Student Conference for Integrative Medicine in Chicago October 2013 and they brought back reports of extremely positive experiences to their peers. Our student interest group (Integrative and Complementary and Alternative Medicine ICAM) has been reorganized and expanded. With Weil Foundation grant’s support for her travel expense, ICAM’s current president Asha Kovelamudi participated in the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM) in June 2014 (Picture 2). The grant also helped sponsor a series of IM workshops and activities initiated by ICAM club since July 2014. With this support, we have brought our IM education to a new level by adding the IM elective courses to our medical student curriculum and residency program. Currently we have more than twenty medical students and two second year enthusiastic residents enrolled in the courses. The most recent Weil Foundation supported educational activity was supporting our group of faculty, residents and medical students to attend Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) at Albuquerque in October 2014. At the conference, our residents and students had opportunities to interact with IM researchers, educators and practitioners, including Dr. Andrew Weil (Picture 3).

Weil Foundation grant has also supported travel for our faculty to integrative medicine conferences, meetings and faculty development training programs, such as annual meetings of Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health and SIMPLE conference. Dr. Yan Zhang has been accepted as one of 12 fellows selected among 60 applicants worldwide to participate in International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program at University of Technology at Sydney, Australia Research Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. With current restriction of funds for international travel, Weil Foundation grant made her trip possible so she was able to attend this great training program (Picture 4).

In summary, as a young IM program, we are proud of our accomplishments in the past a year and half. Without Weil Foundation grant’s support, we may not be where we are today. On behalf of our students, residents and faculty, we applaud the Weil Foundation’s leadership in promoting IM and are thankful for its generous support to our program.

Yan Zhang Ph.D. Director

Kim Peck M.D. Associate Director

Division of Integrative Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Website: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/som/fammed/divisions/integrativemed.aspx