Practicum

 

In order to emphasize the cross-disciplinary application of academic knowledge and develop real-time problem-solving skills, the students complete an eight-week long mentored practicum in a relevant professional CAM-related environment or public health field.

Registration

Students register for this course (PBIO-533-61) in February-March to start the practicum during the summer session. 

Full-time students are required to successfully complete their two semesters of coursework before starting the practicum. 

Part-time students are advised to consult with the program directors before engaging in any discussions with the practicum site. 
 

Purpose

The practica should contribute to the students' knowledge of CAM or public health at the clinical, basic science, educational, regulatory and/or public policy levels. 
A practicum is not a job, but an opportunity to learn and use practical real-world skills. It is also a responsibility--students serve as ambassadors of the CAM program and their behavior may affect opportunities for future students. Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times during their internship.
 

Placements

The practica have been diverse and have included various positions at Georgetown University and other academic institutions throughout the nation, federal agencies and in the non-profit sector. Several students have worked at international agencies and in clinical or laboratory settings in India, the U.K., the People's Republic of China, Germany, and Russia. Students have completed very interesting, innovative, and cutting-edge projects in the field of CAM.

This is a growing list of some of the institutions and organizations our students have worked at:

Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAH), Washington, D.C.
Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
Beth Israel, Dept of Integrative Medicine, Continuum Center for Health and Healing, New York, NY
Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, D.C.
Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D.C.
Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Clinical Education Ward for Integrative Medicine, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany
Columbia University Center for Comprehensive Wellness, New York, NY
Duke University, Durham, NC
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington, D.C.
George Washington University Integrative Medicine Center, Washington, D.C. 
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C:
•  Lombardi Cancer Center Laboratories: Dr. Fung-Lung Chung, Dr. Leena Hilakivi-Clarke
•  The Arts and Humanities Program: Ms. Julia Langley, Ms. Nancy Morgan
•  Department of Pediatrics Oncology: Dr. Aziza Shad and team
•  Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology: Dr. Hakima Amri, Dr. Aviad Haramati, Dr. Joanna Kitlinska
•  Department of Neurology: Dr. Pamela Saunders, Dr. John Vanmeter
•  Department of Neuroscience: Dr. James Giordano
•  Department of Psychiatry: Dr. Mary Ann Dutton
•  Department of Family Medicine: Dr. Daniel Merenstein
•  MedStar CTSA-Clinical research Unit: Ms. Shaunagh Browning
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Kaplan  Center for Integrative Medicine, McLean, VA
Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Bethesda, MD
Natural Products Association, Washington, D.C.
Neurotherapy Center of Washington, Bethesda, MD
Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN
Office of Cancer CAM (OCCAM) at NCI, NIH Bethesda, MD
Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), NIH, Bethesda, MD
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Boston, MA
Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), Washington, D.C.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C. 
Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The Mindfulness Center, Bethesda, MD
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
Yale, New Haven, CT 

Start and End-Dates: The scheduling of the start and end dates of the practicum should be finalized by the practicum mentor and the student. They both should agree on the dates that work best for them.
Usually the Spring semester is wrapped up by mid-May and the practicum could start right away. Students who are accepted to medical school that starts in July or August are advised to begin their practicum by mid-May. 

Practicum guidelines: A folder containing ample information on the requirements and guidelines is provided in the Fall semester and during the practicum meetings that take place throughout the academic year.