About The Program

The CAM graduate program was launched as part of an NIH-funded educational initiative (R-25 grant mechanism) over a decade ago. The students obtain a Master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics with a concentration of studies in CAM science-based evidence. The first enrolled class of 9 students graduated in 2004, and since then the CAM program has expanded to include a capped class of 30 students every year.

In Fall 2005, the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) launched a 5-year MD/MS track, with the CAM MS followed by the 4-year medical curriculum. Applicants should first be accepted to GUSOM and defer a year to join the CAM MS program. Admission to the joint MD/MS program is through the GUSOM.

The American public's use of non-traditional therapeutic modalities, herbal medicines, and supplements has grown exponentially. At Georgetown University, we recognize the need to develop what is called "integrative medicine" (medicine that incorporates beneficial evidence-based practices from complementary and alternative medicine as well as mainstream medicine). The faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine has made this institution one of the leaders in the field, incorporating CAM into the education of medical students and into our graduate programs.

The goal is to train students who will enter careers in the private and public sectors related to CAM research, education, and integrative healthcare, and provide them with a rigorous educational program that incorporates a firm foundation in biomedical science, exposure to CAM disciplines, and competence in assessment of evidence.

PROGRAM GOALS

The goal of our unique program is to train students to objectively assess the safety and efficacy of various complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities and explain the mechanistic basis for CAM therapies such as acupuncture, massage, herbs and supplements, and mind-body interactions. By embedding CAM principles and paradigms firmly into a conventional basic/clinical science context, we are preparing a new generation of healthcare providers, educators, and researchers for the challenging task of delivering the healthcare of the future: a multi-disciplinary evidence-based approach to healthcare characterized by more effective health maintenance and disease prevention.

At Georgetown University, we recognize the need to develop what is called "integrative medicine" (medicine that incorporates beneficial evidence-based practices from CAM as well as mainstream medicine). The faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine has made this institution one of the leaders in the field, incorporating CAM into the education of medical students and into our graduate programs.

Features of the CAM Graduate Program:

  • An excellent science-based MS curriculum that may be completed in 11 months 
  • Student interactions with nationally-recognized leaders in CAM 
  • Participation in the development of an exciting, new academic field 
  • Research and publication opportunities 
  • Summer practicum placement with top CAM-related organizations 
  • Excellent student-faculty ratio and interactions 
  • Strong individual academic advising