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Fellowship FAQs

What are the eligibility requirements for the AIHM Fellowship?
This program is designed for clinicians who have completed postgraduate education and who hold an active license. We accept practitioners who have graduated from an accredited training institution and hold an active license to practice their chosen profession.

 

  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Direct Entry Midwives*
  • Licensed Acupuncturists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Medical Doctors
  • Naturopathic Doctors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Osteopathic Doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Registered Nurses*
  • *Registered Nurses, Direct Entry Midwives and others with a master’s or doctorate in health related fields are eligible to apply
If your profession is not listed here, we encourage you to reach out to us to check on your unique situation and eligibility. Contact a Student Services representative.
Is the Fellowship approved by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM)? Does it have other accreditation/approval?

Yes, the AIHM Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine was unanimously approved by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) committee in 2015. This means that MDs and DOs who successfully complete the Fellowship have satisfied ABOIM Eligibility Requirement 7(1) and are eligible to sit for the ABOIM exam.

In March 2021, the AIHM Fellowship went through a rigorous review process and was approved by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health & Medicine. This approval is valid through 2026. 

What are the dates the next Fellowship class starts?

A new Fellowship cohort begins every April and October.

Here are some key dates for the October 2021 Fellowship class:

  • Online classes begin on October 4, 2021
  • Retreat 1: December 2-3 & 11-12, 2021 (virtual)
  • Retreat 2: August 11-12 & 20-21, 2022 (virtual)
  • Clinical Immersion: 3 days in year two
  • Retreat 3/Graduation: Fall

Here are some key dates for the April 2022 Fellowship class:

  • Online classes begin on April 4, 2022
  • Retreat 1: June 2-3 & 11-12, 2022 (virtual)
  • Retreat 2: April 6-7 & 15-16, 2023 (virtual)
  • Clinical Immersion: 3 days in year two
  • Retreat 3/Graduation: Spring 2024
How much time is required for the Fellowship?

The Fellowship is a two-year commitment. You should plan on spending an average of 10 hours per week on your studies. The majority of the curriculum will be done in your virtual classroom. This means you may work on your courses from your home, office, or a favorite Wi-Fi spot. In the curriculum, you will find engaging online content and quizzes, podcasts, video presentations, and the ability to dialogue with faculty and classmates for set dates within the course. Your training will also be supported by a number of seminal documentaries, textbooks and journal articles.

What is the cost of the Fellowship program?

The 2021 tuition and fees for the two-year Fellowship program are $26,200. This includes the $200 application fee, the $2,000 non-refundable holding fee, and the tuition of $24,000. When they resume being in-person, the retreats and clinical immersion experience may have associated air travel, ground transportation, lodging/accommodations, some meals, and incidental expenses. Those expenses are not included in the cost of the program and they are the Fellow’s responsibility.

What is required for the Fellowship application?

Here is a list of the required documents for the 2021-2022 Fellowship Application:

1) Your current CV (curriculum vitae)
2) Your current professional license
3) Your residency certificate if this pertains to your profession
4) A letter of recommendation (on letterhead and not older than 12 months).
5) Personal Statement*
6) If you are applying for a scholarship,  a second letter of recommendation is required.
7) If you are applying for a scholarship, your most recent tax return transcripts/Form 1040 or documents that show your AGI (Adjusted gross income). Be sure to block out/cover any social security numbers on it.
* Personal Statement Prompts/Questions to Answer
  • What first attracted you to go into your chosen profession?
  • What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
  • Why do you want to be admitted to the AIHM Fellowship?
  • How will you use the knowledge and experience gained during this Fellowship to transform your practice, organization and/or community?

Note: The personal statement is weighted in the scholarship rubric.

Can I work full-time and do the Fellowship?

Yes! The majority of our Fellows work full-time while doing the Fellowship. The program is designed for busy, licensed providers and features asynchronous coursework.

Do I have to travel or attend any in person components of the Fellowship?

You will be required to attend three residential retreats and one clinical immersion week. These sessions are a highlight of the program. Here you will engage in experiential sessions, hands-on training, clinical roundtables, and work with clinicians practicing integrative medicine in a variety of settings, allowing you to put your learning into practice.

NOTE: From April 2020 through the end of 2021, all Fellowship in-person events will be offered virtually. For 2022, we are closely monitoring the federal and state guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.

Where are the in-person retreats located?

When the retreats are offered in person, they will take place in La Jolla or San Diego, CA. The clinical immersion experience may take place in La Jolla, CA or at a location that the Fellow arranges and gets approved by the Director of the Fellowship. 

I live outside of the United States. Am I eligible for the Fellowship?

We have many wonderful international Fellows or graduates from over 15 countries. You may be eligible for our Fellowship as an international Fellow if you are a licensed provider in another country and you are currently seeing patients in that country. IF  you would like your case reviewed, please send your CV and a brief email about you and what you do to fellowship@aihm.org

What are the graduation requirements?

To graduate, you must complete 1000 hours of courses, attend three residential retreats with your cohort, attend the clinical immersion experience, and pass the clinical practicum and final examination. In addition, your tuition must be paid in full to receive your certificate of completion and/or walk at graduation. 

What kind of documentation do I receive upon graduation?

At your graduation, you will receive a certificate of completion from AIHM. Graduating Fellows who hold an MD or DO license may be eligible* to sit for board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). All graduates of our Fellowship will be encouraged to use the credentials FAIHM™ after their name. This acronym is for Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

*Must meet all additional requirements.

How do I obtain verification of a Fellow in your program?

If you are a licensing/credentialing specialist and wish to verify that one of our Fellows is enrolled in the program or that one of our graduates has completed the program, please email fellowship@aihm.org and type “Verify an AIHM Fellow” in the subject line.

I have another question. Is there someone I can speak to for more information?

Yes, we would love to connect with you and answer your questions! Contact the Fellowship Team.