Philosophy, Mission, & Goal
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
Our mission is to educate open-minded healthcare providers and scientists eager to explore the state of the evidence
in areas of compplementary and integrative medicine with objectivity and rigor.
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.