Educational Resources

The Osher Center is committed to providing education for the public, health science students and health care professionals.

For Health Care Professionals

Interprofessional education and care approaches help health practitioners look beyond their disciplines and adopt a patient-centered approach, one that acknowledges that health is shaped by complex interactions of environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social factors. Our well-established interprofessional training programs encompass medicine, nursing, social work, physician assistant education, pharmacy and public health. These programs emphasize team-based clinical practice transformation and serve students as well as faculty and clinicians.

The Osher Center will offer opportunities for interprofessional teams comprising students in medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines to learn about integrative medicine. We also seek to focus on faculty development, health practitioner wellness, and provide health information for the integrative medicine workforce.

For Students

The Healer’s Art: Awakening the Heart of Medicine

The Healer’s Art is an elective interprofessional education (IPE) course which is offered each fall quarter to students from Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work, Dentistry, Public Health and the MEDEX physician assistant program. This course encourages the cultivation of humanism in medicine while strengthening a personal commitment to service as life’s work. It facilitates the student’s recognition of common issues related to resiliency, self-care, working with clinical teams, and supporting peers and caring for patients in a healing community with the recognition and appreciation of uncertainty, awe, grief and loss in the practice of medicine.

This course was created by Dr. Rachel Remen, MD, at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School over 25 years ago, and is taught in over a hundred health science schools nationally and internationally.The website for more information is Evangelina Andarsio, MD, is the current director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI). It has been offered since the early 2000s at the University of Washington. In 2019, other health science students were invited to attend the course. Please check with your program regarding elective course fees. Registration will be limited to 40–50 students. Faculty volunteer their time to facilitate the course.

This one credit course is open to any student in a health science professional training program at the University of Washington. For more information, please refer to your program’s course offerings or contact Dr. Lu Marchand at Current program co-directors include Dr. Mick Storck, MD, Lu Marchand, MD, BSN, and Kim O’Connor, MD.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship

In conjunction with the Osher Collaborative, the UW Osher Center has developed an integrative medicine fellowship. Fellows are trained in integrative medicine clinics and other clinical sites where integrative medicine services are embedded, including primary-care, neurology, rheumatology and pain relief clinics. The integrative medicine fellowship focuses on non-pharmacologic strategies for the treatment of pain and other symptoms of illness, as well as health promotion and will build a foundation for increasing integrative primary care training within the UW Family Medicine Residency.

Cha Chi Ming Lecture Series

Each fall the Osher Center offers a lecture for clinicians and others interested in integrative medicine.This series is generously supported by the Cha Chi Ming Fund. Previous speakers have included Emily Wong, MD, Iman Majd, MD, LAc, Lu Marchand, MD, BSN, and David Kopacz, MD. If you would like to be notified of upcoming lectures, please join out mailing lists by completing the form under the Join Our Membership List page. The next Cha Chi Ming Lecture will take place on October 21, 2021. More details on this lecture will be available in September 2021.

Community Education

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine will offer a variety of public classes and workshops. Offerings and information regarding location, price and how to register will be added to this page as they become available.