ACAM's Advanced Approach to Healthcare Focuses on a Patient-centered Care Model
As the recognized leader in integrative medicine education and advancement,
ACAM focuses on scientific rigor, excellence in education, and compliance with
all industry standards. ACAM's advanced approach to healthcare focuses on a
patient-centered care model. We advance health outcomes through the clinical
instruction of preventive medicine and safe/effective integrative treatment
options offered in conjunction with current standard of care.
We work with ACAM faculty to evaluate the evidence that underlies their
materials, selecting the most valid and reliable evidence for the topic being
addressed; topics may include philosophy, principles, basic science, and
clinical applications. For clinical applications, a hierarchy of evidence
(highest to lowest validity) can help to select the best science available. An
example of such a hierarchy might include: meta-analysis; randomized clinical
trials; non-randomized controlled trials; well-designed cohort or case-control
analysis; expert consensus; epidemiological and descriptive studies; expert
opinions and case reports. We work with our presenters to identify the level(s)
of evidence used in preparing materials for lecture, so that we, in turn, can
report our level of scientific rigor to our accrediting agency, the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
ACAM's educational programs provide instruction in current standard of care
as well advanced integrative therapies that can be used when appropriate to
maximize health outcomes.
Our CME Mission
The purpose of the American College for Advancement in Medicine's
(ACAM) educational programis to meet the educational needs of the lifelong
physician learner by providing evidence-based educational activities to advance
skills and knowledge in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine
(CAIM). The CME activity educates the physician learner on CAIM treatment
options for the care and well being of the clinical patient.
ACAM educational activities are designed to educate a wide range of
physicians as well as Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists and
Physicians Assistants. ACAM’s educational offerings are available to national
and international healthcare practitioners.
Types of Activities
CME offerings include the following:
- Biannual symposia which include informative pre-conference workshops,
expert panel Q&A, a three-day scientific general session, enduring materials
in the form of syllabi and audio/video recordings.
CME activities are committee-reviewed and uphold the criteria for
continuing medical education of the ACCME and the AMA.