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Getting the Perfect Job Part 1: Writing Your Resume

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Job hunting is particularly challenging for integrative practitioners. You not only need to find a position in a competitive market, but one that fits your practice philosophy. In our three-part series, ACAM will provide tips on finding a position, writing a resume that stands out, interviewing like a pro and negotiating your salary.

The first step, of course, is finding a position that interests you. To help you get started, ACAM has recently launched our interactive Career Center where we only post jobs looking for integrative practitioners like you.

Click here to enter the Career Center.

The next step is preparing a resume that sets you apart from other candidates. We scoured a variety of resources to find the most applicable tips for medical practitioners and have compiled them below:

  • Tailor your resume to each position
    While tedious, this step is important to not only get through resume sorting bots, but to prove why you are the best candidate to hiring managers. Whether in your cover letter or previous job descriptions, plainly point out how you will fit into the role.
  • Read the directions
    For example, know if you should be submitting a CV or resume, cover letter, or references.
  • Include simple contact information
    To avoid confusion, only provide your name, one phone number, and a professional email address. If you do not have a personal or professional email, it may be worth starting a free one with a company such as Gmail for use during your search.
  • Address keywords
    Pay attention to keywords used in the job description and address in your resume how you meet those qualifications.
  • Be specific about your work
    This is particularly important in the medical field. From grant applications, ER service, and even non-healthcare work showing your dedication to customers or clients, every duty counts.
  • Keep it concise
    Yes, you want to be detailed, but don't repeat what you don't have to. (For example, you can lump similar positions together.) Keep your resume to one page ideally.

Additional Tips:
How to Build a Strong Medical Resume - from the healthcare educators at Carrington College
I'm Sending Out Resumes & Not Getting Any Response. What Am I Doing Wrong?

Tags:  career  early  help  im connect  integrative  job  medical  medicine  newsletter  resource  resume  sample  samples  student  template  templates  writing 

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Whole Body Effects of Poor Sleep Patterns

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 10, 2020
Through research over the last two decades, the impact of sleep on brain, immune, cardiovascular and hormonal functions has become increasingly apparent.

A recent study from the University of Rochester Medical Center(URMC) has connected sleep deprivation with inefficiency of the glymphatic system, meaning the body can't properly wash away waste and toxic proteins.

"Because the accumulation of toxic proteins such as beta amyloid and tau in the brain are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have speculated that impairment of the glymphatic system due to disrupted sleep could be a driver of the disease," the article says.

Another novel study from URMC linked sleep and microglia cells, which play a role in connections between nerve cells, fighting infections and repairing damage. The study indicates that the signals in our brain that modulate the sleep and awake state also act as a switch that turns the immune system on and off.

"This work suggests that the enhanced remodeling of neural circuits and repair of lesions during sleep may be mediated in part by the ability of microglia to dynamically interact with the brain," said Rianne Stowell, PhD, a postdoctoral associate at URMC and first author of the paper.

Sleep has also been linked to the proper function of T cells as part of the body's immune response, hormones that influence glucose regulation and appetite control and play a role in obesity, and atherosclerosis of the cardiovascular system.

Findings suggest that sleep therapy or other methods to boost quality of sleep for at-risk populations may be a potential clinical approach for treatment, a topic that will be discussed in detail at the 2020 Collaboration Cures meeting this November.

Tags:  alzheimer's  arterial  atherosclerosis  brain  cardiovascular  clinic  clinical  cognition  disease  diseases  function  functions  health  hormone  hormones  immune  integrative  medicine  microglia  neurology  plaque  quality  response  rochester  sleep  system  t cell  t cells  therapy 

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Integrative Medicine And Substance Abuse Treatment

Posted By, Friday, May 3, 2019
Substance abuse and addiction can affect the physical, mental, and spiritual health of an individual, which is why many believe that substance abuse recovery should address these unique factors to aid in the recovery process.

Over 18 million Americans (18 and older) suffered a substance use disorder in 2017. Of these cases, about 75 percent struggled with alcohol abuse, 36 percent with illicit drugs, and 11 percent with both illicit drugs and alcohol misuse.

Integrative medicine is growing in popularity in the U.S. Across the country, the use of yoga, meditation, and chiropractors has increased in U.S. adults from 2012 to 2017. Because integrative medicine provides a wide array of treatment options, many are still being researched for their effectiveness in treating substance abuse.

However, preliminary research has indicated that integrative medicine has had many positive results in treating substance use disorders, especially when there is a co-occurring mental health issue, as this form of treatment can identify and assess the needs of both issues.

Substance abuse treatment that employes integrative medicine is a personalized strategy that considers the individuals' unique conditions, needs, and circumstances, and uses the most appropriate means of intervention.

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine addresses a full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences to personalize healthcare treatment to the individual. Compared with other treatment types that only focus on curing the symptoms, integrative medicine works to restore and maintain health and wellness across a person’s lifespan.

The term integrative means multiple different methods used together, instead of only focusing on traditional medicine. However, integrative medicine is not the same as alternative medicine and has several key components, including:

● The individual and healthcare providers are partners in the healing process.
● All factors influencing health are considered including mind, body, spirit, and community of the individual.
● Providers use healing sciences to aid the body's natural healing processes.
● Natural and less invasive interventions are used whenever possible.

While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments, such as herbal remedies and acupuncture have grown in popularity over the last decade in the United States, these are only a piece of integrated medicine.

How Can Integrative Medicine Help During Substance Abuse Recovery?

Individuals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction know how this disease can influence every part of their lives and the lives of others. Integrative medicine is helpful, not only during recovery treatment but also after treatment is completed.

Integrative medicine is inquiry-driven and remains flexible so that it can address new issues as they arise, which makes it very useful for adapting to individual circumstances. The very core of integrative medicine is to improve the individuals quality of life. The same is true for people recovering from drug or alcohol abuse.

Addiction is a long-term condition, known for periods of relapse and recovery. Integrative medicine helps address the complex needs of someone recovering from addiction, giving them a useful tool to use during their recovery.

Choosing A Recovery Program With An Integrative Approach to Treatment

Ideally, any form of substance abuse treatment an individual chooses to participate in should work together with the care of a primary care physician or mental health professional who is familiar with the pits and downfalls of addiction.

Integrative medicine is based on keeping the whole person healthy. In addition to treating the symptoms of substance abuse, it also looks at the cause of the disease to help individuals better maintain their recovery.

Different recovery programs will have different approaches to how they use integrative medicine, but it is now considered to be one of the most effective ways of addressing substance abuse recovery.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — The National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2017
National Institute on Drug Abuse — Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health — Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?

Tags:  Abuse  addiction  alternative  healing  integrative  medicine  methods  programs  recovery  substance  treatment 

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Motion Sickness Medicine

Posted By Murray Susser, MD, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Motion sickness occurs in certain people when they travel, especially in a cars, trains, airplanes and boats. It’s symptoms include queasy and/or dizzy feelings and cold sweats. It also can lead to nausea and vomiting.

Motion sickness is different from Vertigo, which is often caused by an inner ear problem. Vertigo is a sensation of spinning, as if the room you are in is moving around you.  Motion Sickness, unlike Vertigo, is dependent on the person traveling, as in a car. READ MORE

Tags:  arthritis  Calcium  inner ear  magnesium  medicine  motion sickness  vertigo  Vitamin C 

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