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February 20, 2003

Pitt's complementary medicine center joins national consortium

Pitt has been accepted into the 18-member Association of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (AAHCIM), positioning the University’s Center for Complementary Medicine (CCM) among the top programs in the nation that have an interest in determining the scientific basis of therapeutic approaches that may be complementary to established medical treatments.

The AAHCIM is a consortium of programs around the country involved in teaching, research and clinical care focused on complementary and alternative medicine techniques.

“This accreditation enhances our opportunities to obtain support for rigorously controlled clinical trials from the National Institutes of Health,” said Arthur S. Levine, senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the medical school.

Academically, the CCM operates within the Department of Family Medicine and, clinically, it is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“We are well situated to collaborate with our other departments to further our understanding of psychological and interpersonal factors which may influence health and disease,” said Ronald Glick, assistant professor of family medicine and medical director of the CCM.

CCM is dedicated to research on an evolving form of health care where disease prevention, practitioner/patient partnership and the evidence-based application of non-conventional treatment strategies are explored in collaboration with conventional practices.

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