Fellowships

A well recognized limitation of conventional medicine is its longstanding specialization, which often results in a view of the body as a collection of separate body parts or systems. Integrative medicine research seeks to understand connections across physiological systems (e.g. Does breathing influence the digestive system? Do body movements influence the immune system?).

In addition, integrative medicine research emphasizes integration of research approaches “from cells to animal models to patients.” For example, we know that mechanical forces have profound effects on cells in a culture dish, but how does this translate to physiological processes in a whole animal or human?

To ensure our clinical and research efforts blossom into a new standard of care, we are training the next generation of practitioners in integrative medicine. The educational activities of the Center take place across the Harvard community and are targeted at the medical student, resident, fellow, and continuing medical education audiences, as well as the general public.

To support our educational efforts we offer the following fellowship opportunities:

Fellowship Mechanisms

Scholarly Projects

Current Scholarly Project: Improving Boston’s Health Network (2016/17)

Integrative medicine is concerned not only with the health of individuals, but also with the health of communities. Boston is a vibrant environment that benefits from staggering academic, artistic and business resources, but also suffers from the stressful side effects resulting from the sheer intensity and concentration of these very resources.

Stress at a community level impacts the health of individuals, and can reduce quality of life. Although we are making great strides in understanding and mitigating the impact of individual stress, it is also important to translate and apply this knowledge at the level of communities.

A truly integrated approach to addressing this issue in Boston will require a community-based effort led by a multidisciplinary cadre of philanthropically-minded individuals, foundations, and/or early stage business investors who are interested in supporting initiatives related to “Improving Boston’s Health” through interrelated areas including health care, education, government, transportation, industry, housing, arts and business.

Students will be mentored by faculty at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Public Health.

The Goals of this Scholarly Project are:

  1. conduct surveys, hold focus groups and perform an analysis of the current city-wide “stress” landscape
    • what are existing sources of stress?
    • how can they be reduced?
    • what resources are needed?
  2. identify a network of stakeholders connected by existing community organizations, consumer-based networks, and academia,
  3. enlist the help of multimedia groups to create a concise web-based visualization of the network vision,
  4. write a case study for “Improving Boston’s Health Network” including a strategy for moving forward.

HMS funding of up to $30,000 per student (no mentor match required) is currently available for one student for one year. Medical students interested in participating in this program should contact the Osher Center at [email protected].

Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

The Osher Center funds pre-doctoral fellowships in Integrative Medicine research. The fellowship program is open to Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) graduate students and provides $10,000/year to cover part of the student’s costs (to include stipend and/or supplies), as well as a $2,000 travel stipend; the fellowship is renewable for three years.

Projects are required to:

  1. Include relevance to cross-system and translational integration;
  2. Add a new collaboration (new to the lab) between the student’s parent lab and another lab or research group, with preference for adding a translational component into an animal model or human model (if appropriate).

Note: The yearly $10,000 goes to the lab that is paying the student’s stipend and tuition. The principal investigator (PI) of the collaborating lab will not be required to be a co-mentor or be part of the student’s thesis committee.

However, the collaborating PIs are required to meet quarterly with the student, and the student is required to submit a report of these meetings, as well as a yearly progress report to the Osher Center. Renewal of the fellowship will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of these requirements.

The Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program is led by Drs. Helene Langevin, Osher Center Director, and Peter Wayne, Osher Center Research Director. These individuals and other faculty and staff comprise the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Steering Committee. All members of the Steering Committee work closely together in the areas of student selection and evaluation of research projects. The Steering Committee meets at least twice annually to review student recruitment, select applicants, and review and evaluate the research mentorship and progress of the trainees. Management and staff of the Osher Center provide financial and operational management and support to the Program.

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Application Cycles: Up to two fellowships can be awarded each academic year, with one applicant selected after each cycle deadline:

1st Cycle Application Deadline: January 16, 2018. Awardees will be notified by March 1, 2018
2nd Cycle Application Deadline: June 12, 2018. Awardees will be notified by August 1, 2018.

To Apply: If eligible¹, please send the following items to our program manager, Aterah Nusrat at [email protected]:

Questions:
For questions about the program, please contact Aterah Nusrat: (617) 525-8737 | E-mail: [email protected]

This program is open to all HILS graduate students, with the exception of those students in the Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program. 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

A key element of the education agenda for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is a research fellowship training program, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) since 1999.

Under the direction of Dr. Gloria Yeh, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinician investigator in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the program allows participants to complete a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, followed by a year of protected time to complete innovative research projects.

This highly successful program has graduated 20 post-doctoral (predominantly MD) fellows, most of whom have gone on to positions in academic medicine. The training program touches all of the major HMS-affiliated hospitals, with fellows past and present conducting research studies at different institutions based on their areas of interest.

Prospective Applicants: Key Dates

  • September 18, 2017 – Application deadline for July, 2018 start
  • October 23, 2017 – Candidate interviews (group and individual) for 2018
  • December 1, 2017 (anticipated) – Application deadline for 2018 Harvard School of Public Health Master’s Program
  • February 1, 2018 (anticipated) – Application deadline for 2018 Program in Clinical Effectiveness
  • July 2, 2018 – Fellowship begins

More information about the Integrative Medicine fellowship at HMS can be found here.