Anthroposophic Medicine

PAAM’s training program offers a diverse pathway for deepening and enlivening the practice of medicine.  Educational activities include:

    • Conferences (like the IPMT)
    • Webinars (through Distance Learning) 
    • Clinical Mentoring Program, for one-on-one teaching, as well as
    • International Trainings with Inpatient Experience.

Training programs are open to all licensed medical practitioners (MD, DO, ND, NP, PA, and students of these disciplines).

The foundation of our training is the International Postgraduate Medical Training (IPMT), a week-long intensive program which is taught in more than 20 different countries on six continents.  The curriculum of the IPMT runs over five years, but meetings are structured so that participants can join the process at any time, with activities designed for both newcomers and more experienced practitioners each year.  Conference days are dedicated to:

    • Morning group movement (eurythmy) which provides an invigorating and centering start to the day
    • Facilitated, daily, small group sessions for observing medicinal plants in a large biodynamic garden (part of a Science of Observation)
    • Facilitated, daily, small group study and discussion, exploring aspects of physiology in novel and challenging ways (part of Integrative Insights and Language)
    • Early and late afternoon clinical workshops, devoted to a broad range of clinical topics, which include case studies and practical therapeutics (sharing aspects of Groundbreaking Research)
    • And evening sessions exploring the inner path of the healer, as well as the deeper spiritual and moral aspects of illness and health (see Medicine as a Journey)

Participation in the IPMT is generally eligible for 30+ continuing medical education credits each year.  You can find more information about the training week here.

A second aspect of training comes through Distance Learning offerings, which allow you to explore Anthroposophic Medicine in your home or office.  These webinar programs are offered at both introductory and experienced levels; they provide an introductory pathway for those who are interested in learning more, as well as ongoing learning opportunities for those who are participating in the IPMT courses.   Both lecture-type, as well as more collaborative, peer-sharing presentations are offered each year.  Find more about our webinar programs here.

The Clinical Mentoring Program is available for those prescribers (MD, DO, NP, PA, ND), who are actively working to incorporate Anthroposophic therapies into their own clinical work.  Participants are assigned to work one-on-one with an experienced anthroposophic physician in order to discuss clinical cases from the learner’s own practice.  Participants apply for mentoring on a yearly basis, one “year” being considered 18 hours of live, phone, or skype mentoring (generally done as 60-90 minute sessions scheduled every several weeks).  You can find more details about the mentoring program here.

A more Intensive, Four-Week International Training is currently offered annually in Stuttgart, Germany.  This English-language course attracts a wide range of international participants.  It is offered by the Eugen-Kolisko-Academy International School of Anthroposophic Medicine, and includes inpatient clinical experiences rotating through the Filderklinik, a large regional hospital in Southern Germany which incorporates Anthroposophic Medicine into all levels of care.  You can find out more information about this intensive training course here.

The culmination of the different training programs is recognition by the American College of Anthroposophic Medicine (ACAM).  Application for certification is open to MD, DO, NP and PA applicants who can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to studying anthroposophic medicine, have completed two years of clinical mentoring, and are able to submit letters of recommendation as well as two case studies. (Certification for ND applicants is offered by SPAN).  You can find the full list of ACAM application requirements, as well as instructions for submission, here.

A variety of other Regional Conferences and retreats are offered throughout the year.  To see more about upcoming meetings, visit our Events page, or subscribe to receive the PAAM Educational Calendar which is sent out electronically every two months.  

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