University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program
Collaboration with Tai Sophia Institute for the Applied Healing Arts
education, research and clinical activities
(Philadelphia, PA) – The University of Pennsylvania School
of Medicine and the Tai Sophia Institute for the Applied
Healing Arts of Laurel, Maryland, have signed an affiliation
agreement to collaborate on education, research and clinical activities
in complementary and alternative medicine.
Three initiatives relating to medical education, clinical activities,
and the monitoring of the quality of herbal medicines and herbal products
are initial targets for the program. The initiatives will include the
creation of a Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine,
to be offered by the Tai Sophia Institute and developed in collaboration
with Penn School of Medicine faculty. “This degree program is one
of the first of its kind in the nation,” states Alfred P.
Fishman, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Program Development at
Penn’s School of Medicine and co-director of the collaboration.
“It will afford a solid background for Penn’s medical and
nursing students in their understanding of alternative healing arts.”
A second initiative will be the creation of an “Optimal Healing
Environment” at the Presbyterian Medical Center. This program will
be developed by the Division of Cardiology at Penn’s Presbyterian
Medical Center and the Tai Sophia Institute and will integrate Complementary/Alternative
Medicine into conventional cardiac care.
The third part of the collaboration will consist of the development of
postgraduate and programs in continuing education. One program currently
under development will provide physicians with ready access to clinically
important information about herbal medicines and promote the use of on-line
herbal databases. The School of Medicine’s highly rated Continuing
Medical Education Program (CME), which has recently received re-accreditation
with a commendation and rating of exceptional by the Accreditation Council
for CME, will play an important role in this phase of the collaboration.
The Tai Sophia Institute is a graduate school located in Laurel, Maryland.
Currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary Year, the Institute offers
graduate degree programs in acupuncture, botanical healing, and applied
healing arts. The Institute has been involved in the education of 320
full-time graduate students from all over the United States and six foreign
countries. Approximately 700 graduates of the Institute actively practice
acupuncture and other healing arts throughout the country.
Dr. Fishman and Robert M. Duggan, MA, MAc, President of the Tai Sophia
Institute are co-directing the program and are aided by a planning committee
comprised of experts from both institutions including Betsy Ann Bozzarello;
Margaret Cotroneo, RN, PhD; Gail Morrison, MD; Philippe Szapary, MD, Paul
Root Wolpe, PhD, (from Penn’s School of Medicine) and Sherman L.
Cohn, JD, LLM; Margaret Cushman, RN, MA; Barbara Ellrich, Lana Warren,
EdD, MA; Gail Geller, ScD and Simon Mills, MA, MCPP, FNIMH (from Tai Sophia
Institute for the Applied Healing Arts.)
PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated
to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and
high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s
first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System
(created in 1993 as the nation’s first integrated academic health
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #3 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News &
World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School
of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training
of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic
Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital, the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s
“Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian Medical Center; a
faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.