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Next Generation Integrative MD Leader David Rakel, MD on ABIHM, CAHCIM and Family Medicine

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The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Integrator Blog by John Weeks . View all columns in series
Summary: Integrative medicine is producing its second wave of leaders. Among these is David Rakel, MD. Rakel is a board member of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, an executive committee member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and editor of the 1300 page tome Integrative Medicine. The Integrator spoke with Rakel recently about the movement, and his day job, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, where his focus is on a new model of family medicine.

primary care integrative medicine, family medicine, CAM
David Rakel, MD - integrative leader
David Rakel, MD
, was a family doctor in Driggs, Idaho, when the term “integrative medicine” was coined by Andrew Weil, MD, scarcely a dozen years ago. Rakel’s current resume suggests how far that movement has advanced.

I spoke with Rakel recently about his overlapping set of activities in a field which didn’t exist when he began his practice in Driggs. Rakel is board certified in family medicine, sports medicine, in holistic medicine and in interactive guided imagery. He has been awarded a number of teaching awards including the Baldwin E. Lloyd clinical teacher award, the UW Department of Family Medicine faculty excellence award, the Marc Hansen lecture award and the resident teacher-of-the-year award. Rakel has a special focus on moving integrative practices into primary care. Here is the interview.
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Resumes are useful in employment decisions. I provide this background so that you may understand what informs the work which you may employ in your own. I have been involved as an organizer-writer in the emerging fields of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine since 1983. Happily, I have learned some things. I was once called an "expert in alternative medicine" by......more
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