Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University


Director's Message

The Osher Center is committed to furthering the field of integrative healthcare by educating health professionals and trainees from a wide range of disciplines about this evolving model of healthcare. We currently offer educational opportunities for undergraduates, medical students, residents, fellows, practicing physicians, and allied health professionals. Our overarching goal is to expand the number of professions with an understanding of the integrative medicine philosophy and care approach.

Our electives in integrative medicine and mind-body medicine skills augment the Lifestyle Medicine thread in the revised medical school curriculum at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In 2016-17 we added a new learning opportunity for hands-on culinary and nutrition education: Cooking Up Health. Medical students, residents and fellows may choose additional experience through mentored scholarly projects, retreats or conferences.

The Osher Center launched an academic clinical fellowship program to help meet the need for future leaders in the field; the first fellow joined in summer 2016. In addition to seeing patients in the Osher Center, our fellows work in Federally Qualified Health Centers to bring integrative medicine to medically underserved populations. We also collaborate with Cook County Hospital and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine to deliver an integrative healthcare curriculum for preventive medicine residents and oversee projects that address community and public health.

For practicing healthcare professionals: our teaching programs such as Faculty Scholars and Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds offer opportunities for nurses, physicians, psychologists, social workers, researchers and other health professionals to learn about integrative healthcare approaches through our year-long seminars. More in-depth learning is also offered through annual continuing education conferences.

Approximately one third of the U.S. population turns to integrative approaches to support their health, yet our healthcare providers are unprepared to counsel patients. The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University initiatives help fill this gap between provider knowledge and patient need.

Learn more about the center’s educational offerings via the links below.

Thank you for your interest in our educational programs. Please contact us for more information.


Melinda Ring, MD
Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Contact Us

For additional information about any of our integrative health education programs, please contact Nancy Heap.

Areas of Scholarly Concentration

The mission of the Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) is to train MD students to perform a highly mentored project which culminates with the writing of a thesis. AOSC projects related to integrative medicine AOSCs can be developed through the Medical Social Sciences & Outcomes Research area of investigation. For details on past projects, see our Areas of Research section.