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Complementary Healthcare for the Clinician





Jessica Sabbagh


Ali Kimura

Class Schedule

Lectures will meet on the following days at 6:00 - 7:30 pm:

Lectures:  ROOM 2.022


Week 1 - August 20

Acupuncture: Claims, Research and Common Use with Dr. Somayaji Ramamurthy

Week 2 - September 23

Use of Hypnosis in Medicine with Dr. Thomas Matthews

Week 3 - October 7

Chiropractics and Medicine

Week 4 - October 28

The Science of Yoga with Dr. Richard Usatine and Practice led by Christine Marcella

Week 5 - November 4

Mind-Body Medicine and Meditation-Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Gabriela Brzanklski

Week 6 - November 11

Week 7 - December 2



Course Description:

The Complementary Medicine for the Clinician elective is an introductory-level, 5-session course. The goal of this elective is to introduce future doctors to practices outside of the classical medical school curriculum that promote an evidence based approach to wellness. Providing this education allows the medical students of the UT Health Science Center School of Medicine to be informed about the reality, evidence, and rumor surrounding a variety of commonly used alternative and supplementary healthcare practices. The goal of this class is not focused on making the student an expert in these areas, but instead to be well informed of the role of such practices as it relates to patient treatment and wellness. To this end, all the classes will have a practical component which will allow the students to experience the alternative and complementary modalities in a structured setting.

Additional Information:

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes (6:00-7:30pm), with 45 minutes to one hour of presentation of the topics, followed by 30 minutes of practical seminar and discussion. All practical sessions will be monitored and taught by guest lecturers. Co-directors will attend all sessions.


No pre-requisites are required for this course. Each lecturer will make a presentation to the class, which will be supplemented by 1 to 3 additional readings per session. Each session will have 2-3 learning objectives. Students are expected to be active participants in the discussion.