Bastyr University California Students Integrate with Peers for a Cohesive Future

Some of the best and brightest health professional students in San Diego recently converged at the University of California, San Diego to launch the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) Student Alliance.  The event titled, “Stronger Together,” brought students together from a variety of disciplines and different schools to discuss the importance of working together collaboratively to build a strong community of Integrative Medicine practitioners. Students came from UCSD School of Medicine, Bastyr University California (BUC), Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and San Diego State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program

“Integrative medicine is the future, and as future practitioners we are committed to leaving a positive mark,” says BUC student Pedi Mirdamadi, who serves on the AIHM Student Alliance Executive Board.

In addition to officially connecting, students got the chance to listen to Keynote Speaker and AIHM Chairman Daniel Friedland, MD talk about Healthcare Provider Resiliency and Conscious Leadership.

Dr. Friedland called the gathering of the AIHM Student Alliance “historic” stating, “Students are our future and the launch of this Alliance inspires us with great hope and promise that we will manifest the vision of the Academy—where working together we will establish a new paradigm of health care for humanity and the planet!”

The day also included a Case Study and Integrative Treatment discussion with a panel of highly respective health professionals from the various programs represented in the Student Alliance including BUC faculty member Shidfar Rouhani, ND, DC, who said, “As a proponent of integrative medicine, it gives me great satisfaction and comfort to see that the future is in such promising hands.”

To expand their impact, the Student Alliance plans to build a strong student network through participation in educational events, social gatherings, local and global community service, and then back to where it all started, at the AIHM’s annual conference.



Our mission is to build a strong community and network of future Integrative Medicine practitioners who share a common vision in wanting to learn how to work together collaboratively using a multidisciplinary and patient-centered approach towards healing the mind, body, and spirit.



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