UWS student, Freya Moran, selected as first chiropractic participant in the LEAPS into Integrative Medicine program

This is the first year the integrative medicine program is open to non-MD/DO students
PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2015 – University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health care professionals, is proud to announce that doctor of chiropractic (DC) student Freya Moran was chosen to attend the Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS in IM). The program, a week-long event hosted by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation, aims to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge of future integrative medicine practitioners.

freya-moranMoran, a 7th quarter student from Michigan, was chosen based on her proposal outlining an integrated medicine residency program for DC students.

“For too long there has been this curtain up in front of chiropractic but times are changing and there is a desire in more and more chiropractic students to be part of an integrated medical team after graduation,” Moran said. “I want to help take this curtain down. I think with this extended residency idea there will be more opportunities for chiropractors to learn how to talk to MDs and other practitioners on an integrated health care team in their language.”

Moran will be attending the program in Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Calif., June 14-19. The program is limited to 30 students. As part of acceptance into the program, Moran is required to plan and execute her proposed idea of an integrated health care chiropractic residency with support from her faculty mentor and core faculty at LEAPS. As part of the program, she will be meeting with mentors to refine her concept.

Gary Schultz, DC, DACBR is one of the faculty members mentoring Moran in the process.

“The successful integration of health care resources begins with relationship building and sharing patients’ care needs between professions,” said Dr. Schultz. “This program and Ms. Moran’s ideas are a great step in accomplishing this goal. I’m pleased and humbled to be allowed to work with her on this journey.”

About University of Western States
University of Western States provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, independent non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its educational programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master’s degrees in exercise and sports medicine, human nutrition and functional medicine, and diagnostic imaging; a massage therapy certificate program; approved continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals; and clinic services in five locations through Health Centers of UWS. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy. To learn more about University of Western States and its academic programs, go to uws.edu.

About Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine
The Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine was launched in 2015 as a center of excellence highlighting ways to reduce lifestyle-related health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. The center’s vision is to promote healthy behaviors and positive lifestyle changes in order to achieve optimal quality of life for the members of our community through service, education and research. The center believes in integrated, conservative, patient-centered approaches to address lifestyle-related health conditions. To learn more about the center visit uws.edu/nwclfm.

Leave a Reply