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January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01

Oregon Center Makes Research Fellowships Available

By Editorial Staff

A number of prominent West Coast health care institutions have partnered to carry out scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Half-time Research Fellowships will be available for massage therapists and other health care practitioners in CAM-related fields of discipline.

The program, called the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM), is the result of a partnership between Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; National College of Naturopathic Medicine; Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry; Oregon School of Massage; and Western States Chiropractic College. Research Fellowships are open to massage therapists; acupuncturists; chiropractors; nurses, physicians; naturopaths; dentists and dental hygienists; osteopaths; and physician assistants.

According to the OCCAM, the goal of the Research Fellowship program is "to develop a cadre of practitioners who can participate in and design CAM research." The Fellowship positions require a two-and-a-half-year commitment.

Participants will study research design, attend clinical and research courses at the participating institutions, review ongoing OCCAM research projects, and develop their own research proposal, among other responsibilities. The program is tailored to the time constraints of individuals currently in practice; however, all participants will be required to take part in weekly activities at the OCCAM in Portland, Oregon. Participants will receive a stipend for their efforts.

The OCCAM is one of 12 research centers currently funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The OCCAM will conduct research specific to craniofacial disorders; experience in treating such conditions is preferable but not required for Research Fellowship consideration. Proposed clinical trials include but are not limited to: CAM approaches to temporomandibular (TMD) pain management; alternative medicine approaches among women with TMD; and complementary naturopathic medicine options for periodontitis.

The deadline to submit applications for the OCCAM Fellowship is February 1, 2002. Applications should include a resume and a letter of intent detailing career goals, research interests, and research experience (if any). To apply or to request further information, contact:

Vance Bauer, MA
Kaiser Center for Health Research
3800 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland, OR 97227-1110
Tel: (503) 335-6736

This is an important and exciting opportunity for the massage therapy profession. Massage therapists are encouraged to apply for one of the Research Fellowships offered by the OCCAM. Research that further validates massage therapy and other CAM modalities will only increase public awareness and appreciation of the work you do.


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