There are four primary aspects of learning and training in Anthroposophic Medicine through PAAM: the annual training week, online course offerings, the PAAM mentoring program, and certification through the American College of Anthroposophic Medicine.
We offer an annual week-long training retreat where practitioners can connect, learn and renew amidst a caring and supportive community of both experienced practitioners and newcomers. Tracks are specifically designed for those who are new to Anthroposophic Medicine and for those who are well-experienced and seeking a deeper understanding and exploration. Each day includes: movement exercise guided by an expert Eurythmy Therapist; faculty-supported, in-depth text study and small group work; real-world plant observation; topic-specific, relevant workshops led by well-qualified national and international faculty; and insightful evening lectures presented by some of the most experienced physicians, nurses, pharmacists and caregivers currently working in the field of Anthroposophic Medicine. The retreat takes place on the beautiful and restorative campus of the Threefold Education Center in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Delicious and nourishing breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks are all included in the registration tuition.
Online course offerings are another option that allows you to explore Anthroposophic Medicine in your home or office. These webinar programs are offered at both introductory and experienced levels, and provide an introductory pathway for those who are interested in learning more, as well as ongoing learning opportunities for those who are participating in the courses offered at the week-long training retreat. Both lecture-type, as well as more collaborative, peer-sharing presentations are offered each year. Some are designed specifically for practitioners, while others are open to all, including nurses, therapists, caregivers, patients, parents and teachers. See our events page for a full listing of current course offerings.
A Clinical Mentoring Program is available for those prescribers (MD, DO, NP, PA, ND), who are actively working to incorporate Anthroposophic therapies into their own clinical work. Participants are assigned to work one-on-one with an experienced anthroposophic physician in order to discuss clinical cases from the learner’s own practice. Participants apply for mentoring on a yearly basis, one “year” being considered 18 hours of live, phone, or skype mentoring (generally done as 60-90 minute sessions scheduled every several weeks). To apply to the mentoring program please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The culmination of the different training programs is recognition by the American College of Anthroposophic Medicine (ACAM). Application for certification is open to MD, DO, NP and PA applicants who can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to studying Anthroposophic Medicine, have completed two years of clinical mentoring, and are able to submit letters of recommendation as well as two case studies. (Certification for ND applicants is offered by the Society of Physicians of Anthroposophic Naturopathy (SPAN). You can find the full list of ACAM application requirements, as well as instructions for submission here.