Q: What are the requirements for admission?
A: The Restorative Medicine Herbal Fellowship is open to any health care practitioner. It was developed for practitioners who lack a background in herbal medicine, such as MDs, DOs, DCs, pharmacists (PharmD), advanced practice registered nurses, dentists, and physician assistants. The fellowship is designed for using herbal medicine in clinical practice, and as such, it can be beneficial for all practitioners, including herbalists, acupuncturists, and naturopathic doctors.
Q: What would my time commitment be?
A: The Restorative Medicine Herbal Fellowship is a one-year, 80 hour program. It includes attending two live conferences -- the Annual Restorative Medicine Conference and the three-day Spring Herb Seminar. Throughout the year, there are 10 additional two-hour webinars, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time. To pass the curriculum you do NOT need to watch the presentations live, as you can watch the recordings on your own time. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, participants can view recordings at their convenience and receive CME credits through AAFP. There is also a series of recorded lectures that students can view on their own schedule. In summary, in addition to six days devoted to attending conferences, it’s a commitment of about four hours per month.
Q: What will I receive upon graduation?
A: After successful completion of all fellowship requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine.
Q: Can I receive CME credit for completing the program?
A: Yes, 60 CME credits are offered through the live conferences and webinars. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, participants can view recordings at their convenience and receive CME credits through AAFP.
Q: When will I receive CME credit for completing parts of the fellowship?
A: CME certificates are added directly to your AARM account for each conference, about two weeks after the conference concludes. CME certificates for the monthly webinars are issued upon completion of the fellowship.
Q: Is there a flexible start date?
A: Yes, the fellowship has a rolling admission. As such, you can start the fellowship at any time. The required monthly webinars and conferences are given each year.
Q: Can I still graduate if I can’t watch all of the content live?
A: Yes, the fellowship does NOT require you to watch all the content live. We encourage you to watch as much of the content live as possible. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, participants can view recordings at their convenience and receive CME credits through AAFP.
Q: What if I'm not currently in practice? Can I still be accepted into the fellowship?
A: It's most beneficial for Restorative Medicine Herbal Fellows to be in an active practice, because the learning experience involves clinical experience. However, practitioners who are not currently in an active practice are eligible for enrollment.
Q: The tuition is prohibitive for me. Are there any scholarships or financial aid funds available?
A: Because the fellowship is not a degree-granting program with a university, there is no financial aid available through federally-sponsored student loan programs. However, the fellowship does offer multiple scholarships. Please contact us for more information on available scholarships. Currently we are offering a two-for-one special. When registering, you can add a friend or colleague to your registration for free. The two of you can then split the enrollment fee between you (i.e., one person pays the full fee and the other reimburses the person who paid for their share).
Q: I am not a primary care physician. Is this program right for me?
A: Absolutely. The Restorative Medicine Herbal Fellowship program is geared towards all physicians and other health care practitioners.
Q: Do all boards accept the CME credits?
A: Our conferences and webinars are approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for medical doctors and allied health care practitioners. Additionally, DCs, NDs, and LAcs can receive credit as we are approved by the PACE program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, the California Acupuncturists Board, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, and the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine. You can check with your board to see if they accept any of these credits.
Q: How has the fellowship been affected by the pandemic?
A: Normally, we hold the conferences both in-person and online. Since the pandemic started, we have only offered the conferences online.