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What is Anthroposophical Medicine?

[Translate to Englisch:] Anthroposophische Medizin – was ist das?
[Translate to Englisch:] Anthroposophische Medizin – was ist das?

Anthroposophical medicine considers itself as an extension of conventional, natural-science based medicine, concerning insights on human cognition and spirituality.

Anthroposophical medicine is a medicine that focuses on the human being. It is holistic and unique and captures the:

  • physical level
  • biological level
  • pschycological level
  • and spiritual level


of human existence. (adapted according to: Dr. med. Hendrik Vögler, 1948-2015)Anthroposophical Medicine strives to perceive the whole human being with its illness—understanding – assessment – treatment.

What is the Integrative Curriculum for Anthroposophic Medicine (ICURAM)

[Translate to Englisch:] Was ist das Integrierte Begleitstudium Anthroposophische Medizin?
[Translate to Englisch:] Was ist das Integrierte Begleitstudium Anthroposophische Medizin?

What is the Integrative Curriculum for Anthroposophic Medicine (ICURAM) constitutes part of the regular medical training and is embedded in to the six year track of the “Modellstudiengang” –a model medical education programm for Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke. In order to provide an integrative medical approach to patient care in an interprofessional team, a broad perspective and understanding of the human being is fostered. At the core are the human organism, its organs, their function and relation to spiritual and cognitive dimensions in health and illness, as well as a therapeutic approach. The natural remedies encorporate treatment based on non-medical substances. Furthermore, impulses for developing an “inner path” as a medical professional, as well as fostering the will to offer help to the ill are key elements.

Goal of the medical training in ICURAM is the systematic qualification of doctors in responsible work with Anthroposophic medicine. In order to provide an integrative medical approach to patient care in an interprofessional team, a broad perspective and understanding of the human being is fostered. At the core stand the training of perception, abilities in reflexion and judgement, as well as taking on responsibility. These elements are important preconditions for the development of medical abilities and a medical ethos with the human being as the main focus. As well as developing an “inner path” as a medical professional and fostering the will to offer help to the ill.

Can I study ICURAM and Medicine at the same time?

[Translate to Englisch:] Kann ich das IBAM und Medizin gleichzeitig studieren?
[Translate to Englisch:] Kann ich das IBAM und Medizin gleichzeitig studieren?

YES! ICURAM constitutes part of the regular medical training and is embedded in to the six-year track of the “Modellstudiengang” –a model medical education programm for Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke.

Together with the beginning of regular studies, during the time of Problem Oriented Learning (POL) in the modell curriculum, following areas are at the core: inspection of the human being as a whole (anthropology) and an overlapping and extended view on anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Through out the clinical study phase and through out the numerous practical internships, the anthroposophical medicine is deepened through direct patient contact. The last year of study can be conducted in anthroposophical hospitals and thus supplemented with and extended by the anthroposophical perspective.

The time requirement is an extra 2 lesson units and 2 additional week-end days per semester, when all the offered courses are visited. Certain events, especially the practical internships in hospitals are fully accredited as part of the regular medical curriculum.

How does the ICURAM connect to the regular medical studies?

The Integrative Curriculum for Anthroposophic Medicine (ICURAM) constitutes part of the regular medical training and is embedded in to the six-year track of the “Modellstudiengang” –a model medical education programm for Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke.

Together with the beginning of regular studies, during the time of Problem Oriented Learning (POL) in the model curriculum, following areas are at the core: inspection of the human being as a whole (anthropology) and an overlapping and extended view on anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Through out the clinical phase and the numerous practical internships, anthroposophical medicine is deepened through direct patient contact in anthroposophical clinics. The last year of study, practical year, can be extended by the anthroposophical perspective and thus consist entirely or partially of internships in anthroposophical clinics. The time requirement is an extra 2 lesson units and 2 additional week-end days per semester, when all the offered courses are visited. Certain events, especially the practical internships in hospitals are fully accredited as part of the regular medical curriculum.

Is it necessary to register separately for the ICURAM?

The first part of the ICURAM does not require first and second year medical students to register separately. This allows each student sufficient opportunity, to visit the course offers gain orientation and experience in anthroposophical medicine and ICURAM, without commitment. With the beginning of the clinical studies in the 5th semester, at the latest, official registration with ICURAM becomes necessary. The intensive clinical practical internships involve complex organizational effort and extensive planning.

Do I receive a certified degree?

The ICURAM qualifies for an official university certificate. This qualifies for the national and international certificate “anthroposophical physician” of the GAÄD (German Society of anthroposophical doctors) in every aspect, however not including the practical phase.

Das Begleitstudium ermöglicht den Erwerb eines universitären Zertifikats. Dieses qualifiziert bis auf die Praxisphase für das nationale und internationale Zertifikat "Anthroposophische(r) Ärztin/Arzt" der Gesellschaft Anthroposophische Ärzte in Deutschland.