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New pre-medical program begins
by Livia Cole

The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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30 March 2009

The University's new pre-medical undergraduate program, which represents the first phase of the Maharishi Integrative Medicine program of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health, is now under way with 10 students who have selected it as their major.

Those graduating with a pre-med degree may then apply to medical school, with a planned option of a forthcoming M.D. degree to be offered by M.U.M.'s Maharishi College of Perfect Health.

'Maharishi asked us to provide a complete package of health care that includes the best of all worlds to relieve suffering and promote longevity,' said Dr. Robert Schneider*, dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health.

The Office of Admissions has already received great interest in the degree program because of its uniqueness. Also, there is a shortage of doctors in the U.S. and not enough places in current medical schools to fill the need.

'This is the future of medicine—to have preventive medicine and blend it with the diagnostic and emergency technologies of allopathic medicine,' said Marcus Chatfield, third-year student.

Students in the pre-med major take coursework in biology and chemistry, two physics courses, and four courses in Physiology and Health: Maharishi Self-Pulse diagnosis; Maharishi Yoga asanas; Diet, Digestion, and Nutrition; and Biostatistics and Medical Research Methods.

'The Consciousness-Based approach of this program will yield doctors who will know how to help people because they themselves are healthy,' said Tor Travis, first-year student.

Dr. Schneider and his colleagues are pursuing accreditation for the planned medical school, which will offer an M.D. degree in conventional medicine along with an M.S. in natural medicine. Clinical rotation and practical training will be offered in the Maharishi Health Center, a patient-oriented, holistic hospital. In addition, the College plans to collaborate with conventional hospitals interested in Maharishi Integrative Medicine.

This first-of-its-kind medical program combines the most advanced practices of modern medicine with the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health(SM) as well as the most effective and scientific practices of other systems of natural medicine.

The Maharishi College of Perfect Health will be a prototype for medical education, clinical care, and research worldwide, Dr. Schneider said.

In addition to the 20 departments of modern medicine, the college will have departments of natural systems such as traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy. The Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health section will contain 40 approaches, ranging from meditation therapy and sound therapy to yoga therapy, Maharishi Rejuvenation(SM) therapy, and the health benefits of Maharishi Vedic(SM) architecture.

'In offering access to all evidence-based healing modalities, the planned Maharishi College of Perfect Health and Maharishi Health Center promises fulfillment to the doctor as well as the patient,' said Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, adjunct clinical faculty.

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*Robert Schneider, MD, is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Director of the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, and Dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health, Director of Health in the national administration of Dr John Hagelin—Raja of Invincible America, and Deputy Minister of Health for the Global Country of World Peace. He authored the book, Total Heart Health—How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health.

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