Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine

Hominis Sapientia pro Hominibus [Knowledge of Humankind for Humankind]

aka ICSM   |   Martinsville, VA   |


ICSM centers undertake research in biomedical and anthropological sciences and educates physicians, other health-care professionals, scientists, and students in modern integrative biological medical science, basic sciences, preventive and evolutionary medicine, and clinical practice worldwide. It disseminates this knowledge via publications, its website, and educational programs. It applies this knowledge to the maintenance of health of all peoples.

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Dr. Noel Thomas Boaz Ph.D., M.D.

Main address

12 Starling Avenue

Martinsville, VA 24112 USA

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Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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Clinical Gross Anatomy

An eight-week, dissection-based, full-body, advanced course in clinical gross anatomy utilizing cadavers soft-embalmed with the Thiel Method, offered during the summer. Thiel Method “soft embalming” offers superior tissue color and texture for dissection and is formaldehyde-fume-free.
VH Dissector software is available at computer work stations at each dissection table to correlate cross-sectional, CT, and ultrasound images with the anatomy dissected. The course incorporates practica in clinical procedures impossible with formaldehyde-embalmed cadavers, in cluding ultrasound imaging. Medical students who have had gross anatomical instruction but are desirous of acquiring more in-depth, clinically integrated, and rigorous knowledge in an active-learning environment that is not focused on memorization, will find this course beneficial. Small course size (24 students) allow individualized attention from faculty. Individual student research projects that vertically integrate from the observed gross anatomy to pathology are encouraged. The course is also open to anatomists, academic physicians, and clinicians, with special arrangements possible for partial course participation

Population(s) Served

The ICSM Premedical Academy will provide a vehicle for college graduates to prepare themselves for professional training and future careers in the health sciences, including advanced preparation for the MCAT. The curriculum is based on the first two years of professional education, incorporating a cross-cultural educational approach. Accepted participants in the program will have to have completed premedical courses in college and will have a program of study for a full nine-month academic year. Narrative learning ("storytelling") will constitute a major focus of the integrative biological curriculum. The medical basic sciences will be taught as parts of a single grand narrative of evolutionary biology, easily remembered and conceptually rich. This overall educational design not only emphasizes concepts over memorization, it has a clear organizational framework for the information. Educational modalities included in the course include Inquiry-Based Learning, a small-group protocol of proven effectiveness; Concept mapping to learn standardized test-taking skills; Lecturio online exam preparation and learning resources; Draw-It-To-Know-It medical basic science learning exercises; VH Dissector virtual dissection labs; Microscopy labs with personal Foldscopes; and Active Learning through Adaptive Practices and feedback from faculty on Discussion and Abstract assignments from course readings. Students will assemble a personal Portfolio in the course, a useful asset for application to medical school. The course syllabus can be viewed here.

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• To facilitate a health profession educational pathway for students at all levels that provides an avenue to pursue careers in medicine and the health professions, especially focused on historically underserved populations.
• To support development of research, educational, and clinical programs of a new medical school where physicians are trained in rural health general practice medicine and to provide continuing medical education credits to practicing physicians.
• To provide health education to the global community in order to improve general access to healthcare, improve preventive medicine practices, and improve overall health measures.
• To research the scientific origins of the human species and serve as a global center for the study of human integrative biology and evolutionary medicine

• To offer courses, seminars, and workshops to empower people to make better health decisions
• To focus on prevention of disease processes that may have behavioral, lifestyle, and/or genetic predispositions
• To research and publish on phenomena related to human origins and evolution, with a particular applied emphasis on evolutionary medicine
• To help educate and promote effective learning in students and doctors in basic and clinical sciences

• ICSM owns a 22,000 square-foot building at 62-66 Fayette Street in Martinsville, Virginia that will be renovated to be a state-of-the-art research and educational facility. Its administrative offices will be located in an adjacent building beginning in early 2017.
• ICSM is capable of providing premedical education for up to 75 students per year through its Henricopolis Premedical Academy planned to start in June, 2017.
• ICSM maintains international research agreements that allow paleoanthropological fieldwork in several important sites, data from which are analyzed in its labs. ICSM houses the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research.

The ICSM Medical Center was operated for two and a half years and provided valuable information of the new and innmovatiove clnica model of Direct Primary Care. The experience so gained provides the basis for planning a new Center for Evolutionary Medicine in the coming year. Courses taught in Clinical Gross Anatomy by ICSM and in association with a local community college have pioneered the use of soft-embalmed formaldehyde-fumeless laboratories in the U.S., wth presenations having been made at numerous national professional meetings. The developing College of Henricopolis School of Medicine has received provisional accreditation from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is in the process of completing application for accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. ICSM is continuing its Renaissance Campaign with a goal of reaching $2 million into 2017.

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    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


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Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine

Board of directors
as of 06/15/2021
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Board chair

Dr. Noel Boaz

Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine

Alan J Almquist

Timothy Wolf

Mary S Mumford

Mary R Brown

Mervyn King

Scott Obenshain

Russell Leavitt

Naomi Hodge-Muse

Christopher Brooks

Lynn Regan

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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