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Samueli Foundation grant funds integrative medicine at the Family Health Center

Dr. David Kilgore and Dr. Emily Dow
Dr. David Kilgore and Dr. Emily Dow

Funds will help UC Irvine continue to be a leader in healthcare

The Samueli Foundation has announced support for the UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine’s Integrative Medicine program.

The funding enables us to expand our teaching and clinical care, in collaboration with the Susan Samueli Integrative Medicine Center (SSIMC). The program aligns with the School of Medicine's mission: Discover. Teach. Heal.

As part of our mission of discovery, UC Irvine’s Students for Integrative Medicine (SIMS) completed a survey of faculty and staff last year and are now surveying patients regarding their use of and interest in integrative medicine services.

Our teaching efforts have expanded with the Integrative Medicine track for family medicine residents in July 2012. Residents are using an online curriculum from the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as participating in on-site experiential activities, such as osteopathic manual medicine techniques, mind-body stress reduction and rotations at the Family Health Center and at SSIMC.

Welcome to our first-year SIMS residents, Dr. Delavega and Dr. Lo.

Our healing mission includes a weekly integrative medicine consult service at the UC Irvine Family Health Center Santa Ana. Recommendations to patients may include dietary changes, exercise, stress reduction techniques, herbs or supplements, sleep improvements or referrals to therapies such as acupuncture or massage.

Planning is underway to add classes about nutrition, acupuncture, mind-body relaxation exercises and more.

David Kilgore, MD, who leads the Integrative Medicine Program, is a board-certified family physician and a UC Irvine clinical professor of family medicine. He has practiced family medicine for more than 20 years and has taken advanced fellowship training in integrative medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.