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Elements of Integrative Medicine Track Curriculum

1. Arizona Weill Center for Integrative Medicine 3-Year Longitudinal Web-Based Curriculum

Integrative Medicine in Residency Program, a web-based series of teaching modules covering a wide range of topics central to the primary care practice of Integrative Medicine, along with a variety of on-site, interactive teaching activities to complement and augment on-line material.

Topics include:

  • Overview Prevention and Wellness: including in depth review of nutrition and healthy diets, appropriate use of supplements
  • Intro to Mind-Body Medicine and Motivational Interviewing for effective behavioral change
  • Integrative approach to chronic disease (DM,Htn,CVD,obesity)
  • IM approach to Women’s health, Pediatrics
  • Integrative approach to mental health, chronic pain
  • IM approach to Rheumatology, Cancer Survivorship
  • Botanical Foundations, Mind-Body Medicine in Practice
Botanicals, mortar and pestle

2. Monthly Integrative Medicine Residency Track meetings

Experiential teachings and case reviews with fellow IMR residents.  Residents and faculty present integrative approaches to topics such as IBS, sleep, herbal remedies for common conditions.

Residents visit Fermentation Farm in Tustin Supplements Scavenger Hunt at Mother's Market

3. Rotation through Family Health Center Integrative Medicine Consult Clinic 

R2 and R3 residents collaborate with faculty in the IM consult clinic for more in depth review of Integrative Medicine diagnostic and treatment options for a variety of presenting clinical problems.

4. Rotation through Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute Clinic

R2 and R3 residents practice IM intake skills and learn to work with integrative providers from various disciplines, with guidance from an integrative physician and a naturopathic doctor at the UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute clinic in Costa Mesa.

5. Integrative Elective month

Exposure to multidisciplinary IM team approach to care of patients using a variety of complementary modalities.

  • Work with integrative health team at Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, including osteopathic and functional medicine physicians, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, and acupuncturists.
  • Learn from faculty and residents at Southern California University for Health Sciences Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinics.
  • Visit Dr. Shin Lin’s UCI Laboratory for Mind-Body Signaling and Energy Research, using biomedical technologies to study the effects of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
  • Learn about integrative health in community clinics, such as healing touch, acupuncture, yoga class at UCI's Federally Qualified Healthcare Center.
Acupuncture demo Samueli Institute clinicians

6. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Class

In R2 or R3 year, learn a variety of meditation practices, body awareness and yoga to cultivate one's ability to better manage stress and its effect on the body.  Learn the foundations of meditative techniques and develop mindful communication skills.  

7. Integrative Medicine Journal Club and Didactics

R2 and R3 residents make presentations each year to fellow residents: one on the latest evidence-based information on IM topics and modalities, and another on an IM-related "pearl" from a journal article, conference or practical tool.

8. National Conferences

R2 and R3 residents may participate in national conferences (such as Scripps' Natural Supplements Annual Meeting or Integrative Medicine for the Underserved IM4US Conference) and bring back "juicy tidbits" to share with Family Medicine colleagues.