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Elements of Integrative Medicine Track Curriculum

1. Arizona 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.

1st Year

  • Introduction to Integrative Medicine: including a personal health and wellness assessment
  • 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

2nd Year

  • Integrative approach to chronic disease (DM,Htn,CVD,obesity)
  • IM approach to Women’s health, Pediatrics
  • Botanical Foundations, Mind-Body Medicine in Practice

3rd Year

  • Integrative approach to mental health, chronic pain
  • IM approach to Rheumatology, Cancer Survivorship
  • Review of simple Manual Medicine techniques
  • Whole Systems practices (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, Homeopathy)
Botanicals, mortar and pestle

2. Monthly Integrative Medicine Residency Track meetings

Experiential teachings and case reviews with fellow IMR residents.

3. Rotation through Family Health Center Integrative Medicine Consult Clinic in R2 and R3 years

R2 and R3 residents periodically see their continuity patients 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 Center for Integrative Medicine Clinic in R2 and R3 years

R2 and R3 residents practice IM Intake skills with guidance from an Integrative Physician and a Naturopathic Doctor at the UCI SSCIM clinic in Costa Mesa.

5. Off-site and hands-on learning opportunities in R2 or R3 year during elective month

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

  • See IM in practice at Southern California University for Health Sciences Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinics.
  • Shadow Integrative Medicine and Sports Medicine physicians, Naturopathic Doctors and Acupuncturists at Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.
  • 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.

6. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Class in R2 or R3 year

Providing first-hand experience with a variety of mindfulness based meditation practices.

7. Integrative Medicine Didactic and Journal Club

R2 and R3 residents make two presentations each year to fellow residents: one on the latest evidence-based information on IM topics and modalities, and another on an IM-related journal article.

8. Diabetes Group Visits

R2 and R3 residents will see patients in the Diabetes Management groups, held twice each month. Instruction about healthy cooking, nutrition, movement, and mindulness are incorporated into each session.

9. National Conferences

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