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Integrative Medicine in Residency

Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) is a 200-hour curriculum development project of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, which is creating and delivering competency-based online integrative medical training to residents. IMR is a required component of the eight residency programs listed below, and is incorporated over the three years of your residency. Learning is accomplished through a combination of web-based curriculum, program-specific experiential exercises and group process-oriented activities.

Eight family medicine residencies nationwide are participating in the pilot phase of this program:

  • Beth Israel Family Medicine
  • Carolinas Medical Center
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Maine Medical Center - Portland
  • Maine Dartmouth - Augusta
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Texas Medical Branch

Year One

  • Introduction to Integrative Medicine
  • Prevention and Wellness: U.S. Preventive Services, Nutrition and Diet, Supplements for Prevention, Physical Activity, Sleep, Stress and Mind-Body Medicine, Spirituality
  • Tools in Integrative Medicine: Motivational Interviewing for Behavioral Change

Year Two

  • Pediatric Topics: ADD/ADHD, Childhood Obesity, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Asthma and Allergies
  • Women's Health Topics: Menopause, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Depression, Eating Disorders, PMS
  • Acute Care Topics: Ankle Sprain, Urinary Tract Infection, Gastroenteritis, Otitis media, Vaginitis, Prostatitis, Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Tools in Integrative Medicine: Integrative Medicine Intake Process, Botanicals, Mind-Body Medicine
  • Chronic Illness: Cardiovascular Disease (hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease), Diabetes Mellitus II, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Back Pain

Year Three

  • Special Topics: HIV, Cancer Survivorship
  • Tools in Integrative Medicine: Integrative Medicine Care Plan Process, Manual Medicine, Energy Medicine, Whole Systems, Practice Management

All courses have an interactive core content and contain case studies allowing you to apply the new knowledge to patients encountered in family medicine. Content includes evidence-based conventional and complementary approaches to the management of the medical problems presented.

Throughout the curriculum, we will emphasize well-being and balance in residency; this interactive and experiential part of the curriculum will encourage residents to work on an individual plan to maintain well-being and balance while in residency.

For more information on the IMR program, view the following video.

Read the article, "Integrative Medicine in Residency Education: Developing Competency Through Online Curriculum Training." (PDF) 

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