The Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) curriculum is an online 200-hour program from the highly regarded Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.  It is offered to selected residents as a one-year track and seeks to introduce residents to topics relevant to primary care.

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Curricular Goals:

  • Provide in-depth review of integrative primary care for highly motivated residents
  • Introduce integrative medicine concepts into our Family Medicine residency education
  • Nurture exploration of personal interests through individual projects
  • Provide opportunities for peer teaching

Curricular Topics:

  • Introduction to Integrative Medicine
  • Prevention and Wellness: US 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
  • Pediatric Topics: ADD/ADHD, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Asthma and Allergies
  • Women's Health Topics: Menopause, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Depression, Eating Disorders, PMS, Prenatal Care and Lactation
  • Acute Care Topics: Back Pain, Urinary Tract Infection, Gastroenteritis, Otitis Media, Vaginitis, Chest Pain/GERD, 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
  • Special Topics: HIV, Cancr Survivorshpi
  • Tools in Integrative Medicine:Integrative Medicine Care Plan Process, Manual Medicine, Energy Medicine, Whole Systems, Practice Management

Instructional Methods:

  • Self-study modules based on an online curriculum hosted by the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (averaging 4 hours per week), typically done during senior year of residency
    • Opportunity for integrative medicine elective month
  • Individual project focusing on personal area of interest
  • Quarterly presentation of a selected clinic patient to faculty site lead using an integrative medicine approach
  • Optional integrative medicine conferences throughout the year (previous residents have attended the "Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Lives Conference" hosted by the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA; the "Yoga in Medicine" retreat hosted by UCSD; and presented their research projects at the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved National Conference).