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The UCI Family Medicine Residency Integrative Medicine Track is a unique program within the residency designed to offer additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients using the tools and philosophies of Integrative Medicine.

The curriculum for this special training track is taught in a longitudinal fashion over all 3 years, with various educational elements integrated into the standard family medicine residency curriculum.  At the core of the program is our collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, giving residents access to their web-based series of award-winning teaching modules which are part of their Integrative Medicine in Residency program.

Educational information from this on line program is complemented by a variety of on-site interactive and experiential learning activities.  This track addresses a number of key  elements of holistic care that are traditionally overlooked in medical school – including nutrition, mind body medicine,  the evidence-based use of herbal medicine and supplements, acupuncture, and a focus on patient-centered communication and self-care.  

Integrative Medicine Wheel

The web-based curriculum from the ACIM has already been successfully piloted at a number of residency programs across the country, but what makes the UCI program unique is the focus on and commitment to bringing Integrative Medicine resources to our underserved Latino patient community – a population traditionally unable to access these valuable resources. 

Residents completing the track will receive a Special Certificate from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. This certificate will be applicable towards requirements for Board Certification in Integrative Medicine after graduation for those residents interested in continuing to pursue this career path after residency.



  • Patient-centered care that focuses on healing the whole person, and takes into account all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, body and spirit in the context of community.
  • Educate and empower people to be active participants in their own care, and to take responsibility for their own health and wellness.
  • Integrate the best of Western scientific medicine with a broader understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
  • Encourage healing partnerships between the provider and patient, and support the individualization of care.
  • Make use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and evidence-based modalities to achieve optimal health and healing – a philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative medicine uncritically
  • Focus on the use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
  • Restore the focus of medicine towards prevention, wellness and healing
  • Train practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development


Students interested in being considered for this track should follow all the usual residency applications procedures. When you arrange your interview, simply indicate that you have an interest in learning more about the Integrative Medicine Residency track.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear more about the track during your interview, and can tell us at that time if you’d like to be considered for acceptance into the track.  



How does the Integrative Medicine Curriculum fit in with the other usual required residency rotations? Does this take the place of any rotations? »

This is a longitudinal curriculum, meaning that residents learn the additional educational material gradually over all 3 years and the information is integrated into a variety of the core family medicine rotations. Integrative Medicine track residents are given designated time during selected rotations to learn about additional IM approaches relevant to primary care problems – i.e. they review Integrative Medicine approaches to ADHD and allergies during the pediatrics rotation, Integrative Medicine options for PMS and vaginitis during the Gyn rotation, etc.  Integrative Medicine residents still complete all the same residency rotations as their peers.  The goal is first and foremost to help you become a well trained and highly skilled family physician; this offers you the best groundwork to then apply your additional skills and knowledge in Integrative Medicine to the benefit of your patients.  

How much time will the program take to complete?  »
The total curriculum is approximately a 200 hour program, including the web-based modules and on site activities.  There are periodic “carve out” protected Integrative Medicine in Residency work times set aside in several selected rotations, as well as in two elective rotations (see below) that allows Integrative Medicine residents to complete the vast majority of the curriculum during these designated normal work hours. There will be some occasional evening time to participate in the MBSR course, or help prepare for an Integrative Medicine noon topic presentation.   
Will I use elective time for Integrative Medicine activities? »
Yes – we ask that you set aside a small part of the R2 elective month, and one of the two available R3 elective months for a variety of Integrative Medicine  training activities.  
How do I apply? Is there a separate match application? »
There is not a separate match application for this track.  Students interested in being considered for this track follow all the usual residency applications procedures and when you arrange your interview, simply indicate that you have an interest in hearing more about the Integrative Medicine in Residency track.  You will have the opportunity to ask more questions about the track during your interview and can tell us at that time if you’d like to be considered for the track.  
What faculty have training or background in Integrative Medicine? »
David Kilgore, M.D. is the director of the Integrative Medicine in Residency track and one of the core family medicine residency faculty.  He completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as courses in Mind-Body medicine, Nutrition, use of Herbals and Supplements and in Strain-Counterstrain techniques.
Wadie Najm, M.D. is the medical director of the UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Medicine Clinic and one of the Department of Family Medicine faculty.  He has broad training in Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbals and Supplements, Hypnosis and Homeopathy, and has been practicing Integrative Medicine for many years. 

Dr. Kilgore and a patient

For any further questions please contact:
David Kilgore, M.D., FAAFP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
UCI Department of Family Medicine
Director, UCI Family Medicine Residency Integrative Medicine Track