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.
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.
COMMON ELEMENTS TO THE PRACTICE OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
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.
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.
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