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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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Integrative Medicine Fellowship in Residency

Integrative Medicine Fellowship in Residency (IMFR), formerly Integrative Family Medicine (IFM), is the first comprehensive effort to bring an integrative medicine curriculum into the conventional training experience of physicians. Initiated in 2003, IFM/IMFR is a four-year residency training model funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education. It combines comprehensive training in integrative medicine through participation in the fellowship with the traditional residency and it usually adds a year to the length of training.

In 2008, we graduated our fourth class of IFM fellows. To date we have graduated 14 fellows from six pilot sites, with three more classes currently in progress. IMFR was recently opened up to additional interested primary care residency programs, expanding access beyond family medicine.

Current partner institutions:

  • Maine Medical Center
  • Middlesex Hospital Family Practice Residency Program
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison

IMFR is now open to new residency program sites who wish to create a fellowship track in their residency program. In addition to Family Medicine it can be integrated into Pediatric, OBGYN, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry residencies.

Read more about IMFR:

The Integrative Family Medicine Program: An Innovation in Residency Education (PDF)
Competency-based evaluation tools for integrative medicine training in family medicine residency (PDF)
Measuring the "Whole System" Outcomes of an Educational Innovation (PDF)


For more information on IFM, please e-mail us.