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Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency

Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency (PIMR) is the first online pediatric integrative curriculum, designed to embed integrative medicine into pediatric residency training.

Pediatric Integrative Medicine

Using the successful Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) as a template, the 100-hour curriculum delivers online, interactive, integrative medicine modules into pediatric resident education, and incorporates evaluation and faculty development tools. The curriculum includes nutrition, mind-body medicine, integrative approaches to mental health, sleep, whole medical systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy, physical activity, effective behavior and lifestyle change, and also has a strong focus on physician health and wellness.

Why now?
The landscape of pediatrics is changing due to a sharp increase in chronic illnesses and stress-related disorders in children. Parental demand is high, and new approaches for prevention and expanded treatment options are urgently needed.

PIMR Pilot Sites: PIMR launched in October 2012 at the University of Arizona as a pilot program. Pilot sites beginning July 2013 are:

  • University of Arizona
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Chicago
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School/Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
  • Stanford University

Unique Features of the PIMR

  • Competency based following ACGME guidelines.
  • Needs assessment driven, 100-hour curriculum.
  • Interactive format, designed to be used by multiple residency programs simultaneously.
  • Includes nutrition, mind-body medicine, dietary supplements, environmental medicine, and more.
  • Blends online learning and group activities.
  • Modular format allows maximum flexibility.
  • Develops a community of students across programs.
  • Built with an integrated evaluation tool.
  • Prioritizes resident health and wellness.