Integrative Medicine in Residency

A 200-hour competency-based, interactive, online curriculum in integrative medicine designed for incorporation into primary care residency education.

The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in collaboration with leading experts in integrative medicine (IM), developed the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program to address the increasing demand for IM training in residency, for both residents and faculty.

Launched in 2008 with eight pilot sites, IMR has expanded across the United States, into Canada, and other international programs. It serves as the national model for incorporating IM topics currently not included in conventional medical education. IMR was presented the “Innovative Program Award” from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).


  • 24-hour access for residents and faculty
  • Easily incorporated into existing curricula
  • Aligns with learning objectives within the ACGME core competencies domains
  • Scalable depending on unique program needs
  • Faculty learning with CME available
  • Annual Faculty Development Meetings
  • Monthly site leadership calls
  • Resource Library for faculty, including adjunct teaching materials, presentations, and handouts

Curriculum

The IMR curriculum is revised regularly to provide up to date evidence-based Integrative Medicine content. IMR provides in course links to relevant, evidence-based, peer-reviewed publications and incorporates novel online interactive teaching strategies. The IMR enhances the residency curriculum and fills gaps in conventional Graduate Medical Education through courses such as:

  • Integrative Approaches to Pain Management
  • Physician Wellbeing (meets many ACGME common program requirements for assessment and education)
  • Nutrition
  • Vitamins, minerals, and common supplements
  • Mind-Body techniques and tools and much more

Pricing

IMR pricing is on a per-user basis. For $1,250/learner, residents will get access to the IMR curriculum for the duration of their residency.

Faculty Learner

Residencies exploring adding IMR to thier curiculum may enroll faculty individually.

  • Enrolled in an IMR program with other IMR faculty.
  • Full Participant - record completions, complete exams, answer reflection questions, etc.
  • Receives IMR Certificate of Completion upon meeting requirements.
  • CME credit available for some courses.
  • Cost: $2,065.

Residency Sites

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine

Obstetrics

  • University of Arizona Phoenix Ob/Gyn Residency (Phoenix, AZ) - Lex Hebets, MD; Laurie Erickson, MD; Kelley Saunders, MD

Prevention Medicine

Psychiatry


Benefits

IMR is the premiere program in the United States to teach medical residents about Integrative Medicine. The 200-hour online distance education program was created by leaders in the field and has grown substantially since its introduction in 2008.

Courses are modular and allow great flexibility, It can be a longitudinal program, a set of electives, an elective rotation, or courses can be included in a track.

All residents have access to the web-based curriculum at any time, and the courses are also available for faculty development.

Benefits to your Program, Residents and Faculty:

  • Enhances resident recruitment and program branding
  • Meets many of the ACGME requirements for physician well-being assessment and education
  • Helps residents address patient questions about complementary and alternative therapies
  • Serves as a faculty development tool and provides basic IM skills and tools to provide integrative approaches in a clinical setting.
  • Resident learn integrative approaches to common conditions- learning the allopathic approach blended seamlessly with the evidence-based recommendations for supplements, dietary, mind-body, manual medicine, botanicals and more.

Brochures & Resources

IMR: Site Leader Information Site Leader responsibilities, examples, and time commitment guidelines. Download
IMR: Family Medicine Article (2017) Patricia Lebensohn, MD, Victoria Maizes, MD, and others on feasibility and effectiveness of the online program. Download
IMR & PIMR Site List Site list for Integrative Medicine in Residency and Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency. Download
IMR: JGME Article (2012) Patricia Lebensohn, MD, and other AzCIM faculty on Developing Competency Through Online Curriculum Training. Download
IMR: FAMILY MEDICINE Article (2013) Patricia Lebensohn, MD, article on Resident Wellness Behaviors. Download
IMR: EXPLORE Article (2013) Patricia Lebensohn, MD, published in EXPLORE. Download
IMR - Curriculum & Content Curriculum and content of the Integrative Medicine in Residency program. Download
IMR Brochure Brochure describing Integrative Medicine in Residency. Download

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