The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in collaboration with leading experts in integrative medicine, has developed the first of its kind, online pediatric integrative medicine curriculum designed specifically for the education of pediatric residents in training. This curriculum offers topics not typically included in conventional medical education such as nutrition, dietary supplements, mind-body medicine, environmental medicine, and more. First introduced in 2013, this program has been adopted nationally and internationally by pediatric residency programs such as Stanford University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Arizona, and University of Southern California, to name a few. The curriculum and resources are updated on a regular basis to reflect the ever-growing evidence that supports this field.
The landscape of pediatric medicine is changing, and pediatricians are dealing with more chronic illnesses and stress-related disorders that often are not fully addressed with conventional medicine treatments. Parental demand is high and new approaches for prevention and expanded treatment options are urgently needed.