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S19: Evolution of Integrative Medical Education for Physicians: Ten Years of Collaborative Experience

10:30 - 12:00, Monroe, Terrace Level

Patricia Lebensohn (1), Victoria Maizes (1), Craig Schneider (2), Benjamin Kligler (3)

(1): Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona, United States              

(2): Department of Family Medicine, Maine Medical Center, United States

(3): Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, United States



Over the past ten years educational programs for physicians have evolved from training a handful of physicians each year to multilevel educational programs at every stage of medical education. At the college of medicine level there are electives, mandatory curriculum, leadership training, and distinction tracks. Graduate medical education has had multiple innovative approaches including the development of combined residency-fellowship education, a core online shared curriculum (IMR), and numerous unique experiences such as rotations, workshops, and other activities. Post-residency education has evolved to include a number of fellowship models, the establishment of integrative medicine fellowship competencies, and the development of a national certifying board of integrative medicine. In order to tailor and refine educational initiatives a mixed methods approach to evaluation has been developed in parallel.  This symposium will describe the evolution of integratrive medical (IM) education for physicians and the successes and challenges in research and evaluation methodology. The presenters, who hail from different settings and academic institutions have worked collaboratively for ten years to develop curriculum, competencies, and evaluation and have published outcomes of educational research.