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S23: Integrative Medicine Competencies in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine: Moving towards an Integrative Health System

13:30 - 14:30, Monroe, Terrace Level

Rita Benn (1), Margaret Chesney (2), Asim Jani (3), Robert Saper (4), Eden Wells (1)

(1): University of Michigan (U-M), United States

(2): University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), United States

(3): American College of Preventive Medicine - Integrative Medicine in Preventive Medicine Education (IMPriME) Project, United States​

(4): Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC), United States




Since the inception of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992, the United States government has systematically funded high-quality research on 1) the effectiveness, safety and appropriate use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Integrative Medicine (IM) therapies, and 2) the design and implementation of CAM and IM curriculum content across health professions such as Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and, most recently, Preventive Medicine. This session will compare and contrast the development of two such training programs in Family Medicine (FM) and Preventive Medicine (PM) by drawing from real-time examples of FM/PM sites where competencies have been developed, implemented and assessed. Discussion will focus on 1) the evolution and national dissemination of these competencies into their respective fields, 2) the collaborative melding of IM across PM, FM and other health professions, and 3) the documentation of the effectiveness of this process in improving the physician workforce and community and population health outcomes in the context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).