Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
Here at Saint Joe’s, we established an IM curricular focus in the effort to improve knowledge, expand resources, and increase provider comfort with utilizing integrative modalities. Our Integrative Medicine (IM) Curriculum is a longitudinal curriculum open to a select number of passionate residents each year. The curriculum centers around evidence-based online modules created by the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AZCIM), which is updated annually and used in FM, IM and pediatrics programs around the country.
In addition to self-study, residents in the curriculum add to their integrative medicine knowledge by teaching or organizing IM lectures for the residency and participating in quarterly IM group meetings. Additionally, curriculum residents are required to use four total weeks of elective time for IM.
Many of our IM residents choose an IM topic for their journal club, another way of deepening our understanding and evaluating integrative options for our patients. Some residents also utilize integrative medicine projects for their ACGME-required scholarly projects.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Becky Hainz or Katie Seitz.