The integrative family medicine program

An innovation in residency education

Victoria Maizes, Howard Silverman, Patricia Lebensohn, Mary Koithan, Benjamin Kligler, David Rakel, Craig Schneider, Wendy Kohatsu, Margaret (Meg) Hayes, Andrew Weil

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Abstract

The Integrative Family Medicine (IFM) Program is a four-year combined family medicine residency program and integrative medicine fellowship. It was created in 2003 to address the needs of four constituencies: patients who desire care from well trained integrative physicians, physicians who seek such training, the health care system which lacks a conventional integrative medicine training route, and educational leaders in family medicine who are seeking new strategies to reverse the declining interest in family medicine amongst U.S. graduates. The program was designed jointly by the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) and family medicine residency programs at Beth Israel/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), Maine Medical Center, Middlesex Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Universities of Arizona and Wisconsin. One or two residents from each of these institutions may apply, and when selected, commit to extending their training by a fourth year. They complete their family medicine residencies at their home sites, enroll in the distributed learning associate fellowship at PIM, and are mentored by local faculty members who have training in integrative medicine. To date three classes totaling twenty residents have entered the program. Evaluation is performed jointly: PIM evaluates the residents during residential weeks and through online modules and residency faculty members perform direct observation of care and review treatment plans. Preliminary data suggest that the program enhances interest amongst graduating medical students in family medicine training. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education Family Medicine residency review committee has awarded the pilot experimental status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-589
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume81
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

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Integrative Medicine
Internship and Residency
Medicine
medicine
innovation
Education
education
Physicians
Graduate Medical Education
Accreditation
resident
Advisory Committees
Israel
Medical Students
physician
graduate
Observation
Learning
family education
Delivery of Health Care

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education

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Maizes, V., Silverman, H., Lebensohn, P., Koithan, M., Kligler, B., Rakel, D., ... Weil, A. (2006). The integrative family medicine program: An innovation in residency education. Academic Medicine, 81(6), 583-589. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ACM.0000225225.35399.e4

The integrative family medicine program : An innovation in residency education. / Maizes, Victoria; Silverman, Howard; Lebensohn, Patricia; Koithan, Mary; Kligler, Benjamin; Rakel, David; Schneider, Craig; Kohatsu, Wendy; Hayes, Margaret (Meg); Weil, Andrew.

In: Academic Medicine, Vol. 81, No. 6, 06.2006, p. 583-589.

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Maizes, V, Silverman, H, Lebensohn, P, Koithan, M, Kligler, B, Rakel, D, Schneider, C, Kohatsu, W, Hayes, MM & Weil, A 2006, 'The integrative family medicine program: An innovation in residency education', Academic Medicine, vol. 81, no. 6, pp. 583-589. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ACM.0000225225.35399.e4
Maizes V, Silverman H, Lebensohn P, Koithan M, Kligler B, Rakel D et al. The integrative family medicine program: An innovation in residency education. Academic Medicine. 2006 Jun;81(6):583-589. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ACM.0000225225.35399.e4
Maizes, Victoria ; Silverman, Howard ; Lebensohn, Patricia ; Koithan, Mary ; Kligler, Benjamin ; Rakel, David ; Schneider, Craig ; Kohatsu, Wendy ; Hayes, Margaret (Meg) ; Weil, Andrew. / The integrative family medicine program : An innovation in residency education. In: Academic Medicine. 2006 ; Vol. 81, No. 6. pp. 583-589.
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