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Teaching Integrative Medicine for the Underserved

Table of contents:

See the IM4U Handbook for a general overview on introducing integrative medicine to your underserved setting.
Also see Competencies for Family Medicine Residents

Other talks collected here:

Integrative medicine for faculty -To explain to skeptical colleagues why this is important (and introduce the idea of functional medicine)

Integrative Medicine What Why and How - Overview of Integrative Medicine for Residents, with references for those seeking to learn more

Safety Issues - Addresses potential for toxicity or injury from integrative modalities

See Functional Medicine for one systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment and

The Treatment Pyramid for a conceptual approach to developing a care plan for patients.

We also recommend:

Teaching modules from the University of Wisonsin Family Medicine

Resources from the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

Pill Advised - free website to check interactions between supplements and pharmaceuticals

Additional teaching resources may be found at: Canadian CAM in UME Digital Resource Repository

Also check out:


Links to websites, documents and presentations devoted to social medicine. Principles include:

Social and economic conditions profoundly impact health, disease and the practice of medicine.
The health of the population is a matter of social concern.
Society should promote health through both individual and social means.
www.healingchronicdisease.org - NIH-funded multimedia consumer education website offering the integrative approach to managing Heart Disease, Diabetes and Chronic Pain MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

An evidence-based, in-depth course for each disease written by experts in the field presented in three formats to appeal to diverse populations: text, audio slide show and flash animation
Online exercises to help patients learn new ways to manage stress and build coping skills
An annotated research section, web search tutorial and practical resource guide to help patients actively engage in their healthcare, increase their self-efficacy and improve their quality of life

The Center for Integrative Medicine in Public Health

CIMPH strives to build bridges to health in underserved communities using sustainable integrative approaches. Employing a combination of conventional and complimentary medical strategies, we are dedicated to designing, implementing and evaluating innovative public health programs, training health care providers and improving the quality and efficacy of health care delivery in low income populations.

Projects include a naturopathic residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health in partnership with the Coalition of Community Health Clinics

Program for Integrative Medicine & Health Disparities