Integrative Family Medicine Program
Integrating Complementary, Alternative and Conventional Medicine
In July 2001, the Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program received a training grant awarded by the National Centers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health. The main purpose of the project was to design, implement, and evaluate an educational program in CAM and integrative medicine for our residents. This goal was reached and in 2003 and the Integrative Medicine Curriculum was fully implemented.
Our curriculum in Complementary and Integrative Medicine describes the principles, safe use and appropriate referral for selected CAM therapies as well as effective communication with patients about their personal choices in complementary and alternative health care. It is designed to weave these ideas and experiences throughout residents' three-year program. Our goal is to develop physicians who will model a healthy lifestyle and be more collaborative and relationship-centered in their approach to medical care.
We are excited about our latest project to further enhance integrative medicine education. Along with our colleagues at the University of Arizona, MMC is one of eight family medicine residencies nationwide piloting the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program. IMR is a required, in-depth competency-based curriculum in integrative medicine, designed to be incorporated into the typical three-year residency program. Central to IMR is a common web-based curriculum, program-specific experiential exercises and group process-oriented activities.
Having evaluated the evidence, experienced the therapies, and built collaborative relationships with community practitioners of CAM, residents will understand and be in a better position to evaluate and incorporate approaches to healing that are often considered to be outside the conventional medical paradigm.
Please contact: Craig Schneider, M.D. IFM Program Director, or Veronica the IFM Program Coordinator
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