Noshene Ranjbar, MD
University of Arizona

Sneha Venkatraman, MD
University of Arizona

The focus of the Education Working Group is to facilitate a) the incorporation of teaching on Integrative Medicine and Health into all levels of healthcare education and b) the application of integrative medicine and health principles and practices to all health care disciplines. To advance this mission, the Education Working Group develops and implements a variety of plans for faculty training and collaborative resource-sharing in member institutions. The Education Working Group has recently been working on three major initiatives:

  1. Improve Consortium web content for members around educational opportunities
  2. Provide new infrastructure around “educational champions,” i.e., educators at our member institutions who are interested to engage with students and learners at their home and other institutions.
  3. Improve existing infrastructure for engaging students and supporting student leaders.

Web content on the Consortium now lists integrative educational opportunities for residents, pre-licensure students, and fellows. For instance, many residencies around the country have integrative content, including the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) curriculum. Though there had been some information around educational opportunities on the website, it required updating, as well as reformatting to allow for better access.

Under the second initiative, we solicited and then developed a list of educators who are available to speak to our learners. This will greatly enhance opportunities for mentoring of integrative-interested students, residents, and fellows.

The Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS)  program became a formal part of the EWG in 2015. Each year up to 20 students are selected to attend a five-day program focusing on developing leadership skills, Integrative Medicine education, self-care skills, and developing IM projects to implement at their own home schools. For more information about LEAPS, click here.


A discussion regarding teaching non-pharmacological treatments to chronic pain. We have assembled a great panel of Interprofessional Integrative Medicine and Health teachers, and discussed how we will continue or begin teaching these approaches in our respective institutions.