EDUCATION WORKING GROUP
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:
- Improve Consortium web content for members around educational opportunities
- 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.
- 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.
Lastly, several projects were undertaken to support student engagement and its leaders. The LEAPS program became a formal part of the EWG, and in tandem with the leadership of Henri Roca, MD, LEAPS had another successful year in 2015; and is poised for another class in June 2016. LEAPS students are now interprofessional, with students coming from various pre-licensure Integrative Health Schools. This interprofessional effort greatly increases the richness of the LEAPS program, and matches the interprofessional character of the Consortium.
Victoria Silver and Max Binstock were the student leaders for the 2015-2016 year, and did a masterful job of engaging their student peers. A Facebook page (ACIMH student group) was created for the students group, providing an important social media site for the students to post and share. In addition, the student’s listserv was updated, allowing for greater communication among the Consortium students. Important initiatives were taken at the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health: a dedicated poster session was organized by the student leaders, allowing pre-licensure students another avenue in showcasing their projects and scholarly activity in Integrative Healthcare. Seventeen (17) posters were presented at the Congress. A student’s luncheon at the Congress also was organized with an interprofessional panel of faculty sharing the stories of their personal journeys. Sixty-two (62) students came to the lunch, including students from public health, allopathic medical school, naturopathic medical school, research psychology, and traditional Chinese medical school.
EDUCATION WORKING GROUP WEBINAR
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.