University of Michigan

Integrative Medicine Elective for Medical Students

This elective exposes students to physicians in the community and at the University who incorporate complementary, alternative, holistic and integrative medicine approaches into their clinical practices. Student learning is supplemented with didactic presentations, experiential sessions, case-based learning and evaluation of the literature related to mind-body medicine, bodywork, herbal medicine, nutritional approaches, energy medicine and lifestyle/health promotion strategies. Expected requirements include active participation and a case presentation to peers in an oral and written format using evidence based investigation of complementary modalities/integrative medicine healing systems.

Integrative Medicine Fellowship (Post-Residency Physician Training Program)

The Integrative Medicine Fellowship provides core clinical training for family physicians working to successfully care for diverse populations of patients. The fellowship trains physicians to skillfully integrate the best of conventional and alternative medicine while preparing each fellow for a leadership role in the emerging field of Integrative Medicine. Strong emphasis is placed on clinical training in addition to a core curriculum of supplement use, naturopathy, functional medicine, acupuncture, and anthroposophic medicine. The fellowship is scheduled one month during each of the three years, which allows time to learn about and experience various modalities, interact with Integrative Medicine physicians and alternative providers, focus on self-care, and develop an integrative approach to caring for patients. Fellows also undertake twelve additional months of training beyond the three-year residency period to develop an individualized approach to the clinical practice of Integrative Medicine. Midway through training, fellows sit for the American Integrative Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHIM). Fellows also choose a specific area for additional training outside of the university setting. Additional opportunities in teaching and research are available depending on the fellow’s interests. Salary is commensurate with an HO4 level plus University of Michigan benefits.

Integrative Medicine Training for Allied Health Practitioners (e.g. nursing, psychology, physical therapy)

The University of Michigan has 1-3 credit elective courses for graduate students in the Schools of Social Work, Public Health, and Nursing in the area of botanicals, mind-body health and energy-based therapies. The College of Pharmacy offer students exposure to herbal therapeutics and complementary modalities. An integrative health certificate program for enrolled graduate students is in the planning stages.

Integrative Medicine Distance Education Modules or Courses

A series of on-line modules in four areas of Integrative medicine (mind-body medicine, botanicals, manipulative medicine and foundations of wellness) is currently under development. These modules are designed for family medicine residents.

Integrative Medicine Annual or Bi-Annual Continuing Education Conferences

A 2-day CME in integrative medicine is offered to update professionals on research and clinical evidence related to the safety and efficacy of a wide number of therapeutic approaches related to complementary, holistic and integrative medicine.