INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE TRACK

NEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Center for Family and Community Medicine offers a track within its residency program that is designed to offer additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients using the tools and philosophies of integrative medicine. The NYP Integrative Medicine Track (IMT) addresses a number of key elements of whole-patient care that is often overlooked in traditional medical school curricula, including the evidence-informed use of nutrition, mind-body medicine, herbal/botanical medicine and supplements, and acupuncture.  NYP’s IMT is unique in its commitment to bringing integrative medicine options to our underserved patient community. This population has traditionally been unable to access these valuable resources.

The mainstay of the curriculum for this track is the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program, which is a web-based series of teaching modules created by the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine (ACIM). IMT residents are required to complete the program in a longitudinal fashion over the course of their three-year residency. The online IMR curriculum consists of 180 hours of interactive learning modules. The IMR curriculum gives residents an in-depth grounding in the foundations of health and wellness, such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, and mind-body medicine. It also provides exposure to evidence-based integrative approaches to a wide variety of common primary care problems such as diabetes, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Furthermore, it includes sections on the current available evidence for selected integrative modalities such as acupuncture, osteopathy, herbs/botanicals and supplements and mind-body techniques.

 

The IMT also includes a variety of exciting on-site interactive and off-site experiential learning activities. IMT residents will choose one or two of their continuity outpatients to create and follow longitudinal integrative medicine care plans. Residents also participate in several didactic lectures on integrative medicine topics throughout each academic year. Outside NYP, examples of experiential activities include visiting a meditation center, visiting an herb and botanical store for a practicum on label-reading, and an anti-inflammatory foods cooking demonstration. Finally, a focus on self-care is also prioritized, which includes the development of annual personalized wellness plans with quarterly check-ins.

IMT residents successfully completing the IMR curriculum will receive a certificate from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. This certificate is applicable toward requirements for board certification in integrative medicine and is helpful for those residents who are interested in continuing to pursue a career path that includes integrative medicine modalities.

For any questions or concerns, contact Dr. Pooja Shah, IMT Director, pas2176@columbia.edu.