Experts estimate that at least one-third of the U.S. population use complementary and alternative modalities of healing at some time in their lives. Physicians who are educated in this field are better able to counsel their patients about the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of different methods of healing.
To that end, the family medicine residency program at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) has incorporated a 200-hour curriculum in integrative medicine into the training of all family medicine residents. The curriculum is offered and coordinated through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. The center was founded by Andrew Weil, M.D., a prominent pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Memorial’s family practice residency program is identified by the center as an “Early Adopter“ of the integrative medicine program.
The addition of the integrative medicine curriculum was spearheaded by Robert Pallay, M.D., director of the family medicine residency program at MUMC. He believes that family practice doctors can better serve their patients when they are formally trained in integrative medicine.
The program is offered online and covers a broad range of topics, including education in mind-body strategies, herbal medicine, energy medicine, Chinese medicine, and motivational interviewing. The online program is supplemented with lectures from local and national speakers whose backgrounds include acupuncture, herbal medicine, spirituality, and naturopathy.
We have an ongoing collaboration with the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at MUMC to explore innovative approaches that may enhance healing for cancer patients.
All residents are expected to complete the curriculum and pass a knowledge proficiency test at the end of their training. Then, they will receive a certificate from the Arizona Integrative Medicine program.