Online Program

Leadership and education in integrative medicine: A program to enhance health promotion in medical students and patients

Monday, November 4, 2013

Rita Benn, PhD, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
In this past decade, many medical schools have begun to incorporate evidence-based education on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into their curriculum. Emphasis on the integration with conventional medicine for treatment planning, prevention or self-care has however remained largely absent. In the last few years, concern has been mounting over the increase in depression and hardening of empathy during the medical school training. Recent studies demonstrate less patient satisfaction and more patient errors with physicians who are depressed or less empathetic in their care. With the complex healthcare challenges facing our nation, it is critical that medical training focus on developing professionals who know how to maintain their emotional balance and compassion and promote their own and patients' health and well-being. The Consortium for Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine in collaboration with two national organizations has developed a unique, week-long summer intensive residential program to enhance medical student education in health promotion and evidence-based CAM. The innovative curriculum for the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine Program (LEAPS into IM) includes core topics on integrative health and experiential activities related to self-care as well as mentoring of related student-led projects at their home schools. By June 2013, over 100 students will have participated. To date, students describe their experience as transformative. Formal program evaluation confirm student reports. Pre-post and follow-up data using standard mental health scales as well as curriculum ratings for two student cohorts(n=60) will be presented. Adaptions for inter-professional and international training will also be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the curriculum, inter-professional teaching format and program evaluation findings for this national student leadership training program in integrative medicine Discuss the outcomes in medical institutions resulting from student's projects. Discuss its applicability for developing future inter-professional programs for students in integrative healthcare

Keyword(s): Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in developing the curriculum for this program and the evaluation of its effect. I have been the co-principal investigator on a number of grants and author on papers related to integrative medicine/health education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.