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Integrative Family Medicine Program

Complementary and Integrative Medicine Tracker

Name _______________________________

I. Before you begin the rotation, read the Complementary and Integrative Medicine curriculum document.

II. Meet with the faculty facilitator (Craig Schneider, M.D. ) at the start of the rotation to discuss goals & expectations.

III. Visit the Integrative Medicine Intranet site

IV. Use Natural Standard Database (MMC electronic library resources), as a reference to review prior to time with CAM providers (e.g. Homeopathy monograph prior to time with homeopath).

V. Attend monthly IFM teaching conferences.

VI. Complete an integrative medicine treatment plan. Attach a copy of the plan.

VII. Complete and attach an updated physician wellness plan.

VIII. List one thing you learned as a result of extended time with a patient during the integrative medicine consult:

IX. Indicate the number of half-day experiences you had during the complementary and integrative medicine rotation:

Experience Provider(s) Half-days Experience Provider(s) Half-days

Integrative Consult




Osteopathy       Massage

Homeopathy       Wellness    
Herbal Medicine       Other:    

X. Place a check in the resident check-off box next to the skills, attitudes and knowledge for which you have acquired competency. Please indicate where you acquired the knowledge or skill.

XI. Return a copy of this tracker to the Education Coordinator at the end of the rotation and keep your own copy for continued longitudinal documentation.

Skills - Able to:

Resident Check-off


Inquire into patients' use of complementary/integrative therapies in a non-threatening, non-judgmental manner

Gather relevant information regarding safety, efficacy, and cost of complementary & integrative interventions and communicate the information clearly to patients

Collaborate with and assist pts in decisions to integrate CAM/conventional medicine for maximum benefit

Interact with CAM practitioners in a collegial manner to facilitate quality patient care

Evaluate strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate applications of a range of research methodologies to the area of complementary and integrative medicine


Appreciate the complex means of homeostasis and healing that human beings possess and understand that one reasonable approach to addressing illness is at times the use of gentle, inexpensive, non-pharmaceutical or non-surgical options

Understand and respect cultural/ethnic influences on health beliefs and health care choices, to include patients desiring "traditional" cultural and ethnic approaches to therapy and healing

List 2 examples from your patient panel

Discuss patients' use of complementary therapies as a necessary part of finding a common ground when practicing patient-centered medicine

Respect the potential of certain complementary therapies to be equally or perhaps more effective than conventional approaches for the treatment of certain conditions

Demonstrate willingness to seek out and collaborate with practitioners of complementary therapies to ensure patients' access to quality health care when appropriate for their medical care

List 2 patients referred

Understand that physicians' attitudes toward their own self-care, self-awareness, and personal growth play a critical role in promoting the process of change in patients' lives

Understand the role that physicians' own core beliefs and cultural, ethnic, or religious background may play in their choice of recommendations regarding their treatments

Knowledge - Understand:

Prevalence and patterns of use of complementary and integrative medicine

Current status of insurance reimbursement for complementary and integrative therapies

How principles of EBM apply to the study of CAM

Training, licensing, and credentialing standards for practitioners of chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy and naturopathy

Referral: what, when, how, to whom

Able to describe, for each of the modalities observed during the rotation,
  • Basic theory and philosophy

  • Tools and equipment r/t each modality

  • Common clinical applications

  • Potential for adverse effects

  • Research evidence for efficacy

  • One reference source for more information

XII.   Please comment on strengths and weaknesses of this rotation.

XIII.  Did this rotation change the way you will practice medicine?



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