Designing and Evaluating an Interprofessional Curriculum in Integrative Medicine

An increasing number of academic health institutions are committed to integrative medicine principles, including partnership between patient and practitioner; collaborative, interprofessional healthcare; and promotion of health and the prevention of illness. Using integrative medicine principles to educate and engage interprofessional learners enables individuals to work together more effectively; share problem-solving and decision-making tasks; and integrate disparate knowledge structures into a single action plan. Both integrative medicine education and interprofessional education seek to bring diverse professionals together in collaborative teams—and the synergy of these principles and strategies has the potential to improve patient-centered and team-based care.

The objective of this five-year project is to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a multidisciplinary, interprofessional curriculum in integrative medicine and focuses on learners in UCSF’s four health professional schools: medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry.

Our aims are to:

  1. map the existing integrative medicine content in UCSF’s health professional schools;
  2. develop guidelines, based on a national Delphi survey of integrative medicine experts, for an inter-professional curriculum of core integrative medicine content;
  3. design and implement components of a multidisciplinary integrative medicine curriculum in a simulated clinical setting; and
  4. evaluate the implemented integrative medicine curricular components and their impact on learners.
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