Integrative Medicine Curriculum

The UCSF Bridges Curriculum, which launched in August 2016, is a three-phase, fully integrated curriculum delivered over four years. The 45-month curriculum is divided into three phases: Foundations 1 (60 weeks), Foundations 2 (48 weeks) and Career Launch (53 weeks). Three curricular elements are woven throughout the three phases: foundational sciences, clinical and systems applications, and inquiry activities.

The Bridges Curriculum weaves integrative medicine content into medical student required courses, including Health & the Individual and Health & Society. The Osher Center also offers the following elective courses for UCSF health professions students and trainees:

Course Title SOM SON SOP SOD R&F VS
Complementary Paths of Healing x x x x x
Interprofessional Approaches to Integrative Medicine x x x x x x
Integrative Approaches to End-of-Life Care x x x x x x
Integrative Medicine Clinical Rotation for Residents and Fellows x
Massage and Meditation x
SOM=School of Medicine, SON=School of Nursing, SOP=School of Pharmacy, SOD=School of Dentistry, R&F=Residents & Fellows, VS=Visiting Students

 


Complementary Paths of Healing (FCM 170.08)

This elective provides an introduction to several major complementary health systems through lectures, group discussions, and hands-on activities. Sessions are interactive, incorporating demonstrations, student participation, and experiential activities. Topics to be covered include traditional healing systems (e.g., traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda), mind-body medicine, herbs and dietary supplements, and body-based therapies.

Instructor: Shelley R. Adler, PhD

Open to students and trainees from all UCSF professional schools


Interprofessional Approaches to Integrative Medicine (FCM 140.42)

This two-week intensive course emphasizes both didactic and experiential learning, including a historical and cultural overview of integrative medicine, lecture-demonstrations by complementary & alternative medicine practitioners, and principles of ethnographic research relevant to clinical practice. Students will rotate through a variety of preceptorships at clinical integrative medicine sites, including those focusing on culturally diverse and underserved populations.

Instructor: Shelley R. Adler, PhD

Open to students and trainees from all UCSF professional schools

Online registration


Integrative Approaches to End-of-Life Care (FCM 140.45)

This two-week block elective takes an integrative and interprofessional approach to relationship-centered, end-of-life care, and a cross-cultural approach to death and dying. Highlights of the course include presentations by end-of-life care practitioners and researchers (including physicians, nurses, integrative medicine practitioners, chaplains, lawyers, and anthropologists), hospice and mortuary visits, death cafes, and an emphasis on the exploration of personal and sociocultural understandings, as well as transformational opportunities, of the end of life.

Instructor: Shelley R. Adler, PhD

Open to students and trainees from all UCSF professional schools

Online registration


Integrative Medicine Clinical Rotation for Residents and Fellows

This rotation is a one-month experience for medical residents and fellows that immerses learners in practical clinical experiences in integrative medicine. The program, which consists of a weekly half-day clinical rotation in a multidisciplinary integrative medicine practice, is offered at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Clinic at the Mount Zion Campus.

Residents or fellows who would like to participate in this rotation must have the approval of their residency program and must submit a CV and an application to Katrina Salangsang, katrina.salangsang@ucsf.edu.


Massage and Meditation (FCM 198)

This elective is an experiential, hands-on course that introduces students to both massage and meditation techniques. Classes begin and end with a meditation practice. Massage techniques are demonstrated and practiced, and elements of meditation are integrated into the massage. Participants share and reflect on their individual experiences and learn practical skills to cope with stress.

Instructor: Wolf Mehling, MD

Open to UCSF medical students only

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