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Recommended integrative medicine competencies for family medicine residents.
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PMID:  24021472     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and Integrative Medicine (IM) has grown steadily over the past decade. Patients seek physician guidance, yet physicians typically have limited knowledge and training. There is some coverage of IM/CAM topics in medical schools and residencies but with little coordination or consistency.
METHODOLOGY: In 2008, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) group on Integrative Medicine began the process of designing a set of competencies to educate Family Medicine residents in core concepts of IM. The goal was creation of a set of nationally recognized competencies tied to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) domains. These competencies were to be achievable by diverse programs, including those without significant internal resources. The group compiled existing curricula from programs around the country and distilled these competencies through multiple reviews and discussions. Simultaneously, the Integrative Medicine in Residency program run by the University of Arizona underwent a similar process. In 2009, these competencies were combined and further developed at the STFM annual meeting by a group of experts.
RESULTS: In 2010, the STFM Board approved 19 measurable competencies, each categorized by ACGME domain, as recommended for Family Medicine residencies. Programs have implemented these competencies in various ways given individual needs and resources.
CONCLUSIONS: This paper reviews the development of IM competencies for residency education in Family Medicine and presents those endorsed by STFM. By educating physicians in training about IM/CAM via competency-based curricula, we aim to promote comprehensive patient-centered care.
Authors:
Amy B Locke; Andrea Gordon; Mary P Guerrera; Paula Gardiner; Patricia Lebensohn
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Explore (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1878-7541     ISO Abbreviation:  Explore (NY)     Publication Date:    2013 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101233160     Medline TA:  Explore (NY)     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  308-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI. Electronic address: alocke@umich.edu.
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