Integrative Medicine in Residency

Dr. Victor Sierpina working with a patient.

Integrative Medicine in Residency

Integrative medicine training is an essential part of the UTMB Family Medicine Residency training program. Integrative medicine is widely used in our practices, and our faculty led efforts to include integrative approaches throughout the UTMB School of Medicine curriculum. UTMB Health has a strong community interested in integrative medicine, including a medical student interest group and a faculty development program.

All residents in our program will receive training in integrative medicine throughout their training. During the first year, an intensive experience in integrative medicine is included in our Principles of Family Medicine block. This one-week experience includes hands-on workshops on self-care, mind-body exercises, yoga, energy medicine, nutrition counseling, exercise prescriptions, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. In addition to the one-week experience, integrative medicine topics are included as part of weekly didactic lectures and workshops and in residents’ clinical practice. The program emphasizes well-being and balance for physicians.

Our program also utilizes the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR), which is a 200-hour curriculum offered through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. The program provides competency-based online integrative medical training for residents. A portion of the IMR is a required component of our program, and is incorporated throughout the three years in various rotations. Each resident is encouraged to complete the entire IMR curriculum which includes a combination of web-based curriculum, program-specific experiential exercise, and group process-oriented activities.

Residents who elect to concentrate on integrative medicine have the opportunity to use their electives to further their training and to develop personalized training experiences with our faculty or with our wide network of integrative providers. Following a concentration in integrative medicine, residents are prepared for practice or for further training, such as through a fellowship in integrative medicine.

For more information on the IMR program at the University of Texas Medical Branch Family Medicine Residency, please contact: Julie McKee, MD, 409-747-8582, jmckee@utmb.edu or Victor Sierpina, MD, 409-772-3126, vssierpi@utmb.edu

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