TUCSON, AZ … The University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, in collaboration with
the Beth Israel/Albert Einstein Department of Family Medicine, is piloting a new Botanical
Medicine course for primary care residency programs.
The multi-site project is designed to test the feasibility and educational impact of incorporating a
web-based teaching module on botanical medicine into residency training.
“With the growing use of herbal medicine by patients, residents must be educated in their safe
and effective use,” said Victoria Maizes, MD, Executive Director of the Program in Integrative
Medicine. “Yet many medical schools and residency programs lack faculty with expertise in this
area and so are unable to teach the subject. Botanical Medicine: A Primer for Physicians
addresses this need.”
Fourteen residency programs around the nation in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and OBGYN
residencies have already signed up for the free program. Participating programs can
incorporate the project into their own academic schedule; however the course is to be
considered a requirement. Residencies slated to take part in the project include the University
of Arizona Departments of Family Medicine and OBGYN; the Beth Israel Department of Family
Medicine; the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine; Stamford Hospital’s
OBGYN, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine departments; the University of New Mexico;
SUNY Upstate; the University of Texas; Tufts; Boston University; Carolina’s Health; and Maine
Medical Center’s Family Medicine program.
The course development was led by Program in Integrative Medicine, Education Director
Tieraona Low Dog, MD. The online, interactive learning includes reviews of research articles,
case histories and clinical challenges in botanical medicine. Upon completion of the module,
residents will be able to discuss and recommend herbs, accurately read labels, access
resources, discern quality botanical research, and discuss and recommend appropriate herbs
used for menopause.
The Program in Integrative Medicine defines Integrative Medicine as healing-oriented
medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all
aspects of lifestyle. The mission of the Program in Integrative Medicine is to lead the
transformation of healthcare by creating, educating, and actively supporting a community of
professionals who embody the philosophy and practice of Integrative Medicine. For more
information on the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, please visit:
Contact: Ann-Eve Cunningham
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