pairingResidents learn about nutrition, mind body medicine, stress management, acupuncture, massage, herbs and dietary supplements, and complementary and alternative medicine patient resources in the Wednesday afternoon seminar series. As part of the Integrative Medicine Curriculum each third year resident will have several experiences to expose them to integrative medicine approaches or therapies.  These take place predominantly in the family medicine 3 block.  The faculty member overseeing this part of the curriculum is Dr. Paula Gardiner.  These experiences vary and include shadowing, directly experiencing the therapies themselves, and educational exercises.

CAM Competencies

BU Integrative Medicine Residency Tracker

Web Resources for Residents:

UpToDate provides evidence based information, links, references, and quick facts about easily searchable topics. Includes the Lexi-Natural Products by Lexi-Comp. (Prices for annual personal subscriptions range from $195 to $495). 
Toolkit for clinicians and residents working in and teaching in communities with underserved populations.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
This site offers a wealth of information on alternative therapies, supplements, recent research, and training opportunities. It has live video talks.

University of Wisconsin Family Medicine Integrative Medicine Website
An excellent resource for clinician learning modules and patient information handouts.

University of Michigan Integrative Family Medicine Website
This site offers information on holistic family medicine practice within a university health system.

University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing
Online modules of different healing modalities.

Taking Charge of your Health
Also from the  University of Minnesota  Fantastic website for modality and conditions overviews. Colorful and easy to navigate also great techniques for motivational interviewing.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in UME Digital Resource Repository (DRR)

Contains curriculum materials to support the teaching of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) topics in medical education programs.

The DRR contains: peer-reviewed summaries on CAM topics (CAMpods), and teaching/learning resources (TLRs) which are user posted PowerPoint lectures, syllabi, case presentations, quality CAM-focused Web sites, and more.

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Homepage for the Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona. The site offers information on educational courses.


Clinical resources at the point of care

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
This database offers subscribers information on supplements (i.e. ingredients, interactions, safety), comparison of conventional and alternative approach to treatment of illnesses, CME courses, and daily updates. (for a fee) The Consumer Reports Web site also hosts the NMCD monographs.

Natural Standard
This site is the result of an international collaboration with the aim to provide clinicians and patients with information about complementary and alternative medicine. The site utilizes peer-reviewed and evidence-based information to delegate a well-defined grading scale for therapeutic interventions (for a fee).

Medline Plus (US National Library of Medicine & NIH) CAM

A free resource for information on complementary and alternative medicine. Dietary supplement information is sourced by Natural Standard. Patient information sheets in Spanish.

Clinical resources at the point of care – Dietary Supplements

Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), NIH
The Office of Dietary Supplements reviews and provides free information on dietary supplements.

Health Canada 

The Canadian government regulates natural health products in Canada licensing products with proof of safety and efficacy. This site lists products licensed in Canada and provides useful monographs.

United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is an official public standards–setting authority for all prescription and over–the–counter medicines and other health care products manufactured or sold in the United States. The site offers quality and safety information database that includes information on commercial supplements to members for a fee.

Consumer Labs

Consumer Labs is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness, and nutrition products. The site offers product reviews, recalls and warnings, and price checks to members (for a fee).

Longwood Herbal Task Force

This site provides free peer-reviewed monographs, clinician summaries, and patient information as well as useful links.

Evidence based reviews and information

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

This site offers evidence reports on dietary supplements and complementary and alternative care practices.

CAM on PubMed
CAM on PubMed, a database on the Web developed jointly by NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine, offers citations to (and in most cases, abstracts of) articles in scientifically based, peer- reviewed journals on complementary and alternative medicine. It contains 220,000 citations, has links to full text, and allows searchers to limit retrievals by publication type. Look for the Alerts and Advisories, treatment information, resources, links to other organizations (FDA, AHRQ, ODS etc.).

Clinical Trial Database
The Clinical Trial Database provides information on all CAM and dietary supplement clinical trials being conducted by the US government.

Cancer education

Memorial Sloan Kettering
This site provides helpful information about herbs, supplements, and other integrative cancer medicine information.

Nutrition Information
Information about nutrition for adults, children, special diets, and weight management, including resources for patients at the point of care.

Anti inflammatory Cook Book
This resource resulted from an NIH-sponsored research study on the health effects of a naturopathic anti-inflammatory diet that was carried out by the Natural College of Naturopathic Medicine and Oregon Health and Science University.

Teacher’s Guide to Pediatric Nutrition
The Nutrition SIG of the Ambulatory Pediatric Associations presents this tool for teaching and self-learning.