Residents 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.
Web Resources for Residents:
Boston University Alumni Medical Library CAM Resources
This site offers a collection of electronic resources and quality-filtered websites including e-books, databases, e-journals, e-magazines, recommended websites, and professional association sites.
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.
Integrative Approach to Insulin Resistance & Diabetes Type 2.
This is a link to an online course entitled, “Integrative Approach to Insulin Resistance & Diabetes Type 2.” The course details specific alternative approaches to control blood sugar, including supplements, and stress reduction methods.
This is a link to an online course entitled, “Integrative Approach to Depression.”
Clinical Directors Network Clinical Education Library – Alternative Medicine
This site includes powerpoints and presentations organized by condition and system.
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.
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).
Integrative Medicine Practitioner
This clinical resource, once you graduate, can be a great way to get access to resources from Natural Standard.
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.
Dietary supplements Labels Database
Dietary Supplements Labels Database offers information about label ingredients, enabling users to compare label ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the “structure/function” claims made by manufacturers.
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 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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering
This site provides helpful information about herbs, supplements, and other integrative cancer medicine information.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
This site offers an overview of integrative medicine and cancer care, including resources and information on clinical trials for integrative oncology.
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.
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine is supported by membership dues and grants. The membership currently includes 44 highly esteemed academic medical centers including Boston University Medical School.