The Oregon Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Course is a collaborative project between key educators from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) and National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) to launch a 4-year longitudinal CAM curriculum for medical students at OHSU.
The project is directed by a diverse Advisory Council, which leads the efforts of an integrative CAM Sciences Committee and Evaluation Team.
Years 1 and 2 of the grant focused on the first two years of medical student required curricula and implementing an educational monthly integrative case conference. Emphasis was given to presenting evidence-based CAM content and teaching CAM knowledge and skills through the Basic Sciences and principles of Clinical Medicine courses. An ongoing evidence-based medicine and informatics course useed CAM to model critical thinking and lifelong learning skills, such as research reliable CAM information. An elective for advanced students followed patients longitudinally through history, physical exam, clinical investigation, and integrative case conference to chosen treatment. The integrative case conference also provideed on-site CME for OHSU faculty, community clinicians, and residents and will be used in the web-based version of the Oregon CAM Course.
An integrative clinical experience for family medicine residents is available in an existing chiropractic clinic serving an underserved patient population.
An OHSU CAM Distinguished Lectureship Series has been initiated featuring nationally well-known speakers and educators on CAM. The inaugural lecture took place in April 2003 with Dr. Tierona LowDog as keynote speaker. In April 2004, Dr. John A. Astin spoke to over 175 attendees on "What's so hard about getting Mind-Body medicine into the traditional office visit" at The Second Annual Distinguished Lectureship.
Years 3-5 of the project introduces a required 10-hour course in the third year medical student Continuity Curriculum; expands fourth year electives with CAM rotations, furthers faculty development, and broadens CAM electives within the family medicine residency.
In January 2004, the grant implemented a four-year training program that teaches family medicine residents to consider all appropriate therapies, both conventional and integrative, in treating patients.
Evaluation of CAM knowledge, attitudes and skills are done through surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and exams. We produce both qualitative and quantitative reportable data at the student, primary care resident and faculty level.
There are four specific aims for our CAM project: Structure, Curriculum, Evaluation, and Dissemination.
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