OHSU has long held education in the area of integrative medicine and health to be an integral component of health professions education and, as such, it is included in the required curricula of the School of Medicine, Physician Assistant program, School of Nursing and many more. Residents in the departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Anesthesia are also exposed to the tenets of integrative medicine in both didactic and clinical settings. OHSU has offered massage and yoga training programs specifically for those working with people with chronic pain. Continuing medical education in integrative medicine and health is offered through Portland-wide integrative medicine grand rounds in collaboration with the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM).
Opportunities in medical school at OHSU
Integrative Health Student Elective
This 4-week medical student elective focuses on interdisciplinary care and introduces students to a wide variety of non-allopathic clinical practices including acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine and integrative medicine. Students learn when it is appropriate to refer patients to the various modalities covered in the elective and will gain an understanding of available resources. Additionally, students are provided the opportunity to develop their own area of focus, are encouraged to experience a wide variety of integrative practices firsthand, and will work to develop a self-care plan.
Integrative Health Student Group
The integrative medicine student interest group provides an opportunity for students to learn about whole-person, focused medical care though experiences and lectures that encompass all aspects of health and healing, promote healthcare that considers both allopathic and non-allopathic models of care, and encourages a strong clinician-patient relationship.
Opportunities in residency at OHSU
Family Medicine Resident Integrative Medicine Elective
A resident-driven elective which can include didactic material in integrative health, resident wellness plans and clinical rotations at the OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center, OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond, National University of Naturopathic Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and University of Western States College of Chiropractic. Contact: Sonia Sosa,firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal Medicine Resident Integrative Medicine Elective
This new elective for the internal medicine residency program will serve as an introduction to the field of integrative medicine and health. Whole person care will be emphasized, and residents will gain experience in and an understanding of a wide variety of clinical experiences including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and chiropractic medicine. OHSU is partnering with the Portland VA Medical Center's Whole Health Program, National University of Natural Medicine, University of Western States, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and Outside In Health Services to offer clinical rotations for experiential learning. Residents will gain familiarity with available resources within OHSU and in community clinics, become comfortable with reviewing clinical cases from a whole person perspective, and will be well-equipped to make appropriate referrals. Contact: Lynne Shinto, email@example.com
Integrative Medicine/Family Medicine Consult Clinic at Richmond, a FQHC
A collaboration between OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic and the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). We utilize both allopathic and non-allopathic approaches for which there is evidence of benefit to create a comprehensive and patient-centered care plan. Patients are seen for a wide variety of conditions including depression, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies and hypermobility. At this time, the Integrative Medicine consult clinic is open to Richmond patients only.
Fellowships in integrative medicine
ORCCAMIND academics and training
The Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders has included a T32 institutional training grant since 2005, “CAM Research Training in Neuroscience and Stress,” from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The training program provides funding for postdoctoral fellows with an interest in complementary/integrative medicine in addition to either neurology or stress, including oxidative/nitrative and toxicologic stress. Research may encompass mind-body or natural product interventions. Learn more
American Board of Physician Specialties list of fellowships
View the American Board of Physician Specialties’ comprehensive list of available opportunities.
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