Integrative Medicine Curriculum


Broad Overview:

KUIM iROOTS is an educational program: KU Integrative Medicine Interprofessional Relationships to provide Opportunities for underserved populations through Online Teaching and Simulation - KUIM iROOTS. KUIM iROOTS is getting to the roots of healthcare by training a new generation of the health workforce in patient-centered integrative medicine practices through online instruction in interprofessional teams. To achieve control over non communicable chronic disease, especially for those in underserved communities, it is paramount to find approaches that honor cultural differences yet improve outcomes.

KU Integrative Medicine educates fellows in integrative medicine onsite 1 per year. This is providing the workforce of integrative medicine practitioners for the future, but the current education model is limiting the development of a cadre of healthcare practitioners to answer the need and demand. KU Integrative Medicine is developing an online 2 year program to train multiple types of health providers in interprofessional teams and will train 100 learners in the first class with 4 student learners and 1 faculty learner from 20 sites. The learners are enrolled from all types of primary care practices from inside KU Med from Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Dietetics, OT, Nursing AND OTHERS,  and from outside health professions schools including dental school, osteopathic school, naturopathic school, TCM, PA school and all would train together in an online environment. There would be 4 onsite face-to-face visits interspersed during the 2 years and the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation (CIPES) at KU will provide the classroom setting and standardized patients. KU Integrative Medicine will be the content experts and have tapped national integrative medicine thought leaders to give oversight.

Integrative medicine practices have potential to bring healthcare back to the roots of good medicine and provide tools to enhance health outcomes. KUIM iROOTS is described in detail below and this novel approach paves the way for improved educational practices, medical interventions, and health outcomes. Approaches and challenges are well-described below. The KUIM iROOTS team is uniquely qualified to bring about a successful revolution in integrative medicine healthcare and healthcare broadly.

This is eligible for certificate in Integrative Medicine from the University of Kansas Medical Center Medical Graduate Medical Education. MDs and DOs successfully completing this program will be eligible to sit for boards in Integrative Medicine through American Board of Integrative Medicine, the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

KU Integrative Medicine Interprofessional Relationships to provide Opportunities for underserved populations through Online Teaching and Simulation - KUIM iROOTS. The overarching goal for this project is to enhance the health of underserved populations who struggle with chronic medical conditions. Our immediate goal is to train a cadre of the health workforce in integrative medicine practices that can be applied in clinics of underserved populations. This goal will be achieved by the following objectives:

  • Objective 1 - Delivering online educational opportunities in evidenced-based integrative medicine to reach more learners. Our hypothesis is KUIM-iROOTS will be successful in developing and implementing the online education program because of our collaboration with nationally recognized leaders in online education. This will evaluated by Quality Matters ProgramTM QM Rubric Standards for Continuing and Professional Education. 
  • Objective 2 - Provide practice-based environments for disseminating integrative medicine to underserved communities. Objective 2a - Our hypothesis is we will show gains by primary care and faculty learners in understanding integrative medicine practices that can be translated to underserved settings by the capstone projects developed during the first year and implemented by the 10 teams during the last year. These will be overseen by Stakeholders and the Executive Committee. The 10 total capstone projects will be evaluated by a panel of experts and awards given to the most inventive projects. Evaluation will be by patient outcomes, satisfaction, and ability to sustain the project. Objective 2b - We will also expose and mitigate biases that may be present in the learners in regard to underserved populations by building on success from a partner program at KU Medical Center, Dept of Family Medicine. This is done by surveys and debriefing sessions.
  • Objective 3a - Delivering integrative medicine educational opportunities to interprofessional teams of learners. Our hypothesis is that success of interprofessional care delivery is best learned when shared decision making is modeled, experienced, and implemented in a professional yet safe environment. This will be evaluated by multiple methods including, learner satisfaction ratings; knowledge, skills, and attitude gain; behavior change; effect evaluation by patient satisfaction and patient care outcomes. Objective 3b - We will explore and expose potential biases that exist between disparate types of practitioners and mitigate these as to effectively strengthen the IP teams. This will be accomplished by surveys and debriefing sessions.
  • Objective 4 - At the conclusion of this project, dissemination of successfully established teaching tools in integrative medicine that can be translated to clinic care in academic health centers primary care teams, health professional schools, and public health outlets. Our hypothesis is that we will be successful in dissemination because KUIM-iROOTS ( for KUIM iROOTS link) will build on our already successful delivery of integrative medicine through webinars, reports, CME courses, ebooks, online materials, invited presentations and posters, radio, television, and print media. The dissemination of KUIM iROOTS will generate further interest to ensure likelihood of sustainability. This hypothesis will be tested by evaluation of stakeholders of the underserved community served, HRSA evaluation, interest generated from Partner schools for ongoing participation, interest in those seeking opportunities to enroll in KUIM iROOTS program for future classes through feedback, reports, and survey materials.

Other Educational Curriculums

KU Integrative Medicine Fellowship Curriculum

The objective of the Integrative Medicine fellowship is not to train conventional practitioners to fully practice a CAM discipline. It is, rather, to create a practitioner who is knowledgeable enough about integrative care to function as a skilled guide/adviser to the patient and a collaborative member of multidisciplinary and integrative patient care teams - one who can work effectively with both CAM and conventional practitioners.

Integrative medicineKU Integrative Medicine Medical Student Curriculum

Course objectives are to expose medical students to other healing fields through readings, lectures and seminars, field observations, performing an independent review, and presenting a paper at the conclusion of the course.

The students are expected to evaluate the claims of various practices critically and be rigorous in their questioning of all forms of human healing including practices currently considered mainstream.

Dietetics and Integrative Medicine Curriculum

KU's Dietetics and Integrative Medicine graduate certificate program offers an opportunity for working professionals or graduate students to acquire knowledge to function as a skilled advisor to the patient and a collaborative member of multidisciplinary health care teams.

The program is open to students with bachelor's or master's degrees in dietetics, nutrition, biological sciences or other healthcare professions.

Last modified: May 11, 2015