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). http://www.abpsus.org/
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:
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.
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.
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.