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Children 2015, 2(1), 98-107; doi:10.3390/children2010098

Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency (PIMR): Description of a New Online Educational Curriculum

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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Psychiatry and Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Eastern Virginia Medical School, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
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Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
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Community Faculty, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
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Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA 94305, USA
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Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA
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Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Academic Editor: Sari Acra
Received: 6 February 2015 / Revised: 3 March 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 17 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pediatric Integrative Medicine: An Emerging Field of Pediatrics)
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Abstract

Use of integrative medicine (IM) is prevalent in children, yet availability of training opportunities is limited. The Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency (PIMR) program was designed to address this training gap. The PIMR program is a 100-hour online educational curriculum, modeled on the successful Integrative Medicine in Residency program in family medicine. Preliminary data on site characteristics, resident experience with and interest in IM, and residents’ self-assessments of perceived knowledge and skills in IM are presented. The embedded multimodal evaluation is described. Less than one-third of residents had IM coursework in medical school or personal experience with IM. Yet most (66%) were interested in learning IM, and 71% were interested in applying IM after graduation. Less than half of the residents endorsed pre-existing IM knowledge/skills. Average score on IM medical knowledge exam was 51%. Sites endorsed 1–8 of 11 site characteristics, with most (80%) indicating they had an IM practitioner onsite and IM trained faculty. Preliminary results indicate that the PIMR online curriculum targets identified knowledge gaps. Residents had minimal prior IM exposure, yet expressed strong interest in IM education. PIMR training site surveys identified both strengths and areas needing further development to support successful PIMR program implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrative medicine; pediatric integrative medicine; residency education; online education; complementary medicine integrative medicine; pediatric integrative medicine; residency education; online education; complementary medicine
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McClafferty, H.; Dodds, S.; Brooks, A.J.; Brenner, M.G.; Brown, M.L.; Frazer, P.; Mark, J.D.; Weydert, J.A.; Wilcox, G.M.G.; Lebensohn, P.; Maizes, V. Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency (PIMR): Description of a New Online Educational Curriculum. Children 2015, 2, 98-107.

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