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Our faculty provide education to enrich and cultivate integrative medicine skills for medical students and promote the value of treating the whole person. Using evidence-based perspectives, graduates will be able to address and counsel patients in the use of integrative modalities, improving patient care and satisfaction.
This MSSP in Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine is designed to broaden students' knowledge and experience in the fields of Integrative medicine and Lifestyle medicine to expand the students' expertise as a future physician and to promote self-care and wellness.
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Click here to email Kelly Lyle, Education Program Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UC with any questions!
"I want to improve the health of the community by educating and making healthy food options more affordable for under-resourced populations and, ultimately, alleviate food insecurities."
Education & Experience
What do you hope to gain from participating in the Integrative Medicine MSSP Program?
I hope to learn about the cultural and historical backgrounds behind integrative therapies and the systemic challenges associated with implementing them. Utilizing this knowledge, I will read, learn, and share existing journals focused on current innovations in Lifestyle Medicine and Integrative Health with my colleagues during journal clubs and interest group meetings. After consolidating this information, I aspire to contribute to research oriented around identifying the health disparities that exist within the community and developing effective avenues to address them.
“We must shift medicine to emphasizing prevention and meeting people where they’re at in their journeys. This begins with figuring out what patients can control, and what lifestyle factors are mutable.”
I hope to participate in the integrative medicine MSSP because I want to understand how to incorporate stress management, dietary changes, and every other aspect of holistic care into my practice. Further, I want to make this model of care possible for every patient. Further, I want to make this model of care possible for every patient. I hope that participating in this MSSP program will expose me to the different tools that integrative medicine incorporates, will allow me to make connections with leaders in the field so I can discover where I can be useful in expanding this model, and will teach me to connect with patients in a way that sees each as their story, not as their diagnoses.
The Osher Center for Integrative Health at UC, in partnership with the UC College of Medicine and with support from the Dean’s office, has received grant funding from the Weil Foundation to integrate a new longitudinal wellness thread into the medical school curriculum focused on integrative and lifestyle medicine. This thread will be integrated into existing required coursework for all 1st and 2nd year medical students, transforming the way our medical school is positioned as a leader in advancing integrative and lifestyle medicine education and prevention for the next generation.
This ongoing curriculum revitalization project is being led by an interdisciplinary team including: Kelly Lyle, MHA, MS, education program director of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UC; Mladen Golubic, PhD, MD, medical director of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UC and UC Health Integrative Medicine; Aaron Marshall, PhD, associate professor and medical education faculty for the UC College of Medicine; Pamela Baker, PhD, associate dean of medical education of the UC College of Medicine; Bruce Giffin, PhD associate dean for medical education; and Sian Cotton, PhD, founding director of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UC and the Turner Farm Foundation Endowed Chair.
“The lifestyle and integrative medicine curricular thread will give all medical students a fundamental understanding of the impact that lifestyle choices and complementary practices (acupuncture, meditation etc.) can have on the prevention, treatment and reversal of chronic conditions, while also providing additional, optional offerings for students with a passionate interest in lifestyle and integrative medicine. Ultimately, all levels of interest from our learners will be met,” Dr. Marshall explains.
The integration of integrative and lifestyle medicine evidence-base into the curriculum will expand UC medical students’ breadth of core competencies and evidence-based treatment options to empower them to be at the forefront of an emerging value-based care and prevention model in the approach to chronic disease.
These groups provide a forum for undergraduate and medical students to learn, challenge, explore, share, and experience Integrative Medicine through the sponsorship of speakers, practical workshops, and discussions.
While providing education is our ultimate goal, student wellness is equally as important. Click here to learn more about wellness offerings for students through the Osher Center and College of Medicine.
The Mind-Body Medicine Elective provides students with self-care and reflection skills combined with group support to adaptively deal with stressors, leading to overall improved well-being and empathy, and ultimately healthier, balanced professionals. This course will focus on the evidence base and indication for use of mind‐body techniques in both a personal and professional/clinical setting.
The Planetary Health and Medicine course will be a 4-week part-time elective. The first 3 weeks will be completed online, and students will be tasked with a reading list, prerecorded lectures, and other online curricula to understand the impacts of the climate crisis through various lenses. They will be looking at climate change and how it impacts policy, health equity, and social justice and engage in discussion on these topics. At the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of the impacts of climate crisis on the individual health of their patients, the populations they care for, and the community in which they live.
The last week will be devoted to the development and submission of a proposal on climate crisis/sustainability, focused on improvement of practices within our hospital system, medical school, and the surrounding community. Students will address a topic from among the following categories: medical waste, food sustainability, clean air, clean water, or energy utilization. They will have the opportunity to engage community leaders, advocates, educators, and policymakers on how to implement solutions outlined in their submission. This climate and health proposal will contribute towards future policies and one that can be acted upon to improve the health and wellbeing of the patients at UC Health or the larger Cincinnati community.
The course will be offered in October and November, and then again in March and April with a maximum of 6 students in each block.
Course Director: Chad Coe, MD
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