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Core Curriculum

HEAL-IM utilizes an innovative curriculum that provides a firm foundational knowledge of Integrative Health practices and domains during the first two years at the same time students are receiving training in conventional western medical practice.
HEAL-IM has undoubtedly been one of the most important aspects of my medical training thus far. The monthly seminars often touch on modalities of healing that are traditionally overlooked in the allopathic curriculum and I have personally had to deal with my own skepticism and bias while exploring the scientific basis and validity of treatments like biofeedback and traditional Chinese medicine. The engaging, hands-on learning is always fun, but I am most thankful to be able to apply healthy changes to my own life presently and keep a holistic health framework in mind for my clinical interactions. -Dawn Liang, Class of 2023
I took the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course during my first few months in medical school, and it was the perfect counterbalance to the stress and speed of the medical school lifestyle. Our sessions every week gave me a place to rest, recover and reflect on my experience. Over the 8 weeks of the course, I learned how to respond with greater kindness, clarity and wisdom to the challenges I was facing, holding myself in greater compassion as I adjusted to medical school. -First year medical student

Throughout the four years of the program, HEAL-IM students also will complete a variety of nationally recognized, interactive, online evidence-based education modules through the University of Arizona Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, covering a broad span and scope of integrative medicine.

The IMDT modules covered aspects of medical and nutritional research that are barely touched in our core curriculum and wove in nicely with the content we covered in our culinary medicine elective and various seminars on complementary medicine. It was also helpful to tie in practical interpersonal skills like motivational interviewing techniques in the modules-- the knowledge we gain is only useful for our patients if we share it with them effectively.”

4th year Integrative Medicine Elective

Students in the HEAL-IM program take a fourth-year integrative medicine elective at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. This includes clinical rotations at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and other integrative medicine clinical sites; completion of additional University of Arizona integrative medicine modules; attendance at a tai chi research lab and a yoga therapy clinic.

Rachel Rychlock is an acupuncture therapist who conducts remote acupressure therapy. Photography by Steve Zylius.

Additional Integrative Learning Opportunities

Learn more about our additional Integrative Learning Opportunities.

Chef Jessica Vanroo conducts a demonstration during the grand opening of the Lois Eisenberg Teaching Kitchen at the UCI Health Family Health Center in Santa Ana on July 19, 2019

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