We are currently accepting applications from medical students, residents and fellows in allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medicine for a limited number of positions. Trainees are selected based on individual philosophy and the desire to practice integratively in their chosen field of medicine. Because our rotation slots fill up several months in advance of desired start times, early requests are strongly recommended. NorthShore University HealthSystem residents receive priority.
Our rotation is generally four consecutive weeks. This is an experiential rotation. Our intention is to help prepare residents to be better physicians by introducing practices that broaden an understanding of health, illness and the role of the physician beyond the biomedical model. We anticipate that through exposure to these different philosophies residents will begin to develop a level of comfort with the most common alternative therapies as well as with the data that supports or refutes their efficacy.
As part of this experience, we want residents to think of themselves as less of an authority and more as the “patient” in order to better identify those lifestyle habits that are potentially sabotaging health. We want residents to begin to observe their own attitudes and practices regarding personal health. It is one thing to talk about health and quite another to actually live your own advice.
Residents will be asked to identify one lifestyle behavior that they would like to change or incorporate and then take the necessary steps to impact this change and document the experience. Residents will also be encouraged to develop a practice of self-care and will be required to schedule a personal health screening and also to participate in our weekly yoga classes.
Our hope is that residents will begin to appreciate the unique forces influencing Integrative Medicine and also appreciate the concerns of conventional physicians regarding the presence of this new field.