IFM - Fellowship Formal Learning Activities

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Participants engage in a wide range of didactic and experiential learning activities during the course of the program. Formal interchanges with the program director occur on a monthly basis. Modality seminars, elective activities and special topic discussions also take place regularly.

Formal Meetings with core faculty touch upon a variety of topics but typically address issues related to:

  • Defining Problems, Asking Questions, Making Change
  • Challenges of Integrative Medicine
  • Fundamentals of Integrative Medicine
  • Healing Modalities
  • Integrating Healthcare: Planning, Collaborating, Implementing
  • Leadership Competencies
  • Mentors, Mentoring, Advising
  • Physician Self-Care
  • Overview of Healthcare Organizations
  • Philosophies of Healing and Therapeutic Systems
  • Socioeconomics of Integrative Medicine, Cost-Effective Practice, Advocacy
  • Therapeutic Relationships
  • Transformational Leadership Development


Elective topics extend over the entire program. Featured experiential learning components are selected to align with each participant’s special interest area. Examples include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Aroma therapy
  • Health System Management
  • Herbal Therapies
  • Holistic Nutrition
  • Integrative Pharmacy
  • Manipulative Therapies
  • Mind-Body Medicine


Each month, fellows explore didactic material designed to complement the clinical training experience with each of our core faculty. The topics covered are an evidence based approach to integrative medicine and follow a body systems curriculum with each month focusing on a separate area or topic set.  These sessions are case based with both developed cases and real clinic examples used in an interactive format to improve development of Integrative Medicine treatment plans.


Fellows spend sixty percent of their time devoted to the practice of integrative medicine at the University of Michigan Integrative Family Medicine Clinic and, in so doing, learn to apply a broad range of alternative therapies to patient care.