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CATCHING UP WITH LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN INETGRATIVE MEDICINE (LEAPS in IM) GRADUATES

Crombie Maltman, University of Saskatchewan, class of 2015 (LEAPS 2013)


Integrative Medicine Student Camp
I am very excited about the project that I have developed- an integrative medicine student camp. The purpose of the camp is to bring students of the academic health science colleges together to collaborate and learn about integrative medicine (IM) in an interprofessional environment. The goal in mind is to increase awareness of IM and how it can be implemented throughout all of the health science colleges.
Exposure: 50
Because of my experience at LEAPS, I created an integrative medicine interest group at my college. Through that group, which now has over 50 members, we have hosted multiple events, bringing in integrative medicine doctors to speak to students about their profession. We have hosted a variety of other events including yoga, speaker sessions from other allied health professionals in the fields of complementary and alternative medicine and more. The first integrative medicine student camp was held in March 2014, which had 20 participants. It was a two-day event held at a retreat facility outside the city of Saskatoon, SK, Canada. We had speaker sessions on acupressure, nutrition and mind-body medicine led by integrative medicine/functional medicine doctors.  Yoga sessions, music therapy, art therapy, sacred sharing circles and nature walks were also provided. The weekend was a great success and thanks to the support of LEAPS and the Weil foundation I was able to bring this back to my medical school. Our student group continues to grow and the second annual integrative medicine student camp will be hosted January 17, 2015. I am so excited to have the student group I created grow and expand and look forward to the area of integrative medicine increasing in our medical training in the years to come. Without a doubt the LEAPS experience was the fuel for my project to come to fruition and for an integrative medicine student group to be formed in the process.

 

Elyse Goveia, University of Vermont College of Medicine, class of 2015 (LEAPS 2012)
Yoga in Clinical Medicine

I created a 3 part lecture series entitled "Yoga in Clinical Medicine." For this lecture series, I invited leaders in psychiatry and neurology, as well as a Buddhist monk, to come speak to an audience of medical students (mostly first and second years) as well as other interested members of the UVM community. The talks were one hour long and occurred over lunch, and bagels and refreshments were served. The first week I had a neurologist discuss her research in acupuncture, and she was able to provide a basic science foundation for the possible mechanism for acupuncture and its benefit for patients suffering from multiple different types of pain. The second week a psychiatrist came and discussed how she uses mind-body medicine in her practice, as well as some fMRI studies that have been done about how meditation changes the brain. In the last week a Buddhist monk lectured the audience about meditation and mindfulness, and led the audience through a 15 minute meditation and discussion. The lecture series was well received by the participants. I had audience members from the lecture series provide me with feedback, and overall the response was very positive, with people stating the felt like they had a better understanding of integrative medicine and would be more likely to recommend it to their future patients.

Exposure: 50 students

The continuity of my project was that the three lectures were over the course of several weeks during the fall of 2012, so audience members could keep coming back to subsequent lectures with additional insight and questions. In addition, the integrative medicine student interest group at my school continued to have a strong relationship with the speakers for the project, and have worked with them since then on similar lectures and other projects. I think the relationship formed between the student body and the lecturers was a really wonderful part of completing this project.

I am now working on a separate project - a computer module aimed at introducing first year medical students to integrative medicine - which will be integrated into our curriculum. I have definitely used a lot of the skills I learned at LEAPS to help bring integrative medicine to the community at my medical school.