CONSORTIUM WELCOMES UNIVERSITY OF UTAH AS THE 66TH MEMBER
The University of Utah has joined the Consortium as its 66th member institution and will be represented by Eric Garland, PhD, LSWC on the Steering Committee.
The University of Utah has embraced the core concepts of Integrative Medicine and the Foundations of Health for many years. Its programs have included those focused on research, clinical care and education. Current efforts to bring together various individual missions under a larger umbrella have lead to an interest in joining the Consortium.
The flagship clinical program at the University is the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center. HCI provides a wide range of programs including integrative oncology consultation with oncology faculty, manual medicine evaluation from the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty, extensive mindfulness programs, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, art and music programs to name a few.
The pediatrics department provides IM consultation, and therapies based on Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, acupressure, Shoni-shin, aromatherapy, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and a focus on stress reduction. Other clinical programs include Family Medicine lifestyle and IM consultation alongside Integrative Family Medicine, the Mindfulness Clinic and Therapeutic Massage in the Orthopedic Center.
The Wellness Team at the University extensive lifestyle programs including health coaching, stress management, education around nutrition and physical activity, movement classes, and massage are offered to employees and their families. Over the next year they will be working on the development of a demonstration model of holistic care with an analysis of cost and resource allocation within the health system. If successful, this could be a model for integrative population care.
Educational programs that cover IM are integrated into departments and colleges. The most robust is the seamless integration into the College of Health with multiple programs including health promotion, nutrition, health coaching, and exercise physiology. The physical therapy program has training in manual manipulation therapies. The School of Nursing provides education around holistic care and integrative medicine topics as a part of the Health Promotion curriculum. HCI provides both patient and professional education programs.
The School of Medicine has an extensive Medical Student Wellness Program that encompasses regular seminars, weekly meditation sessions and “Pre-test” meditations before exams. There is an M4 elective planned and two student run IM groups. The Graduate Medical Education Wellness Committee works to improve physical activity, sleep, nutrition, connection with others, mindfulness, spiritual health, and resilience. Research efforts are largely centered around mindfulness and chronic pain, and integrative inter-professional educational curricula (HRSA).
A special thank you to Amy Locke, MD who is the chair of the Consortium's Clinical Working Group. Dr. Locke recently moved from the University of Michigan to the University of Utah and led the team who submitted this application for membership.