Integrative Medicine
Interest Group
courses offered at stanford

Integrative Medicine: A Primer for Future Doctors
INDE 243A (Winter) and INDE 243B (Spring)
In 2005 a group of about 20 Stanford Medical Students approached Sam LeBaron, MD, PhD, to start an Integrative Medicine class. They worked together and started a class in winter quarter of that year and continued through spring quarter. Guest speakers were invited from several different integrative medicine modalities. The second quarter, students shadowed physicians using integrative medicine techniques and met to discuss their experiences.

INDE 243A for Winter 2008 is available here.

Other related courses are:

Survival Skills for Your Life in Medicine (Spring 2008)
Taught by Harise Stein, MD. See flyer

Mind-Body Medicne
INDE 219 (Spring)

Exploration of the interconnections among human capacities such as thought, emotion, belief, attitudes, and physical health. Discusses and practices specific skills (including mindfulness exercises, meditation, imagery, visualization, body awareness, autogenics, and biofeedback) to enhance self-awareness, self-expression, and stress management.

Healer's Art
INDE 210
Five-week course for preclinical and clinical medical students that combines seed talks and experiential exercises in both large and small group settings. Students and faculty explore core dimensions of meaning, service and healing that are exemplified by the outstanding physician. Provides opportunity for developing and preserving personal values such as service, harmlessness, compassion, altruism, self care, integrity, equality, justice, respect, and nurturing wholeness.

Medicine & Horses: A model for doctor-patient relationship
INDE 252 (Autumn, Winter, Spring)

A major challenge for medical students in clinical rotations and for physicians throughout their careers is to conduct relationships with patients and colleagues in a manner that is professional, sensitive, perceptive, confident, and authentic. Horses mirror and magnify the interpersonal dynamics of the physician-patient relationship. Working with horses requires sensitivity to nonverbal cues, discrimination in the quality and amount of physical contact, a keen awareness of one's emotional state, a well-developed sense of empathy and kindness, an ability to identify subjectivity in communication, and an effort to overcome one's fear and immobility in the face of uncertainty.
Open only to those with direct patient care responsibilities such as med students, nurses, physicians.


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