Abstract ID: 3903

Primary Topic: Teaching, learning, and assessment
Secondary Topic: Curriculum design and development

Expansion and Spread of Student-Lead Integrative Medicine Curricula Change
Henri Roca, MD, , Little Rock, AR, United States; Christian Adams, MS-3, Joan C Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Huntington, WV, United States; Marni Hillinger, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nasvhille, TN, United States; Agata Harabasz, MS-2; Lauray MacElhern, CNS, , San Diego, CA, United States

Late Breaker: No


The Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPs) has continuously operated for 10 years. During that time over 300 students have completed the Program. LEAPs brings an transprofessional group of health professional students to a residential week in an Optimal Learning Environment to learn about common integrative medic ine modalities, to experience those modalities, and to develop leadership skills directed toward incorporating integrative medicine curricula in their home institutions. Each student implments a home project that increases the visibility of integrative medicine, increases access to integrative medicine teaching or expereintials, or increases the access to underserved stakeholders using student providers. These programs have been very successful. This workshop will review the structure and intent of the LEAPS program, share the experience of the student leaders of recent LEAPs, demonstrate the breadth and depth of home-based programs, and allow participants to experience some of the leadership development techniques.


Integrative Medicine curricula programming is often lacking in institutions that exist in underserved communities, are located in more rural or isolated portions of the country, or exist a free standing training institutions. In order to grow sustainable curricula change, student leaders are required. LEAPs grows student leaders and supports their development over the course of their training.

This is submitted for a workshop.


1. Particiapnts will be able to list the componenet sof an Optimal Learning Environment.

2. Participants will be able to sculpta mini-version of LEAPs for their home instirutions

3. Participants will expereince a portion of the leadership development program.

4. Participants will be able to describe the impact at home institutions of student lead integrative medicine programming

Methods/Session Format

1. Discussion of LEAPs, Optimal Learning Environment, Structure (Roca, 15 minutes)

2. Expereince of leadership training technique (Harabasz, Adams 20 minutes)

3. Discussion of home projects (Harabasz, Adams 20 min)

4. Workshop to create home institution mini LEAPs structure (Hillinger, MacElhern, 20 min)

5. Questions and answers (15 minutes)


1. History of LEAPS

2. Components of an Optimal Learning Environment

3. Structure of LEAPs

4. Expereince of Leadership Training technique

5. Discussion of home institution student lead projects

6. Creation of mini LEAPs for participants home instotution.