OHSU Exchange Program: Evidence-Based Medicine Faculty Shadowing Program

In 2007 NCNM was awarded a research education grant (R25) from National Institutes of Health – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (now National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health). The focus of the grant was to introduce research literacy and evidence-based medicine (EBM) into the NCNM curricula. The first four years emphasized evidence-based teaching initiatives within the classroom setting and the second four years focused on evidence-based practice in clinical education. In 2015, the Evidence-Based Medicine Faculty Shadowing Program was piloted in collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University. The purpose was to introduce NCNM faculty to new teaching strategies that could be used to integrate EBM into NCNM’s naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine curricula. During the program, NCNM faculty were paired with an OHSU faculty member for two months, observing their resident teaching shifts and other clinical teaching sessions. This unique opportunity allowed NCNM faculty members to observe how OHSU incorporates evidence-based medicine into clinical teaching, introduced them to new interprofessional relationships, and provided inspiration to develop and implement new teaching strategies on their own clinic shifts. A publication on this project is in development.