Integrative Medicine Fellowship
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Program Director: Gregory W. Coppola, DO, FAOASM
LECOM Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine
Clinical Professor of Osteopathic Practices and Principles
Fellow American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
5401 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
(814) 868-7860 Office
(814) 868-2109 Fax
LECOM Integrative Medicine Fellowship
The LECOM Lifestyle Medicine fellowship training program, accredited through the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), is an Integrative Medicine program which is a 12 month fellowship open to both MD/DO candidates who have completed an accredited residency program. It is designed to provide physicians with advanced and concentrated training in the specialty of Integrative Medicine with an emphasis in Osteopathic Practices and Principles. Integrative Medicine offers a broad, healing-oriented approach to medicine that emphasizes a patient-doctor partnership which takes into account the whole person (spirit, mind, body), including all aspects of lifestyle. It embodies the ability of the practitioner to offer therapeutic options consistent with the patient’s belief system which are predominantly non-surgical and non-medication focused. These integrative options reveal a growing amount of high-quality research evidence of safety, effectiveness and reduced adverse effects in clinical practice.
The LECOM Wellness Center is home to the Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship
The mission of the Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship is to offer physicians the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally such that they will graduate with a unique skill set that will help create unique clinical opportunities for their careers. This involves an opportunity to learn and practice the attributes of integrative medicine within an outpatient Wellness Center. For the Osteopathic physicians this includes a deepening of their command of Osteopathic Practices and Principles (OPP) through clinical OMT practice and teaching the OPP course at the medical college.
Integrative Components of Lifestyle Medicine
The day to day training focuses on acquiring integrative skills through the use of medical acupuncture, musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative biomedicine injections, prolotherapy, nutrition, supplement and botanicals, mind-body techniques, yoga therapy, spirituality and medicine and group office visits for chronic disease management. For the allopathic physician this includes all of the preceding integrative skill sets described above and an appreciation of Osteopathic Practices and Principles with the acquisition of manual medicine.
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison
“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than to know what kind of a disease a patient has.” – Sir William Osler
The major goal of integrative medicine fellowship training is to prepare fellows for competency in the following core areas:
Osteopathic Philosophy and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
The Fellow will:
- a. Integrate osteopathic principles into the daily practice of integrative medicine.
- b. Apply OMM to integrative medicine patient management.
Ambulatory Care Training
- a. Use current knowledge of clinical medicine that reflects the majority of patient care issues present in integrative medicine settings.
- b. Use current knowledge of behavioral medicine that reflects the majority of patient care issues present in integrative medicine settings.
- a. Provide osteopathic integrative medicine patient care service in ambulatory continuity, wellness center and extended care sites.
- b. Accurately gather and process essential information from all sources including patients, care givers, other professionals, electronic sources and paper sources.
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- a. Further develop doctor-patient relationships in an integrative medicine setting.
- b. Develop effective listening, written, verbal and electronic communication skills in professional interactions with patients, families and other health professionals.
- a. Respect for patients and families and advocate for the primacy of each patient’s welfare and autonomy.
- b. Adhere to ethical principles in the practice of integrative medicine.
- c. Exhibit awareness and sensitivity to issues of culture, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical disabilities.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- a. Apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to integrative medicine when applicable.
- b. Participate in practice-based objective performance improvement projects in integrative medicine settings.
- a. Effectively function within local and national health care delivery systems to provide high quality integrative medicine services. b. Effectively function within a team to provide care to integrative medicine populations.
The program will have an organized schedule of didactic and clinical presentations on integrative medicine topics. This must include content that offers the fellow(s) the opportunity to learn and to practice:
a. Interviewing skills – develop an understanding the various factors that can impact health. This helps the fellow appreciate motivational interviewing techniques and the art of listening generously and how this influences quality patient outcomes.
b. Acupuncture – Demonstrate the utility and applicability within the clinical setting. Become proficient in the actual use of this procedure within clinical practice.
c. Acupressure – Manually activate specific key meridian points along the meridian system to enhance the therapeutic process.
d. Regenerative Biomedicine – Practice the injection therapies designed to build tissue integrity for tendon and ligament enthesopathies. This includes prolotherapy, autologous blood and platelet rich plasma injections.
e. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – Use ultrasound technology to obtain dynamic views of functional anatomy and assist with more accurate injections.
f. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment – Practice specific techniques designed to decrease the sympathetic overtone of the autonomic nervous system found ubiquitously within the clinical setting.
g. Popular Diets – compare and contrast current nutritional literature with special emphasis on the Mediterranean and Anti-inflammatory diets.
h. Eating pattern – assess how nutritional recommendations may affect disease processes.
i. Evaluate the role of dietary fats, protein and carbohydrates in the patient’s health.
j. Discuss the impact of phytochemicals on health and the prevention of disease.
k. Explain the function of dietary supplements and botanicals in treatment of disease and maintenance of health.
l. Describe the role that nutrition plays in cardiovascular health, diabetes, and various forms of cancer.
m. Explain the principles of lifestyle medicine including weight control, exercise and stress management.
n. Assess the evidence of the existence of the mind-body connection and the areas where it can be of help.
o. Explain how breath-work, meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, creative arts therapy, social support, journaling, aromatherapy and non-western perspectives and how there modalities can affect health.
p. Discuss the importance of physician self care principles and the importance of balance within the aspects of professional and personal life.
q. Develop a self-care plan focusing on sleep hygiene, exercise, musculoskeletal health, nutrition and stress.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
The program will train fellows in the clinical application of osteopathic manipulative medicine to integrative medicine patients. The program will include:
- a. Training in outpatient and wellness center settings.
- b. Documentation of OMM in the medical record.
- c. Coding and reimbursement.
LECOM Lifestyle Medicine Faculty and Bios:
Jan T. Hendryx, DO, FAAO, FAAMA; Garrett Clark, DO, MS; Gregory W. Coppola, DO, FAOASM
Jan T. Hendryx, DO, FAAO, FAAMA, is Professor of Family Medicine and Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP), Course Director of OPP, and Assistant Director of Integrative Medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hendryx received his D.O. degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Phoenix General Hospital and residency in family medicine at Grandview Hospital and Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Helms Medical Institute’s Medical Acupuncture for Physicians program and a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Hendryx is board-certified in family medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and medical acupuncture. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy. In addition to teaching, he is a member of Medical Associates of Erie and conducts a medical practice specializing in the non-drug treatment of pain and other health problems through the use of OMM, acupuncture and other holistic modalities. He has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and is the author of the book, Healer’s Touch: A Physician’s Journey into the Medical, Miracle and Mystical Aspects of Healing.
Dr. Hendryx believes in the original holistic principles of osteopathic medicine as they were formulated over 100 years ago and uses these principles daily in his hands-on approach to assisting patients in their healing processes. He utilizes conventional therapies when appropriate, but likes to work as naturally as possible with patients.
Garrett P. Clark, DO, MS
Dr. Clark received his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Clark went on to complete the Donald W. Reynolds FD~AGE Mini-Fellowship in Geriatrics through the Division of Geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through Millcreek Community Hospital. In addition, he is a graduate of the LECOM Masters of Science Program, where he received his Masters of Science in Medical Education.
Dr. Clark has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at LECOM, and currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at LECOM in the Osteopathic Principles and Practice Lab. He has served on a number of committees, including the Committee on Bio-Medical Ethics for the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Clark has been a member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association.
Gregory W. Coppola, DO, FAOASM is the director of the LECOM Integrative Medicine Fellowship and Lifestyle Medicine program. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency and served as chief resident at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at Michigan State University and an integrative medicine fellowship at University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil and faculty. Dr. Coppola is board certified in family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. He holds a certificate of added qualification within sports medicine. Over the past 15 years he has helped train 30 sports medicine fellows. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as chosen by the faculty at James H. Quillen College of Medicine. In 2005 he was inducted as a Fellow within the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Coppola has served as a team physician for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. He also served team physician and medical advisor/faculty with Mercyhurst University Sports Medicine. Dr. Coppola is a LECOM clinical professor of Osteopathic Practices and Principles. He is a graduate of the Helm s Medical Acupuncture for Physicians program through the Stanford School of Medicine. His research within academic sports medicine fellowship programs has been published within the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. He contributed the running medicine chapter within the Principles of Manual Sports Medicine. His professional and teaching interests are within sports acupuncture, botanicals and supplements, musculoskeletal ultrasound, running medicine and regenerative biomedicine topics.
Selection of residents and fellows shall not be based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, color, or disability, which would not directly impede the training process or any other characteristic protected by law.