About the Course
Whole Health in Your Practice (20.5 CEU) is the core VA course for providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs) and other clinicians in advancing skills in the delivery of personalized, proactive, patient-driven care. The three-day curriculum extends beyond disease-based care to focus on health creation for a Veteran. It provides case studies and the most up-to-date evidence-based information on non-surgical and non-pharmacological ways of treating common conditions that Veterans face.
The clinical course also helps address clinician burnout by providing a personal experience for clinicians to improve their own health and well-being. It is largely experiential and small-group focused and creates the conditions for implementing and sustaining the Whole Health approach in simple yet meaningful ways. The curriculum was developed through a collaborative effort by Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation, University of Wisconsin – Integrative Medicine faculty, OPCC&CT, VA clinicians, and other subject matter experts. The course is delivered by doctors and clinicians from the University of Wisconsin – Integrative Medicine and VA faculty (National Education Champions).
Credit hours are available (ACCME, ACCME-NP, ACPE, APA, ANCC, ASWB, CDR, CA-BRN, ACHE, and NYSED SW) for this course. To complement onsite learning, there are also extensive online resources such as overviews and tools, which cover best practices for more than 30 medical conditions from a Whole Health perspective. There are also free online courses through TMS and several videos that illustrate the Whole Health approach on the OPCC&CT website.
This course was delivered at 85 facilities from FY13-FY18, and 30 additional facilities will host the course in FY19. Nearly 4,000 VHA clinicians have completed this offering, providing data for extensive evaluation to prove the efficacy of the Whole Health approach. Participants have continued their learning through monthly Whole Health Clinical Community of Practice Calls.
For more information on course schedule and faculty, refer to the full brochure.
Whole Health face-to-face courses are only available to VA employees. To learn more about how to apply Whole Health in your practice, review the Passport to Whole Health and implementation overviews. If you are a VA employee interested in participating in a Whole Health course, refer to the OPCC&CT Intranet and SharePoint Education Hub at the bottom of this page.