Complementary and Integrative Medicine: A Basic Primer – What’s Known and What Isn’t

Complementary and Integrative Medicine: A Basic Primer – What’s Known and What Isn’t


CME Information


Approximately one in three patients have used some form of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) in the last year. Most do not share their use of unconventional care with their primary care providers. PCPs need to be aware of the prevalence of CIM use in their practice and how it can impact outcomes for better and for worse.

The objective of this activity is to improve knowledge, attitude, and behavior surrounding CIM. While it is impossible to become an expert in CIM in one single CME activity, this presentation will give those interested in learning more several potential entry points to increase their knowledge and those less interested an awareness of its deep and often hidden reach into their practice. Various systems of classification of alternative medicine, concerns about the negative use of supplements, the risk of potential herb-drug interactions, the risks associated with some forms of CIM, and the demonstrated benefits with others are among the topics that will be reviewed.


After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Manage patient’s use of herbal products especially as related to drug interactions
  • Discuss the broad appeal and reach of Complementary Integrative Medicine (CIM)
  • Counsel patients on reliable sources of CIM information
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This internet, enduring activity will be available for one year, beginning June 8, 2020 through June 8, 2021.

This activity was reviewed and re-released on June 9, 2021 and will be available for credit until December 9, 2021.

Accreditation – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Primary Care Network is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Primary Care Network designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for Category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.75 hour of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

All other healthcare professionals will be issued a certificate of participation.

American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.75 Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through PCN’s ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.




Activity provided by Primary Care Network.








Published June 8, 2020

This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.