Palmer is a distinguished clinical educator in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has served as the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and developed a large body of core curricular content for the training program. He was PI for a CAM education grant proposal. This grant helped fund two large CAM CME programs. It also enabled the creation of an elective for Medicine and Medicine-Pediatric residents. The curricula included self-study, didactics, workshops, and clinical exposures within my clinical venue and local CAM practitioners. The exposure balanced evidence based teaching with some real applications and personal exposures (e.g., Chinese Medicine, Ayruvedic Medicine, herbal supplements, hypnosis, yoga, chiropractic and homeopathy). Palmer has done training in medical acupuncture and clinical hypnosis.
For the more than a decade his clinical and educational focus has been in chronic pain and recovery. The Integrative Pain Program is a multi-disciplinary participation based pain management venue. Our IPP team has developed and implemented healthful curricula for those we serve. This includes a 5-week Pain School where those with chronic pain are exposed to and practice such modoalities as relaxation response, cognitive-behavioral therapy, martial arts, yoga, nutritional medicine, graduated exercise, guided imagery, mindfulness and knowledge critical to making healthier choices. Our objective is to integrate healthy practices that enable our patients to reduce the impact pain has on their lives and to better achieve their goals.
While not at work Palmer enjoys Tae Kwon Do, cooking, flyfishing and hanging out with his twin sons.