Expansion of CAM education in medical school curricula

In 1995 the Alternative Medicine Interest Group of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine surveyed U.S. medical school departments of family medicine and all family medicine residency programs to determine the extent to which CAM was being taught in medical schools.

The results of this survey and two others are summarized here.

  • 1995: CAM was taught in 34% of U.S. medical schools and 28% of family practice residency programs.
  • 1996-1997 academic year: The number of medical schools offering courses on CAM-related topics rose from 45 of 125 (36%) schools
  • 1998: 75 of 125 (60%) schools
  • 2002-2003 academic year: 98 out of 126 (78%) medical schools offered courses in CAM.

Are we detecting a trend here?

7/10/06 20:57 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.