The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

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

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Medical students support CAM

    Medical students have a long-standing interest in learning more about CAM.

    Here’s what they think at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.

    More than 250 preclinical medical students were surveyed.

    • 91% agreed, “CAM includes ideas and methods from which Western medicine could benefit.”
    • 85% agreed, “knowledge about CAM is important to me as a student/future practicing health professional.”
    • 75% felt that CAM should be included in the curriculum.

    The areas where they wanted more training

    • Acupuncture
    • Chiropractic
    • Herbal medicine
    • Nutritional supplements

    Areas where they could envision referral to or provision of services included?

    • Acupuncture
    • Biofeedback
    • Chiropractic
    • Herbal medicine
    • Massage
    • Nutritional supplements
    • Prayer
    • Meditation

    In 2006, the American Medical Association, in response to a resolution from the Student Section of the AMA, adopted a resolution that promotes education of medical doctors and medical students on the ?benefits, risks, and efficacy? of CAM.

    More than 10 years ago, the American Medical Student Association prepared an introductory guide to complementary medicine.

    2/10/07 08:15 JR

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