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AMSA makes recommendations to integrate CAM into medical education

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation has completed a pilot study designed to develop a curriculum for including CAM training in MD and DO programs nationwide.

The money quotes from AMSA follow.

“Because of the widespread use of CAM by patients, and the growing scientific evidence that certain CAM therapies are more effective than orthodox alternatives, CAM education must be integrated into medical education in allopathic and osteopathic schools in the near future.”

“Medical school educators and administrators have steadily expanded and restructured the curriculum over the past 30 years as new innovations and evidence have emerged? It is now time that the curricula nationwide recognize the importance and pervasiveness of CAM in the medical system already. Schools must recognize the demand and importance of making future doctors aware of new techniques and other paradigms of healing, which are used by healthcare providers in other parts of the world.”

The AMSA has been a proponent of expanding the MD and DO curricula to incorporate CAM. Related posts are here and here.

9/2/07 22:18 JR

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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.