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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    Integrating CAM throughout the pharmacy curriculum

     The School of Pharmacy at Griffith University Gold Coast in Australia instituted an integrated approach to teaching evidence-based CAM during their pharmacy curriculum.

    First, the details.

    • Evidence-based CAM education was taught during the third, fourth, and fifth years of the 5-year pharmacy curriculum.
    • In the third year an introductory module focused on CAM familiarization.
    • During the fourth and fifth years evidence-based CAM teaching was included in clinical topics through lectures and case studies.

    And, the results.

    • Students’ self-assessed and actual CAM knowledge increased significantly from year to year, as did their use of evidence-based CAM resources.
    • Only 33% of the fourth-year students felt they had learned enough about CAM.
    • Students would like to have CAM teaching integrated into the curriculum beginning in the first year rather than waiting until later in their education.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that the program effectively increases students’ knowledge of CAM.

    From the students’ perspective, they would “prefer integrated evidence-based CAM education throughout their program of study.”

    10/14/08 21:23 JR

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