A Focus Group Study of Medical Students’ Views of an Integrated Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Curriculum: Students Teaching Teachers

Désirée Lie, M.D., MSEd., Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D., Sarah Pardee, BA, Wadie Najm, M.D., MSEd.

The increasing popularity and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies and integrative medicine have stimulated new curricula. Many US health professions programs now offer courses containing CAM content. Students have shown positive attitudes to CAM training and recognized the need to have CAM therapeutic options available to patients. Recently, issues addressing the integration of CAM curricula into allopathic health professions training were highlighted in 9 articles in a 2007 supplemental issue of Academic Medicine summarizing the experiences of 20 US schools that received funding from the National Center for CAM to implement and evaluate such curricula.

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