Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: A Survey of Korean Medical Schools

Title
Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: A Survey of Korean Medical Schools
Author(s)
정승필김도연[김도연]박원범[박원범]강희철[강희철]민병일[민병일]이혜원[이혜원]전미선[전미선]이순남[이순남]박규현[박규현]김미정[김미정]서덕준[서덕준]
Keywords
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE; POPULATION; EXPERIENCE; PHYSICIANS; KNOWLEDGE; ATTITUDES
Issue Date
201209
Publisher
MARY ANN LIEBERT INC
Citation
JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE, v.18, no.9, pp.870 - 874
Abstract
Background: The current status of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) education in Korean medical schools is still largely unknown, despite a growing need for a CAM component in medical education. The prevalence, scope, and diversity of CAM courses in Korean medical school education were evaluated. Design: Participants included academic or curriculum deans and faculty at each of the 41 Korean medical schools. A mail survey was conducted from 2007 to 2010. Replies were received from all 41 schools. Results: CAM was officially taught at 35 schools (85.4%), and 32 schools (91.4%) provided academic credit for CAM courses. The most common courses were introduction to CAM or integrative medicine (88.6%), traditional Korean medicine (57.1%), homeopathy and naturopathy (31.4%), and acupuncture (28.6%). Educational formats included lectures by professors and lectures and/or demonstrations by practitioners. The value order of core competencies was attitude (40/41), knowledge (32/41), and skill (6/41). Reasons for not initiating a CAM curriculum were a non-evidence-based approach in assessing the efficacy of CAM, insufficiently reliable reference resources, and insufficient time to educate students in CAM. Conclusions: This survey reveals heterogeneity in the content, format, and requirements among CAM courses at Korean medical schools. Korean medical school students should be instructed in CAM with a more consistent educational approach to help patients who participate in or demand CAM.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/YU.REPOSITORY/27310http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/acm.2011.0179
ISSN
1075-5535
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