The CAM in UME Project is a Canadian medical education initiative. Its overarching objective is
to facilitate educating undergraduate medical education (UME) students about issues related to patients’ use of complementary
and alternative medicine (CAM).* The project is not an endorsement of CAM; it is not about teaching medical students skills to
practice any complementary therapy. Its development was based on the rationale that
physicians should be prepared to practice medicine in an environment where CAM may be used by their patients in combination
with conventional treatments.
The Resource Repository is a key outcome of the CAM in UME project. It fosters
an open exchange of user-posted curriculum materials and serves as a gateway to other Websites with CAM-related
materials. We encourage you to explore our Website. Constructive feedback is always appreciated.
* Our Website and documents use the
acronym CAM to refer principally to practices and products used 'as complements' to conventional
medicine, rather than in lieu of. Albeit ambiguous, CAM continues to be
the most commonly used term in the literature. CAM is used to refer to a wide spectrum of therapies
with varying uses and
varying evidence. Although other terms and definitions are used, none are touted as optimal.
See the Repository Resource What is CAM?
for further information about definitions.