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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Issues
in Undergraduate Medical Education



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.

Nola R. Ries
Katherine J. Fisher

The increasing involvement of physicians in CAM: considerations of professional regulation and patient safety

Michael Epstein
Timothy Caulfield

Does "integrated health" have a place in Canadian Medicine?

Graeme Catto
Nick Cork, Gareth Williams

Should medical students be taught alternative medicine?

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