Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the undergraduate medical curriculum: the Southampton experience

Med Educ. 2001 Jan;35(1):73-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2001.00762.x.


Objective: We describe the planning, development and evaluation of a special study module (SSM) on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as part of the Southampton Medical School undergraduate curriculum.

Aim: To address how the module was received by students, the themes that emerged, the effect on student attitudes to CAM and how the teaching aims developed into learning objectives.

Method: Student feedback questionnaires and regular teaching staff meetings over a period of 3 years.

Results: The course resulted in a significant change in student attitudes to CAM and was well received by the students. It offered a reflective insight into conventional medicine. We have developed and validated core teaching objectives.

Conclusions: We hope that our well validated and well received core teaching objectives will provide a broadly applicable base for those who wish to run similar courses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies / education*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation
  • United Kingdom