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.