Attitude of medical students to the introduction of complementary medicine into the medical curriculum in Israel

Isr Med Assoc J. 2003 Feb;5(2):139-42.


Background: Complementary medicine is gaining in public popularity, yet medical school curricula usually ignore it.

Objectives: To determine whether senior medical students are interested in learning principles of complementary or alternative medicine, to check their degree of familiarity with it, and to suggest a format for such studies in the medical curriculum.

Methods: Senior medical students (n = 117) were surveyed by an anonymous questionnaire.

Results: Seventy-nine percent of the senior medical students were interested in studying complementary or alternative medicine in medical school, and 65% were interested in applying these techniques to treat patients. Eighty-seven percent of students were familiar with some techniques of complementary medicine.

Conclusions: Senior medical students are interested in studying complementary and alternative medicine in medical school and in applying these techniques in practice.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Complementary Therapies / education*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires