No CAM adds in Russia

The Russian parliament is ready to outlaw advertisements from CAM practitioners. In the bill the practitioners are called “charlatans”, and today the country has 800.000 CAM practitioners, but only 620.000 medical doctors.

The CAM scene is even more confusing than in Western Europe, and the intention of the banning is among other things that some practitioners are giving false hope to cancer and AIDS-patients. Some of them also claim that they can stop adultery and alcoholism, and some promise success in business life.

The bill also introduce licences, and only practitioners who can prove their skills will be authorized. There will be no space for witches or wizards. (Unless of course one of them changes the words in the bill, which should be sufficient proof).

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

Medical students want CAM – world wide

Medical students want CAM education as part of their medical courses. This was stated by The International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) in March 2010 in Bangkok, at the 59th general assembly. IFMSA represents 1.2 million medical students from 92 nations.

A significant number of surveys of students regarding CAM education in their medical curriculum have been conducted and they have found that a clear majority would like it to be implemented.

Quote from the IFMSA Policy Statement:

The use of complementary and alternative medicines is increasing around the world. To prepare students to deal with patients in the future, medical faculties should include CAM education as part of their medical course.

Currently very few medical faculties provide courses on CAM, resulting in physicians being unable to counsel patients on the efficacy or safety of these therapies. This problem is recognized by medical students all over the world and there is a will to change this. A significant number of surveys of students regarding CAM education in their medical curriculum have been conducted and they have found that a clear majority would like it to be implemented.

As such, the IFMSA affirms its stance that:
1.1.    Universities should include CAM education as part of their medical course and this should:
1.1.1.    incorporate a basic understanding of the philosophies and practices behind the most frequently used CAM; and
1.1.2.    be taught by people with appropriate experience with CAM in order to provide a greater awareness of the philosophies and practices of CAM.
1.2.    Research in the field of CAM-therapies must be increased to ensure the risks and benefits of these treatments can be ascertained.
1.3.    Mutual awareness and respect between CAM and conventional medicine practitioners is an important step towards better patient care.

Read more at www.ifmsa.org