CAM at Colleges and Universities

The position of CAM methods are given in a country’s education system is certainly indicative of the level of the methods’ development and their position in a country's society. The diversity of CAM also reflects this (not all methods are equally developed) and, of course, the cultural anchorage of a given method plays a significant role in each country. For instance, in Japan, South Korea, China and other countries, CAM has a dominant position in traditional eastern healing practices, and it is possible to study these disciplines full time at an institute of higher education.

The situation in Western countries such as the US, Canada, Australia and countries within the European Union is different. Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, phytotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic are among the most developed CAM methods. Energy therapies are also developing.

In this regard, one can see the profound difference between these countries. On the one hand, ancient CAM methods have had a chance to develop, their healing potential has been verified and they have gained adequate recognition in society due to being taught at universities. In the Czech Republic, on the other hand, CAM has developed minorly and is often frowned upon by state institutions. There is very little awareness of this field of care.

In foreign higher education systems, CAM methods appear in two forms:

a) University studies – Students study a given CAM method for several years and obtain a university degree becoming qualified specialists in the field.

b) College courses, seminars and internships – Students take a course in a specific CAM method or CAM methods in general while studying another, related field These courses are often offered at medical schools and to students of other health professions (e.g. nursing).

CAM at Universities

CAM at Medical Schools

Consortium of Academic Medical Centers for Integrative Medicine in the USA

Three quarters of US medical students agree that CAM and Western medicine should be integrated

CAM at European universities