Perceptions and Knowledge of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Physician Assistant Practice


complementary, alternative, CAM, physician assistant, curriculum


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a category of medicine that falls outside the realm of traditional western medicine. Types of CAM may include acupuncture, natural products, and meditation, among others. The central focus of this paper will be to assess current Physician Assistants (PA) students attending the GVSU’s PA program and examine the perceptions of CAM as well as CAM education. A survey will be conducted to these students and it will ask questions about if/how CAM is taught in their program, how important they think it is in the daily practice of a PA, and it will also test their knowledge of CAM with a short quiz. Upon primary investigation, hardly any PA programs contain courses specifically about CAM and its uses, so it would be reasonable to assume that many PA students might not know too much about CAM or may not use it in their clinicals or daily practices as a PA if they have already graduated.

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