Doctors need to study alternative medicine

A study of a fourth-year elective at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, said students should be taught the basic pharmacological principles for a core list of complementary medicines.

“Patients deserve physicians who are sensitive to societal desires for use of [complementary medicines] and who are knowledgeable about both the potential value and limitations of such treatments,” the study said.

The Pennsylvania State course, introduced in 2009, involved guest lecturers, classroom