Doctors need to study alternative medicine: experts

A study detailing the introduction of a fourth-year elective at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal, 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,