miércoles, 22 de julio de 2009

Oriental and Western Medicine

Officially there is a tendency to integrate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in medical education in the U.S., so the physician of tomorrow will have to be familiar with acupuncture, food supplements, plants, nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques, yoga, tai chi and massage.
The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that 113 of the 126 accredited schools in the nation, including discussions on these topics and this year began a pilot scheme in 8 universities, including Arizona, Texas and Connecticut in a way that integrates 250 hours of Integrative Medicine (so called in that country) in medical residency programs http://twurl.nl/1wphk5
Today, the industry of dietary supplements in the U.S. represent 24 billion, not counting other related areas.
Comment: Yesterday I highlighted that historically CAM "born" in Asia (China, to be precise), which represents a disadvantage in relation to medical tourism, so I stick with these two conclusions:
1 .- Latin America should not be left behind in integrating CAM in medical education.
2 .- Great business opportunity to join a professional service to better medicine.

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