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Project title Complementary/Alternative Medicine Focus Month
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 02/2006
Chapter Ben Gurion University Medical School for International Health
Project Coordinator Jon Mendelsohn
Summary of project A month full of activities on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) was offered to the student body. The following activities were done: video on Chinese medicine with potluck dinner, visiting speaker to present on work as Holistic Chiropractor, and field trip of 15 students to Alternative Medical institute in hospital with full day of speakers on Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy and Acupuncture demonstrations on students.

Content area Complementary/Alternative Medicine
Number of participants 20
Participant hours involved 80 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $200 to rent bus
Project funding Admission/participant charge
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Email, bulletin board notice, word of mouth - successful recruitment
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions People are weary at first about CAM topics, but it is important to explain to them that many mainstream therapies are available and widely accepted. Focuses in this topic need not be related to fringe theories and exotic concepts.

Comments Presenting CAM topics in a presentation by an M.D. will have wider support than a specialized practitioner. The converted will accept the specialist, but those unconvinced of the relevance of CAM integration into mainstream medicine will be more receptive