Highlights of The CAM Program
Demographics: The program attracts an ethnically diverse group of excellent students from outstanding academic institutions across the nation. International enrollment has included students and two practicing clinicians from the American University of Beirut, University of Tokyo, and from countries including the United Kingdom, Korea, China, Yemen, Turkey, Ghana, Vietnam, and India.
Career Placements: The program's graduates have pursued a variety of careers. While a majority of our graduates traditionally enter medical school, others have gone on to law school or have pursued careers in dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and acupuncture. A number of students are currently enrolled in our MS/MD program at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and others are pursuing doctoral training in biomedical research to obtain a PhD.
With over 53% of our graduates in medical schools, our program's post-graduation placement rate is exceptionally high. Graduates who have directly entered the workforce are now working for federal agencies (NIH, the National Archives), industry (Eli Lilly, Proctor and Gamble, contract research organizations), non-profit organizations (Physicians for a National Health Program, Amnesty International), and some are teaching.
The graduates are considered uniquely qualified for CAM-related positions and have continuously secured fellowships at NCI's Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine since 2005. Others are currently employed at the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine and the Samueli Institute.
Highlights: Student accomplishments include the Urban Herbs Project educational website on medicinal and edible herbs, with photographs, history, and clinical uses (the Washington Post published an article about the program in 2004), and a number of papers published in the medical literature and/or presented at scientific conferences (publications).
Others have joined The American Medical Student Associations and taken on leadership roles in incorporating and implementing educational CAM programs and initiatives.