Various states allow medical pot, but only few medical school address it
Medical marijuana is now legal in more than half the states in the country. Despite this, various researches at Washington University School to Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that we cannot consider medical marijuana treatment as a part of medical education.
Around 29 states and the District of Columbia allow using marijuana for medical purpose, some students are being trained how much dose and ways to prescribe the drug. Various researches at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed medical school residents, fellows and deans. These checked a curriculum database maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), discovering that medical marijuana in not an important part of medical education.
The results of these researches are easily available online in various journals Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
What Experts Think about this Survey about Medical Marijuana Treatment
Laura Jean Bierut, says, “Medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation.” Bierut is MD, senior author, Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University and a recognized member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse. She further added that “Physicians in training need to know the benefits and drawbacks associated with medical marijuana so they know when or if, and to whom, to prescribe the drug.”
She explained that doctors would guide patients through specific areas in which they do not have training.
Everything about the Survey
Anastasia B. Evanoff (first author) sent survey to medical school curriculum deans at 172 medical schools in North America. This team includes 31 deans specialized in osteopathic medicine, and received around 101 replies.
66.7 percent or two-third of deans reported that their graduates were not prepared to prescribe medical marijuana. A quarter of them said their trainees were not equipped to answer questions about prescribing medical marijuana treatment.
The researchers also survey 258 fellows and residents, who earned their medical degrees from schools located around the areas coming to Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis to complete their medical training. Among them around 90 percent of them felt that they were not prepared to prescribe medical marijuana. And nearly, 85 percent said that they have not received any education about the marijuana medical benefits. They didn’t even attend any residency programs throughout the country.
With the help of AAMC database, the researchers discovered that only 9 percent of medical schools had reported teaching about benefits of medical marijuana to their students.
Evanoff, a third-year medical student said, “As a future physician, it worries me.” She also said, “We need to know how to answer questions about medical marijuana’s risks and benefits, but there is a fundamental mismatch between state laws involving marijuana and the education physicians-in-training receive at medical schools throughout the country.”
The author said as more states are legalizing marijuana medical treatment and even for recreational use, doctors would be required to have right training to answer all questions of the patients.