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Student JAMA
June 16, 2004

Medical School Curricula in Spirituality and Medicine

JAMA. 2004;291(23):2883. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2883

A growing number of medical schools are offering courses in spirituality in medicine. In 1994, only 17 of the 126 accredited US medical schools offered courses on spirituality in medicine.1 By 1998, this number had increased to 39,1 and by 2004, to 84 schools.2 To characterize the curricula, we conducted a search of PubMed, PsychINFO, the Educational Resources Information Clearinghouse (ERIC), and the Social Science Citation Index (details are available from the authors). We then determined whether the articles reported on curriculum development, curricular goals and objectives, topical content, educational strategies, evaluation methods, or evaluation of outcomes.3

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