9 of 10 Docters unprepared to prescribe marijuana
“Medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation,” said senior author Dr. Laura Jean Bierut, a professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Curriculum deans at 101 medical schools completed surveys about marijuana education. Just over two-thirds said their graduates weren’t prepared to prescribe medical marijuana. One-quarter said their graduates weren’t even able to answer questions about medical marijuana. The researchers also surveyed 258 medical residents and fellows from across the country. Nine out of 10 said they were unprepared to prescribe medical marijuana. Eighty-five percent said they hadn’t received any education about medical marijuana. A look at the Association of Medical Colleges database revealed that only 9 percent of medical schools taught their students about medical marijuana. “As a future physician, it worries me,” said study first author Anastasia Evanoff, a third-year medical student.