Some Notes on Jean Drisko, M.D.

Stephen Barrett, MD

In February 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) announced that it was assembling a committee to identify major scientific and policy issues in "complementary and alternative medicine" ("CAM") research, regulation, training, credentialing and "integration with conventional medicine." As part of this process, it posted the names of 15 appointees and asked for public comment about their suitability. Here are IOM's biographical sketch of Dr. Drisko and the comments I submitted. Despite her deep involvement with unscientific methods, she was retained on the proposed committee.

IOM Description (February 2003): Jeanne Drisko is a full time faculty member in the University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUMC) and has developed the Program in Integrative Medicine at KUMC. She has been instrumental in developing research projects in the area of CAM therapies and plays an active role in education of medical students, nursing students, residents, and practicing physicians. Dr. Drisko has worked closely with the Kansas Legislators, Kansas Board of Healing Arts, and Kansas Medical Society to develop and pass laws and to define policy in the area of CAM. In addition, Dr. Drisko is active in several physician member organizations for CAM therapies in which she participates at the board level and has a national reputation for her work. Dr. Drisko also serves as the Program Director of the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM. At ACAM, Dr. Drisko tracks and evaluates many trends in CAM and selects appropriate speakers in conformance with exacting CME requirements. She has familiarity with a wide spectrum of CAM modalities.

My Comments (Posted on February 23, 2003)

Overview of IOM "CAM" Committee

This article was revised on January 15, 2005.

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