Only 9% of medical schools have documented curriculum on medical marijuana, and nearly 90% of residents and fellows do not feel prepared to prescribe medical marijuana, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine and published in September.
By Jaimy Lee | LinkedIN News Editor, Healthcare at LinkedIn
The LinkedIn survey, conducted from March 22, 2018, to April 1, 2018, queried 615 practicing physicians in the U.S. The participants, all of whom have LinkedIn profiles, were chosen at random and reflect different specialties and years of experience.
Of the 320 physicians who work in states where medical marijuana was legal at that time we conducted the survey, 65% of the docs who have been practicing medicine for less than 10 years said they feel comfortable engaging in a conversation with patients about medical cannabis, compared to 76% of physicians with 10 to 20 years of experience and 73% of doctors with more than 20 years of clinical practice under their belts.
Opinions are also shifting among the general public. Eighty percent of Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 years old say they “strongly or somewhat support” the use of medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation, according to a 2018 survey conducted by AARP and the University of Michigan.