The majority of U.S. medical students believe AIDS is an international crisis and fault their schools for insufficient or poorly coordinated education and little or no clinical experience on the topic, a new survey reported.
In the survey, released by the Reston, Va.-based American Medical Student Association, almost 73% of students ranked global HIV/AIDS as the greatest health crisis facing their generation. About 90% said the U.S. should make its response to the pandemic a "higher or top priority."
"With over 8,000 AIDS-related deaths each day, our nation's medical schools need to amend curricula to address this health crisis," said Brian Palmer, AMSA's national president.
AMSA, which represents about 50,000 doctors-in-training, said the survey, which included responses from 425 students, was designed to provide a general assessment of attitudes on key issues.