Contemporary Issues in the Practice of Islamic Medicine
Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America
JIMA: Volume 28, 1996 -Page 195 b. Which eli nieal or research journals doe~he subscribe 10 or read daily or weekly? c. Which professional organi2<1tions docs he belong to, and does he attend their meetings? What are his CME hours per year? d. Does he understand the changing government regulations, i.e., fPO, PPO. HMO ORG, capitation, etc.? e. Can he make ethical decisions for a Muslim patient? ln ollr last survey, II % could not. f. Do most of his patients and colleagues know he is a Muslim?
... e exact number of Muslim physicians in the world is not known; however, there are about 100 medical schools in Muslim coumries. If each ofthem produced even 200 physicians a year, the estimated number would be tll least 20,000 Muslim physicians yearly. The number of Muslim physicians in the United Slales is estimated to be 15,000. Ncmly all Muslim medicIl schools have a Weslem medical education curriculum in which there is emphasis on the technology of the science of medicine. The emphasis is on how to give the students knowledge of physiology, anatomy. pharmacology and biochemistry, and Ulen applied scicnccs Abstract TOdll)"S Musl im physicians must come out of the glory of the past and revive thc concepts of Islamic. medicine as it applies to tOd:1Y'S patient care, healnl care, research, and education. They arc obligated not only to find cures for disc:lses not now curable, but also emphasize prc\'cntivc aSllccts iJl all illnesses, ph)'sical, mental, and spiri tual. They should bc ablc to I)rovide Islamic perspcctives in health iSll1JeS, suc.h as medical ethics, and come UII with scientific CXI)lanations for Islamic principles and prohibitions. In order to achieve this, thcy need to exccl not only in contcmporary knowledge and skill but also be able to comprebend the philoSOI)hy of Islam aud Islamic medicinc.