Polling AAMC Medical College Deans



In order to better understand the thinking of the medical community on the medical marijuana issue, and the focus of medical education, the A-Mark Foundation conducted its own confidential poll of the Deans of U.S. medical schools. The poll was conducted from December 1, 2002 through February 28, 2003. We deemed the Association of American Medical Colleges [AAMC], representing 126 U.S. prestigious and accredited M.D.-granting medical schools, as a good source of knowledgeable responses. (click here for a list of those colleges.)

After consultations with medical experts, including the Dean Emeritus of a prestigious medical college, we decided on the following confidential three questions for our poll (bolding included):

  1. "Should Physicians have the legal right to recommend smoking marijuana to relieve symptoms?"

  2. "Should Physicians have the legal right to prescribe smoking marijuana to relieve symptoms?"

  3. "Should Physicians have the legal right to recommend or prescribe marijuana to be used in a vaporizer, eaten, or taken in a liquid to relieve symptoms?"

The chart below shows the results from the 126 Deans polled, which include:

  • Of the responses, excluding "no opinion," 68.6%, 62.9% and 57.1% respectively voted "Yes" to all three questions, while 17.1%, 20.0% and 20.0% respectively voted "No."

  • 39 of the Deans returned their polling card via mail and fax, which is 30.95% of the 126 Deans polled.

  • 35 of the 39 polling cards returned had a response, which is a response rate of 27.78% of the 126 Deans polled.

I. AAMC Deans: 35 response polling cards (cards without votes, and those marking "no position" are not included in these totals)

Boxes Checked/ReceivedYesNoUn-
decided
Totals*
A.Recommend/percentage24
68.6%
6
17.1%
5
14.3%
35
100%
B.Prescribe/percentage22
62.9%
7
20.0%
6
17.1%
35
100%
C.Recommend or Prescribe non-smoked/percentage20
57.1%
7
20.0%
8
22.9%
35
100%
D.Weighted Average Totals66
62.9%
20
19.1%
19
18.1%
105
100%
*Note:Totals exclude "no position" responses and polling cards returned without any boxes checked. Rows may not all total 100% due to rounding.

II. AAMC Deans: Response statistics, detailing quantity and precentages of polling cards returned:

1.Responses Received:
A. # of Responses Received
B. % of Responses Received (35)

35
27.8%
2.Boxes Checked:
A. # of Boxes Checked (3 per card possible)
B. Maximum Boxes Possible (39 X 3)
C. % of Boxes Checked on Response Cards Received

115
117
98.3%
3.Confidentiality:
A. # of Respondents waiving confidentiality
B. % of Respondents waiving confidentiality (6

6
17.1%
4.Type of Response:
A. Polling Card mailed in return envelope provided
B. Polling Card returned by fax
C. Copy of Polling Card returned by mail

28
10
1

III. AAMC Deans: 39 polling cards (with "no position and no responses included in totals)

Boxes Checked/ReceivedYesNoUn-
decided
No
Position
Totals*
A.Recommend/percentage24
63.2%
6
15.8%
5
13.2%
3
7.9%
38
100%
B.Prescribe/percentage22
57.9%
7
18.4%
6
15.8%
3
7.9%
38
100%
C.Recommend or Prescribe non-smoked/percentage20
51.3%
7
18.0%
8
20.5%
4
10.3%
39
100%
D.Weighted Average Totals66
57.4%
20
17.4%
19
16.5%
10
8.7%
115
100%
*Note:Totals exclude polling cards returned without any boxes checked. Rows may not all total 100% due to rounding.