Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Thomas Jefferson University embarking on this effort?
TJU is a 194-year-old health sciences university that seeks to be innovative and entrepreneurial in a traditionally conservative educational space. The Institute of Emerging Health Professions is a clear exhibit of Jefferson’s dedication to innovation and forethought. It is also an indication of the University’s determination to provide education that keeps its students current in the rapidly evolving environment of healthcare.
No other health sciences university has been willing to step forward into the medical marijuana space, given federal regulations, the difficulty of conducting quality research, and the social arguments that inevitably accompany this issue. Jefferson is ready to fill the rather large gap in academic leadership within the US in this emerging field.
What’s the relationship of The Lambert Center to Jefferson’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions?
The Institute of Emerging Health Professions (IEHP) is an education and training “think tank” that seeks to identify and anticipate healthcare and health-related training needs as American healthcare evolves over the next 3-7 years.
With Pennsylvania being the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana and with so many incompletely answered and unanswered questions about its effective use, this is clearly an emerging healthcare concern. Our educational and research efforts will help physicians, pharmacists, patients, and those on the dispensing side find best-practice approaches to realize desired clinical outcomes. The Lambert Center is part of the IEHP, similar to other IEHP centers such as the National Academic Center for Telehealth.
As Thomas Jefferson University is in Pennsylvania, what role will The Lambert Center play in the new Pennsylvania Medicinal Cannabis Program?
The Center intends to provide necessary accredited professional education, in the form of online courses to physicians, pharmacists, and others participating in the planned Pennsylvania program, about the potential clinical uses of medical cannabis. We will serve as a comprehensive source for science-based information for clinicians, public officials, and the lay public. Finally, we will actively collaborate with medical and scientific researchers around the state to help understand and track the program’s progress and eventual outcomes.
Will The Lambert Center handle cannabis plant material or products?
The Center will not handle any cannabis plant material or products. The Center will focus on collaboration, education, training, data, and patient and physician reported outcomes.
What’s the role of the Center’s Steering Committee?
The Center’s international, multidisciplinary Steering Committee has significant knowledge about the medical uses of cannabis and cannabinoid drugs. The committee will set the academic and research agenda for the Center.
All committee members will contribute to a forthcoming white paper that summarizes the current state of medical marijuana research and clinical use. They will provide oversight and input to the Center’s professional and lay public educational programs. They will be available as a resource to other researchers with specific questions about gaps in the current knowledge base, possible study design, and opportunities for professional networking.
Who’s funding The Lambert Center?
Our funding is provided through philanthropic support from individuals and groups who are interested in the clinical, scientific, social, and business issues underlying the legalized use of medical cannabis. Our donors recognize the innovative contributions that Jefferson can make to new and existing educational efforts and research in this emerging field.
Does Thomas Jefferson University have an official position on medicinal cannabis?
At the current time, the dispensing and use of medicinal cannabis is not permitted in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Therefore, Thomas Jefferson University has no official position on this issue.
PA Act 16 has established research and education about medicinal cannabis as an implementation priority. Thomas Jefferson University is taking a leadership role in meeting this need.