BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is popular and current trend suggests a demand for CAM education during residency training. Our objective was to assess perception, the need and experience of CAM education for family practice residents by training faculty. METHODS: A questionnaire was administered to family physicians (n=262) who were registered in the Korean Academy of Family Medicine as residency training faculty between February and May 2006. RESULTS: One hundred and seven (40.8%) of 262 faculty completed the questionnaires. Eighty three (77.6%) respondents recognized the need of CAM education during residency training and fifty two (46.8%) respondents have already educated some kind of CAM. Thirty nine (36.4%) respondents replied that partial CAM educational contents were given out at conferences. Seventy eight (72.9%) respondents recognized the need for educating residents on the general outlines of CAM along with education on verified CAM. Sixty six (61.7%) respondents replied that the Korean Academy of Family Medicine should host such education. CONCLUSION: Most family practice training faculty recognized the need for providing CAM education for family practice residents during residency training, but about an half of family practice training faculty did not have experiences of CAM education.