The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine presents the first in its series of visual history interviews with more than 100 prominent leaders in the field of integrative East-West Medicine in China, "Tracing the development of integrative medicine in China: Perspectives from three prominent leaders."
Part 3 of 4: “On Training”
In this third clip, two former presidents and the current president of the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine explain the challenges and goals of training practitioners of integrative East-West medicine.
“Drastic measures need to be taken for the model of ‘Western medicine doctors learning Chinese medicine’ to continue,” says Wu Xianzhong, former president (1989-1995) of the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine. More practitioners of Chinese Medicine are interested in learning than vice versa. To remedy this issue, Chen Keji, former president (1995-2008) of the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine, stresses that incentives must be available for Western Medical doctors to learn Chinese medicine within training programs.
Chen Kaixian, current president of the Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine since 2008, believes that to meet the needs of contemporary society, students must learn both Chinese and Western medicine. Furthermore, Chen states that those who have a deep understanding of Chinese medicine are becoming increasingly rare. As we move forward in the development of integrative medicine, we must preserve Chinese Medicine as a reference by retaining a subset of practitioners who specialize in it.