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The season of fall means harvest. For the profession of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ontario, we have moved one more step ahead by the appointment of the Registrar of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, the official regulatory body in the province. For the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, our graduating students are preparing and getting ready for their graduation exams for the successful completion of their Diploma programs in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Doctor of TCM. Our new students are so inspired and excited about their new study at their new school and to become one of the first few to be awarded the title doctor of TCM and/or Acupuncturists. We are very happy to share all of this great news to all who are interested at the University Professional Schools and Post Graduate Fairs. For patients, we now have one more clinical research that shows that acupuncture is more effective than conventional treatments including medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage for back pain. Good news: British Columbia Health to cover acupuncture under Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance recipients.

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TCM Regulation Updates
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TCM Regulation Is One More Step Forward

On August 31, 2007, The McGuinty government appointed Mrs. Emily Cheung as the Registrar to provide guidance and support to the Transitional Council of the College, Mr. George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The appointment of the Registrar signifies that government moves forward with the development of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. Click here to view the official announcement.

BC Health to Cover Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments will be included for the first time in Canada as a supplementary benefit for Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance recipients.

¡°BC has made another milestone in the TCMA history in North America. The inclusion of acupuncture in the MSP is a formal acceptance and recognition for acupuncture and TCM. It is exciting and inspiring news to the TCM community across Canada. BC has set a real model for the respect of multicultural country and which also opens the doors for the future integration of TCM into the Canadian health care system. I believe that this will be possible in Ontario with the joint effort of individuals and organizations who work hard for the promotion of TCM as a medical science and as a formal health profession¡± said Dr. Mary Wu, president of TSTCM. Learn more...

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Within TSTCM
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Inspiring, Informative and Joyful Orientation for New Students:

September 8 th was a memorable day for all new students admitted to TSTCM. All students were inspired by Dr. Wu's passionate speech and the success of Dr. Jae Joo and Dr. Amy Lee, graduates of TSTCM. New students have shared their determination and commitment not only to pursue a professional career training and to become successful TCM doctors and acupuncturists, but also to promote TCM as medical science and to work hard towards the integration of TCM into our health Care System.

TSTCM Offers More Choices of Schedule to Meet the Needs of Its Students

Starting this fall TSTCM is offering two classes for the Department of TCM theory and Diagnosis and the Department of Acupuncture. Students now may choose to take the courses either on Saturday, for the entire day, or weekday classes. These additional choices signify the commitment of the school to its students needs and to the high quality of teaching. Many working students are now able to complete the acupuncture diploma program by doing the Saturday and evening courses in 3 years while keeping their full time job working Monday to Fridays.

The Third Successful Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Workshop & Certification at TSTCM

In order to ensure the safety of the practitioners, patients and the general public, the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine has successfully hosted the third Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course and certification examinations on September 30, 2007. CNT certification is one of the requirements for acupuncture examination and certification by the US National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Over 40 states recognize NCCAOM certification for professional license. Learn more...

TSTCM Graduation Exams Will Be held on October 14 th and 28 th

It is the time again for graduating students to test their knowledge, skills and practice by doing their graduation exams. The annual graduation exams for all diploma programs at TSTCM will be held on Oct, 14 & 28. The exams include 4 hours comprehensive examination, 1 hour of case analysis, and practical exams for acupuncture point location and needling, or herbal and formula recognition. For the doctor of TCM candidates, the students must complete a 4 hour comprehensive exam as well as a case management with real patient in front of a panel of examiners and penal examination afterwards, in addition to all other exams for acupuncture and herbal medicine diploma. These exams were developed by experts of TCM practitioners and educators following the established examination format recognized in North America. In addition to examining the knowledge, practical skills and professional competencies, these examinations also help to prepare the graduates for formal professional licensing examinations. To date, TSTCM has achieved 100% passing rate for certifying examination in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a professional certification that is recognized by over 40 states where acupuncture is regulated in USA.

TSTCM Is To Participate A Series Of Professional School Fairs In Selected Universities Across Ontario

As a continuous endeavour to promote TCM to the public and to increase the awareness of the health benefits and professional career in TCM and Acupuncture, TSTCM is participating in a series of graduate and professional school fairs in most Ontario Universities including University of Toronto (all 3 campuses), York, Ryerson, McMaster, Waterloo and Western Ontario. Dr. Mary Wu has been invited by York University as a panellist to introduce the health benefit of TCM and professional career as Doctor of TCM or Acupuncturist as well as the admission requirements and application procedures. Over 50 students attended.

We would like to invite you to drop by the TSTCM booth to talk to our students about the excitement and the current development of the profession. Following are the details regarding the fairs:

Tue, Sept 25, 2007 10am-3pm York University Career Conversations 07
Tue, Oct 2, 2007 10:30am-2:30pm University of Toronto, George Campus
Wed, Oct 3, 2007 10:30am-1:30pm University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus
Tue, Oct 9, 2007 11:00am-3:00pm Ryerson University
Thu, Oct 11, 2007 11:00am-2:00pm University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
Wed, Oct 17, 2007 11:00am-2:00pm University of Walterloo
Wed, Oct 24, 2007 10:00am-2:00pm McMaster University
Wed, Nov 7, 2007 11:00am-3:00pm University of Western Ontario

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TCM Research
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Acupuncture is more effective than conventional treatments including medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage for back pain.

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on Monday September 24, 2007 , German researchers reported that half the people receiving acupuncture reported improvement. Only one-quarter of those getting conventional therapies felt better. The funding of this study came from German health insurance companies and the findings already have led to more coverage of acupuncture in Germany.

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Within this Issue:
  1. TCM regulation is one more step forward
  2. BC Health to Cover Acupuncture
  3. Snapshot of TSTCM's Orientation
  4. More Choices of Schedule for TSTCM Students
  5. The Third Successful CNT Course at TSTCM
  6. Graduation Exam in Oct
  7. TSTCM is to participate series of graduate / professional schools fairs
  8. Acupuncture Is Most Effective In Treating Back Pain

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