1. TSTCM Prepares Students for Professional Regulation
The establishment of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) marked the beginning of the regulation of traditional Chinese medicine TCM profession in Ontario. It is exciting and challenging at the same time.
The uncertainties of the profession at this stage stir up stakeholders' concerns. People interested in becoming an acupuncturist or doctor of TCM may be anxious to know which school or program they should trust and how long they should study. Students currently in TCM schools or programs may wonder if their training will be recognized. People now practicing TCM may question if they will be qualified for practice after regulation. Schools offering related programs concern whether the ongoing programs will meet the educational standards and if their students will be qualified for licensing.
Regulation is about to set up the standards for practice and requirements of competencies for entry to practice. It is about to ensure that only qualified practitioners may communicate TCM diagnosis and provide TCM including acupuncture treatments that are safe, effective and ethical to the public. All people wishing to be qualified to practice will be accountable to the regulatory body, the CTCMPAO.
TSTCM has been offering systematic and comprehensive training in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine with high standards. TSTCM programs are designed according to the available established and recognized professional standards in North America, such as the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the United States and the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) of British Columbia in Canada. TSTCM will continue to work hard in meeting the requirements of the official standards and to maintain high teaching quality to ensure the delivery of competences to its students required by the regulatory bodies.
2. Extend application deadline for Fall 2008 to meet increasing interest
A good news for people who are crunching time to prepare application for the September entry. In response to increasing requests from potential students, TSTCM has extended the application deadline from July 8, 2008 to August 8, 2008 for September enrolment. Although the class schedule is not finalized, people interested in this Fall may have a head start to plan their time with the draft schedule which is now available online.
3. TSTCM supported Sichuan earthquake victims
Leaving no time to sit mourning the Sichuan earthquake victims, students, faculty and staff of TSTCM were quickly in an upsurge to donate upon the call from the school. In a week the donation has climbed up to $660.27. This is the add-on of the $2,000 donation the school immediately made to the Sichuan Earthquake Committee, a charity organization established shortly after the disaster in a mission to help the suffered.
4. Student Advisory Council backs school improvements
Ever since its establishment in 2006, the Student Advisory Council (SAC) has assisted the school in making improvements in many areas from clinic management, school administration, to teaching qualities.
Comprised of students, faculty, and school's management, the SAC serves as a bridge between the school and the students. It commits to voicing and resolving student's on-going concerns on a timely manner. “The SAC”, noted by school's management, “helps the school to learn the needs of the students and to act proactively”. Bearing a strong desire to make TSTCM the best place for high quality TCM education, members of the council are working voluntarily and tirelessly. Their hard work has been rewarded in the means of school's many improvements and the increasing recognition from the students.
5. TCM Classics - Jin Gui Yao Lue is to be offered in the Fall – Registration is now open
Jin Gui Yao Lue, one of the four TCM classics, will be offered this Fall. It's extremely a good news for many who have been waiting long to take this course. This course mainly applies advanced theory, differential diagnosis, and treatment methods to study chapters on miscellaneous diseases from the Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Chamber. Jin Gui Yao Lue is part of the Doctor of TCM diploma program and requests enrolling students have intermediate knowledge of TCM theories and herbal medicine. Registration for this course is now open for current and former students. Interest from individuals of public is also welcome given that they meet the prerequisite requirement. Registration deadline will be on August 8, 2008.
6. Active learning in teaching clinic – live case discussion guided by instructor
No better way than active learning that can help students to get the most from their studies. In addition to gaining hands-on clinical experience by consulting and treating patients, students are now able to share their opinions on cases they brought up during the teaching clinic. All discussions are moderated by the clinic supervisors who also demonstrate the treatment approach at the same time. The benefits of live case discussion comes from the ideas that the case analysis will be much facilitated if it is discussed timely and active learning will be resulted when students hold an interest. Added on these benefits are students' capability of critical thinking and examining symptoms from multiple dimensions.