Introducing integrative East-West medicine to medical students and residents

Ka Kit Hui, Lidia Zylowska, Edward K. Hui, Jun Liang Yu, Jie Jia Li

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Over the last several years, many medical schools and residencies have introduced complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into their curricula, prompting a discussion as to how CAM should be taught. In this paper, we share our experiences teaching medical trainees integrative East-West medicine, an approach to health and disease that brings together modern Western and Chinese medicine. A 2-week clinical rotation that is intimately tied to our busy clinical program is described in detail as we explore some of the challenges and opportunities involved in teaching a CAM-related field to medical trainees. We also demonstrate how such a clinical experience offers an opportunity to impart on our students a broad view of medicine and to discuss novel approaches to clinical problem-solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-515
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2002


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