After graduating from acupuncture school in 1988, I studied for several months at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hanzhou, People’s Republic of China. I benefitted in 3 valuable ways:
- We Americans have done it! I discovered my education in the USA was just as good as education in China. Yankee ingenuity! Forget those who warned that Westerners would never penetrate the mysteries of the East.
- In the university hospital I saw a new patient every ten minutes. I had to think fast and act fast. This was advanced, post-graduate clinical work, and it fine-tuned the knowledge I brought with me from the USA.
- I witnessed a model of how things could be done here. The hospital was shared by doctors of Chinese medicine and doctors of Western allopathic medicine, with common cross referrals. Such open-minded cooperation does not always happen in the USA.