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First Year Medical Student Course (ME 644D Integrative East-West Medicine)

Since 1995, ME 644D has been recognized by UCLA students and faculty as one of the best elective courses at the UCLA School of Medicine. ME 644D is a sixteen-hour (eight week) introductory course where students are exposed to theories and concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine through didactics and hands-on demonstrations and practice. The objective of the course is to stimulate students to explore a broader range of healthcare possibilities, using a combination of case discussion, demonstration, and interaction with students and faculty. We will focus the discussion on different paradigms of medicine and will compare the Western medical model with complementary and integrative models, with an emphasis on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Fourth Year Medical Student Intensive Clinical Clerkship (ME 207.01 Integrative East-West Medicine)

ME 207.01 is a two-week, eighty-hour intensive course where students are exposed to specific Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic and therapeutic tools through demonstrations and hands-on practice. The course is designed to highlight, compare, and contrast key principles of both conventional Western and Traditional Chinese Medical paradigms in a relatively short period of time. Through case work-ups, patient interviews, case discussions with faculty, and hands-on practice, students are exposed to TCM therapeutic approaches such as acupressure and acupuncture, dietary and herbal supplements, and Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong exercises. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease prevention, stressing the integrity of the human body and its relationship with the social and natural environments, including the effects of physical, nutritional, psychosocial, and genetic factors on health and disease. Students are taught how to use therapeutic principles to match and guide the selection of appropriate treatments for each individual patient. At the end of two weeks, students are expected to present a patient case using an integrative East-West approach.


For UCLA Students:

Please register through the Student Affairs Office. If you would like to add to the class less than one month before class begins, please contact our office as soon as possible at 310-794-0712.

For Non-UCLA students:

Please go to the Visiting Medical Student and download the externship application. Please complete the form and submit payment six weeks prior to the start of the class. We will forward your application to the Student Affairs Office, and the Student Affairs Office will notify you when your application has been approved. FAX: 310-794-3310.

If you have any additional questions about these courses, contact our Education Coordinator, Sandi Chiu at schiu@mednet.ucla.edu.

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