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Come join us on July 31 - Aug 11 in Shanghai, China!

2-Week Immersive Integrative Medicine Course in Shanghai for Health Professionals


Two-Week Clinical Immersive Integrative Medicine Program in Shanghai 

Goal: To provide clinical observation and experience in Chinese integrative medical practice in Chinese hospital and community settings


Since in the 1950s, the Chinese government has promoted integrative medicine (IM) in domestic health care policies that aimed to blend Chinese medicine with western biomedicine. There are now 35 Chinese medicine colleges and universities, and 46 of the 123 western biomedical universities have IM programs housed within special departments or institutes. In addition, there are 358 IM hospitals and 3,015 Chinese medicine hospitals operating in China. Of the roughly 15,000 western biomedical hospitals, 95% include IM departments. By comparison, traditional/Chinese medicine remains poorly integrated with mainstream health care systems in the United States.

This program will engage students with IM in China today, where Chinese medicine and western biomedicine coexist and blend in some ways to provide health promotion and disease treatment. A better understanding of IM development in China will help U.S. practitioners and academics to further develop IM in the U.S. It will also help promote collaboration between the U.S. and China. The program is hosted in Shanghai, in partner with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) and Fudan University Academy of Integrative Medicine.

This program will be particularly valuable for:

  • Health professionals, including acupuncturists, physicians as well as nurses and physician assistants;
  • Satisfying the global perspective component of the CEWM’s two-year integrative medicine Fellowship program;
  • Part of the four-week UCLA travel abroad study program (last two weeks, 4 units) for pre-med and pre-health students at UC system.

Tentative schedule and learning points:

Objectives: Participants will learn about basic concepts and various techniques of Chinese medicine, China’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape, and integrative medicine strategies being implemented to address personal and community health issues.

July 31, Monday

9-11:30 AM: Introduction to integrative medicine worldwide: importance, models and role in the healthcare systems – Ka-Kit Hui, MD (UCLA)

  • Describe why integrative medicine is important in healthcare systems worldwide
  • Provide an overview of integrative medical models
  • Provide perspectives of how to enhance integrative medicine development in clinical practice, education, and research.

1:30 – 3:30 PM: Chinese Culture Relevant to Chinese Medicine – faculty (SHUTCM)

  • Philosophy and principles of Chinese culture
  • Visit to Shanghai Museum of Chinese Medicine
  • Experience of cultural activities
  • Facilitate the understanding of Chinese medicine through cultural activities

August 1, Tuesday

9- 10:30 AM: Person-centered clinical model in integrative medicine - Ka-Kit Hui, MD (UCLA)

  • Describe the clinical model at UCLA Center for East-West Medicine
  • Provide a case to demonstrate the model
  • Describe scientific base of complementary and alternative medical modalities

10:30 – 11:30 AM: Hospitals in Chinese healthcare system Integrative medical practice in hospital settings – Weijun Zhang, DrPH (UCLA)

  • Provide an overview of hospital system in China
  • Describe integrative medicine practice in three types of hospitals
  • Provide an overview of inpatient practices in Chinese medicine hospitals

1:30 – 3:30 PM: The structure and functions of a Chinese medicine hospital: Chinese medicine practice in a Chinese medicine hospital – faculty (SHUTCM- Shuguang hospital)

  • Learn the implementation of clinical programs in a Chinese medicine hospital
  • Visit the inpatient services of a Chinese medicine hospital
  • Visit the outpatient services of a clinical medicine hospital

August 2, Wednesday

9 – 11:30 AM Chinese medicine: basic theory and current research- faculty (SHUTCM)

  • Learn the basic theory of Chinese medicine
  • Provide an overview of scientific findings on basic theory of Chinese medicine
  • Provide an overview of herbs and herbal treatments in Chinese medicine

1:30 – 3:30 PM: Site visits to herbal fields: herbal growing, processing and production – faculty (SHUTCM)

August 3, Thursday

9 – 11:30 AM Modernization of Chinese medicine: technologies and standardization - faculty (SHUTCM)

    • Provide an overview of modernization in Chinese medicine
    • Learn research in modern Chinese medicine diagnostics
    • Provide an overview of Chinese medicine practice in Chinese healthcare system

1:30 – 3:30 PM: Site Visits to labs and/or facilities that conduct research on modernization of Chinese medicine – faculty (SHUTCM)

August 4, Friday

9-11:30 AM Magic needle: acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping therapy - Wang Fan, PhD (SHUTCM)

  • Understand the theory of acupuncture: meridians, acupoints, and moxibustion
  • Current research in acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping
  • Techniques and alternative approaches to acupuncture

1:30 – 3:30PM Site visits to an acupuncture treatment center at Yueyang Hospital  – faculty (SHUTCM – Yueyang Hospital)

  • Hands-on practice in acupuncture clinics under supervision

August 7, Monday

9-11:30 AM Chinese integrative medicine: history, principles and main ideas - Weijun Zhang, DrPH (UCLA)

  • Provide an overview of how Chinese government planned and implemented integrative medicine in China
  • Describe approaches to integrative medicine in China
  • Analyze differences of integrative medicine practice between China and the United States

1:30 – 3:30 PM site visit to an integrative medicine department at a comprehensive hospital (Huashan Hospital)-  Liu Yi, MD, PhD (Fudan University Huashan Hospital)

August 8, Tuesday

9- 11:30 AM Integrative medicine services in community settings –  Weijun Zhang, DrPH (UCLA)

  • Provide an overview of community health centers in the Chinese healthcare system
  • Provide an overview of how Chinese medicine and integrative medicine have been utilized in community settings for prevention, treatment and health maintenance.

1:30 – 3:30 PM site visits to a community health center in Shanghai (Zhoujiadu Community Health Center) – faculty (SHUTCM)

  • Site visit to community health centers to see how it provides Chinese medicine services to community residents

August 9, Wednesday

9-10:20 AM Mind-body practice and research - Yumin Cho, PhD (UCLA)

  • Learn different types of mind-body practice in the West
  • Learn the research and evidence-based mind-body practice in clinical setting
  • Learn how mind-body practice has been incorporated into in health promotion and disease prevention

10:30 – 12:00 PM mind-body practice of Chinese medicine - Sun Lei, PhD (SHUTCM)

  • Learn Taichi and Qigong practice under the framework of Chinese medicine
  • Research of Tai chi and Qigong
  • Learn how Tai Chi and Qigong programs are incorporated into community setting

1:30 -3:30 PM group practice of Qigong and Taichi – Sun Lei, PhD (SHUTCM)

August 10, Thursday

9-10:20 AM: understand approaches of clinical practice and research in Chinese integrative medicine – Weijun Zhang, DrPH (UCLA)

  • Understand different approaches to Chinese integrative medicine based on institution setting and educational background
  • Provide an overview of current research in Chinese integrative medicine in various specialties

10:30 – 12:00 PM Integration in theory of integrative medicine: using metabolic syndrome as an example – Yumin Cho, PhD (UCLA)

  • Understand the current research in integrative medicine
  • Learn how to integrate theory of western and Chinese medicine

1:30 – 3:30 PM clinical shadowing or hands-on with experts – faculty (SHUTCM)

August 11, Friday

9 – 11:30 AM in-depth discussion with integrative medicine experts in various specialties – faculty (SHUTCM)

  • Understand research and clinical practice in specific areas
  • Gain personal perspective on clinical practice in specific areas
  • Form a collaboration in future development in research and clinical practice of integrative medicine

1:30 – 3:30 PM Conclusion of the program



International Education College, Shanghai University of traditional Chinese Medicine

1200 Cailun Rd, Pudong New district, Shanghai, China 201203



Jinjiang Inn (Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park)

No. 800 Huatuo Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai China




Tuition (include local hotel as shown above):

Students ($2400, double occupancy hotel)

Health professionals ($2700, 21 CEU credits for double occupancy hotel)

Health professionals ($3000, 21 CEU credits and single occupancy hotel)


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