Bringing Back Clinically-Based Education Paul Karston Paul Karston is director of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine and pursuing graduate studies in bioethics and medical education at the University of Washington. He discusses the changing style of medical education from classroom science instruction to working with patients in the clinic, a return to a 'problem-based' approach, and reports on the new teaching along these lines at Seattle Institute.
A Curriculum for Practitioner Development: Using Curriculum Evaluation and Planning to Identify Problems and Find Solutions Sibyl Coldham Sibyl Coldham, a former school English teacher who is registrar of the London School of Acupuncture, discusses the preparation of a curriculum that implements an educational policy, development of the syllabus and assessment and evaluation of the students.
Developments in the Education of Medical Students: What it May be Useful for Us to Know Gerry Harris Gerry Harris, a practitioner and teacher of acupuncture, who is involved with medical education at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital School for Medicine and Dentistry, reviews four of the main recommendations made by the General Medical Council in 1993 aimed at improving the way in which medical students are educated, to make the system more humane for staff, students and ulitmately the patients.
Wei Qi Ying Blood Syndrome: Differentiation Analysis and Origin Professor Liu Jingyuan Professor Liu Jingyuan reviews the analysis of Ye Tianshi, a famous doctor of the Ching dynasty, who took epidemic febrile diseases and divided them into four stages, explicating a general progression of exterior to interior. Herbal formulae are given for turning back evil qi at the levels of wei, qi, ying and blood. Translated by Brenda Hood.
The Future of Education in the Healing Arts Dan Kenner Dan Kenner, a Californian practitioner who spent six years training in Japan, describes the training by apprenticeship in Japan and pleads for the restoration of practical forms of internship and apprenticeship in western medical training. He also discusses his system for encouraging practitioners to develop their own formulae 'software'.
The Anglo-Dutch Institute for Oriental Medicine and the Situation on Alternative Medicine in the Netherlands Annemarie L. Hemkin Annemarie L. Hemkin outlines the development of the Anglo-Dutch College, their striving for high standards and their relationship with the Dutch government.
Educational and Professional Developments in Acupuncture in Britain: An Historical and Contemporary Overview Professor Mike Saks Professor Mike Saks gives a concise history of the development of acupuncture in Britain from the seventeenth century and looks at the modern day situation in which he believes that the level of educational and professional development in acupuncture could be pivotal to its future standing.
Great Talents Ripen Late: Continuing Education in the Acupuncture Profession Hugh MacPherson Hugh MacPherson, principal of the Northern College of Acupuncture, York, looks into the issue of continuing education, assessment of standards and competence, and the support of practitioners moving from dependency at colleges to autonomy in practice. He covers the future role of the professional body and the prospect of professional reaccreditation, and stresses the need for involvement of individual practitioners in future planning. Read the whole article
Reflective Students, Reflective Teachers Felicity Moir Felicity Moir, principal of the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, discusses ways in which her college has worked towards developing their students as reflective practitioners, with the introduction of problem-based learning, changes in learning methods and a re-education of teachers, so that they can assist these techniques.
Preparing Professional Practitioners: Two Approaches Della Fish Della Fish, the accreditation officer for the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board and former principal lecturer in education at Brunel University, shares some personal thoughts about the complexities of designing educational programmes both to prepare students to become professional practitioners and to further develop their expertise. She discusses competency-based professional education and reflective practitioner philosophy.
Clinical Training for the Acupuncturist Chris Zaslawski Chris Zaslawski, an associate lecturer at the College of Acupuncture, University of Technology, Sydney, discusses the need for the student acupuncturist to gain practical knowledge as distinct from theoretical or propositional knowledge. Working from an analytical study, he identifies a number of educational strategies that will enhance and enrich the development of practical knowledge within the context of clinical training.
A Report on the 3rd International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Chinese Medicine Marian Fixler Marian Fixler, an acupuncturist at the London Lighthouse, who is involved with the Immune Development Trust, reports on the conference, at Columbia University, New York which was sponsored by HIV/AIDS organisations and clinics of Chinese medicine serving the HIV population across the USA. The report covers the different workshops relating to AIDS treatment and reports on the various treatments and research being carried out.