AOM Students Hone Skills on China Trip (Photos)

Monday, November 12, 2012

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Acupuncture and Oriental medicine students train in busy Chinese hospitals on the annual fall externship.

Students and a pediatrician meet with a child.
Photos courtesy Jennifer Berg

The world's most expensive herb, fire-healing demonstrations, and some of China's top doctors — these ranked as highlights of the annual China externship for Bastyr University's Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) programs.

Twenty-nine students earned credit on the monthlong trip in September, gaining a firsthand look at traditional Chinese medicine at two of China's top medical schools, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Each day students shadowed physicians on hospital rounds, checking tongues and pulses, performing tests, recommending herbal treatments and providing acupuncture. They also attended lectures and discussions with senior physicians. In China, their clinical training offers high patient volumes and a range of illnesses less common in the United States.

The group also traveled to temples, a panda park, a Terra Cotta Warriors excavation and one of the largest herbal markets in the world.

Learn more about the annual trip on the China Externship page.

And see photos from the trip to the right.


Learn more about studying acupuncture and Oriental medicine at Bastyr.