Q: What is his training background?
Chinese Medicine for 8 years. Studying both TCM and Western medicine, he earned M.D.(5 years’ program, included in one year internship in a university Hospital) and Ph.D. degrees(3 years’ program) in TCM. He took an additional year of training in Western neurology, and completed a six-year residency integrating Western medicine and TCM.
After his school and hospital training, he also had extensive apprenticeship training under Dr.Zhou Zhongying, one of five top TCM doctors in China(TCM internal medicine), Dr.Xia guicheng, a famous TCM gyn doctor in the world, etc.
Q: What is special about Nanjing University of (Traditional) Chinese Medicine?
A: Dr.Arthur Yin Fan’s medical school is called Nanjing University of (Traditional) Chinese Medicine is one of five flagship TCM schools in China (as well as in the world). It is the World Health Organization’s Acupuncture training center and traditional medicine collaborating center.
Q: Comparing to the same specialty’s education, what is the merit educated in Chinese school?
A: Currently in United States, the schools in Oriental medicine offer acupuncture program(master degree, which is basically 1,200 to 1,700 hours during 3 years, and Oriental/Chinese medicine (master degree) maybe 2,500 to 3,000 hours in 4 years. Some schools also offer additional program for doctoral degree, such as DAOM, etc. (some schools have a special program offering internship in a China’s hospital). Such students, if pass NCCAOM exams, they could apply acupuncture license to practice acupuncture and Oriental/Chinese medicine, currently although NCCAOM issues the certificate in Oriental Medicine, there is no Oriental doctor license in most of states.
However, for those who already got MD, DC, DO degree, maybe only spend 200 to 300 hours in acupuncture, then could practice acupuncture (medical acupuncturists). Such condition actually is not good for patients, because acupuncture and Oriental/Chinese medicine totally is another set of medicine; but the law makers in medicine are mostly graduated from the conventional medical schools. And, most researches, such as from NIH, in acupuncture have been conducted under conventional medicine methology, which may give patients a incorrect cognition.
The education in China for Chinese medicine is 5-6 years’ program, about 4,400 hours and one whole year in hospital as an intern. So, for the education alone, such program may be better than that in United States.