Traditional Chinese Medicine World is pleased to present the winners of the Best of the West 2002 awards program.
SMALL/NEW SCHOOL WINNER
INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY WINNERS
In keeping with the mission of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation to promote authentic traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), we once again present our list of TCM schools in the United States that we have determined are Best of the West.
The practice of authentic TCM is not based on following a prescribed set of techniques from any textbook. It is not dependant on being trained either in the East or the West. Rather, it is a mindset that strives to understand the laws of nature and how to apply them to healthy living.
We receive many calls at the offices of the TCM World Foundation and Traditional Chinese Medicine World newspaper from people requesting information about TCM schools and practitioners. Some are interested in attending a school; others want to know about the training a practitioner received. To answer these questions, we needed to learn about each program. So, in the spring of 2000, we started our Best of the West survey. We evaluated each participating school and acknowledged the ones doing the best at preserving authentic TCM based on a clearly defined set of criteria. This year’s Best of the West survey gave us the opportunity to revisit schools to see how they are evolving and acquainted us with newer schools that have opened in the past two years.
Outstanding schools are more than their curriculum, faculty and clinical training. They graduate their students on time, preparing them for national exams, licensure, private practice and public service. They are able to balance various and often conflicting demands. They are financially stable, but are more than a business out for profit. They are deeply rooted in the essence of the classical texts and techniques of TCM, but are able to apply these ancient fundamentals to function in a modern world. Outstanding schools are run by passionate directors and faculty who care deeply about TCM and train healers, not technicians.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation is grateful to all of the schools that took the time and energy to participate in our survey!Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin
American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine
Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dallas College of Oriental Medicine
Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine
International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
International Institute of Chinese Medicine
Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine
Kansas College of Chinese Medicine
National College of Naturopathic Medicine
National College of Oriental Medicine
New England School of Acupuncture
New York Institute of Chinese Medicine
Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – San Diego
Samra University of Oriental Medicine
Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine
Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
South Baylo University
Southwest Acupuncture College
Swedish Institute: School of Acupuncture and Oriental Studies
Tai Hsuan Foundation: College of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
University of East & West Medicine
The Wu Hsing Tao School
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
For more information please contact Josh Schindler at 212 274-1079
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