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Traditional Chinese Medicine World is pleased to present the winners of the Best of the West 2002 awards program.

OVERALL WINNERS
Faculty, Curriculum, Clinical Training
star graphic AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE San Francisco, California
star graphic OREGON COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE Portland, Oregon
star graphic TEXAS COLLEGE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE Austin, Texas

SMALL/NEW SCHOOL WINNER
star graphic AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE Roseville, Minnesota

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Faculty
star graphic ACADEMY OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE - Austin, Texas
star graphic NATIONAL COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE - Portland, Oregon
star graphic NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE - Orlando, Florida

Curriculum
star graphic AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE -Roseville, Minnesota
star graphic ATLANTIC INSTITUTE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
star graphic INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHINESE MEDICINE - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Clinical Training
star graphic ACADEMY OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE - Austin, Texas
star graphic DALLAS COLLEGE OF ACUPUNCTURE& ORIENTAL MEDICINE - Dallas, Texas
star graphic PACIFIC COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE -San Diego, California

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.

  • A practitioner who is sufficiently advanced in the process of healing themselves to be able to effectively heal others.
  • A practitioner who treats the person’s spirit, not only their symptoms.
  • A practitioner who treats on a Qi (energetic) level to prevent disease before symptoms arise.
  • A practitioner who is able to treat patients using various techniques – with needles, Chinese herbs, acupressure, diet and lifestyle advice.
  • Perhaps most importantly, a practitioner who lives in harmony with his or her surroundings, who understands the importance of community service, who engages in research, and who strives to work with Western medical practitioners to expand access to TCM.

    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
    Baystyr University
    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

    Click here to view the results of Best of the West 2000.

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