National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

02/23/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2024 20:14

Nurturing Cross-Disciplinary’New Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners’: NYCU’s School of Chinese Medicine Debuts at Department Fair on February 24

Translated by Elaine Chuang
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National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University is set to host a department fair during this Saturday's (February 24) anniversary celebration, providing graduating high school students with the opportunity to explore their future aspirations. This year marks the inaugural appearance of the newly established School of Chinese Medicine.
As the first national university in Taiwan to offer a School of Chinese Medicine, NYCU aims to introduce high school students to the field, emphasizing that Chinese medicine is not only about traditional medical practices but also involves interdisciplinary learning incorporating artificial intelligence and information technology.

In response to the insufficient research capacity and faculty in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Taiwan, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University's predecessor, Yang Ming Medical College, established the Institute of Traditional Medicine as early as 1991. After years of solidifying its presence in the field of traditional Chinese medicine, the Ministry of Education approved the establishment of the School of Chinese Medicine last year.

In the future, the school will primarily affiliate with Taipei Veterans General Hospital for clinical internships, shouldering the responsibility of nurturing cross-disciplinary "New Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners."
Interdisciplinarity will be a strength and distinctive feature of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University's School of Chinese Medicine

Tung-Yi Lin, the Executive Secretary of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University's School of Chinese Medicine and current Associate Professor at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, expressed that the newly established School of Chinese Medicine will integrate fields such as biotechnology, engineering, artificial intelligence, information technology, technology management, community, and humanities medicine. Drawing upon the university's extensive experience in cultivating top-notch medical students, the goal is to establish a national university Chinese medicine education system.

The talent development direction will break away from traditional models, focusing on producing "New Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners" primarily equipped for hospital systems and possessing interdisciplinary characteristics. "Interdisciplinarity will be a strength and distinctive feature of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University's School of Chinese Medicine," he added.

Currently, most traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in Taiwan serve in community-based healthcare. Hospitals, universities, government, and industries are in great need of TCM professionals to drive teaching, research, and research and development (R&D). The newly established School of Chinese Medicine aims to focus on nurturing TCM professionals required for hospital clinical practices, scientific research, and the biotechnology industry, ultimately contributing to the advancement of the traditional Chinese medicine industry in Taiwan.

The goal of the "New Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners" is to inject vitality into major hospitals and the biotechnology industry. In addition to practicing in communities, this initiative aims to provide students with broader academic perspectives and more development opportunities.

Lin Dong-Yi mentioned that through interdisciplinary collaboration, they plan to cultivate TCM professionals with a global perspective and innovative thinking. These practitioners will contribute to the advancment of medical technology, actively participating in the development of traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan and globally.