SHUTCM takes the lead in establishing Rehabilitation Medicine School
SHUTCM takes the lead in establishing Rehabilitation Medicine School
Modern rehabilitation medicine has a history of hundreds of years in western countries; however, it is only over 30 years since it has entered China. Recently, the education model of “organic combination of Chinese traditional Rehabilitation technology theory” initiated by Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) via 4-year practical experience according to international rehabilitation education standards, has been recognized by international authoritative organizations, symbolizing the hope of combined Chinese and western rehabilitation therapy to exert greater influence home and abroad.
Pic: WCPT international certification awarded to Rehabilitation Medicine School of SHUTCM
Physical Therapy of SHUTCM got WCPT international certification with highest grade soon after rehabilitation medicine passed professional certification of WFOT, SHUTCH, therefore, has become a domestically only one and few universities all over the world which passed max 5-year complete certification. Another international index was broken and replaced with high scores when Mr. Hu Hongyi, vice president of SHUTCM, accepted the certificate from Chairman of WCPT Margot Skinner in Summit Meeting of International Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine for Developing Counties held in Kunming, Yunnan Province in July 29 of this year.
SHUTCM is among the first group of colleges of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) implementing profession differentiation for rehabilitation the therapy education, in which add TCM into international standards, integrating modern rehabilitation medicine ideology technology and Chinese traditional rehabilitation therapy, creating a new road of foresting rehabilitation therapy personnel with Chinese characteristics.
Establishing international standardized rehabilitation education system
Pic Teachers and students of school of rehabilitation of SHUTCM took part in academic activities
In 2009, in order to deal with the aging problem in Shanghai, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission initiated to select quality universities and colleges, sorting and establishing Shanghai rehabilitation therapy personnel training base, expecting to train a group of rehabilitation therapeutists from the existing universities and colleges to achieve clinic application. SHUTCM emerged as the winner from numerous universities and colleges, taking the lead in establishing the school of rehabilitation with RMB 8.7 million capital support from the municipal government.
Most domestic rehabilitation education schools combined 3 majors (physical therapy, occupational therapy and language therapy), which are completely independent from one another, into 1 rehabilitation therapy. Many specialties hold different opinions, “such a big major without separation only means general outline teaching, which might impact the clinic mentality during the rehabilitation therapy process”.
The core professional courses must be divided to sub-courses in the international rehabilitation education experience. Thus, leaded by professor Yan Juntao, the rehabilitation school of SHUTCM completed rehabilitation teaching plan revision, set 3 courses of physical therapy, occupational therapy and spoken and listening therapy. Meanwhile, it introduced original version textbooks for core courses, implementing the teaching mode of combination of local teaching teams and high quality overseas professors.
Mr. Li Xinda, Ph.D. of physical therapy and exercise science of The State University of New York and Honorary president of rehabilitation school, frequently visited the universities of mainland China and Taiwan. He said, “The school employed best overseas teacher according to international standards, our teaching team ranked ahead among domestic universities and colleges”.
Mr. Wu Xubo, director of physical therapy department of rehabilitation school, has recently won first prize in the professional certification test for national physical therapeutist. He has also selected and appointed to receive 1-year academic training in Rangos school of Duquesne University in US. He told the journalist that the rehabilitation school not only invited high quality foreign teachers, but also cooperated with some well-known professional rehabilitation schools of US, Japan and Australia etc., helping young teachers and therapeutist in clinic base to get higher degrees and achieve higher level development.
Immerge TCM ideology into rehabilitation therapy
Mr. Shen Xiaoming, deputy mayor of Shanghai at that time, pointed out several times that, the rehabilitation therapy of SHUTCM should do addition, ie, to add TCM connotation on international standard.
“(We should ) immerge TCM ideology into rehabilitation therapy, integrate modern medicine ideology and Chinese traditional rehabilitation therapy, and insist on the road of internalized teaching method and foresting rehabilitation the therapy personnel with Chinese characteristics”.
Hu said that fully exertion of traditional method like moxibustion and massage, acupuncture etc., has been appraised by related overseas institutes and international rehabilitation certification organizations, and also contributed to the international certification award of this time.
Mr. Liu Xiaodan, director of occupational therapy department of school of rehabilitation, introduced that the students were required to completer multiple TCM courses during their academic years. Normally, western style yoga are replaced by Chinese exercises like shadowboxing (Taiji), eight-section brocade (Baduanjin) and five mimic-animal exercises (Wuqinxi).
“TCM therapy is added into every course, more important thing is to establish teaching system with Chinese characteristics and create Chinese medicine operation standard which can be widely used. We invited Mr. Wang Yongjun from academic leader of Longhua Hospital affiliated to SHUTCM and Mr. Shan Chunlei, academic leader of Nanjing Medical University to comprehensively improve our work with their prominent advantages in the fields of TCM Traumatology and Encephalopathy rehabilitation.” What Mr.Hu hope is to foster rehabilitation therapeutists with both international level and TCM gene, and consolidate the unshakable TCM position in rehabilitation therapy. When fostering rehabilitation therapy, try best to make breakthrough on “rehabilitation doctors integrating western medicine and TCM based on existing trial mode of “5+3=X” ”.
Ms. Liu Qianwen, 2011-session student from occupational therapy of rehabilitation school, joined the teaching team in July of this year, completing the transformation from a student to a teacher. She was a student of rehabilitation therapy forested by the school, and appointed to receive advanced education in Taiwan and US, now she returned to Alma Mater to drive more students to accept Chinese style rehabilitation education.
Training high level practitioner of TCM and rehabilitation personnel integrating western medicine and TCM
Hu Hongyi said the mode of integrating western medicine and TCM is supported by Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning and Shanghai Municipal Office for Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine. With the certification award of WFOT and WCPT this time, it improved capacities to take more continuing education works for in-service rehabilitation therapeutists.
Rehabilitation school of SHUTCM is now taking great efforts to build teaching practice base and clinic practice base:currently it has over 300 beds for rehabilitation from 7 affiliate hospitals. The next step for SHUTCM is to cooperate with Shanghai Pudong New Area People's Government to establish Shanghai Rehabilitation Medicine Centre, which will be operated by the university and carry out development of integrated medicine, teaching and research. The project is now under construction.
In addition, Rehabilitation school plans to foster a great number of high level practitioner of TCM and rehabilitation masters and doctors integrating western medicine and TCM featured in with TCM and western medicine integration, with strong practice, teaching and research abilities as well as considerable humanity quality, and optimize the postdoctoral program in next 5-10 years.
Under the development ideology of “international standard, Chinese style, TCM characteristic”, Rehabilitation school of SHUTCM engaged international connection, with the help of Chinese style rehabilitation medicine development trend and Shanghai medical service system, rapidly established a strategic teaching development structure of integrating “school, hospital, research institute, enterprise, and community” with the establishment of TCM rehabilitation medicine as its core.