ACTCM’s Study Abroad Revamp: 2nd & 3rd Level Students Trip To China

Among many things, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) is known for its exceptional clinical training. Over 1,000 hours of the 3,131 hours required in the Master’s program is dedicated to seeing patients in
ACTCM’s on-site Community Clinic, or at one of its four externship sites in San Francisco.

Beginning in the spring of 2010, ACTCM students will now have up to two opportunities to travel to China and observe the medicine while they’re completing their master’s degree. The ACTCM study abroad program is being revamped to offer two different trips to Shanghai, China to second and third level students approximately once a year.

ACTCM’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Liza Goldblatt, has had a hand in bringing about changes to the study abroad program after hearing feedback from students, alumni, faculty and staff.

“The trips will occur once a year, most likely in the spring: a beautiful time of year in China,” said Goldblatt. “We are currently considering several hospitals and outpatient clinics and will select one very soon.”

Although details are still being ironed out, the foundations of the trips have been established. One trip will be a two-week introductory visit to Shanghai for students who have completed their first year comprehensive exams. These students will have the opportunity to observe several Chinese medicine clinics while enjoying the offerings of the area under the guidance of an ACTCM faculty member.

A four-week trip will also be available to third-level students who have reached the intern-level of clinical training at ACTCM. These students will have the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth study and observation of Chinese medicine in a variety of settings including various areas of specialization.

In order to ensure a well-rounded and seamless experience for students, an ACTCM faculty member will oversee both training programs including administrative issues while students are in China. Both trips will also be open to ACTCM alumni as well as other licensed acupuncturists.

“Study in China offers the very unique opportunity to witness the roots of our medicine and observe the full depth and breadth as it is practiced in the hospital environment as well as in very busy outpatient clinics,” said Goldblatt. “This will be an amazing and unique opportunity.”

For more information about ACTCM’s study abroad opportunities, please contact the Admissions office at (415) 282-7600 x14 or

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About American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has provided affordable, quality health care to the public and trained professionals in acupuncture, massage and Chinese medicine since 1980. In addition to its graduate curriculum, ACTCM offers continuing education, public education, community outreach and clinical services in acupuncture and herbal medicine. ACTCM has been the recipient of many awards for its curriculum, faculty and clinic, and has been voted “Best of the Bay” by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. ACTCM is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.