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Welcome to the International Chinese Medicine Program

of the Shanghai East Hospital


For the first time, we offer the 4 week long TCM intensive course in Spring 2013 for medicine students and western MD's wanting to get insight into the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).




The program is designed for participants, who have none or very basic knowledge of TCM. However, while this program is aimed towards beginners, a profound knowledge of western medicine and human physiology and pathophysiology is a prerequisite.

Participants will accompany and be taught by the TCM practitioners in all four TCM departments of the Shanghai East Hospital. We do offer German medicinal students the option to rotate in a related department of western medicine to meet the criteria of obtaining a Famulatur certification as well.

The TCM Program includes:

  • Daily Medical Chinese language lessons for beginners, specially aimed to quickly acquire basic skills for communication in the hospital
  • Daily teaching by our TCM practitioners, including two 90 minutes TCM lectures per week and all necessary course materials
  • The possibility to attend the lectures of the regular western medicine program
  • Housing, meals, internet access, transportation, personal Chinese cell phone, tourist trips and much more

The program is designed as intensive course: It starts with breakfast and travel to the hospital facilities in the mornings and ends with dinner in the evenings. The TCM program is all-inclusive and participants only need to bring their own clothes, care for lunch, and buy plane tickets. Everything else, such as rooms in our apartment, breakfast and dinner, lectures, transportation, etc. is included, as are sightseeing trips in Shanghai and vicinity.

We are proud to be able to offer this entire package at a very attractive price compared to the average TCM programs and the living costs in China.

The TCM Departments of the Shanghai East Hospital are located next to the main gate of the hospital premises. Two participants per department at a time will accompany the TCM practitioners to ensure an optimal student-teacher ratio and mentoring. The TCM Intensive Course thus has only 6 - 8 available places per session.

  • The first session is scheduled to start on February 25th, and ends on March 22th
  • The next sessions are scheduled for summer/fall 2013

If you are a group of at least 5 - 6 professional doctors or medical students who are interested to participate in this program outside the scheduled sessions, please contact us and we will try to offer an individual session specially designed to your timetable.