Ennis Fiddler Mary Mordue Traditional Chinese Medicine: Educational Requirements and Use of Titles by Practitioners The Minister’s Question On January 18, 2006 HPRAC received a referral from the Minister of Health and Long- Term Care regarding the use of the title “doctor” and the relevant educational requirements for practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. [...] Advice regarding the educational requirements relating to the use of the “doctor” title by certain members of the proposed new college, to be called the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners of Ontario. [...] The Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s submission captured the salient points of many others: Doctors of TCM must possess the knowledge of fundamental theory, the skills of diagnostic methods and differentiation of syndromes, master the techniques of treatment remedies, be able to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions safely and effectively using a comprehensive [...] Educational requirements should be set according to the core competencies and the scope of TCM practice at the doctoral level in accordance with other health care professions that [use] the title of Doctor in Ontario, and that of the other jurisdictions where standards are established such as China, the US and BC. [...] The administration of the exam was a milestone event in the growth of the profession in the United States.
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