About the President
Mary Xiumei Wu is the founder and President of the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She began her medical career as a barefoot doctor serving local villagers in China in 1975. She had always dreamed of becoming a professional medical doctor, and after five years of study at the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine she graduated in 1982 with top honours, fulfilling her dream. Subsequently, Mary worked at the University and its teaching hospital as a physician and instructor.
Mary came to Canada in 1986, studied English, and received her Master of Science degree from the University of Waterloo. She continued to work in medical research in the fields of reproductive physiology, endocrinology and gene therapy, and has published many research papers in high-profile medical journals.
In 1995, Mary established the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in pursuit of her lifelong vision –- to promote and develop public access to high quality TCM health care. The school is a reflection of her dedication to the development of TCM through education and professional service. She is a caring and passionate doctor, an enthusiastic and experienced teacher, a highly regarded advocate, and an outstanding leader in the field of TCM in Canada.
Mary was appointed by the Minister of Health to two major Health Canada Advisory bodies, the Advisory Panel for Herbal Products and the Expert Advisory Committee of Complementary Medicine. She has been serving as a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Natural Health Product Directorate for several years. She is actively involved in the promotion, recognition, and regulation of TCM and Acupuncture as a medical science and primary health care profession in Canada.
In May 2002, Mary appeared before the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. In her presentation she recommended the integration of TCM and acupuncture into the mainstream health care system, proclaiming that it would benefit all Canadians and reduce the cost of health care in Canada. In accordance with Mary's vision, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is currently in the process of being regulated in Ontario.
Message from the President
Welcome to the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is an opportune time for you to be considering a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, as the Ontario government is currently in the process of regulating the profession to meet increasing demand for more patient-centered health care.
There is significant concern about the side effects of drugs and surgeries. More and more patients are looking for alternative and complementary treatments such as acupuncture and TCM to treat illness, promote health, and prevent disease.
I congratulate you for exploring the extraordinary world of TCM and acupuncture. TCM is a distinct and comprehensive medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years in China. It is composed of fundamental theory, unique diagnostic methods, and a variety of treatment modalities, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina massage. An increasing quantity of research is proving its effectiveness and more and more people are experiencing the benefits of this ancient and natural system of medicine.
TSTCM is dedicated to providing high quality TCM and acupuncture education. Our curriculum, instructors, and teaching methods are designed to give you the most comprehensive and rewarding educational experience possible.
Our combined classroom and clinical training methods encompass traditional as well as modern approaches to TCM. They are innovative and effective – all provided within a supportive and inspiring environment.
TSTCM delivers the high standard of education required to meet licensing requirements in Canada and the United States. So, join us at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and let us help you on your journey to a challenging and rewarding career!
Mary X Wu, President
M.D. (China, TCM) M. Sc., Dipl Ac. & C.H. (NCCAOM), R. Ac. (BC)