Message from the President
Welcome to the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM)! TSTCM is the school for our students to succeed, for a respected profession, and for the health of the general public. I believe TSTCM will be your first step for good health and for an exciting and rewarding career!
Ever since I was a child, I dreamed to be a medical doctor. I have achieved beyond what I had ever dreamed for. In addition to being a doctor to help patients for their health, I became an educator to teach and mentor people who have been determined to dedicate to TCM career. In order to promote TCM as a medical science and a formal health profession, and to integrate TCM into the main stream health care system, I actively participated in establishing the regulation of TCM in Ontario. With consistent effort and hard work, Traditional Chinese Act was passed in 2006. The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) was established in 2013. Since then, the Entry-Level of Occupational Competencies, the Performance Indicators, the Blue-Print for Examinations, the educational requirements, and the national examinations were all established and implemented. We are proud of these accomplishments and grateful to those who made all of these happen.
In 2017, TSTCM became the first private TCM School which is approved for the Ontario Student Assistant Program (OSAP) after 25 year endeavor to obtain the financial support from the government. Many people now are qualified to apply for government funding and loans to study acupuncture and TCM at TSTCM with or without financial ability.
Established in 1995, TSTCM has been striving to improve TCM education in North America. We are the first TCM School to offer the four year full time TCM Doctor Diploma program since 1998. We upgraded this program to a five year Advanced TCM Program in 2002 in order to match with the curriculum requirements for other professions authorized with the doctor title to help those who are determined to become doctor of TCM in the future. This program surpasses the doctor of TCM requirements in British Columbia, and the US doctoral degree program for Oriental medicine.
Student success is paramount at TSTCM. In addition to teaching our students the knowledge and skills for passing the national examinations, we also provide with rich clinical experiences to improve their clinical abilities for successful practice.
In our teaching, we follow all the six levels of education – acquiring, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating, to ensure the students mastering the knowledge and skills of TCM foundation, the diagnosis and treatments of diseases with a variety of modalities including acupuncture, tuina massage and Chinese herbal medicine. We provide our students with the fundamentals of biomedicine, interpersonal and practice management skills to ensure their future practices are ethical, safe and effective.
In our teaching clinics, we have excellent experienced TCM experts to provide guidance and supervision to our student practitioners for their diagnosis and treatments to large number of real patients with a variety of conditions. We also offer acupuncture treatments to terminally ill patients, their family members and staff at Dorothy Ley Hospice. Our faculty and students also volunteer in the community such as Yee Hong Senior Centers to promote TCM and serve the public.
We teach our students from our hearts with care and love! Our program is vigorous and the training is intense. We support our students in anyway that we can for their academic performance, and for physical and mental wellbeing. Over 90% of our students are able to successfully complete the programs, pass the national examinations, and become successful acupuncturists, TCM practitioners, or prospective TCM doctors in the future.
TSTCM has been a cradle for TCM professionals, educators and leaders. Many of our graduates have become the top rated acupuncturists in their cities, and won different awards. They give back to the community by volunteering, attending oversea missions, and offering educational presentations. Some of them have become excellent educators, and leaders of the profession.
TSTCM has trained over a thousand of students and hundreds of them have established successful careers and brought their dreams into reality. If you are passionate about TCM and wish to become a TCM professional, TSTCM is the best choice.
Please contact me if you have any questions, and I am here to help you on your journey to a successful and rewarding TCM career!
Mary Xiumei Wu, President
M.D (TCM, China), M.Sc (Waterloo), Dipl. OM. (NCCAOM-USA), R,TCMP & R.AC (Canada)