Thanks Jessica for asking me about the viewpoint of Chinese acupuncturists.
(warning) I am not professing to express the views of ALL the Chinese acupuncturists just a little slice of what I see.
- I think the stance of the Chinese acupuncture community could probably be looked at in several ways.
the Chinese acupuncturists can be looked at as being pro-FPD. Education
is important to the Chinese, so they probably prefer the increasing
standing of holding a FPD. And as people have mentioned the Chinese
acupuncture professors could look at the FPD as job security.
- The Chinese acupuncture professors and recent
immigrant acupuncturist are probably definitely NOT pro FPD for a
couple of reasons.
- If the FPD becomes the standard, it’ll be harder for
both Chinese acupuncture professors and recent immigrants. Chinese
graduates of acupuncture universities and institutes can graduate with
a bachelors, masters, or ph.D. If FPD becomes the standard, it will
become harder for schools to get professors, because a lot of the
current teachers are not phDs. (especially the older experienced ones).
They will be hard pressed to find phD level professors for all these
new FPD programs.
- Many recent immigrants and new professors will have
a harder time getting licensed to practice and teach in the US.
Currently, a masters level graduate from China probably needs at least
1 year or more of extra courses here before they can take the NCCAOM
test. With the FPD, it’ll probably be even more time consuming and
costly for them. Many of my “professors” were taking courses with me,
so they could take the NCCAOM tests.
- Thus, in many ways the FPD is definitely not job
security for any of the Chinese professors. As we’ve talked about
before with how many of the DAOM programs are costing their acupuncture
schools a lot of $$. In the DAOM program as with the FPD, there are
very specific requirements about levels of education required for
professors and administrators. I think more acupuncture school will
fail and more Chinese professors will be sent back after the FPD.
eliminate competition and keep the current US acupuncturists “safe”
from more competition.
through more people getting acupuncture and realizing it’s benefits.
More acupuncturists, more clinics, more community acupuncture clinics,
should only be a good thing. It is WRONG to be in competition against
each other, because then we will never work to reach that level where
acupuncture becomes a common everyday thing.
- And the Chinese
community will definitely be quiet. Just because it is the culture. If
you’ve lived in China, worked in Hospitals there, everything is top
down. Everything like the FPD is just ignored besides the few power
players that actually make the decisions. The Chinese are NOT pro-FPD.
Silence is not agreement. It is acquiesce to what they think is the
(sorry for formating problems and my lack of technical sense)
(will make additions later since busy scrambling around with holidays right now)