Traditional and Complementary Medicine: Training and Education

Author

PROF ABDUL RASHID ABDUL RAHMAN
Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)
Cyberjaya, Malaysia
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Language

English

Title

Traditional and Complementary Medicine: Training and Education

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

23rd July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Training in traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is often fraud with controversies. The bench mark standards of modern education system are often lacking. Traditional knowledge are often past down the generations without proper documentation. With a few exceptions, T&CM enthusiasts in the ivory towers are mainly researchers who are not trained in the practice of T&CM. With the global explosion of interest in T&CM, enquiries on training and accreditation processes are also on the rise. This is also reflected by the increasing number of universities and colleges offering courses in T&CM worldwide.  It is interesting to note that many ‘western’ universities are offering courses in T&CM of eastern origin. Courses in Ayurverda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for example are offered by universities in North America, Britain, Scandinavia and Australasia. In the East, T&CM courses are now being offered by western styled universities of China and the Indian subcontinent. Despite this growing interest in T&CM education, there is a lack of standardization in the training process. Unlike training in modern (allopathic) medicine there are no global standardized criteria on course duration, content, assessment methods and accreditation processes.  Efforts however have been initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to set universally acceptable criteria and standards. Concerns on this lack of standardization in training and education had led to tighter regulation put in place by some countries while others are following suit.  In Malaysia, the ministries of Health and Higher Education had been working hand in hand over the last 2 years to set up clear guidelines, for standard setting. This initiative is being done in tandem with the Malaysian Qualifications Framework, under the supervision of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), a body entrusted with providing quality assurance of public higher educations. The MQA had been tasked with ensuring that not only the T&CM courses offered are of credible quality, the institution offering it must also credible.    
With improved standards in place, it is hoped that training in T&CM will be at par, if not better, with that of in modern medicine. This will not only reassure the public that there are credible practitioners in T&CM around, it will also help to expedite the eventual integration of T&CM and  main stream modern medical practice. Such integration will   provide a golden opportunity for these apparently divergent wisdoms (modern medicine and T&CM) to be fully harnessed for the universal benefits of mankind

Keywords

Traditional and Complementary Medicine, T&CM Education

Session

Symposium 1A-2

Topic

T&CM: The Way Forward in Training, Development & Education