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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 279-282
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel027
Original Article

Bilateral Integrative Medicine, Obviously

1Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program, Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, 1807 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403, USA
2Academic Fellow, Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, 1807 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403, USA

Received 6 April 2006; Accepted 29 April 2006

Copyright © 2006 Steven H. Stumpf and Steven H. Stumpf. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Unstated and unacknowledged bias has a profound impact on the nature and implementation of integrative education models. Integrative education is the process of training conventional biomedical and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in each tradition such that patient care may be effectively coordinated. A bilateral education model ensures that students in each tradition are cross-taught by experts from the ‘other’ tradition, imparting knowledge and values in unison. Acculturation is foundational to bilateral integrative medical education and practice. Principles are discussed for an open-minded bilateral educational model that can result in a new generation of integrative medicine teachers.