Graduate diploma in Acupuncture (GDIA)
I've signed up for the Graduate Diploma in Acupuncture course.
It's a new course for western medical doctors that the Singapore College of TCM has set up under a directive from MOH. It's for 1 year, 405 hours, and costs $8452.50
I enquired about learning acupuncture or TCM 3 years ago and was told that I would have to either do a full time 4 year course of part time 6 year course in Mandarin. That would put off almost all working doctors today!
So this course was a breath of fresh air. It couldn't have been timed better too, with my recent disappointment.
I've been reading a bit about acupuncture, accupressure, meridians, chi flow, yin and yang over the past 3 years on my own. And I must say TCM is pretty interesting. It's more philosophical and conceptual rather than chemistry, physics, biology science based if you get what I mean.
Anyway I'll write a few entries as the course progresses. It starts in May.
The main reason I am learning this course is for interest as well as to treat my family and friends and certain patients. It is not for money. The charge for acupuncture is about $10 per treatment. At least that was what the previous doctor who worked at my clinic charged her patients.
I wonder what uglybaldie would call this? More quackery? Another addition of letters to the back of my name?
I think of it as keeping an open mind, broadening horizons, increasing options and services to patients at a affordable price to them.