Incorporation of Teamwork Training in Chinese Medicine Education for Adapting to Globalization

Feng TU
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong


With a history of several thousand years in safeguarding the health of ancient Chinese, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now embracing an unprecedented opportunity of revitalization and advancement under globalization. The momentums arise not only from China's further opening and integration with world, but also the promotion of Traditional Medicine (TM) by World Health Organization (WHO).

Facing the pressing needs of providing a new kind of talents to capture the development opportunities from globalization, TCM education warrants reform for transforming it from the traditional one-way approach to a more learner-centered mode emphasizing clinical practices and dedicated service provision. Among various teaching and learning catalysts, incorporation of Teamwork is deemed necessary. Since Teamwork, such as peer learning, not only can motivate the intrinsic learning interests and enhance synergic learning, but also help forge the core values in medical professionalism and service provision among our new practitioners generation. Moreover, a global survey shows that employers worldwide prefer recruiting staff with sound teamwork skills.

This showcase aims to share some practical experiences of how to incorporate Teamwork into course design and classroom teaching for TCM education. The main components include team formation, teamwork-embedded mixture of pedagogies (e.g. problem-based learning, real case-based learning, clinical-skills learning) and assessment (e.g. self and peer assessment). The evaluation of its effectiveness is conducted by the performance comparison of pre- and post intervention and examination of learning experiences. It can be preliminarily concluded that in the context of TCM education, teamwork can enhance student learning and their healthy development.

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