2 Week Clinical Study Trip in Shanghai
£1,800.00 excl. VAT
In stock (can be backordered)
|Duration: 2 weeks|
Our 2 week Chinese Medicine study trip to Shanghai is jointly set up with Shanghai University of TCM and the College of Acupuncture and Tuina. This is a clinically based study suitable for all practitioners, students and healthcare professionals who are practising or studying acupuncture, Tuina and Chinese herbal medicine.
Shanghai University of TCM is a leading university of TCM in China with excellent resources in education, clinical and scientific research. This study trip is highly refined and specially selected to provide a wonderful opportunity for students to experience TCM in Shanghai. We have an exclusive relationship with the Shanghai University of TCM which allows us to plan exclusive and unique visits which you will not have access to on other available study trips. The trip is extremely hands-on and allows you to interact with patients and doctors, experience TCM first hand and even try out some of the treatments yourself.
- Become a part of a guided clinical study group where you will have the opportunity to observe, get involved and work closely with the treatment of patients under the supervision of senior TCM doctors in Shanghai hospitals.
- Attend workshops in which you will learn invaluable skills and learn from refined treatments of TCM in university and hospitals.
- You will have the opportunity to communicate with academics, doctors, students, explore further development in your professional career in leading universities and modern hospitals and experience treatments yourself.
- A fantastic cultural experience of sight-seeing and tourism in the city of Shanghai.
All activities in the first 3 days, are held at the university where you will be able to explore the large campus, which includes transport and roads, museums and a herbal garden! You will get the chance to understand how TCM in Shanghai works with a visit to the campus museum which showcases 5,000 years of TCM. The first few days are a chance for you to explore, settle into Shanghai life and integrate with fellow students, teachers and doctors. Lunch will be provided throughout these days.
From the 4th day, you will start your clinical observations. This will give you the opportunity to observe and take part in the treatment of patients under the supervision of senior TCM doctors in various different hospitals. All clinical observations will have an English speaker present; whether it is an English speaking doctor or a highly medically trained translator. All translations will be done instantly to avoid any delay or confusion, so you will be fully aware of everything going on. A large majority of the patients also speak English so you will be able to interact with them, find out about their medical history and be involved with the diagnosing. You will also be split into smaller groups to allow each student to have as much one-on-one time with patients and doctors as possible. The groups will be split depending on your specialist area or what you wish to see. Each patient will be seen for around 15-20 minutes, instead of the usual 2-3 minutes, to allow you to get involved, ask questions and have an extensive understanding. The clinic you attend will differ each day with rotation, to enable you to observe a variety of conditions with different specialists.
You will also be able to attend different hospitals and clinics. You will have the opportunity to visit large hospitals, with over 2,500 staff and high specification technology, smaller communal clinics with a very open and social feel and private wellness centres that are not open to the general public. This will allow you to experience TCM in many different formats to ensure you receive a unique experience to benefit yourself and your career.
A couple of days of the trip will also be dedicated to sight-seeing and exploring Shanghai. You will get to visit temples and see first hand the juxtaposition of the old and the new. A lot of signs in the city are in English so you will not have to worry about getting lost and you will also be accompanied by a fluent Chinese speaker during the day.
The hospital clinic day starts at 8:30 am and ends 4: 30 pm for visiting students, there is a lunch break in between. You will need to prepare white coats for yourself during the clinic. There will be an activity planned every day of your trip to ensure you get a full and extensive experience. However, you will have evenings free.
The trip will also consist of an extensive visit to our Tianjing Factory. This will allow you to inspect herbs, explore warehouses and visit the on-sight museum. With over 30 production lines, a 27-metre high climate controlled warehouse and 12 decoction machines, you will have an extensive insight into the way in which the factory works and the high-spec technology that is used. It is also an opportunity to create business relationships with factory owners that could benefit your career – an opportunity that isn’t available on other study trips.
The trip will be led by one of our tutors. The clinical days are taster sessions, however, you can extend clinical study time if you are interested in particular clinic or specialist. A certificate will be issued at the end of the study programme.
The clinics are listed as below, mainly on Acupuncture. If you wish to visit extra clinics for Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina etc. please contact us and we will arrange this for you.
General clinics for common conditions:
Muscular, Skeletal and Neurological problems:
Back pain, Sciatica, Frozen shoulder, Stiff neck, Tennis elbow, Muscle strain, Arthritis, Neuralgia, stroke, Bell’s palsy, etc.
A headache, Migraine, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety, Palpitation, Fatigue, Indigestion, Colitis, IBS, Asthma, Rhinitis, etc. and much more.
- Gynaecology: PCOS, Endometriosis, Menstrual disorder, Infertility, etc;
- Paediatrics: Disorders of nerve system, Tourette’s syndrome;
- Urinary Bladder disorder syndrome;
- Acupuncture for health preservation;
- Thyroid problems;
- Male fertility problems;
- Eyes problems;
- Bloodletting for complicated and difficult problems;
- And more.
We can adapt or alter the agenda to suit you, depending on what you would like to observe and experience. There may also be the opportunity to practice needling in certain clinics under the supervision of TCM doctors. We are fortunate enough to have an extremely exclusive relationship with the Shanghai University of TCM which allows us to tailor the trip for you. No other European study trip is able to offer academic and clinical practice with potential business opportunities and hands-on experiences. This study trip does not let you just observe, it allows you to integrate into TCM in Shanghai with access to renowned resources and exclusive organisations.
The cost of this 2 week trip is £1,650 excluding air plane fare (usually around £600).
15% non-refundable deposit will be charged when booking.What the price includes:
Transport between airport and accommodation (arrival & departure), accommodation in Shanghai (twin rooms) , all clinical training and lectures of work-shop with interpreter fees, once Chinese banquet. If you would like to have a single room, the extra charge will be £250 for the whole trip.
What the price does not include:
Plane fare, excursions, daily travel fares and meals, personal travel insurance (compulsory) and visa (compulsory).
About Shanghai University of TCM
Shanghai University of TCM was founded in 1956. It was one of the first four colleges of TCM established in China. The campus is located at the Scientific Research & Education Zone, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Pudong new area, covering 83 acres, with excellent teaching facilities and beautiful environment.
Currently, over 9388 students study at the university, this includes doctorate candidates, master degree postgraduates and undergraduates. There are more than 600 experts and professors, 2 academicians in university, 20 secondary colleges and departments, 5 affiliated hospitals, 16 subsidiaries or collaborated research institutes and 10 research centres.
Also, the university has established cooperative relationships with 14 countries and regions. With its success in international education, there’s great brand of International Acupuncture Training Centre and WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine with more than 1,000 students a year from Japan, Korea, Russia, France, Britain, US, Germany, Italy and over 30 countries and regions.
University adheres to the idea of “intensiveness over extensiveness, distinction over largeness and essence over fame” and to the orientation of “research, teaching, specialty and openness” and strives towards the status of a first-class world-renowned University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Shanghai is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology and transport. It is located on the central eastern coast, just at the mouth of the Yangtze river. It sits in a sub-tropical climate with moderate temperature and humidity and adequate sunshine. The average temperature is 15.4 degree celsius, with the best weather found in Spring and Autumn. With the trip being in October, you will get to experience ideal weather – not too cold and not too humid.
Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmark such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden. The extensive and growing Pudong skyline has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China.
Shanghai is a 24/7 city. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to 24-hour supermarkets and convenience stores, and the majority of shops are open until 10 pm. The nightlife in the city is booming and is extremely safe. The majority of street signs and underground stations are in English so you won’t have to worry about getting lost!
Shanghai is a relatively safe city but, as with all major cities, there are some parts that should be cautious such as the train stations where pick-pocketing is common. There are a few areas to be wary of. Areas of greatest concern are the foreigner targeted hotspots such as Mao Ming Road and Ju Le Road. These areas can be a bit more risky late at night when late night establishments close around 2AM. It is advisable to stay in groups rather than travel around alone and avoid wearing expensive jewellery or carrying large amounts of cash.
Like most large cities pick pocketing is a fairly big issue. Being aware of your surroundings is key when walking around the city especially outdoor shopping areas. Police and security are highly visible in navy uniforms in the city. They can be reached in an emergency by dialing 110. The pedestrian area of Nanjing Road is the area where tourists should take the most caution, especially on the edges by the intersection with Henan Road, and the intersection with Xizang (Tibet) Road.
There are currently no compulsory vaccines for this part of China, but as with most Asian countries, vaccination is advised. Please consult your local pharmacy or GP surgery. Apart from the usual tourist vaccinations, you should also consider the Hepatitis B vaccine, as you will be working in a hospital.
The University will send out an invitation letter prior to the trip, you will then have the choice to either visit the Chinese Embassy (London or Manchester) to apply for and collect your Visa (2 visits) or obtain your visa through China Visa Direct (recommended).
Click here for instructions and frequently asked questions about obtaining a Visa.
The accommodation will be at a hotel within close proximity to the university and teaching hospital. Twin rooms are allocated within the price, but single occupancy is available subject to payment of a £250 single room supplement for the whole two weeks.
A few important notes:
- Please ensure that your passport has at least six (6) month’s validity from the date of your return to the United Kingdom.
- Please ensure that your application form gives your full name exactly as it appears on your passport.
- Airport taxes and surcharges are subject to change until final payment is made.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I qualify for the trip?
We welcome people from a variety medical backgrounds to join us on our trip. We have had many different professions (acupuncturists, physiotherapists, GPs etc) joining us on our study trip.
Where can we eat? Is it very expensive to eat over there?
You can either eat at the University or you can venture out into Shanghai. It is fairly cheap to eat over in Shanghai – roughly £20 – £30 per day.
What date does the final payment need to be made?
The date for when the final payment is due is usually 10 weeks before the trip takes place.
In case of any emergencies while I am over in Shanghai who is our emergency contact?
Professor Zhang would be your point of call in an emergency. There are also English speaking staff at the Shanghai University. We would provide these telephone numbers prior to the trip.
Can we record / video the sessions?
You will be able to record some of the sessions, but please make sure you ask permission from the class tutor/doctor before doing so.
What is the dress code for attending the University?
Smart casual with comfortable walking shoes as there will be some walking required.
In the clinic, you will need to wear medical scrubs / uniform. There will be changing facilities by the clinic rooms for you to use.
How much cash can you take into China?
On the embassy website it states £2,000 cash can be taken into China. For eating and traveling you will need roughly 3,000-5,000RMB (£300-£500), if you would like to purchase anything extra or any souvenirs then you may bring some extra cash as well as cards.
Is there a secure locker to put our items in whilst at the University?
No, there are no facilities for this so we advise on just taking the bare essentials for what you need on the day.
I live overseas, can I join the trip?
As long as you have the relevant medical background then yes, of course! You can join the course for the whole two weeks or if you live in Shanghai or the surrounding areas then you could just join us on the days that interest you.
Will anyone be there to meet us at the airport?
We do endeavour to try and make the trip as smooth as possible for the students especially as it will be the first time visiting the country for most of the group. This will be done on the basis that the majority of students arrive around the same time. If you arrive before or after the study trip commences we will be unable to offer this option, however we will guide you on other options to take.
I’d prefer to arrange my own accommodation, is this okay?
If you’d prefer to arrange to stay in your own accommodation then that is perfectly acceptable. Please notify us of these arrangements and we will deduct the accommodation fee (currently £240) from the overall amount.
Which airline do you recommend?
Our recommended Airline is China Eastern Airlines. It is not imperative that you go with our chosen airline.
Can I just attend part of the trip, e.g. the first week/second week? If so how much is it?
Yes, you can. We’ll confirm the price with you in accordance with your requirements. Please get in touch with our team email@example.com
The Study trip to China in October this year was one of the most enlightening and enjoyable study trips that I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. My fellow students and I had the opportunity of being exposed to a wide range of experiences. We visited the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Educational College, the Shanghai Museum of TCM and the Shanghai Qi Gong Research Institute which also housed a museum. We had one whole week of observational practical sessions at two world renowned hospitals, the Shu Guang TCM Hospital in Pudong and the Long Hua TCM Hospital in the Xu Hui district of Shanghai.
We visited various museums, temples and tourist attractions such as the riverboat ride on the Huang Pu River. We were able to see the city lights by night, especially the impressive Pearle building on the banks of the Huang Pu River. It would be remiss for me not to mention the restaurants and cafes which served enjoyable local dishes that left you asking for more. A trip out to the largest concentrated herbal medicine pharmaceutical factory in the world, Tian Jiang Pharmaceuticals, in Wu Xi proved to be an eye-opener and gave me insight into the research and quality control mechanisms that goes into producing the quality herbs that we get from Phoenix Medical.
But for me, the most rewarding experience on this trip was the opportunity to see Chinese doctors with their patients in the hospitals and to witness first hand, the skill and expertise of the doctors as they took cases and prescribed herbs effectively, confidently and with such ease. I was so impressed with how quickly and efficiently the doctors were able to get through as much as 30 cases in a morning session. I learnt so much about the herbs and feel much more confident in my own practice in diagnosing and prescribing herbs.
I am so glad that I was part of this study trip and would recommend this to those who are considering this trip. It is a trip that you would not want to miss.
In my opinion, to truly understand the impact and effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, you need to experience its place in the Chinese medical system, and travel to China. I was very fortunate to go to Shanghai with Phoenix Medical, as part of my herbal medicine qualification, and attend clinics in the integrated Chinese and western hospitals. We were able to observe clinicians at work, and with the help of excellent translators we were very much made part of the procedure. We could question the patient and the doctors, take pulses, observe tongues, and understand the diagnosis behind the prescriptions. We also travelled to the factory that supplies Phoenix with its herbal granules, and this was very impressive. The testing of the herbs and granules at the factory was extremely thorough and advanced. The thoroughness of the whole operation and the strict adherence to quality standards explain why the quality and reliability of the products that Phoenix sells are of such high quality. I found this trip to be an invaluable and very necessary part of my herbal training, and wish to thank Phoenix Medical for organising and running the trip.
The Shanghai trip was really great. What a great opportunity to study with such highly qualified teachers and deepen my understanding of qigong for health. The classes were always in-depth and challenging too. I also met some great people from all around the world with similar interests. Shanghai is an amazing city with incredible food and lots to see and do. I will certainly go back there again.
I would like to thank Phoenix for providing the Herbal Medicine Training Course. Having qualified 5 years ago in TCM acupuncture at LCTA, and the University of East London, I felt my ‘toolkit’ wasn’t quite complete. Having now finished my studies, and waiting for my final exam, I now feel completely confident in my ability to provide treatment for a wide range of ailments. Of course, experience will increase my ability to become a better practitioner, but the herbal course provided by Phoenix has given me the foundation to build that knowledge upon. The diversity of lecturers are also a credit to you all.
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£1,800.00 excl. VAT
In stock (can be backordered)
|Duration: 2 weeks|