Five Branches University, Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, aims to set the standards for excellence in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) education and healthcare. Five Branches University is dedicated to:
• Provide the highest level of professional education in Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine in the U.S. and internationally.
•Develop highly-skilled TCM clinical practitioners, educators and researchers.
• Advance the practice of TCM as an independent medical modality through clinical practice, education and research.
• Encourage professional collaboration among TCM practitioners, faculty, patients, and other health care providers to transform the worldview of healthcare; to recognize TCM as a significant component of world medicine.
• Support an international and diverse cultural community by offering our programs in three languages and by providing students the opportunity to study abroad.
• Foster a professional environment for faculty, staff and students which promotes academic excellence as well as personal growth and development.
•Provide exceptional TCM and integrative medicine patient care to the community through the Five Branches University health centers.
• Educate the general public about the significant benefits of TCM healthcare through continuing education programs and community lectures.
Vision and Values
Over the next 20 years, Five Branches University will evolve into an international university, teaching high-level TCM education in English, Chinese, and Korean and offering TCM healthcare in an integrative medicine environment throughout the U.S. and worldwide.
TCM philosophy views medicine as a compassionate response to human suffering. We will embrace this philosophy by encouraging supportive and humanistic academic and healthcare environments. Our faculty members will be chosen based not only on academic excellence but also the passion they emanate while teaching and mentoring students. Our students will be chosen for academic competence as well as their compassion and commitment to serve others.
Four trends will influence our vision over the next 20 years:
An increasing number of patients will continue to seek highly qualified TCM practitioners as primary healthcare providers. TCM schools will continue to improve their programs to provide highly skilled TCM clinical practitioners to meet this growing demand.
TCM universities in China and medical experts in the U.S. will continue to collaborate and share their expertise in TCM and Western medicine, a vital component for the advanced development of TCM doctoral programs and research.
Scientists, researchers and medical institutions will continue to research the depth and efficacy of TCM, resulting in greater acceptance of Chinese medicine among medical professionals and medical schools.
A greater demand for integrated healthcare will evolve as healthcare professionals join together to address the population’s full health needs by educating one another about their work and collaborating to provide effective treatment, prevent disease and promote optimal well-being for patients.