T4206 THE CHINA EXPERIENCE: TRANS-CULTURAL VIEW
OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE
January 6-27, 2014
Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou
For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ch.html). More recently, China has seen rapid developments in economy, technology and science, and is on a path to reclaim its world-leading status. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), originated in ancient China and dates back more than 5,000 years ago, encompasses many different practices. TCM practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, and other methods to treat a wide range of conditions, including rehabilitation. In the United States, TCM is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and is widely used, serving more than a million patients each year (http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/chinesemed.htm). We live in a multi-cultural society and people have been exploring and accepting alternative ways of treating various medical and behavioral disorders. Exploring ancient and modern China enhances students’ understanding and appreciation of TCM as well as of Chinese history and culture and enriches their world view. This immersion experience in China provides students with an opportunity to observe and participate in not only conventional but also alternative evaluation and treatment sessions in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; it offers students a multi-cultural experience in rehabilitation medicine. These visits will help them gain perspectives on how physical and communication disorders are viewed culturally and how they are managed in China across a variety of educational and medical environments.
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.
Comprehensive Fee Includes: Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, Western breakfast daily, six lunches, five dinners and one cultural performance. (subject to change)
The course does not have any academic prerequisites.
Liu, Y. (1995). The Essential Book of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Theory v. 1. Vian K & Eckman P (Editors) Columbia University Press: New York
Zhou, D. (1991). ‘Rehabilitation in China’. Western Journal of Medicine, 154 (5), 633.
Meyer, D. (2011). ‘Speech-Language Pathology in China: Challenges and Opportunities’. The ASHA Leader, November issue.
Zhao, X.F., et al. (2012) ‘Acupuncture for Stroke: Evidence of Effectiveness, Safety, and Cost from Systematic Reviews’. Stroke Rehabilitation, 19(3):226-33.
Morton, S.W., Lewis, C.W., & Lewis, C. (2004). China: It’s History and Culture (4th edition). McGraw-Hill: New York.
20% Observation reports
20% Journal articles
20% Site reports
30% Final project
Ruiying Ding, Ph.D., Elmhurst College (630) 617-3107
Nicole Koonce, Ph.D., Elmhurst College (630) 617-3263
Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Ding is an Associate Professor in Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College. She teaches courses in Dysphagia, Voice Disorder, Survey of CSD in Medical Settings, and Neurology. Her current research interest is dysphagia evaluation and treatment in various patient populations. Dr. Ding has published research articles in nationally and internationally renowned journals, including: Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, Dysphagia, Head & Neck, Journal of Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Theory and Practice and Chinese Journal of Stroke. She also published several book chapters in dysphagia evaluation and treatment in a medical speech and language therapy textbook. She is also an adjunct professor in East China Normal University and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, two renowned universities in Shanghai, China.
Dr. Koonce is an Assistant Professor in Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College. She teaches courses in Language Development across the Lifespan, Phonetics, Articulation and Phonology, and Survey of CSD in Educational Settings. Dr. Koonce received her Ph.D. in special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research is focused on narrative and expository language skills as they relate to reading comprehension in elementary and middle school-aged children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Dr. Koonce has also co-authored a book chapter on syntactic contributions to literary learning.
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
For more information on course content, contact Prof. Ruiying Ding
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.