Faculty members and students of the School of Chinese Medicine join to review the outcome of the “Community of Practice on Whole Person Education in Medical Service” project at the sharing session


中醫藥學院師生於分享會上,總結「全人教育及醫藥專業服務社群」計劃的成效

Chinese medicine students provide acupuncture treatment to a cerebral palsy patient in Qinghai


中醫藥學生遠赴青海為患有腦癱的病人施以針灸療法

Date: 23 Sep 2016 (Friday)

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School of Chinese Medicine’s learning project enhances students’ service leadership

中醫藥學院醫藥專業服務社群計劃助學生服務學習

The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) held a sharing session on 15 September to review the outcome of its project “Community of Practice on Whole Person Education in Medical Service”. On the occasion, a total of 24 HKBU students were presented with certificates in recognition of their participation in the service learning project through which they helped the underprivileged community in Qinghai, China by providing Chinese medicine services.

With $500,000 funding from the University Grants Committee, SCM launched the project in 2014 with the aim of nurturing the whole person, equipping students with attributes such as citizenship, creativity, communication skills and teamwork through a series of extra-curricular and experiential learning activities. Under the guidance of faculty members, students were able to offer medical consultations and services to the underprivileged and successfully integrated service learning elements into a traditional classroom setting.

In the last two years, the School organised the service learning project in Qinghai during the summer holidays. A total of 31 faculty members and students provided free Chinese medicine consultation services to charity and welfare organisations in Qinghai Province. They provided acupuncture, bone-setting and skeleton manipulation treatment to older adults in nursing homes as well as children and young patients suffering from cerebral palsy. Furthermore, they also taught local healthcare workers some basic Chinese medicine knowledge so that they may continue the provision of Chinese healthcare services to those in need.

Professor Zhang Hongqi of the Teaching and Research Division of SCM who was in charge of the project said Chinese medicine education is well suited to putting service learning into practice. The service learning project in Qinghai not only supplemented the inadequacy of traditional classroom learning, but also provided students with the opportunity to deal with real cases of illness so as to enrich their clinical experience and to enable them to understand the importance of good communication with patients.

中醫藥學院於9月15日舉行「全人教育及醫藥專業服務社群」專項計劃分享會,總結計劃推行兩年來的成效,並嘉許24名積極參與計劃的學生,表揚他們過去參加青海中醫藥服務考察團活動,將浸大中醫藥義務醫療服務惠及內地青海省弱勢社群。
 
中醫藥學院教學科研部於2014年開始獲大學教育資助委員會撥款50萬元,推行「全人教育及醫藥專業服務社群」計劃,透過舉辦一系列課外活動和學習分享活動,在傳統中醫課堂融入服務學習元素,讓同學在老師指導下,為社區弱勢社群提供健康諮詢和服務,藉此培育學生的公民意識、創意思維、溝通能力和團隊精神。
 
此外,學院並於過去兩年的暑假期間舉辦青海中醫藥服務考察團,帶領31名師生遠赴青海省,為西寧福利機構提供中醫藥義診服務,以針灸與正骨手法幫助入住院舍的長者,以及患有腦癱的幼兒和青少年,亦向院舍護理人員教授中醫知識和技能,讓他們能為院友持續提供中醫保健服務。
 
負責計劃的中醫藥學院教學科研部張宏啟教授表示,中醫藥教育能有效地實踐服務學習理念。他說,服務考察團作為一項課外體驗活動,它能夠彌補課堂課本教育的不足,讓學生有機會接觸更多真實病例,豐富他們的臨床實踐經驗,也讓他們明白關懷病人、與病人有良好溝通的重要性。