Advanced Oriental Reproductive Medicine Fellowship: Logistics

“While we only spent a few days with each practitioner, they were able to elaborate on their theories, approach to treatment, and herbal protocols.”

For the May 2015 Fellowship, you will be flying into Nanjing International Airport on the afternoon of Saturday the 3rd of May. From the airport, you can easily make your way by taxi to the hotel, which is located near one of the hospitals where the observations will be conducted. We will be providing all participants the address and the information in Chinese to show the taxi driver.

On Sunday the 4th of May, we will orient you to the area around the hotel. The main aim of this is so that you can be independently familiar with the area around the hotel. You will know the main streets, the convenience stores, the local laundry place, places to get both Western and Chinese food, as well as a place to get good tuina!

“The China Fellowship was truly an incredible experience and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It would be of benefit to any fertility practitioner.”

We will then continue with a theory session acquainting you with certain ideas unique to practicing medicine here in China. You will be briefed on how to recognize common lab test and ultrasound results, even if they are written in Chinese. Clarifications will be made on how nomenclature of herbs is different in the hospitals here. We will also go through some of the pharmaceutical drugs used here.

During the rest of the week, you will be introduced to the Nanjing tradition of gynecology and reproductive medicine. This will involve:

  1. Observing with 3 well-known doctors with differing styles.
  2. Participating in lectures that will provide additional information so you can understand the doctor in greater depth.
  3. Handing up written assignments that are related to both the doctors and the disease covered. This ensures that all the learning is done during your one week here.
  4. Giving a 30 minute presentation, which in making you will consolidate your takeaways from this Fellowship.

For the first two days, you will be guided on how to get from place to place. Thereafter, participants are expected to be relatively independent getting around. That said, we will meet regularly for the lecture sessions, and participants will still be eating and exploring the area together.

Participants will begin observing 3 hours sessions at various locations depending on the schedule. It would be either a morning session (starting 8:00am) or an afternoon session (starting 2:30pm).

“I have had the opportunity to live and study in China on my own and can safely say that I took away more valuable information than I have in months on my own. The hospital observation was well-organised with a wonderful translator and it was an interesting peak inside what integrated medicine could be like. I found the lecture component of the experience to be the most rewarding part. The amount of quality information that was delivered in a concise and logical way, not only made the hospital observations more worthwhile, but also left me with tangible treatment principles to apply in my own clinic with my own patients.”

Evenings will either be free to roam around. You should plan to fly out of Nanjing on the morning of Saturday the 10th of May.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What will accommodation be like in Nanjing?

You can choose between two accommodation options:

  • The default is that of a 4-star International Hotel that comes inclusive of swimming pool and gym access as well as buffet breakfast.
  • For participants who do not feel that is necessary for a 7-day stint, we will put you up at a simple local 2-star hotel. This is a cost-saving alternative for participants who feel they just need a simple place to put up at. It will not have wifi-connections, you will then need to get intermittently at a local cafe or restaurant.

Both hotels are conveniently located near the hospital and the center of the city.

“The local hotel was really nice and the staff very friendly. It is in a great little space close to the restaurants, Jimmy’s in particular. However, if we’d have tried that Indian place earlier I’m sure we would have been there a few times. It was a great place being very central to everything that we needed and close to the metro to get anywhere else. In the end I don’t think I would have rather stayed in any other neighbourhood.”

What are the other activities we will participate in?

We will be organizing small trips to a local Chinese medicine supermarket where you can get some useful patent medicines for your clinic back home, or raw herbs that you might find here in China. We will also be visiting a local tea place for a tea-tasting session sampling various teas including the local Rain-flower Green Tea and An Ji White Tea.

How much do I have to invest in to participate?

Investment:

  • Fellowship with default choice of accommodations: Default option A would put you up in a 4-star international hotel.
    • US$2750 per participant for those who pay before the 1st of September 2014.
    • US$2900 per participant for those who pay before the 1st of October 2014.
    • US$3100 per participant for those who pay before the 15th of December 2014.
  • Fellowship with alternative choice of accommodations: alternative option B will put you up in a 2-star local hotel. This is a bare-basics option for those who feel that the frills of a 4-star hotel are not necessary.
    • US$2050 per participant for those who pay before the 1st of September 2014.
    • US$2200 per participant for those who pay before the 1st of October 2014.
    • US$2400 per participant for those who pay before the 15th of December 2014.

On the Discount Options: Those who register before the 1st of September are getting a deep discount. We are encouraging early registration because this allows us to plan ahead of time.

Registrations close the 15th of December 2013. Payment does not include the flight to China and back, which may cost upwards of US$1600 if flying from the West coast of the United States. It does not cover the daily meals that range from US$5 to US$20 per meal. It does not cover possible transportation costs which could amount to at most US$6 per day. It will not cover additional tourist excursions and shopping during the trip.

It covers the 7 nights of hotel accommodations. It covers the hospital observations with the reproductive medicine doctors. It covers hospital translations as well as the lecture sessions.

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