Sunday, August 3, 2008
If you've read the sidebar, you know that I and my co-blogger Nini Mai are clinic interns at Yosan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yosan is in Los Angeles at 13315 West Washington Boulevard, near the border of Culver City, Venice and Marina Del Rey.
We both transferred from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, where we began our Chinese medicine careers. While there are great things about Pacific, in the end the negatives outweighed the positives and we made the move to the West Coast.
Part of what attracted us to Yosan was the fact that it is a nonprofit institution. It may surprise you to learn that most of the acupuncture schools in the United States are for-profit companies. I can really feel the difference - while no school is perfect, I can tell that at the end of the day, the people in charge at Yosan have our best interests at heart and want us to get the best education possible.
Yosan has an interesting history - it was founded by two brothers, Drs. Daoshing and Maoshing Ni. Dr. Dao and Dr. Mao, as they're known around school, are the sons of OmNi (nee Hua-Ching Ni) who is a well known master in the Daoist tradition. In addition to the standard TCM curriculum, Yosan has an extensive series of qi-development courses, most of which overlap with the forms taught at their Chi Health Institute.
Yosan is named for Hua-Ching Ni's father, Yo San Ni.