Life Chiropractic College West’s vision of a brighter future for humanity through chiropractic education and service worldwide has opened doors in China.
Dr. Mark Zeigler, Life West’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, was invited to China to speak recently and participate in the Fifth World Education Congress of Chinese Medicine, sponsored by Tianjin University Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China. Dr. Zeigler spoke about a Life West initiative, “Building a Bridge between Academic and Clinical Experience.”
The conference, representing 35 countries and about 1,000 health care leaders and government officials, addressed topics including acupuncture, integrated health care and prevention, traditional and natural medicine, and chiropractic care. It was timed to coincide with the university’s 60th anniversary and was held on campus.
While in China, Dr. Ziegler also met with representatives from Beiman Hospital in hopes of forming a collaborative agreement with the private facility that offers inpatient and outpatient services.
“Working together with Tianjin University and Beiman Hospital, Life West can provide opportunities for our students and faculty to experience direct access to the Chinese population through their health care system. This would expand their healthcare to include chiropractic adjustments worldwide,” Dr. Zeigler said.
Dr. Zeigler was also asked to join and participate in the Education Instruction Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Traditional Medicine Societies, which develops standards for health care delivery in China and around the world.
While in Tianjin, Dr. Zeigler was a special guest of Dr. Zhang Boli, president of Tianjin University of TCM. Dr. Boli was in high demand as the university celebrated its anniversary with opening ceremonies to inaugurate the college, a ribbon-cutting for the new campus, and the conference.
“What we all have in common,” Dr. Zeigler said, “is our patients.” That common thread is what he expects to grow into an agreement between the two schools, and perhaps the hospital as well, creating a pathway for faculty and students to reach a better understanding of each discipline, and provide a more comprehensive method of delivering chiropractic care in China. “It’s important that we learn from each other as we provide a delivery of care so important to the health and wellbeing of so many.”