Ontario College of TCM students gain valuable hands-on experiences at our on-site teaching clinic, which provide diagnosis and treatments to members of the public. If you are suffering from pain, stress, insomnia, digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, headache, colds & flus, and other conditions, you should come and enjoy a treatment with an affordable price at our on-site clinic. In this clinic, Acupuncture treatments are provided by students under the guidance and supervision of a licensed R.TCMP or R.Ac practitioner. The role of the Clinic supervisor is to facilitate the students’ learning as well as to ensure that clients receive appropriate and satisfying treatment. Both junior and senior students are working in pairs or in groups. Junior students observe and assist if needed, while only experienced Senior students (2nd or 3rd year study) conduct acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, or other TCM modalities on patients.
What to Expect
There are a few things you should know in anticipation of attending our Teaching Clinic appointment.
First, be assured that your privacy will be respected. All appointment are taken place in private rooms or curtained cubicles. Practising students will leave the room while you undress, having first explained what is required for treatment. The degree to which you will be asked to undress depends on the specific treatment requirements, meaning the areas of your body that needs to be exposed depends on how your student practitioner would conduct the treatment in order to achieve the best results. If it makes you uncomfortable, talk to your student practitioner – you comfort is always our first concern.
We feature both male and female student practitioner at our on-site clinic, and you can clarify your preference on practitioners before the session starts. If you had a wonderful experience with a specific student practitioner, let us know in advance and we will try to set you up with the same student practitioner next time.
Prior to providing treatment, the student practitioner will ask you to complete a PATIENT CHART and CONSENT TO TREATMENT. In the patient chart, you will be asked for your personal information as well as information regarding your general health history, or any other specific or additional details that may have an impact on your treatment. After that, a group of student practitioner will conduct a diagnosis in a private environment. This may take 10-15 minutes of the allocated appointment time and is in fact an important part for the student’s learning process. This diagnosis is also to ensure that the treatment is specifically catered to meet your personal needs. We will make sure that all information in your file is kept confidential.
Your student practitioner must obtain your informed consent before providing you with a treatment; this involves the discussion of the proposed treatment plan with you, and the development of mutual agreement on what the session will entail. If you are unclear about any of the information, please feel free to ask any questions. We want you to gain the maximum benefit from your treatment and to feel relaxed and comfortable in our clinical environment.
Ontario College of TCM Student Clinic provides a wonderful ‘win-win’ situation, in which you receive the treatment of your choice while the student practitioners gain valuable clinical experience. We believe that you will benefit from your visit to our Student Clinic, and we look forward to meeting you soon!