Mainland-Hong Kong Exchanges: Hong Kong TCM practitioner getting fresh experience at Beijing hospital
Having evolved over thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine still has its vitality and receives even more recognition around the world. In both the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, TCM enjoys equal popularity and it's now connecting young people. CGTN reporter Wang Mengzhen visited a Hong Kong TCM practitioner who is currently getting some fresh experience at a hospital in Beijing.
Wong Chor Fung's day starts with a regular tour of inpatient wards at a major public hospital in Beijing. But as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner working in Hong Kong's TCM clinics, this is a brand new lesson.
WONG CHOR FUNG REGISTERED CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER "The philosophies behind TCM remain the same, but what's different is the medical model for TCM. In Hong Kong, our Chinese medicine treatment still focuses on the outpatient service and we are all general practitioners instead of specialized doctors. At the same time, hospitals in the mainland usually integrate TCM therapies with western medicine."
WANG MENGZHEN BEIJING "Chor Fung is one of 10 Chinese medical practitioners from Hong Kong who has been chosen by Hong Kong's health authorities for the one-year medical exchange program. It's a program that has been running for over a decade."
The Hospital Authority, which manages all public hospitals in Hong Kong, has joined hands with three mainland hospitals featuring their renowned TCM therapies while offering candidates full-scholarship.
Chor Fung picked Wangjing Hospital which specializes in orthopaedics. Now he's working with doctors in the joint surgery & sports medicine department.
His mentor Jiang Bo has witnessed differences in TCM development in different regions and understands the need to continue exchanges like this.
JIANG BO, ATTENDING PHYSICIAN WANGJING HOSPITAL, CHINA ACADEMY OF CHINESE MEDICAL SCIENCES "Based on Chor Fung's solid background in Chinese medicine, we ask him to use his fresh experience in combining TCM with western-style treatments, especially in the post-surgery recovery for our patients. Compared with the north, TCM culture has a deeper root in southern China like Hong Kong. That's what we in Beijing could learn from."
CHOR FUNG is no stranger to the mainland. Four years ago, he gained an undergraduate degree at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
WONG CHOR FUNG REGISTERED CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER "My family in Hong Kong told me if you wanna study Chinese medicine, you should go back to the mainland for broader and more authentic understanding. So, I studied in the city of Tianjin for 5 years. I was surprised by the huge differences between the north and southern parts of China. But as time went by, I gradually got used to living here."
Chor Fung says he's already obtained licenses for practicing TCM both in the mainland and Hong Kong. So in the future, he's hoping not to be confined to just one of the two, but act as a bridge to connect them and better introduce the Chinese medicine to the world. WMZ. CGTN, BEIJING.