Eight Chinese medical schools have been delisted from the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS), a year after Oriental medical schools in Korea failed to be listed on the directory.
The Korean Medical Association (KMA)’s Research Institute for Medical Policy said on Wednesday that the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) deleted eight Chinese medical schools from WDMS.
The eight delisted Chinese medical schools are Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
According to the KMA, WFME delisted Korean Oriental medical schools from the world directory in 2012. In a January meeting in Singapore, WFME reaffirmed that Oriental medical schools in Korea could not be listed on the register.
“The WFME’s decisions clearly show that the world’s medical community does not recognize both Korea’s Oriental medicine and traditional Chinese medicine as modern medicine,” KMA said.
“Traditional medicine that cannot be verified objectively and scientifically has no place to stand anymore. Their nonsensical claim that traditional medicine has been verified because of its long history does not appeal to the international community,” it added.
The KMA urged the government to stop supporting Oriental medicine, discontinue wasting tax payer’s money, and come forth to verify all the practices of Oriental medicine.