There are many places in the United States to study oriental medicine. Getting down to the wire for finishing applications, I'm curious to hear what expert Oriental Medicine practitioners have to say.
Some schools offer, in addition to standard training, certificates in 5-Element acupuncture, orthopedic acupuncture, medical qigong, etcetera. Others focus on modern-Chinese style education, thoroughly melding East and West. Some teach Classical Chinese other Traditional Chinese, some Korean or Japanese, some offer a rounded variety, other focus on one method and offer single electives in others....some have 3,000 hour programs, others have 3,500 hour programs. Some teach 350 herbs with over 150 formulas, others teach 300 herbs with 100 formulas.
What's most important when applying for a school? Is it best to attend the most comprehensive school with certificate programs in 5-Element, Orthopedic, Medical Qigong? Or is it better to attend a decent school, and then worry more about specialization and apprenticeship later?
I guess I'm curious to hear what experts think the best route is to become a great practitioner of Oriental Medicine. Thank you!