Saint Martin’s University to host forum on traditional Chinese medicine

LACEY, WASHINGTON — Acupuncture, herbal decoctions, “the five elements” and more will take center stage Tuesday, July 24, at the fourth annual Saint Martin’s University Community Forum on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The forum will feature visiting students from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who will showcase their training and expertise in the treatment of patients’ body, spirit, mind and emotion. The forum, free and open to the public, takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Norman Worthington Conference Center on Saint Martin's Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. This year, Saint Martin's extends a special invitation to healthcare professionals.

The Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Saint Martin’s University’s Office of International Programs and Development are co-sponsoring the forum, part of a two-week cultural exchange between the two universities. The partnership is based on a seven-year history of cultural and academic collaboration, according to Josephine Yung, vice president for international programs and development at Saint Martin’s.

“This forum has become a much-anticipated event on campus, drawing crowds from the South Sound and beyond,” says Yung. “Every year, our attendees show great enthusiasm for the topic of holistic healthcare in the context of traditional Chinese medicine. As an event that educates the community, supports diversity and fosters respect, the forum is an excellent reflection of the mission and values of Saint Martin’s University.”

Louise Kaplan, Ph.D., director of Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN nursing program, adds that the Shanghai-based institution will be assisting with the development of an elective course on traditional Chinese medicine at Saint Martin's, to be offered to students and the public in spring semester of 2013.

“Both the forum and the course, ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine and Evidence-Based Practice,’ are an introduction to the contributions and effectiveness of this approach to healthcare,” Kaplan says. “As students will discover, there is a great deal more to traditional Chinese medicine than acupuncture and herbs.”

The University currently is accepting applications for the RN-to-BSN program, which launches this fall.

For more information on the forum or the course scheduled for next spring, call 360-412-6148, or send an e-mail message to

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Louise Kaplan, Ph.D. ARNP FAANP
Director, Nursing Program

Sarah Holdener
Director of Community Relations and Event Management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University