Update from South Korea

This post is written by guest writer and 2nd year MPEN, Graham Wolfe

MEPN student Danny Smith in front of kettles which produce some of the
alternative Korean medicines

We had an opportunity to visit Dongukk University Ilsan Hospital which offered a unique collaboration of traditional Korean medicine and western medicine. At Ilsan Hospital we saw familiar treatments such as acupuncture and cupping and some practices that were less familiar including Sasang constitutional medicine and Chuna manual manipulation.

Sasang constitutional medicine categorizes patients into four types based on biopsychosocial traits. Korean medical doctors use the Sasang type to provide recommendations as each type has strengths and weakness physiologically. Chuna manual manipulation is a technique similar to chiropractic medicine but includes a broader range of manual manipulation like massage.

Korean Medicine resident explaining the Korean medicine pharmacy production to
Professor Alex Wong

Dr. Sang-yeon Min, a Korean medicine physician specializing in pediatrics, explained Korean medicine is used primarily for prevention. Dr. Min also informed us western medicine physicians and Korean medicine physicians will often collaborate in the same consultation session to provide the most comprehensive care for a patient. This collaborative effort is so incredibly valuable and is something that can be lacking in the western medical system. As nurses and especially as clinical nurse leaders it is our responsibility to coordinate our patient’s care. It can be difficult to stimulate collaborative efforts between specialties and disciplines. Experiencing a hospital system designed to facilitate integration between two different forms of medicine was inspiring.

I believe we all walked away impressed with the complete and conscientious medical services offered by Dongukk University Ilsan Hospital

From left to right Ellie Oliver, Graham Wolfe, Professor Alex Wong, Professor Allison Marsh, Nicole Wakayama, Jerrick Prudencio, Vincent Ng, Danny Smith, Caleb Kuo

About kathymarsh

Associate Dean at Hahn School of Nursing University of San Diego
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1 Response to Update from South Korea

  1. Ann Mayo says:

    You can’t put a price on this type and level of education! Way to go USD School of Nursing!


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