uAlberta pulling plug on 20-year acupuncture program

April 29, 2013

The University of Alberta is shutting down an acupuncture program designed for doctors and other health professionals to incorporate an aspect of eastern medicine into their repertoires. Launched in 1991, the Medical Acupuncture Program has trained close to 1,000 health professionals, including doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors. “It’s sad to see for such a program that has been running for more than 20 years that has given service to so many people,” said the program’s founder. “It’s a well-established, reputable program that is not only known provincially but also nationally and internationally.” The move comes as uAlberta grapples with a substantial funding cut from the provincial government, although it is unclear if the acupuncture program is a casualty of the budget or simply a change in academic direction. The program will end as of June 2013, after which its founder said he hopes to quickly find a new place to host it. Edmonton Journal