From February-April 2016, we spent a great deal of time connecting with as many practitioners as possible to get a better understanding of the issues that are facing the diverse group people who are R.Acs/R.TCMPs. We held several information gathering meetings and spoke with people on the phone, in person and through email. We also created a survey to collect information in a more formal way.
We were most interested in finding out the answer to these questions:
· 作为一位已注册的中医從业者，您觉得什么事情现在是最困扰您呢？ As a registered practitioner, what are the main issues you are currently experiencing?
· 你觉得什么样的帮助，可以使您的中医专业发展得更好? What could help you thrive in your professional life?
· 安省中医管理局从2013年4月成立后，您的工作受到什么样的影响呢？請陈述 . Since the CTCMPAO has come into effect in April 2013, how has your work and practice been affected? Please explain.
· 我们打算成立一個同业群組，維护同业们的利益，這是否是您想支持的模式呢？您预期这样的群組能幫助到您什么呢？We intend to create some form of inclusive, community-based group that would serve to bolster our interests as practitioners. Is this something you would support? What benefits do you foresee from having such a group?
We were delighted with everyone’s openness to share their thoughts on the issues and potential ways to solve them. What came up again and again was the need for a more cohesive community and stronger support for practitioners. And this is why TCMO came to exist! To help build the bridges and connect R.Acs/R.TCMPs to resources to better support the community of practitioners.