Introducing the Janet Tsai Memorial Scholarship Recipients

By Pacific College - May 14, 2015

Memorial Scholarship

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-NY is delighted to announce the four recipients of the Janet Tsai Memorial Scholarship.

Recipients were nominated by Pacific College faculty and staff and were chosen based on their interest in and commitment to women’s health and women with disabilities.

Janet was an alumna and faculty member at Pacific College who supervised at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Initiative for Women with Disabilities off-site internship. Janet was a very special member of our Pacific College community who will be remembered as a beautiful and vibrant spirit who brought light and warmth to the college and to the profession. She was a gift to us all.




“To work with women with disabilities is much more than just helping them cope with incredible, chronic, debilitating pain that their opioids are not holding at bay.  Rather, it is to communicate with another person’s Heart. At the end of an acupuncture session with these brave women who so boldly take charge of their intractable pain there is a change in their Shen (spirit) that makes my Long March through Chinese Medical training so worth it.”



“Our mediocre score in 2013’s World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report is a reminder that women’s health is still an afterthought in the U.S. In challenging that status quo, I find inspiration in Janet Tsai’s work to strive for a medical system that values bodies in all their forms. As Kofi Annan once said, ‘It is my aspiration that health finally will be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for.'”



“My personal experience has proven to me how ostracizingillness can be, and how dehumanizing healthcare can feel. By respecting the mind-body-spirit connection, I hope to re-introduce dignity into treating disabled patients to empower healing and re-inspire heath.”



“As a woman with cerebral palsy, I know the effort it takes to live with a physical disability.  It takes effort and perseverance to be realistic about the body’s capabilities yet not allow that to define myself and my life. My passion is to extend this to other women with disabilities.”



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