Hugs, I would like to give you another piece of advice regarding looking for Chinese medicine mentor, which I think may be more useful for you. There are a narrow or a broad road approach choices.
You have to ask yourself, why on earth would a famous and experienced Chinese medicine doctor (any nationality), packed with patients in his clinic, take me (or an outsider) as an apprentice. Why would they are anxious to pass down their knowledge to an outsider like me? What can I offer? Remember, he or she does not have to put up with the hassles of today’s youngsters undesirable behaviors of being late at work, take a sick leave suddenly when they have no moods, lack of motivation, or carefree working attitude?
In old days, apprentices (of any trade) had no paycheck, except room and board, and may be some petty money. No holidays. May be a few days when the shop will close anyway. You are there whenever the shops opens and you are wanted. The training usually takes 3 to 6 years. Do you think you are prepared for that? There is no fun of being an apprentice. For example, Japanese sushi chef apprentice is said to have wash the buckets for a whole year before they are allowed to lay hands on making sushi. Who on earth has this kind of patience, endurance, and commitment?
Back to the Chinese medicine apprentice. Usually they are referred to the mentor by close friends, relatives, or someone who shows absolute sincerity to learn. Being an apprentice is not the most glorious job one can find. They are required to run errands, moving heavy things, household tasks, babysitting, and washing clothes in the old days. To summarize, it is the tedious, laborious, undignified, and next to no pay job.
What is the reward? To master the knowledge in the profession that you can make a comfortable living, if you bump into a good master. This is the narrow and tough small road
Fortunately, today tcm students have options. They can choose to study abroad, China, and to experience metropolitan city life of Beijing or Shanghai. You are treated as VIP and well-protected. Your request will be honored by the hospital staff or college staff and you can learn any clinical subject you desire. Just order it.
The training lasts a couple of weeks or 6 weeks at most. You can also visit Tibet (in case you study in Chengdu, Sichuan province) on your way back home, or Great Wall in Beijing or Hangzhou, the Chinese Venice. May be you have the opportunity having teas with some monks. How nice?
Will you pick up the trade? Yes, you will have some ideas of every specialty you observed. Like butterflies touching from flower to flower. Well, to say the least you have foreign clinical experiences and that counts. It is sweet and the road is broad.