The Fellowship curriculum is comprehensive: It includes practical clinical experience
and didactic education.
The Fellows meet once a week for eight hours during a period of one year (50 weeks). This represents a total of 400 clinical training and didactic education hours. There will be a didactic lecture on one of the curriculum topics approximately every other week. Given patient scheduling and availability, each Fellow will evaluate and treat up to 6 patients per day, depending on the departmentsí patient volume.
Fellows are included on the hospital departmentís multi-disciplinary care
team and rotate between the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as between departments. In addition, they may
have access to specialty clinics. This wide exposure provides a unique opportunity for
acupuncturists to treat a diverse patient population.
The clinical training will enable the Fellows to develop the following knowledge and
skills required for an integrated hospital environment:
Understanding the acupuncturist role in a multidisciplinary healthcare team;
Learning the essentials of the integrated intake procedure;
Developing professional charting skills;
Gauging the severity of medical conditions in relation to TCM diagnosis;
Understanding safety practices in the hospital setting;
Conducting effective physical assessments;
Developing diagnostic skills and treatment protocols;
Exploring and using advanced treatment techniques;
Understanding cautions applicable to acupuncture treatment of patients with complex medical conditions;
Relating advanced concepts of TCM to biomedical theory;
Guiding patients to maximize the benefits of their acupuncture treatment;
Learning general cautions and contraindications of acupuncture.
Fellows may also treat patients with the following conditions or complications: HIV, hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, chronic bronchitis, COPD, cerebrovascular disease, post-surgical conditions such as pain, constipation and urinary incontinence, and geriatric conditions such as dementia, depression and anxiety.
Approximately every other week Fellows will observe an Acupuncture Treatment Demonstration performed by Dr. Ma. Patients treated for demonstration will represent typical or difficult cases. Along with discussion of Fellowsí questions, differential diagnosis will be reviewed, and treatment protocols demonstrated.
Every other week, Fellows will be given a lecture on of the curriculum topics. The lectures will complement and support the Fellows integrated clinical experience within the hospital.
Below is a sample of potential seminar topics:
General Clinical Skills.
History intake, chart writing, communicating with the care team
Skills of performing a general physical examination (I, II & III)
Motor ability and range of motion assessment (I, II & III)
Advanced needling techniques
Clinical use of electrical acupuncture
Post-stroke Patients Acupuncture Protocols.
Scalp acupuncture protocols
"Xing Nao Kai Qiao" protocols
"Yang Ming" protocols
Nerve root stimulation
Treatment of spasticity
Improving range of motion
Treatment of shoulder and hand syndrome
Treatment of foot drop and eversion of the foot
Treatment of dysphasia
"Ju Ci" protocols for motor impairment
Improve fine motor function
Acupuncture Protocols for Neurological Conditions.
Treatment of dementia
Treatment of spinal cord injuries
Treatment of peripheral nerve injury
Acupuncture Protocols for Orthopedic Conditions.
Treatment of muscular injuries and sprain
Treatment of ligament injuries
Treatment of joint diseases and post-surgery
Rehabilitation of joint replacement surgery
Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
Acupuncture Protocols for Pain Management.
General pain management
Treatment of headaches
Treatment of neuralgia
Treatment of fibromyalgia
Acupuncture Protocols for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Treatment of angina
Treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
Treatment for breathing difficulty
Acupuncture Protocols for Geriatrics
Treatment of dementia, depression and anxiety
Treatment of acute and chronic pain
Enhancement of immunity to help prevent and fight infection
Treatment of digestive disorders
Treatment of urinary incontinence
Acupuncture Protocols for Post Surgery Conditions
Treatment of nausea and constipation
Other Clinical Protocols.
Acupuncture protocols for constipation
Safety of hypertensive and diabetic patients receiving acupuncture treatment
Precautionary strategies for practitioners treating HIV and viral hepatitis patients
Ethics, Safety, and the Law. In addition to the clinical lectures, the Acupuncture
Fellowship Program hopes to bring in field experts and professionals to
seminars on relevant trends, issues, regulations, and legislation impacting TCM
and acupuncture within the U.S. healthcare system.
Below represents a sample of potential lectures by the Chinese Medical
Science Foundationís General Counsel:
Legal issues regarding the use of acupuncture in a hospital setting
Professional obligations and rules of conduct for acupuncturists in a
Effective and appropriate communication between acupuncturists
and other health professionals
OSHA regulations for acupuncturists practicing in a hospital setting
HIPAA laws for acupuncturists practicing in a hospital setting
Review of current sexual harassment laws
The topics below will be covered by the hospitalís Human Resources department:
Accident prevention and risk management in the hospital setting
Management of accidents and accident report procedures in a hospital
Upon successful completion, AFP fellows will be granted:
A Certificate of Completion of the Acupuncture Fellowship Program for Advanced Training in Acupuncture Rehabilitation and Internal Medicine;
30 NCCAOM accredited continuing education units (CEUs).