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Sample Curriculum

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.

Clinical Training

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.

Didactic Training

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.
    • Chart reading
    • 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
    • Urinary incontinence
  • Acupuncture Protocols for Neurological Conditions.
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinsonís disease
    • Treatment of dementia
    • Seizures
    • Treatment of spinal cord injuries
    • Treatment of peripheral nerve injury
    • Facial paralysis
  • 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.
    • Hypertensive conditions
    • 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
    • Pain Management
    • 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 hospital setting
      • 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 setting

Program Completion

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).