12
Jul

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Programs (Full Webinar)



great so I'll just go ahead and start we're going to be talking about our doctoral degrees the doctor of acupuncture doctor of Oriental Medicine then there's a master of acupuncture the Masters of Oriental Medicine now there's a post baccalaureate certificate in Chinese herbs we do have a separate webinar that is specifically on a Chinese herb program so if you want more detail than I might be able to give that would be useful for you to attend and so I was saying this is just a view of our building and the surrounding area if you've never visited us in person I do suggest you come here get a feeling for the space for the people you can talk to current students faculty see what's around us in terms of restaurants and shops and and places to live it cetera some people relocate to come to school so that could be of interest this philosophy the few items I'm going to speak about relates not only to our department acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or a om for short but to all the programs and departments within the university with relationship centered care obviously we're speaking about how you interact with your future patients or clients but also that means how we interact with you as a student while you're here so we do like to put the student at the center of our interactions here at the school in terms of making sure you're comfortable here that it's a good learning environment that we're checking in on how you're doing so we have a nice student support team in terms of helping students that might need additional coaching in terms of study habits time management those sorts of issues possible X you know extra tutoring mentoring so also career counseling helping with you know when you finish the program and going out into the job market so we also think of early ship centered care as you as a student a very strong principle here at MU IH is healing presence and creating a healing environment now you will often have heard the term bedside manner when talking about doctors so healing presence is akin to bedside manner you'll also hear in the literature if you're looking out there you might see therapeutic presence nursing presence so we really are looking to help you develop your in again your interaction with the client how do you interact with them in such a way to help elicit the information that you need to put the patient at ease to understand their energetic so not just what are the words that they're telling you but how do you understand and interpret their facial expressions their body language what does that mean not just from kind of a Western psychology viewpoint but within the Chinese medicine paradigm we're talking about their their energetic and how do they present very important we as a school again we like to look at wellness and wholeness what is the whole person and work around that not have our entire focus on disease and labeling you know from a Western medical view we also like to bridge Western science Western medicine with the kind of ancient wisdom and traditions that are the basis for many of our teachings so obviously Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years other programs here at school are based on also on long term programs as you're looking at yoga therapy Ayurveda etc so we're looking to bridge those traditional knowledge bases with modern research that's important not only for our own internal understanding but in working with Western medical professionals and helping them understand what we do and also helping our patients patients are you know online all the time not just looking at information about Chinese medical practices but they're looking at Western medicine and you know what they what they perceive that are their issues and they'll be bringing that in to you as a practitioner so you need to understand Chinese medicine but also how does that relate to Western medicine and what what what are some of the things that your patients will be speaking about and the people that you want to have a new referral neck Network how do you speak to them just a little bit about the history of our Institute so we did begin purely as a small acupuncture clinic back in the mid 70s then a small acupuncture school was established and we were the very first accredited acupuncture degree program in the United States and as we moved into 2000's we added some other degree programs here at the school the first some of those first degrees were in excuse me Western herbal programs and in coaching programs we earned regional accreditation in the mid-2000s so we have programmatic accreditation from a calm a calm is the body that accredits acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs in schools so are our programs have programmatic accreditation and then the school as a whole has regional accreditation with Middle States so that would be the organization that credits other large institutions such as Hopkins University Maryland Loyola other universities and colleges within our region we became a university in 2013 and that's when we adopted the name Maryland University of Integrative Health and in 2014-2015 we began offering doctoral programs and there's some numbers they are about programs and faculty and alumni I don't think I need to go through that so I'm going to start by talking about our master's degree programs so you can think of the master of acupuncture is kind of the base degree in our in this state in Maryland the master of acupuncture is the degree that you need in order to practice to become licensed in Maryland so for Maryland graduating from an accredited degree program and school within the state is sufficient to apply for licensure other states may require more each state has its own practice app and laws and I'll touch back on that in a moment so the Masters of acupuncture is 128 point to five credits so that's you can see that's a rather large program that's comparable with many other schools and is not too much more than what is required for minimal accreditation the degree can be completed in three years that's nine trimesters we are on the trimester system so you have three terms per year the trimester lasts for 14 weeks and it is equivalent to your standard semester at most undergraduate school so that's a generally a 15 week unit so we do our doing the same class time but in 14 weeks that so that you can have a little bit more time between the trimesters you'll you'll notice from that 14 week trimesters three times a year that you are in school pretty much year-round with about a week and a half between the spring and summer trimester about three three and a half weeks at the end of the summer trimester and also a three to four weeks between the fall and the spring term ester so it is quite a full program classes are held two days a week so if you are interested in entering programs this fall in September you will attend school on Thursday and Friday if you come in the spring in January you would attend school on Monday and Tuesday regardless of your intake fall or spring there are some intensive and some courses that are held off of those two days per week for instance there is an opening three-day intensive if you start this fall your very first week you'll have class on Wednesday Thursday Friday and then for the remaining 13 weeks of the trimester you'll have that standard Thursday Friday two days per week as I just said there's the occasional weekend and there are some online courses so for instance the very first trimester there is one online course your history of Chinese medicine course it is a two credit course it lasts for ten weeks not quite the whole fourteen weeks and so we started after the first few weeks that gives you time to kind of get here get you to the school before having an online course many people these days are familiar with online courses but if you're not don't worry about it you'll be able to get used to all the information you need before getting started our classroom courses do use the same learning management system so every classroom course does have a website where the very minimum the syllabus is posted but generally most courses have much more they have all their handouts posted they may be using things like online quizzes discussion forums to supplement the face-to-face time in the classroom so as I said the master of acupuncture is the base degree that most that you need to become licensed here in Maryland some states require that you also study Chinese herbs so they're the master of Oriental medicine would be the next degree that you would be interested in so that is an additional 40 credits you can see it's 168 point to five credits of course that adds the study of Chinese herbal medicine within it with one additional bioscience course the Chinese herb coursework will not begin until until your introducer seven or eight that difference being whether you start your acupuncture program in the fall or the spring the Chinese herbal program always starts once a year in the spring we do have some people who come back after their acupuncture studies to study Chinese herbs and those people are coming back for the certificate in Chinese herbs but everybody's in the courses together and so about two-thirds of the way through your acupuncture program you would start start your Chinese herbal course work those courses are essentially we can focus so there Friday Saturday or Friday Saturday Sunday and they have one weekend per month so the additional Chinese our coursework is happening once a month four times through your each term and I'm going to go into more detail about didactic and experiencial and clinical course work in a moment so at this point you may be thinking you know how would I decide whether I want the Masters of acupuncture I want the Masters of Oriental Medicine different states have their own Practice Act that is their laws and regulations that govern the practice of acupuncture within their each state so if you don't know what state you want to live in or practice in but you have some ideas or if you think in the future you might move from Maryland if this is where you're living or you're already living in one of our surrounding states do go to the board of acupuncture for the state that you're living in or that you might want to practice in the easy way to find that is just Google Board of acupuncture Vermont board of acupuncture DC Board of acupuncture whatever state you're interested in do look at their requirements for licensure we do look at that and help you understand what you need and we try to stay up to date but really it is incumbent upon each student to be aware of laws in states outside of Maryland they do change occasionally and like I said we keep up on them as well as we can but you want to be with aware of that information so knowing where you want to practice might dictate whether you look at the Masters of acupuncture versus the Masters of Oriental Medicine do you need to have studied Chinese herbs in order to get licensed in a state and as I said before here in Maryland the Masters of acupuncture is sufficient to apply for licensure and more important in some ways no actually licensure is most important but know what you're interested in what what do you want to study so even if you live here in Maryland herbs may be something that fascinates you know how do we take these plants that grow around us and how are they used to help people heal themselves to become better so know if that's your interest and then you have an additional tool with which to view and treat your patients also know that you can enter as a masters of acupuncture student and decide after the fact that you would like to also study Chinese herbs and enter into the masters of Oriental Medicine remember in the prior slide I'm going to flip back that here over on the right hand side you see that the Chinese herbal coursework begins in trimester seven or eight so really in trimester five you up till trimester five you can be thinking about and making a decision to add Chinese herbal medicine as part of your studies so if you're not sure now you have time to make that decision okay well moving along let me start speaking about our doctoral programs so just like the Masters level there is a doctor of acupuncture and a doctor of Oriental Medicine where the difference between them is the addition of Chinese herb in the doctor of Oriental Medicine now the doctorate level degree are 22 credits more than they're related master's level degree so 22 credits gets you to one hundred and fifty point two five credits moving from the Masters of acupuncture to the doctor of acupuncture or one hundred and ninety point two five credits moving from the master of Oriental medicine to the doctor of Oriental Medicine in a moment I'll speak about some of the reasons why you would consider the Masters versus the doctorate and right here I'll say that some of the additional competencies that you're looking to meet in the doctoral level include a greater understanding of some of the diagnostic tools and tests that you are used in Western medicine you have the chance for integrative clinical training and understanding key studies so the theme of the doctorate level is integrative collaborative care having a better grasp and ability to interact with Western medical providers now these competencies are set forth by the accreditation accrediting body AECOM so all schools that offer the Doctor of acupuncture the dr. Oriole medicine will be meeting these same competencies for the professional doctorate degree that's how this is referred to it is not in other words it's a professional clinical based degree it is not a research-based degree so it's not a PhD it is a doctor of acupuncture or doctor of Oriental Medicine you have the same format for the majority of your program courses two days a week when you are finishing up your kind of masters level coursework and moving into the doctorate level coursework those courses are primarily online or focused a weekend based so know that if you decide to come in as an entry-level doctoral student you be will be enrolled in both your doctoral degree and the Masters of acupuncture remember that I told you that the Masters of acupuncture is the base level degree needed to apply for licensure in Maryland therefore we like to grant students the grant and graduate students from the Masters of acupuncture that gives you the ability to apply for your license and open your business while you continue to complete your credits and requirements for the doctoral level coursework and in the doctor of Oriental Medicine the additional Chinese herbal coursework is situated the same as the Masters of Oriental Medicine ie it starts in your 7th or 8th semester depending on whether you are a September a fall or spring and take students and it is primarily weekend based let me continue as a comparison of the master's and doctorate level to help you think about you know do I want a master's degree or do I want a doctorate degree so remember I said the competencies in the doctoral level are meant to help you better interact integrate collaborate with Western medical providers so that you can speak to them more easily hence you know studies more studies and understanding diagnostic tools used by Western medical providers etc so yes there's multiple kind of levels of answers to give to this question one is just a kind of degree parity and looking at the initials after somebody's name if you look at a business card or you're introduced to somebody as doctor you see doctor so-and-so with their doctoral level degree initials after their name there's um you know generally a greater respect offered to that person right from the get-go obviously respective earned more as somebody comes to know you individually as a practitioner and a person looking to be if you're looking to work in a Western medical setting in a hospital either most like an outpatient setting but there are opportunities for inpatient settings to the Veterans Administration there are hospitals do have opening for acupuncturist if you would like to treat in say nursing homes any place where you might be interacting with Western medical providers then going to the doctoral level degree twofold it gives you greater information so you'll have a greater ease interacting with the Western medical providers but it also gives you that kind of automatic recognition by those providers I would say in the employment hiring process pay level raise considerations that having the terminal degree the no highest degree that you can achieve in a profession those are considerations and getting hired and getting promoted not just the kind of hospital nursing home setting but private practices that are multi multi modality so there's an MD there's a physical therapist maybe there's a massage therapist etc those situations also you would have some advantage having your doctoral level degree as opposed to your master's level degree so just like with the decision of acupuncture study versus oriental medicine study your decision to come in at the Masters versus the doctorate level is something that you can delay you can enter at the Masters level and decide to kind of upgrade to the doctoral level after you've been here for some time you will be completing the bulk of your master's level requirements before you start taking any doctoral level requirements and especially clinical work you will work you will complete all of the clinical work at the Masters level before doing any doctoral level clinical work you and a couple things about credentialing and licensing some of which I've already mentioned that there are state specific regulations and there's a web address here for NCCAOM that is the organization that creates and administers what is essentially our national board exam for acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners while Maryland does not require this exam for licensure many other states do and it is certainly within the purview of any employer to ask for your credentials around this exam to ask you to present evidence that you have passed this exam so we definitely prepare you and want you to feel prepared and encourage you actually to take these knight national board exams if a hospital is hiring an acupuncturist then one of the things about the exam the national board exam is it offers the hospital you know some kind of nationally recognized based level of achievement accreditation school accreditation of course also offers this but this is something that employers can ask for it has nothing to do with what's required for licensure and again this just to emphasize know what states you might be interested in practicing in and research their requirements and I'll reiterate that you can enter as a master's of acupuncture student and upgrade to a master's of Oriental Medicine or a doctoral level degree after you have come in you can also graduate with a master's of acupuncture leave here be in your practice private practice or be employed for a few years and decide to come back at that point to do a setter to study Chinese herbal medicine or to get the additional credits towards your doctoral level degree here's just spelled out so you can see it what I've said that for September intakes if you are entering school this fall that you would be coming to school on Thursday and Friday if you delay and come in the spring in January you would come to school on Monday and Tuesday for the bulk of your courses remember there are some intensive online courses or elective courses that might be offered in a different format outside of those two days per week and while we call this a hybrid program do knows is a majority of the courses are face to face on campus so you do need to arrange your schedule to attend all courses also I want you to understand that this is a full-time program even though you are here on campus in school two days a week it is a full-time program you notice that the master's degree is a hundred and twenty-eight credits plus credits if you sink to your bachelor level degrees most of those were over a hundred credits 110 hundred twenty so and most that's generally a four-year program so because we are on trimester system you are essentially doing a four-year what is similar to a four-year degree like at the undergraduate level four-year degree in three years it is a full-time program that is not to say that you can't work but we definitely encourage you to work no more than half time while you are in school two days a week essentially 9:00 to 5:00 a little bit earlier or later on some trimesters two full days you know eight-hour days of coursework that means you have to do the reading and homework and assignments associated with all those hours on campus so you need the time on the other three days a week to be doing your course work and you need time with your family and you need time to rest and relax and exercise etc so if you feel like speaking up but just tell me if any of you right now are working full-time and what you're doing and actually you don't really need to but think about it yourself are you working full-time can you scale back to part-time when you know you come to school here it is important to your I'd say sanity and your success to be not working you're going to be working part-time if you're working especially you know it depends on you as a student how do you manage time how quickly do you pick up pick things up what sort of requirements what sort of expectations are on you from family members from friends etc children elderly family friends etc so do you keep all of those things in mind while you consider coming to school here again right now I'm going to take a sip of water again so if you if it's time to ask the question feel free so here in this next slide you'll see your 1-2-3 and purple kind of denoting the acupuncture program and coursework year three four in green denoting Chinese herbal coursework and year four in kind of a teal blueish color then denoting doctoral coursework the doctoral masters level really does overlap some so this is just a schematic but yes so the base the majority of the coursework is shared by everybody so everybody is together in the classroom then your masters of Oriental medicine and your doctor of Oriental medicine students and plus any additional people returning for a certificate in Chinese herbs would be together in the Chinese herbal coursework that then adds on with that one weekend per month you know in the terms with the Chinese you're you're like last year of your acupuncture program and then those students who are in the doctor of acupuncture or the doctor of oriental medicine would be possibly taking coursework together because the doctoral level coursework is more of it's online more of it's also the weekend based at the doctorate level students tend to start dispersing and not staying together as a cohort quite as much some people are starting their businesses and and slow down with the doctoral level courses well they concentrate a lot and some students want to go straight through and get everything done and then focus on their business so there's kind of change like that our fall intake tends to be in the realm of 20 students for the last number of years give or take a little bit and our spring intakes are generally a little bit smaller I think because the fall is a traditional time for people to think about coming back to school you know undergraduate programs usually start in the fall our you know our armed school year for K through 12 starts in the fall so the fall cohort is generally a little bit larger so you're going to be in a cohort of twenty or so students if you come in in the fall so well I have this schematic up of the kind of the growth outline of acupuncture Chinese herb doctoral course coursework let me speak a little more about some details so for the acupuncture or the master's level coursework year one trimesters one two three part of year two trimesters four and five is primarily didactic coursework and you're coming here two days a week for your courses now when I say didactic coursework that also quite a bit of that coursework is experiential so you do have straightforward didactic or versus you know mostly lecture format and you have other courses which are more experienced all kind of clinical oriented those are the courses where you're learning like how do you develop your here lean presence how do you interact with clients how do you you so you're doing those more behavioral interactive sorts of courses that help you develop and hone your your diagnostic skills your treatment skills those sorts of kind of practice based courses in trimester five you will take a cop exam that kind of clears you to move into clinical treatment internestor six so internestor six which is the end of year two you move into treatment as a primary practitioner and your courses are reduced to one day a week so if you enter this fall that would be Thursdays if you wait and enter the spring that would be Mondays we free up one day a week because as you move into the clinic you're going to be here perhaps additional days to be in the clinic so we have clinic times in the mornings in the afternoon evening different days of the week and you will be able to pick from those times that most suit your schedule and so for trimester six seven eight and nine you have courses one day a week and you're attending clinic usually on one or multiple days per week so those that's and you will be in clinic you will be primary practitioner ie you will be the practitioner interacting with a patient and needling the patient you will also act as a secondary practitioner in which case you will be in the in the treatment room with another student that student is the primary practitioner as a secondary practitioner you are observing and sometimes helping the student practitioner in some way you are interacting fully with the supervisors in other words you're going to get to express your views on the diagnosis and possible treatments for that patient etc besides the those clinical experiences actually in trimesters three four and five you do get to start clinical experiences using auricular acupuncture in other year words sure just within the year so here at MU IH we are the only acupuncture school in the u.s. that prepares you to become certified by nada that's the National acupuncture detox Association so you will as part of your coursework perform sufficient treatments with auricular acupuncture on a variety of populations they may be dealing with addiction issues so that could be a drugs illicit or not so illicit drugs smoking could be other ways of addiction so their eating habits their gambling habits etc or general wellness and stress relief so that we have often cancer populations just general wellness etc so during trimesters 3 4 & 5 you also get the opportunity to do a regular or your acupuncture on a variety of patients and even your fellow classmates and staff here at the school for wellness as a wellness offering at the school and then as a doctoral student you get opportunity to do participate in some integrative collaborative internships we have an internship at the Kauffman Cancer Center at upper Chesapeake Hospital this is a hospital that is part of the university Maryland's health system it is an outpatient cancer treatment center and doctoral students have the opportunity to spend a trimester there so you can focus on cancer patients and a hospital outpatient setting another current opportunity for doctoral students is treating in a private mental health practice and it is located near the Columbia mall this is a practice of mostly counselors and therapists social workers etc and they have a mental health and wellness practice and we have doctoral students they are providing acupuncture treatment for their clients and interacting with the therapists we're always looking to develop and expand our insertion internship opportunities for the doctoral students but those are some some of the doctoral level clinical experiences so those are different than what you get at the Masters level and those are the sorts of integrative experiences that help you kind of interact in a real-world way in kind of the multi modality group practice or the hospital kind of more Western medical a situation where you might be applying for employment and you know in those sorts of situations so here just to go over some of the places that people work after graduating from school I would say the majority of people are still in private practice when I went through school pretty much all of us went into private practice because there just weren't employment that many employment opportunity today there are many almost all hospitals have some sort of Integrative Health Center and many of those health centers employ acupuncturist so Johns Hopkins University Maryland GBMC that's the greater GBMC Greater Baltimore Medical Center I think GBMC st. Joseph's so many many many hospital systems have integrated centers that employ acupuncturist the Veterans Administration has hospitals and centers that employ acupuncturist so there are many more employment opportunities if you do not wish to go into private practice as a sole practitioner or in a partnership there are more employment opportunities in those cases I do encourage you to go into the doctoral program and to from the get go plan to be taking the national board exams we do have people that work in veterinary practices as I mentioned I do do animal acupuncture I do not work in a veterinary practice or wisk veterinarians but I am always in communication with or getting referrals from from veterinarians and so we do have people on staff at hospitals we do have people in higher education you know obviously the faculty here at school but faculty at other schools again if you're interested in teaching maybe you already have an educational background you've been a teacher in the past and you would like to continue that after studying again I would encourage you to get the doctoral degree our school and other schools that offer the doctorate do you need faculty that you know on the roles that have doctorates if you have any interest in conducting research then again I would encourage you to go in for the doctoral degree and we have people doing all of these various different aspects and possibilities and here just kind of wrapping up again if you're interested in our programs do you plan to come here at an open house to see the school if that's not feasible work with our emissions department to schedule a visit working with them you will be able to come and sit in in the classroom and hear our faculty lecture meet current students admissions can arrange for you to meet with talk to recent graduates another great way to understand the school is come receive treatment in the natural care center so the natural care center is both our teaching clinic and also have private practitioners if you come and receive treatment from a student acupuncturist then you will see one you'll get treatment but you'll see what it's like for your potential patients in the future to be here at the student clinic you would be helping out a current student by coming and being patient but you get that view from both sides as a patient and as a potential student what that's like I mentioned auricular acupuncture and the not a program the detox program we do on campus here have free auricular treatment it's open to the public so you could come bring your friends and family on Mondays and Wednesdays it's in the evening 5:00 to 7:00 Tuesday and Thursday daytime 12:00 to 2:00 do know that you need to arrive by a half-hour before the end to in order to receive treatment so be here by 6:30 or 1:30 to be treated and of course if you haven't already started your application just visit our website and you can start your online application there and here's the email address if you don't already know it for admissions it's just emissions at MU I HDD you my email address again Janet Padgett if you missed my name J Padgett at mu hzd you for the person but please send me if you notice anything that's confusing on the website not just that looks wrong but it confuses you send me an email to let me know send me the link and let me know so that we can improve our website to help you and any other potential students