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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
By Cherie Sohnen-Moe
In previous issues of Massage Today, we explored the importance of lifelong learning, sources of resistance regarding taking continuing education courses, and ways to evaluate continuing education providers.Finding a high-quality course offered by a reputable company is just one phase. Your learning experience will be significantly more enjoyable and effective when you take a course best suited to your learning style.
The following exercise demonstrates the power of working with your appropriate learning style. Take out a piece of paper and a writing implement. Write your name in cursive with your non-dominant hand; then write your name in cursive with your dominant hand. Note the differences in the two: the legibility of the signatures; how long it took to write; and the comfort level you experienced while doing the exercise. Learning in an environment that is not suited to your learning style is just like this exercise: you can do it, but it will most likely be more difficult, take longer, and the results won't be as clear.
Many theories on learning abound. The two most popular for educational environments are Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), developed by Richard Bandler; and Multiple Intelligences (MI), formulated by Howard Gardner and extended to the classroom by David Lazear.
NLP postulates that the three major methods for processing information are auditory, kinesthetic and visual, and that people are usually dominant in one area. Approximately 65% of the population is visually oriented, 20% is kinesthetic, and 15% is auditory. Discovering NLP changed my life. According to this system, I am AKV, which puts my two major learning orientations in the minority with the rest of the population. Plus, I'm married to a VAK (actually, if it were possible, he would classify himself as a VVV). As an instructor, this information transformed my teaching methodology. My classes were severely lacking in "visual" materials. It was an effort (and to some degree still is) to include a variety of visual stimuli such as handouts, overhead transparencies, flip charts and posters.
MI classifies human intellect into eight major intelligences (there is rumor of a ninth): verbal/linguistic; logical/mathematical; visual/spatial; bodily/kinesthetic; musical/rhythmic; intrapersonal; interpersonal; and naturalist. This system of understanding how people learn doesn't label people as being a specific type. We use all of the intelligences, but some are stronger in one person vs. another. While personality types refer to what a person is most of the time, multiple intelligences are strategies for learning. I have used this information to broaden the types of activities I use in my classes.
As with NLP, it takes creative effort to incorporate all of the intelligences. When we designed activities for our teaching manual, we painstakingly included all the MI and NLP styles (naturalist was the most difficult).
Choosing the Right Style for You
Consider your learning style when choosing the type of continuing education course. In college, I aced classes when the tests were based on lectures. And although I am an avid reader, I still don't perform as well when tests are based on reading materials. I also notice that I enjoy learning and retain more information when the environment includes a variety of approaches.
Teaching styles vary greatly vary when continuing education is done "live" (e.g., workshops, classes, conferences). Also, the class leader's style might not be best for you. Some people prefer highly structured classes; others like a loose format. Some people want to just hear what the "expert" has to say and resent class discussions. Some people enjoy group activities; others would rather work on their own. Some people do just fine in a class with hundreds of people; others withdraw. Some people want a hands-on-approach; others would rather watch a video.
Distance-learning courses are ideal for people who learn best at their own pace. Keep in mind that these courses also vary widely: some provide reading materials while others include audio or video cassettes. The assessment can range from multiple-choice exams, to written essays, to documented case studies.
Once you have identified your preferred learning styles, you can assemble a list of questions to ask potential CE providers to get the best course for you.
In subsequent issues, we will explore what constitutes a good distance-learning course; CE administration/tracking; effective ways to critique (or complain about) CEU offerings that don't deliver as advertised; and how to prepare yourself before attending a class. Please feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions.
Click here for previous articles by Cherie Sohnen-Moe.
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