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Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
Education Takes Center Stage at Annual Council of Schools Meeting
By Editorial Staff
Tiffany M. Field, PhD, founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, was the keynote presenter at the AMTA's 2002 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting of the Council of Schools (COS), held January 22-26 in Tucson, Arizona.Dr. Field, a long-time supporter of research-backed factual findings that support the efficacy of massage, spoke about ongoing broad-based research programs in collaboration with other doctors in the fields of obstetrics, pediatrics and pharmacology.
An international group of massage and bodywork school owners and administrators met and discussed a variety of education-related topics. An entire day was dedicated to understanding competency-based education. A workshop entitled, "Competency-Based Education: What Is It? How Does It Work? Why Is It Relevant to Massage Therapy Education?" was facilitated by educator/teacher Judith McDaniel, PhD, who has designed evaluation processes that allow students and employers to determine competency in a variety of skills.
A competency-based panel presentation and competency-based discussion groups followed her workshop. The discussion groups grappled with issues such as testing for competency and creating a curriculum for competency.
Elections also were held at the annual meeting. The current officers of the council are:
In an interview, Peggy Smith, president of the 300+ member council, indicated that she felt that the opportunity for school owners to network among themselves was the most important aspect of the COS. She mentioned that she has always derived value from being able to sit down over lunch with her peers and share how problems are solved and how progress is evaluated. She felt strongly that this sharing of experiences was beneficial for the massage therapy profession as a whole, in that it allowed for an elevation of the quality of educational programs and a greater ability for meaningful interaction with students on administrative issues such as alternative financing/financial aid, admissions policy and professional behaviors.
Smith indicated that she felt the discussions on competency-based education were particularly pertinent to educators today, as there is continuing debate in the profession concerning hours of education required for entry level practice. She indicated that it was likely that trends in the evaluation of competencies could be a consensus-building step in changing the paradigm from hours to outcomes. She mentioned that the profession continues to deal with the issues of what makes a good/great massage therapist, and how outcomes can be measured. She urged all schools to explore refreshed curricula that incorporate competency-based education, because she feels it allows for accountability in the quality of graduates.
In addition to its annual leadership conference, the COS convenes an annual teachers' conference each summer. This year's conference is scheduled for August 1-4, 2002 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
School owners and directors have several opportunities each year to network:
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