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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
Your Plan, Part Two
By Perry Isenberg
Last month, I looked at the questions and considerations needed to define and secure rewarding employment; I hope it was useful. Your continued feedback will help ensure that these articles continue to be relevant.My goal is to provide insight to improve your chances of finding business and economic success. Without the ability to make a reasonable living, you will not be able to continue providing this much-needed therapy. So, continue telling me what you want me to talk about.
This month, I want to discuss growing into and securing a management position. Like everything, management has its pros and cons, and you need to consider these before deciding to be a manager. They say it is lonely at the top - and it can be - so be aware that becoming a manager often involves some invisible separation from your coworkers; however, management can also be very rewarding.
Management generally involves some separation from coworkers and a level of authority over them. This is a frightful reality that separates the "men" from the "boys," so to speak. Having authority over anybody is a huge responsibility and challenge. I still have difficulty with this at times and am constantly evolving into a better manager with respect to responsibility and proper, appropriate use of authority. Take inventory of yourself and try to be honest. Are you ready for the responsibility of managing people? Make sure you are up to the challenge, and that management would be an asset, not a burden - otherwise you will become frustrated.
Management is more about working with people than about making sure the work is getting done. For example, let's say that you are managing the massage services of a spa with six therapists on staff, and your goal is a profitable department that requires 150 sessions per week. Your job is to make sure this goal is met. In this case, managing your staff is more important than the number of sessions, because unless you can create an enthusiastic, responsible team that works well together and takes pride in the work, all the appointments in the world won't help you achieve that goal. The ability to manage is vital to ensuring your department reaches its goal. Often, it involves taking two steps backward and one forward by changing personnel and/or their responsibilities, until you have the right team assembled.
The next item for self-examination is your use of authority; this is important. I pride myself on being a coworker with my employees and try not to create a daily environment of authority. My coworkers know the "buck stops with me," but it is not something we discuss unless it becomes absolutely necessary. If you want to be a manager so you can be the "boss," stop now! Authority should not be something that is sought; it should be earned as a byproduct of wanting to lead, teach and inspire. Separation from your coworkers is an element of management.
As much as I consider myself a coworker with my staff, the reality is that I am on the "other side" of the fence, involved in dealings that are good for the entire business and not always good for individual employees. This reality creates division, whether you like it or not. Many people have balked at separation and attempted to be "buddies" with their staff, while attempting to meet the needs of their management position. It may work for a while, but ultimately it does not. If you want to be part of the "gang," do not consider management. At best, you can reside at the edge of the "gang's" circle.
Generally, as a manager, you will likely spend less time perfecting your craft and more time managing people and handling general business issues. This can cause some serious stress for the therapists that enjoy helping and healing people. There is nothing better than working your magic to provide clients exactly what they need. So before you leap into management, realize that you will be doing less hands-on work. You must also possess the ability to be organized and handle a variety of components, including staff, scheduling, morale, client needs, upper management demands, product and supply inventories, and legal issues - to name a few. It is likely that you will be on salary and work more hours than anyone else in your department. And if short-staffed, you will be called on to do hands-on work.
Management can be a rewarding goal that, once achieved, allows you to improve your "people" skills, increase your economic opportunities, have greater career flexibility, and additional perqs, such as time off, bonuses and more. I believe most people identify with the advantages of management. Examine the following questions and if they sound exciting, you could be on your way to a successful management career:
If you think you can handle the challenges presented above, I recommend you start pursuing a management position; if successful, you will be on your way to greater economic and career security!
I wish you the best of luck.
Until Next Month,
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