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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
February, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 02
How to be a Better Teacher
By Rita Woods, LMT
Teaching is an art and a science. It's an art in that, as a teacher, you must be spontaneous and creative as the circumstances require; and it's a science in that there is a best way to teach involving methodology and planning.
There's an old adage that says, "Not to prepare is to prepare to fail." That is so true when it comes to teaching. Failure to prepare is apparent when students don't learn or are unable to grasp concepts, are a discipline problem or become indifferent. If you are a student and show any of these signs, first, shame on you. Second, see them as signals that you might be unaware of how you learn. To be successful, it's up to us as individuals to find our strengths and use them to our own advantage.
Instructors, on the other hand, have a double challenge. First, you have your own unique learning style and you will tend to teach in the same way you learn. Second, you must find and implement teaching methods that will reach the majority of your students. In short, you must be willing to present learning opportunities that would be uncomfortable for you as a learner.
Learning and teaching styles comprise a large segment of traditional academic instructor training. Variety is important. Thanks to technological advances in multimedia, we have more presentation methods readily available to us. However, that only helps with the delivery. We must professionally prepare the material to be delivered in the most effective way possible.
Adult learners are ready to get right to the core of the material. They tend to prefer a single concept that focuses heavily on the application of that concept. This tendency increases with age. Adults need to be able to integrate new ideas with what they already know. Adults have sought out their new learning experience as a means to change something about their life. And we all know what a life-changing experience massage therapy school can be! Making the best use of time and material is very important to the adult learner.
Each person is wired differently and what may seem comfortable to one person is not for another. Finding out what works for you can make your life more seamless. Let's say you're a global learner. You want the big picture first - the concept and the idea - then you fill in the details. You will have students who are linear learners with a strong need for order. You can address that need by presenting the material in an orderly and systemized fashion.
We can take in and assimilate more information if it comes to us in chunks. A chunk is one piece of the presentation that includes material that is alike or that fits together. It's the most common method of organization but often is ignored. For instance, if you are going to discuss the upper body, then "chunk" it into the arm, the shoulder, anterior neck, posterior neck, etc. For the instructor, this makes your planning and delivery a system that is easy to follow. For the student, this allows you to see the big picture, plus the details.
One of the biggest mistakes we can make as teachers is to present a lot of material in an unorganized fashion. Not only do you run the risk of the student not hearing you, if the brain is overcome by the information it is unable to assimilate and retain even simple concepts. It's not about how much material you present but how you present it.
A Helpful Rule of Thumb is the 5 +/- 2 Rule
The brain can take in an average of five new concepts per hour. If it's difficult material, then the "minus two" factor comes into play. So you can grasp about three new concepts. If the material is easy with no new ground-breaking concepts, then "add two" more concepts to the mix. So you could feasibly present seven new concepts in that hour. And by the way, remember the group advances at the rate of the slowest learner. This is especially important if you are working in a group dynamic. This rule helps the facilitator by providing a guide to make outlines, lesson plans and allot the appropriate time to each segment. For the student, this will allow you to organize your notes and study for exams.
There is no substitute for good principles. Here is a list I have found helpful and I refer to it periodically. I'd love to give the author credit for the list, but alas, I have no idea who wrote it.
12 Teaching Principles
You might want to keep this list handy as we will discuss these principles in future articles.
As you prepare to teach or to learn, the concepts we discussed today can serve as a foundation. Remember to vary your presentation methods to accommodate different learning styles. Preparation is your greatest ally for success. Organize your material in chunks. Plan to present according to the 5 +/- 2 Rule, and following good principles will always support your efforts.
Next month, the focus will be on writing learning objectives. Objectives make up the core of all education including writing programs for continuing education approval. I'll demystify them and show you how to write them with ease.
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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