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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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03
I Object: The Value of Learning Objectives
By Rita Woods, LMT
The key points in my last article were the need for professional classroom preparation using a variety of teaching methods, understanding that adult learners are focused on education that will change their life, "chunking" the material into easy-to-grasp concepts, and the 12 teaching principles that can guide you as both teacher and student.
This month's article is about learning objectives. You also may see them described as learning outcomes. They are the alpha and omega in education. Literally, it's how you begin and how you end. The objective is to inform the student what is expected of them, they also are used to create your lesson plan and the student's evaluation. In other words, they are used to teach and test. They are so important to the educational process that workshops on writing them correctly are still held for teachers and professors. Hopefully, I can simplify these objectives without getting caught up in the academic nomenclature, of which there is an abundance. There are even types of objectives named after famous educators. For our purposes here, we will talk about what they are, why they exist, what you use them for and the basics of how to write them.
Learning objectives must reflect what skills or knowledge someone will possess after completing a lesson. You also may need to include criteria that must be met. Those criteria can then be used to measure the students' progress. If it can be measured, it can be used to create tests, quizzes, practice sessions and such. It also assures fairness and objectivity. If all students must perform to a minimum standard of competence, what is that standard? You establish that standard with your learning objectives.
Something is expected to happen. You are trying to achieve an objective, create an outcome, gain new skills or learn new things. Change is your goal. Action is necessary. Therefore, your learning objectives need to contain verbs. There are lists of verbs commonly used in writing objectives. Without getting too deep into the differences between cognitive and performance-based objectives, just remember to choose a verb that is appropriate for the skill you want the student to learn. Some good verbs include define, classify, describe, explain, identify, perform, list, compare, and discuss. You can even find lists of appropriate verbs by doing a Web search under "writing learning objectives."
Remember, your objectives should reflect what the student should know or be able to perform after the lesson. You will need to give this some thought. It may seem like a lot of trouble if you aren't used to writing them, but they can make your life much easier in the long run. Your thought process might go something like this: I need to discuss how our muscles change with age. I have enough reference material to cover the topic. It's a growing issue within our profession. I'll need to cover both the academic aspect and the hands-on issues. I have one hour to devote to this topic. So, what do I want them to learn? One possible objective would be: The student will learn the effects of aging on muscle tissue.
That's OK, but it is not clearly measurable. A better option might be: The student will be able to list three changes that occur in the muscle tissue due to aging. Now from a hands-on viewpoint, without actually having to perform on an elderly client, you could say: The student will be able to describe three precautions when massaging an elderly client. You can see how easily those measurable objectives also could become test questions.
Objectives are used for a variety of training situations. Sometimes, it may seem like stating the obvious. However, you still must state the obvious in a detailed manner that reflects observable behavior. Let's say you've hired a receptionist for your business or have rented out a room, and the new person is expected to answer the phone. Your phone training procedure should include objectives. They should be observable because you want and expect the best. However, you may need to reprimand, fire or retrain that employee. Detailed documented training procedures, the same for all employees, may wind up being your only legal recourse if you fire them for poor performance and they pursue legal action against you. A little tip: Always have a detailed training procedure that is initialed by all employees.
So, let's say you created your phone training session and it looks like this: The employee will be able to answer the phone, greet callers and take messages. Kind of vague; isn't it? It may be difficult behavior to correct if they say, "Well, I answer the phone, say hello and take messages." But if you have had complaints about them, you may need to let them go. But wait; they're doing exactly what you said you wanted them to do, aren't they?
So, let's create a different list of objectives. Develop them around clear tasks and expected behaviors that are observable. For instance: The employee will be able to operate our telephone system, including answering the phone using the elements of proper phone etiquette, (you may even want to list some), retrieving new and old voice mail, placing a caller on hold, taking messages by using the office message pad, and transferring calls to the requested person. These detailed points could be bulleted under the main objective of operating the telephone system. Given the same employee was trained in these two different ways, which objectives do you think would produce the best results?
Whether you are the student or the trainer, knowing what is expected of you is the first step to success. Face it: You can't meet your objectives if you don't know what they are. Next month, we'll create lesson plans and exams around learning objectives. See you then!
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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