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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
Can There Really Be Too Much of a Good Thing? Never!
By Angie Patrick
Convention and conference season is in full swing! So many incredible events are going on all over the country. There is such tremendous opportunity to learn new modalities, gain skills, brush up on techniques, learn about products and network with your colleagues that it's a bit hard to keep up.When you go to an conference or convention, do you sometimes feel like you're drinking from a fire hose with all of the input you receive in a short time period?
I love "show season" because for me, it's an opportunity to meet new people, see dear old friends and learn as much as I can about what is new and exciting going on our industry. I look forward to finding out more regarding the things pertinent to the profession such as research, legislation, regulations and more. I will admit, when I leave a show or an event, I am energized and want to put everything I have learned into practice or use it all at once, but the magnitude of it all can cause a bit of mental paralysis, as I sometimes have no idea where to begin. Here are some tips on how you can organize the data you collect, the connections you make and the education you receive so it's not only useful, but easily referenced.
To begin, lets first talk about people. We are so fortunate to be a part of a health care industry that is people focused. My experience at an event is that of true face-to-face "community" networking. You gain opportunities to meet those you know from social media sites, blogs and online conferences. Additionally, you get to meet suppliers, educators, authors and vendors. Remembering names may be the gift of some rare souls, but for me it is not a gift that comes readily.
When I accept a business card from someone, I like to take a moment and write down a nugget of information about my interaction with them so when I get home and organize, the nugget will jog my memory and I will have a "face" with the name on the card. For example, if I met someone and I learned in the course of the conversation their hobby was poodle breeding, or perhaps we had a common acquaintance, or even if they had an awesome haircut, I will make this little note on the card to jog my memory when I am filing cards for reference later. You will be surprised how effective this quirky habit can be. Often, the nugget helps me recall far more than just the tidbit I wrote down, but much more of the conversation we shared and the information I learned from them.
I organize these cards in a file alphabetically until I have the time to put the information into a personal contact database. This need not be some expensive elaborate software. Mine is simply an excel spreadsheet. I have a column for notes where I put my nugget and suddenly I have a searchable and organized means to connect with those in my profession from which I can gain knowledge, share experiences, gain advice or kindle a friendship.
Next, let's talk about the trade show floor. This is where the paper and catalog gathering goes into full swing. I like to try to visit each booth, whether or not I may be interested in what they are offering right in this moment. I gather their literature and put it into my registration bag. Because time is valuable and there is only so much time available between classes, I make a point to visit those booths for which I have an immediate interest and spend time learning about the product or service. I try to establish a bit of a relationship with the company by better understanding what they offer and discerning how this may help me in my day to day business.
When you take the time to visit each vendor and gather reference data, you are building your reference library. When you get home, you will have a bag filled with information it would take you months to research. Take an hour, maybe two, and do yourself a favor. Create a ring binder and segment it into categories. Segment however you choose and in any way that helps you manage the data. As an example, mine is segmented into the following:
After so many years attending trade shows, my segments are now their own binders. But this is what allows me to have a strong understanding of the market, its available resources and the people that make it work. Truly, in every sense of the word, we are a community. Whether you enjoy being right in the middle of the action or prefer to stay on the edges and watch, knowledge is power. You cannot remember everything you learn and absorb all the data you gather, but you can take this information and build a repository that will help you as you move along your professional career. You will find yourself referring to these lists and books more often than you ever thought you would.
When you need a new table, you have information at your fingertips, direct from the manufacturer and more in depth than what you find online. When you are looking for a new lubricant, you can compare the ingredients side by side and refer to the notes you made about grip, glide, scent and more. When you need CEU credits, insurance or look to join an association, you will have all the information just sitting there, waiting for you to help you chose what is right for you and you will be glad you have taken the time to take the experience of attending a conference, convention or trade show and building a library of your own to use long after the event has ended.
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