This past weekend was so NICE! My husband and I were able to
enjoy the weather strolling around Geneva before we buckled down to
study. Yes, it's finals time already. Time flies when you're having
fun. I have a few finals this week and the rest next week. But
before I talk anymore about me I have a big secret...
National University of Health Sciences' Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine Program has been accredited by the NCCAOM!! Oh my gosh, I
think I was the last to hear because apparently the word has been
out for a while. All of our administrators' hard work paid off. We
will be accredited until 2016 when NCCAOM will come to recheck all
of the checkpoints.
NUHS has the opportunity to be the best AOM university in the
U.S. We have the facilities to do much research, which
unfortunately is lacking in our field. We have a few clinics, and
most importantly we have a cadaver lab in which we are able to
dissect a human body to experience where all of the muscles and
organs are and how the needles can affect those structures. No
other AOM university has that.
During break I will be studying for my first board test, the
biomedicine portion. This exam is only offered 3-4 times a year so
I have scheduled to take it in May. It won't be so bad because it
will refresh everything I have learned from the last five years
Also during break, my husband and I will be office shopping
again because we have 5 more months until we graduate. It's
exciting but scary at the same time.
Laura is in the picture modeling the Po Sum oil many students
use to do their bodywork, which includes guasha, tuina or cupping.
There are many oils to choose from but usually one with a viscous
texture factor is good. All of the mentioned modalities are good
for treating sore muscles, colds, constipation, and much more.
The site visit wasn't as bad as everyone made it sound like it
would be. I think the university and the students were well
prepared for the members of the accreditation site team. The
program has made improvements since they last came and I feel
confident we met their standards. The program is still new and it
does have its growing pains (such that I felt with having to make
up an extra credit of Biomedical Science). However, the school
itself is prestigious and the teachers in the program are top
Speaking of top notch, our Western Nutrition class is great. Dr.
Keith Hartley, a National DC grad, teaches the class. He makes the
class enjoyable because he lectures in terms not above our head and
shares clinical information useful in real life encounters. There
are some classes that give all the facts but don't present them in
a manner that can be utilized outside the classroom, but not this
Nutrition class. It is enjoyable because not only do we learn but
also Dr. Hartley loves to answer questions.
We have learned about digestion and all the mechanisms involved.
We also have learned amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, and my
favorite, the vitamins. We discussed water soluble and fat-soluble
vitamins as well as minerals. We have talked about the different
forms of vitamins and why some brands are cheaper than others,
probably because they don't have the active form of the vitamin,
which makes it almost impossible for the body to utilize and
therefore is flushed down the drain.
Another neat thing we do is something called Journal Club. Dr.
Hartley used to do these in his undergrad days, and what they are
is just that, discussing journal articles. Each student gathers an
article based on nutrition that they are interested in and passes
it along to each student and Dr. Hartley. The next week, after
having read the article, the chosen student also gathers articles
that either support or disregard the topic. They then present the
additional articles to the class and everyone discuses the
For instance, Dr. Hartley prepped us with an article about the
Atkins diet. The next week he shared articles that were in favor
and against the diet. It is a fun way to keep up to date on
research and not have to do all the work.
So needless to say, now that the trimester is coming to an end,
it's the 14th week and finals are near, I won't mind studying
because I really like all my classes this trimester. I hope you all
had fun learning about my classes this trimester and let me know if
you have any questions.
The pictures posted are of Dr. Hartley teaching and Dr. Jia Xu,
my Friday clinician, who I have blogged about in the past.
Thanksgiving week was a much-needed break after the previous
week. The school week was only Monday through Wednesday.
Unfortunately, I lost a day in clinic but my extra patient numbers
will make up for the loss. I will also be making up a day of clinic
during the break, when we're sure to have plenty of patients.
This Thanksgiving, I went down to Greenfield, Ill., to visit my
grandpa and his second wife's family. It was wonderful to see my
84-year-old grandpa and family. We enjoyed catching up around the
table with great home cooking. This visit was short but sweet as my
family returned on Friday back to Elgin.
Site Team Visit
This coming week at National we are hoping for a short but sweet
visit from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine. The board members will be visiting from December
1-3. The last time they were at NUHS was in 2008 after which we
were granted candidacy status toward accreditation. Since then, our
program director and school have since been making the necessary
moves to obtain full accreditation.
Our current candidacy status allows graduates of the MS in
acupuncture or oriental medicine to sit for the National Boards and
receive their license with passage of the boards.
However, we are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the board
members and are very anxious to reach full accreditation! The
members will be visiting classes and clinic and various department
heads and administrators. They will also meet privately with
students. I personally believe the program will be accredited. Both
Dr. Kwon and Dr. Yurasek have worked hard to make the program
Stay tuned to see what happens!!!
Week seven has come and gone and now I am studying for midterms.
I am also working on my business plan which is due in a couple
weeks. Hopefully, Dr. Hodges our business professor is able to find
someone from the Acupuncture field to talk about the ups and downs
of going into business.
Speaking of business…On Wednesday, I helped my friend Jennifer
present at the Lenore Cox Foundation Group. The group was set up to
keep women and men informed on ways to keep the body young, healthy
and mobile. Jennifer and I gave a presentation of ways to stay
healthy in the fall and winter using food and qigong exercises.
We kept the presentation fun and interactive which kept the
group wanting more. The group of mostly women seemed very
appreciative to learn ways to combat the common cold, digestive
disorders and insomnia. This was a great way to experience
what it will be like when I start to market my practice and the
field of acupuncture. It was also a great way to fine-tune my
public speaking skills. The one thing I did learn was that I must
learn how to interpret the lingo of TCM. Words such as wind
heat or constitution have no significance to the public.
The school is also abuzz regarding the upcoming visit from the
NCCAOM accrediting team. National's AOM programs, since they
are new, have been working through the various steps toward full
accreditation. The accreditation team's visit will take place
on December 1-3, 2010.
Well enough talk, I have to get back to studying for my two herb
exams. The picture is of my Herbal Formula 2 class with Dr.
Gary Xie our instructor.
• Clinic Success
• Rainy Saturday
• Business Planning
• Bee Venom Therapy
• Kinesio Taping
• SACA Seminar
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