In previous blogs, I have spoken about extra webinars or
seminars being very beneficial. I was able to attend the AOM pulse
club's webinar hosting Jimmy Chang. Jimmy Chang is well known for
being an expert in pulse diagnosis. The webinar was an hour long,
and since they are free, anyone can watch if they have Internet
Noel, the president of the pulse club, standing next to the
The webinar was an introduction in how to examine the patient's
hand, wrist and arm. These parts can tell the acupuncturist a lot.
For example, he spoke of feeling for temperature differences
between the wrist and the forearm, the color of the veins in the
wrist and forearm, and whether they travel up the arm or not. It
was fascinating and I have already started implementing the tactics
in my clinical experience.
I recently signed up for my other three boards. I would
definitely recommend signing up in advance because what I have
found, is signing up a month before you want to take an exam may
not result in many choices of days available. The other option is
to drive to a further location such as Chicago, Wisconsin or
Speaking of Indiana, a fellow soon-to-be graduate took his
Foundations exam and passed. He said the Acupuncture Strategy class
we take with HB Kim really prepares the student for the test. There
were a few cases of difficult terminology on the test. Different
schools, especially the Five Element schools of acupuncture, use
different terminology for excess or deficiency and the different
pulse positions. But these questions were few and need not be
I will be taking my exams in the next month and a half. I want
to finish as soon as I can because the state application process
can take several months. A past graduate friend of mine waited at
least three months for her state license. So be prepared, you may
have to wait. I am going to try and start the application process
and mail as many documents as I can in advance to hopefully speed
up the process.
Holy cow! It's the start of the eighth week and only eight more
to go 'til the big day. The weeks seem to fly by. I have already
applied for graduation and need to check if I have completed all of
my university and community service hours. It is best to start
early on in the program because before you know it you will be
Community service hours are volunteer work done throughout the
community, possibly helping with a relay race or at a food shelter.
University hours are done on campus and there are many
possibilities, such as helping with the recycle program.
We have a newly formed Pulse Club, founded by Noel Jensen, the
president of the AOM club. They have had two meetings that meet
random days to try to accommodate everyone's schedule. It can be
hard to find the perfect day because even though all the students
have night classes, some have morning or afternoon clinic shifts
that are hard to work around.
In the club, they are listening to a 5-part seminar by Jimmy
Chang, a well-known acupuncturist and expert in reading the pulse.
The seminars can be taken individually through the Lotus Institute.
Weekly free webinars on various topics are great for students.
There are a few of these free webinars online, just Google and sign
up on their email list to receive weekly reminders. I have watched
a few, namely on inflammation and pain, common pediatric syndromes
seen in clinic, and a fertility webinar.
More Good News
My husband recently received his score on the Part 4
chiropractic boards and he did very well. He scored high enough to
practice in any state in the U.S. Two states require 100 points
higher than the others and he surpassed that number. So now we have
a new dilemma of whether to stay in Illinois or move to a warmer
My husband and I.
It's usually not until the last few trimesters that students
start thinking about where they will practice and whether they will
open a practice, independent contract, work for another medical
professional, or continue their education. National does provide an
Alumni link on our website where other
professionals can advertise. Job offers, practices for sale and
even equipment for sale can be found. Acupuncture Today, a
publication for acupuncturists, has a classified section as well as
the state AOM organization. Many possibilities, it's just finding
the one that suits you is the hardest decision. Well, wish me
A recent grad that moved to China to teach and intern has made a
trip back to Illinois. Hopefully, next week I will have a blog
about her experiences in China.
Hello, prospective students! If you are new to my page you may
not know that I will be graduating in August. Yay!
About a month back I took the first of my four board exams. Some
states only require three, so to see what your state requires you
may go to nccaom.org and browse for state requirements.
Usually when you take the computerized board exam it will tell you
if you passed, but since the biomedical portion is so new they are
still working out kinks so they mail the results. It's grueling
because you have to wait 30 days. I received my results this week
and I passed! It is such a good feeling to see the
Besides my results, I had a good week in clinic. I had 16
patient visits to add to my tally sheet to meet my 450 total
patient visits for all my clinic shifts. I saw my continuing
patients but also a few new cases. I filled in for an intern who
usually sees PTSD patients. These patients receive specific
auricular points to help cope with their stress and anxiety. These
patients are so grateful because they are experiencing results and
receive the treatments for free.
Dr. Yihyun Kwon has started to see stroke patients in the
clinic. This is part of his ongoing stroke clinical study on the
results of acupuncture and herbs in stroke victims with any kind of
paralysis. I have been very lucky to be able to observe his cases
as he takes a history, needles and gives the patients instructions
on home exercises and dietary changes. Some of the points he uses
are not commonly used in clinic, as well as his needling method, so
it is fascinating!
On Thursday I had the pleasure of eating with one of my favorite
professors. She wanted to cook for a fellow acupuncture grad who
has treated her in the past. It was her way of saying thank you to
the grad and she invited me as well. We had a feast, as you can see
in the pictures. We had noodles, fried rice, tofu, shrimp, fish,
baby bok choy, dumplings, and egg drop soup. Oh my, it was so much
food and so yummy!
Oh, what a week it has been. Wednesday, I took the biomedicine
portion of the board exam and what an exhausting day! The test was
100 questions with a time limit of 2.5 hours and I took the whole
time. I think that was because by the time I took the exam, I was
so burned out from studying for it that my brain was moving at
snail's pace. I studied materials that were specifically geared
towards boards plus all of my class material - pathology,
orthopedics, pharmacology, microbiology, CPR, clean needle
technique, physiology, and other materials.
Needless to say, I think every student walks out of boards
saying, "Oh my gosh!" From what my friends that took the boards
said, I definitely had different questions. I feel National gave me
sufficient biomedicine classes plus everything from my bachelor's,
and I felt I was ready to take the exam. However, after taking the
exam, I would like to see more case studies being utilized in the
classes. I am confident I passed the exam but without knowing for
sure I am still a little uneasy. So wish me luck!
No Time for Rest
This weekend I had my second HB Kim seminar. This seminar was
focused on "Herbs and Formulas." The class is held over two
weekends (Saturday 8-6 and Sunday 8-3) because HB Kim travels from
Kentucky to teach it. I enjoy the class and the material but it is
a lot of information to process in one weekend.
and Formulas" seminar with HB Kim.
Dr. Kim provides excellent handouts and he presents in a way
that engages all learning styles. He is a wealth of knowledge and
he makes the class very enjoyable. He has studied extensively with
many famous doctors and he has read and interpreted all the
Classics of TCM. The students have all had three materia medicas,
two herbal formula classes, and some senior seminar classes. We
have learned all of the herbs and formulas, but seeing them again
in a different format with a different teacher brings a different
perspective. He also discusses things such as Dui Yao, or two herb
combinations, that we are not formerly taught. I can't say enough
good things about Dr. Kim and his classes. I think National is
extremely lucky to have him.
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.
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