Last week I shared with you my HB Kim seminar class. This week I
am going to tell you a little about what we do in the class. I
mentioned that we attend 3 Single Herb classes, 2 Formula classes,
and 6 seminar classes, which discuss topics from internal medicine
and OB Gyn to dermatology. We utilize our knowledge of the basic
classes to help formulate prescriptions for the case subjects of
our senior classes. However, I have to say, nothing compares to the
insane amount of material we go over in two weekends and then have
to study. Insane is good, but hard.
Now, I don't want to scare you, but do want to give you the
reality of the program. Mind you, we have reviewed all of the herbs
and formulas before. However, the overwhelming factor kicks in
after the fifth hour on Sunday when you have just gone over 199
herbs and have 50 more to go. Next week, we are reviewing 134
formulas in 15 hours. Each formula consists of many individual
herbs as well as dosage, which we need to memorize.
have a quiz next week, which I am studied for this past Memorial
Weekend. The quiz will cover herb categories. This will probably be
the easiest test we take in our herbal ventures. As students
working in the clinic, we do use and see a lot of the same herbs
over and over, but there are a few that escape your memory and
those are the herbs and formulas we will study the most.
I plan on using my formula zoo cards to help me study for the
formula portion. These cards were an investment, but definitely
worth it if you are a visual learner like I am. The cards
contain funny pictures to help you remember the formulas' functions
and properties (cooling, warming, bitter or acrid etc.). This
trimester I definitely have my work cut out for me. It will be a
challenging but a rewarding semester.
P.S. If you haven't checked out the school's new and improved
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Coming soon, I will update you on our graduates in China!
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.
Hello and welcome back to my blog! I had two weeks off to relax,
of which I did little.
I am taking my first board exam, the biomedicine part, on
Wednesday. Much of the vacation I spent in coffee shops studying
all of the past course material. The biomedicine part is only
offered three-four times a year. Since this is a newer board, they
are still making changes to it, and it is a paper exam as opposed
to the other exams that are taken on the computer.
The test has 100 questions and has a range of topics that might
be included, such as CPR and HIPPA to blood chemistry, muscle
skeletal, or pharmacology. The time allotted is one hour and a half
to answer the 100 questions. From what I hear, I will be
fingerprinted and videotaped while taking the exam. Sounds a little
intimidating, but I am sure it will be fine.
The other exams have modified questions based on how you answer
the question. For instance, if you answer the question correctly,
the next question will be a little more challenging. If the
question was answered incorrectly, the next will be a little
easier. Once you finish the computerized exams, you will be told if
you have passed the exam. However, the biomed test results are
mailed to you in 4-8 weeks.
I am also using TCM tests to study online for the exam. This
website has many modules with thousands of questions to prepare you
for any of the board exams. They also have daily free questions
that can be sent to your email. If you are aspiring to a career in
acupuncture or just testing the waters, you should check out their
site. A good book that might also introduce you to TCM is The
Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted
I would like to congratulate the recent graduates Ryan, Crystal,
Iris, and Linda. Good luck and much prosperity!
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.
This trimester has brought much change to the clinic
environment. Most of the change is good and the rest just needs
Previously, we saw three return patients a shift, with
approximately an hour and 15 minutes for each patient. Currently,
we have two shifts, one from 8 am to noon and the second from 1
p.m. to 5 p.m. That also may be changing with the addition of
students to the clinic shifts. There has been talk of schedule
changes this whole trimester but they finally have been
The new schedule
The new schedule allots an hour for a return patient and an hour
and a half for a "new" patient (previously two and a half hours).
The "new" patient visit lasts longer because a full exam and
history must be done. An exam includes blood pressure, pulse rate,
respiration and temperature, and it can include orthopedic and
neurological exams. A chiropractic intern joins us to ask any
additional questions and provide a western diagnosis for insurance
and charting purposes. In Illinois, acupuncturists cannot diagnose
a patient with a disease. The new patient also receives acupuncture
and herbs, if necessary. So with the new schedule, this is all done
in an hour and a half, an hour shorter than the previous time
A positive is the student is faced with a realistic time slot
for future practice arrangements. For me personally, I think it
will be a big challenge to get a full history and exam with the
allotted time, especially with all the discussion that is involved
with the clinicians that also takes time. Another positive to the
new schedule is that it will eventually allow the intern to see
four patients a shift. This will add ease to those that are behind
on their numbers to graduate.
The other change is the individual evaluations given daily by
the clinicians. Each intern will be evaluated by his/her clinician
daily with a weekly prognosis sent by email. I appreciate this
because the intern can see their growth through their time as an
intern. It can also be a good tool for the student to ask
questions on how to improve if their comments did not meet their
Currently, the process is in a transition because each clinic
shift receives a letter grade that reflects our number score of the
average of the evaluations. We as a student body are requesting
that this change to a pass or fail system, so as it will not affect
our grade point average. This is important to those that rely on
scholarships to help fund their schooling. It is hoped that with
time everything will fall into place.
Dr. Hyundo Kim is pictured above. He is my Monday clinician as
well a previous professor. Dr. Kim provides us with much knowledge
of differential diagnosis as well as how to create great herbal
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