One of the unique opportunities that NUHS offers its AOM
students is a rotating residency at Cook County's Stroger Hospital
AOM students in their final trimester have the ability to be on
the cutting edge of research and hospital treatment by being a
rotating resident at Stroger. The residency brings AOM students
into the hospital's pain clinic. Currently, residents work under
clinician, Frank Yurasek, PhD, MSOM, and along with Jackie, a nurse
in the pain clinic.
Dr. Frank Yurasek and Pain Clinic Nurse Jackie
By performing this residency, seniors have the opportunity to
learn many avenues for treating pain through AOM, generally not
taught in textbooks. Patients typically experience a profound
effect after receiving AOM treatments at Stroger's pain clinic.
Many times, pain initially rated as 10/10 on the VAS pain scale
drops down to 4 or less after receiving an AOM treatment.
Additionally, most patients' pain continues to stay reduced from
its original level between appointments.
During a typical day at the pain clinic, a resident will see
6-10 patients during 4 hours. Since that is a significant amount of
patients for an AOM resident in a short amount of time, the
resident often treats patients using one of the microsystems of the
body. In AOM, there are various regions on the body, such as the
ear, that are able to treat the entire body. By understanding the
mapping and function of these systems, residents are able to treat
conditions such as low back pain, sciatica and knee pain by using
needles or ear seeds in the patient's ear. Ear seeds are little
beads that stick onto the ear and work as pressure points. The
scalp is another region of the body that is a microsystem with the
ability to treat the whole body.
Me, Dr. Yurasek, and Mary Thuermer
Since I feel this program at Stroger is an incredible learning
opportunity, I will be blogging about it more often. I think it
teaches many things, such as sometimes the quickest and easiest
treatments can make the most profound impact when treating pain