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Boards and Acupuncture

Last weekend was Part II, III, and Physiotherapy board exams. Physiotherapy exams were on Friday afternoon. The exam covered passive adjunctive procedures (thermo-, electro-, mechano-, and phototherapy) and active adjunctive procedures (functional assessment, exercise physiology, endurance training, muscle, neuromuscular, and disorder-specific rehabilitation).  

Saturday morning was the two sections of the Part III board exams. This exam covers case history, physical examination, neuromusculoskeletal examination, diagnostic imaging, clinical laboratory and special studies, diagnosis, chiropractic techniques, supportive interventions, and case management. Each section of the exam consisted of standard multiple-choice questions with extended case vignettes questions at the end.

Saturday afternoon started the first exams of Part II, and they finished Sunday morning and afternoon. Part II consists of six separate exams that cover the following topics: general diagnosis, neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, principles of chiropractic, chiropractic practice, and associated clinical sciences. Overall, I found Part II to be the most challenging exam of the weekend. That fact might be due to Part II being the last exam I took, and by Sunday afternoon I was completely physically, mentally, and emotionally burned out. It was a very long weekend, but it is such a great feeling have the exams behind me.

Now that board exams are finished, I finally have a chance to start to get into a normal schedule for this trimester. In clinic, things have been moving along very well, and I have been helping out with patients plus seeing some patients as the primary intern. Besides my clinical internship, on Thursday nights I am taking a 100-hour acupuncture certification course.

Image of acupuncture meridian chart
A meridian chart that I will be learning in my acupuncture course. The chart
includes many of the traditional Chinese acupuncture meridians that are taught.

As physicians, most states only require the 100-hour training to practice acupuncture. Some states require 300 hours or a master's degree in acupuncture, and you can find that information out on your state association's website. For the state of Illinois, which is where I plan on practicing, the website is The 100-hour course consists of 20 weeks of five-hour classes and labs every Thursday evening. The course covers everything from history to traditional Chinese meridians to musculoskeletal acupuncture. It is a very comprehensive course, and by the end of it, you leave with a large set of protocols and procedures that you will be able to use on a daily basis in your chiropractic practice.