This trimester, two new NUHS students joined the team at
Stroger's Hospital. NUHS students Dong Ming Sung and Asim Kamal
became rotating residents at Stroger's hospital this trimester.
These students bring a strong skill set and knowledge base to the
Both students feel this opportunity is a cornerstone in their
educational career. "I think this is real world
experience," Dong Ming stated. "It is similar to
what career life will be after I graduate. Every student in our
school should participate in this great opportunity. I really
appreciate that Dr. Frank Yurasek is giving us this great
Dong Ming Sung, Asim Kamal, and myself
I fully agree with Dong Ming. I believe we are privileged to
experience many unique patient interactions at Stroger's. We are
fortunate to introduce AOM to many patients who have never
experienced it. Additionally, these patients are experiencing
remarkable results with the addition of AOM treatments.
This trimester, we have worked together at Stroger's for three
weeks. We have already been taught many new skills and tools from
working with our patients. Our clinician, Frank Yurasek, PhD
(China), LAc, continuously shares knowledge and skills we haven't
learned elsewhere. The learning that occurs during this residency
is so rich. Many of the AOM residents feel the knowledge we gain
during our time at Stroger's seems equivalent to taking many
additional educational seminars. At times, we learn AOM techniques
and information we hadn't even imagined were possible. This
residency adds a new depth, perception, and application of AOM.
As I blogged about previously, a very unique aspect of being an
AOM student at NUHS is the ability to be a resident at Stroger's
Hospital. I'm a resident at Stroger's and am finding it to be a
priceless experience! Learning within a high paced hospital setting
is invaluable. I am discovering a variety of ways to offer patient
care that are not found in many textbooks.
Our clinician, Frank Yurasek, PhD, MSOM, LAc, shares many
treatment strategies with the residents that he learned first-hand
by ascended AOM and TCM masters from China.
Mary Thuermer is also a resident at Stroger's Hospital. This is
her second rotation at Stroger's. Additionally, she is graduating
this trimester. Since she is nearing graduation, she has been a
part of many educational experiences and resources offered by NUHS.
From what I gather, she feels her residency at Stroger's has been
monumental in her NUHS learning experience.
In addition to the information Dr. Yurasek shares with us, we
are learning a great deal of information and clinical skills
through our patients. Since this is a fairly new program at
Stroger's, we feel extremely fortunate to have new and recurring
patients trust us with their AOM care. This is a very new
experience for most of our patients, so it feels very rewarding to
be able to be a part of this journey into holistic medicine,
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
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