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What is the Clinical Rotation for Medical Acupuncturists?
This program is a 12 week, 5-hour per week course focused on supplementing the clinical training of Medical Acupuncturists.  It will feature individualized instruction, supervised patient sessions, and mentoring from experts.  Enrollment is limited to 8 participants.

Intense clinical time will enable participants to get highly individualized attention while exposing them to a variety of patients and medical conditions.  The goal of this program is to extend the clinical training of the participants so that they develop confidence, competence and proficiency.

What skills will I gain?
At the conclusion of this clinical rotation, participants will be able to:

  • Integrate acupuncture diagnostic and therapeutic techniques with improved confidence and proficiency into medical/clinical practice.
  • Practice safe and efficacious acupuncture needling techniques as well as other adjunctive techniques (cupping, electro-acupuncture, non-insertive techniques) while treating commonly seen medical conditions.
  • Describe best evidence-based practice and current research into acupuncture and its uses within bio-medical settings.

Who should attend?
Licensed MDs and DOs who:

  1. have completed credentialed Medical Acupuncture courses.
  2. are interested in expanding their knowledge and clinical skills.
  3. carry their own malpractice insurance, which covers acupuncture.
  4. have successfully been approved for trainee privileges at BMC (see application)

Where is the program?
The Clinical Course for Medical Acupuncturists will be held at the Department of Family Medicine, at Boston Medical Center - Tuesdays, 4PM - 9PM.  Please see main page for dates.

This clinical rotation is offered in an inner city hospital which serves a wide economic and cultural mix of patients.  In addition to reviewing and expanding upon participants' theoretical knowledge, we will provide direct supervision in the Boston Medical Center clinics.  Participants will treat patients from an Asian Medicine perspective, beginning with the initial intake interview through the formation of diagnosis and treatment principles.  Special attention will be paid to the selection of appropriate acupuncture points, needling techniques and the appropriate monitoring of adjunctive modalities.

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 55 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How can I apply?
Participants in this course will be selected from a pool of applicants who are licensed MDs and DOs and who have completed certified Medical Acupuncture courses.  Prospective participants must submit an application, medical license, CV, proof of malpractice, a letter of recommendation from their supervisor, certificate of completion of an accredited acupuncture course for physicians, a letter of intent that includes any clinical experience with acupuncture/CAM therapies, and a set of goals for the clinical experience.

This course is focused on building clinical skills.  You will be following your patients weekly, from intake through their entire treatment cycle, therefore a commitment to the program is essential.

The tuition is $3,000 per participant.