This externship opportunity is a comprehensive learning module, focussing on fertility and women’s health problems. The specialized program will offer exclusive learning opportunities in the form of lectures, discussions, clinic theatre and treating patients in a clinic setting.
Taught by Dr. Coleen Smith and Dr. Sadhna Singh, Directors of Acuessence, a company that offers clinical and educational opportunities (CEU,PDA) for practitioners and clinical externships for DAOM students. The western background of both directors enhanced by their Doctorate training in TCM provides a strong integrative medicine program. The program location will vary yearly based on availability of TCM clinics and Reproductive Endocrinologists.
Registration will be online and group sizes will be limited to ensure a positive learning experience.
Upcoming Externship locations for 2015: Houston Location: Eastern Harmony 4611 Montrose Blvd Suite A 201 Houston Texas 77006 - November 5-10 2015 DAOM Externship Program Students will be provided with a unique clinical learning experience in obstetrical and fertility-based Chinese medicine. They can complete a clinical experience treating patients who are doing Assisted Reproductive Techniques in a myriad of clinical scenarios and presentations. Students will be taking a hands on approach to how they can use the Chinese medicine they already know, to assist their patients during their fertility treatments, assisted reproductive technology, unexplained infertility, advanced maternal age, diminished ovarian reserve. A key feature reflected in the learning experience is Integration of TCM with Reproductive Medicine, which will motivate participants not only to learn more but also implement the same in their own clinics. Clinic Time: Case presentations and Clinic will be done every day for several hours. At least 6 cases a day will be covered Learning Objectives
Students will participate in clinical theater and clinic for the treatment of infertility.
Students will work in clinic to treat complicated women’s health issues, form an integrated approach and formulate a plan of action incorporating western MD’s.
Students will learn how to do a literature review with and for their patients to show them and provide up to date information. They will be teaching clinic patients regarding the fertility diet, self-massage techniques, and guided imagery.
Students will give clinical treatments and demonstrate a competence in a repertoire of protocols and techniques for use during ART and other Women’s Health applications.
Clinical treatments repeated until all students can perform and understand existing protocols for acupuncture done onsite at reproductive endocrinologists.
Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in a DAOM program. Required Texts: Jane Lyttleton, Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine, Daoshing Ni, The Tao of Fertility. Lifang Liang,Acupuncture and IVF Method of Instruction: Patient care, clinical theater, clinical demonstrations and supervised practice. Method of Evaluation: Clinical participation and discussion. Option 1 The 5-day option. Total externship hours= 40. Clinic time working and treating patients with an integrated approach, understanding how the relationship between REI and acupuncturist works in clinics and hospitals. Clinical training with IVF patients treating regular Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) patients with acupuncture and Laser techniques according to published protocols. Students will also give acupuncture treatments for anxiety and other side effects related to Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures Students shall evaluate how their supervisor(s) helped them achieve those objectives.
Option 2. The 7-day option.Total externship hours= 60. This longer and more intensive program has added clinic and clinical theatre for the treatment of women’s health including dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, PCOS, menopause, infertility, anxiety associated with hormone instability. This option is entirely made up of clinic time to meet all the learning objectives stated above. This option can be done in 6 days at 10 hours a day. Students shall evaluate how their supervisor(s) helped them achieve those objectives.
Program Outline - A typical day: 5 day program - 9 hours a day for 4 days and 4 hours on day 5 = 40 Hours 7 day program - 8.5 a day = 60 Hours. 6 day program-10 hour a day for 6 days
Daily Schedule: Check in at 0730 - Welcome and Orientation to clinic and protocols 8:15 am - Patient interview 9:00 am - Patient treatment including a full write up of care plan 10:00 am - Discussion and collaboration for treatment follow up.
10:30 am - Patient Interview 11:15 am - Patient treatment including summary care plan 12:00 noon - Discussion and collaboration for follow up
1230 - 1 pm - Lunch - Box Lunches will be provided available daily.
1:00 pm - New Patient Interview 1:45 pm - Patient treatment including summary care plan 2:45 pm - Discussion and collaboration for follow up
3:15 pm - New Patient Interview 3:45 pm - Patient treatment including summary care plan 4:45 pm - Discussion and collaboration for follow up