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The Clinical Practice Curriculum is the cumulation of the program and is designed in integrate and apply all aspects of the program to enable interns to deliver effective patient care.

Public Health

In this course, students will become familiar with basic principles of public health. Topics covered include: public and community health, disease prevention, public health education, treatment of chemical dependency, communicable disease, public alerts, biostatistics,  and epidemiology.

CM301, CM302, CM303
Case Management

The three Case Management courses are designed to prepare the students to manage patient care as a primary health care professionals.  Students are required to develop case reports and presentations as well as participate in discussion about clinical cases in groups.  Instructors will evaluate the presentation based on procedures, case analysis, research techniques and conclusions.

Case Management I. The first course is designed as an overview of the responsibilities of a primary care provider. By the end of this course, students will be able to perform a thorough intake according to the diagnostic principles of Oriental Medical theory, including western vital signs and other information relevant to integrated practice. Students will also review on how to chart accurately and concisely, following S.O.A.P. notes procedure and patient report-of-findings, and write a detailed case study presentation utilizing S.O.A.P. format.  One case presentation is required from each student.

Case Manage II.  
This course will prepare the students with the knowledge and skills of treatment planning, continuity of care, referral, and collaboration; follow-up care, final review, and functional outcome.  Interns will present clinical case studies and receive a more rigorous analysis of their diagnostic tactics and case management.

Case Management III.  This course will prepare the students with the knowledge and skills of case management for workers compensation/labor codes and procedures and qualified evaluations, coding procedures for current procedure codes, including CPT and ICD-10 diagnosis. Interns are required to demonstrate their skills and present clinical case studies.  Interns must research on a comprehensive treatment program covering both eastern and western perspectives, including thorough documentation of patient charting; physical examination with prior medical history; possible diagnosis and recommended treatment; provide competent and efficient application of acupuncture and herbal therapies and prescription.  Interns will be expected to present and defend their professional decisions and techniques before their peers and licensed supervisor.

Research in AOM

This course will prepare the students with the skills to continue to expand their knowledge, via research and evidence based medicine, knowledge of academic peer review process, and medical statistics.  Introduction of the research methods, process of generating hypotheses and questions, and understanding their relationship to research designs.   Usage of medical statistics, double-blind studies will be presented. The modern research of acupuncture and TCM will be also discussed.

Clinical Management

This course provides students with the information they need to apply their acupuncture training skills in a business-like manner in a variety of clinical settings. The emphasis is on a practical application of business and professional skills and information necessary to provide acupuncture health care to an ever-growing population of patients. This course will teach students to understand the synergistic nature of the professional, ethical, financial and marketing skills necessary to run a primary health care practice in the USA in the 21st century and will prepare students to set up, run and/or maintain a viable practice.  Course will cover insurance billing, maintenance and release of records, personal injury and Workman’s Compensation procedures.  Other topics include patient communication skills, counseling, confidentiality, and public service.

Medical Ethics

This course focuses on the ethical considerations of practice management, including lectures and discussions on ethics, jurisprudence, and current issues affecting the modern health care practitioner. Topics as informed consent, patient referral, legal requirements of record keeping, office liability, insurance laws, and malpractice are covered.  The laws and regulations of the California Acupuncture Board and other government agencies will be thoroughly reviewed.  Students will gain familiarity with ethical issues facing modern integrated health care practitioners and an understanding of the legal responsibilities of private practitioners. Additionally, students will be taught the ethics of business management, including marketing strategies and insurance billing, and the laws and regulations of local and federal governments as regards Medical Ethics.