Twenty five years ago when Anthony and I were in acupuncture school and there were only five such schools in the country, acupuncture was pretty much equated in the public's mind with voodoo. However we were never daunted or concerned about the survival and viability of the medicine in the United States because of its time-testedness in China, its efficacy to the patients we saw in clinic and experienced in ourselves spoke for itself.
Needless to say acupuncture was confined to the private practice of the few acupuncturists in the country or the school student clinics where it was not uncommon for students to recruit their own patients in order to meet clinical requirements.
Slowly we have moved as a school out of the middle class subset to treating the more marginal people of our community. As a college, one of the things that is most satisfying to see, apart from the obvious success of our close to 800 graduates, are the externship clinics.
Through them Oriental medicine has successfully been transplanted outside of the auspices of the successful student and specialty clinics where we annually treat 18,000 patients to reach many subsets of the population with unique, complicated and special needs.
Through the expertise of the clinical supervisors, the progressiveness of the host clinics, the enthusiasm of the students and the generosity of the college, with pro-bono treatments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the quality of lives for many patients has been improved and thus the value of human life affirmed. Many other opportunities are still possible and will continue to be explored within the communities in which the schools are located.
Oriental medicine never was voodoo but always a medicine and one with a rich lineage of diagnostic acumen, individualized treatment and pure hearted practitioners who are dedicated to bringing balance into a complicated world. Our next challenge as a global medicine is to treat the poor, the displaced, as well as the institutionalized, the hospitalized and our next door neighbor.
The current externships available through the college are described below by the academic deans and clinic directors of the three campuses.
There are four Santa Fe Clinics which are held off-campus:
Community Health Clinic
Clinic inception: Spring 2003
This clinic is an off-campus clinical specialty held at Women's Health Center (WHC), 901 West Alameda, Ste 25 in Santa Fe .
It is a unique externship in which only three interns work in a close mentor-like fashion with the staff of WHC and the clinical supervisor. The low ratio of students to supervisor allows for more personal supervision and discussion of complicated cases. Students treat patients with a large variety of health complaints.
Santa Fe Indian Hospital Pain Clinic
Clinic inception: Fall 2003
This clinic enables senior students to refine their skills in two distinct areas. Skills in the field of Japanese Acupuncture, such as Japanese pulse diagnosis, needle techniques, and pain management are explored.
This externship also helps students develop and clarify skills pertaining to the integration of Western and Eastern medical theories including practices regarding medical charting (SOAP format), interpreting diagnostics studies (ie: x-rays and laboratory work), trigger point injections and principles of inpatient and ambulatory patient care in a hospital setting.
St. Vincent Hospital Clinic
Clinic inception: Fall 2004
This clinic takes place in the rehabilitation wing of the hospital. Student interns are presented with a unique opportunity to work directly with the therapy staff (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Voice Therapy) as well as with the attending physician and nursing staff.
Interns are taught how to read and understand patient files as well as how to properly complete all treatment forms required by the hospital. Treatment skills utilizing Japanese pulse diagnosis and needle technique are explored along with the integration of western therapeutic techniques.
Santa Fe Care Center Externship
Clinic inception: Spring 2006
This externship in a nursing home is an opportunity for student interns to gain experience working with senior citizens in need of support in their healing process of disabilities, fatigue, pain, dementia, Parkinson's Diseases, etc. The principal treatment modality used is acupuncture including auricular, moxa, cupping, Gua Sha and Tui Na. This clinic is held at 635 Harkle Rd. in Santa Fe.
One of the most appealing attributes of our clinical training is the many specialty clinics we offer to our students. The Albuquerque campus alone has ten different specialty clinics with three of them being off-campus externships. Externships are unique in that students get the experience of working in an acupuncture clinic in a different environment while treating a specific population with unique needs.
Below is a description of these distinctive off-site clinics. All of these externships are free to the participants by the college and provide a wonderful service to our community.
Clinic inception: Summer 2005
Safe House is an exceptional clinic designed to assist woman and children involved in domestic violence. Over 1,000 families go through this program annually.
There is an extensive training the first week of clinic provided by the Executive Director of Safe House which significantly increases the students' awareness of the dynamics of the abuse cycle, giving them an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding.
This opportunity also gives students the ability to gain experience working with a segment of the population in need of support in their healing process due to emotional, sexual or physical trauma. Emphasis on auricular acupuncture is stressed for trauma and addictions.
Clinic inception: Spring 2004
La Familia is a treatment Foster Care State Agency. The patients are children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old who are being treated for a wide range of conditions including Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, and multiple forms of abuse. This clinic is unique in that the foster care parents after seeing the changes in their foster care children, receive treatments as well, especially for the release of stress and anxiety.
Health South Rehabilitation Center
Clinic Inception: Spring 2004
The Boulder campus has nine different specialty clinics with three of them being off-campus Externships. All of these externships are free to the participants.
Golden West Senior Residence - Gerontology Clinic
Clinic Inception: Spring 2002
Golden West is a clinic where students have the opportunity to work with elderly clients in the context of an independent living facility. The interns have a central consultation room and then go to the small apartment of their patients within one of the three towers. It is a large facility and has the supervisors working quickly to cover all the rooms.
This clinic offers students a unique opportunity to work with a segment of the population that may make up a significant portion of a busy practice after graduation. Southwest Acupun-cture College has offered this clinic for many years and it has become so popular that we added in a second clinic last year.
Patients often present with heart disease, stroke, back and joint pain. Many of them are also experiencing hearing difficulties and may be depressed. Our interns have said this has been a good place for them to practice patience, tolerance, and compassion.
Boulder County AIDS Clinic (BCAP) - HIV Clinic
Clinic Inception: Fall 2000
BCAP is a clinic where students have the opportunity to work with HIV-positive clients of the Boulder County AIDS Project, a community organization that provides a variety of support services. Most of the patients are not extremely ill, but may have a crisis from time to time. This clinic gives the interns a great opportunity to study blood work panels and to practice vigilance around Clean Needle Technique. Interns have noted that these patients often need treatment for the side-effects of medications and other aches and pains that are not necessarily HIV-related. They also must be aware of underlying emotional issues present with chronic illness such as fear, family issues and financial concerns. The clinic is very popular and always booked.
By the time this article is printed, 2005 will be well on its way into the distant past, and we'll be far enough into 2006 that the date will be written correctly on checks without the concentration it takes now. I can't say that in the grand scheme of things when I have been more glad to see a year, and the events tied to it, fade into memory.
Perhaps I have an affinity for yin numbers and just like the even numbered years better, but I think that life is more complicated, more rushed and frankly more rude than decades past. Nothing is accomplished easily. We seem to have no end of time saving devices, and less time for everything. When driving on a highway, we put on a signal to change lanes, and people who would not have been affected by your comings and goings speed up to cut you off.
Environmental disaster punctuated last year's calendar with the doubt that humanity is all that humane, and when push comes to shove, are we foolish to think we can be there with, much less for, one another? In the midst of these big questions small miracles occur all the time. In Boulder, some 30 people graduated in 2005 to enter a new acupuncture profession. Twenty-six chose to enter our college in 2005, followed by eighteen more just a few weeks ago.
A patient in our clinic is expecting after almost a year of unexplained infertility, and this new life will carry umbilical stem cells that will give hope beyond understanding to a Grandfather-to-be who suffers from Parkinson's. A cancer survivor allows us to share the news of her mother's cancer diagnosis, and we remain as witness for the joy we all experience, and the grief that is its inevitable pair. Back pain is all but eliminated, a teenager can finally sleep, strength where none was imagined is revealed, blood pressure is lowered, relationships heal, lives change.
The miracle of learning continues, and the transformation of a person to a provider of alternative healthcare consistently lands me in amazement. Student's fresh, relentless, remarkable ability to question us into an improved version of our former selves has become a fixed landmark.
We most likely all know someone affected by the weather disasters of 2005. In our alumni community, Kirsten Stanton (2003) and Craig Houchen (2002) re-located to Grand Rapids, Michigan after losing everything to Hurricane Katrina.
Karen Marks (2003) has received a grant from the Acupuncture Association of Colorado's Humanitarian Fund to help defray plane fare to work with Acupuncture Without Borders continuing effort in treating people still residing in tent cities in the Deep South .
In the midst what seems to be ever increasing demands, and the overwhelming human condition, here are a few reminders to carry into 2006:
Boulder four-year student Keith Economides is the kind of person who is bound to make any place in which he is involved better. When he volunteered to be a class representative though, he was on a mission: he wanted as much possible exposure to as many experienced practitioners as he could get. At the same time, Boulder is certainly home to some very experienced, and uniquely experienced practitioners, but it is not always easy to coax practitioners of especially busy practices into a commitment for teaching a full semester. Keith's promotion of the ideal student experience sparked an interesting idea: could we entice a group of seasoned practitioners to give what time they could in a series of lectures over a 15 week semester?
Thus the Master in Practice Elective was born. Offered in Spring of 2006 as the first of what we hope will be come an annual event, Charles (Chip) Chace, Jake Fratkin, Jeffrey Dann, Honora Wolfe and Jack Schaefer present their own currently captivating theories and methods of practice. From Chace's expose on the comprehensive whole of Li Shi Zhen's work on extraordinary vessels, Dann's practical application of Japanese manual medicine from his 30 years of practice, Fratkin's Japanese Meridian Therapy (Keiraku Chiryo), Taiwan Taiji protocols, and electro-diagnosis with the Taiwan MEAD machine through Wolfe's presentation on how to better use adjunct therapies of moxa and bleeding, to Schaefer's external treatments for trauma, students find themselves with the extraordinary opportunity to learn what is captivating the minds and practices of our local masters. The elective from its student origins to its master collaboration embodies the best of what is meant by college community.
Boulder Welcomes New Teachers In the Mastery in Practice Elective
Charles Chace, L. Ac., Full Professor
Chip Chace has been a student of Chinese medicine and its literature for over twenty years. He is the author and translator of a variety of books and articles on acupuncture and Chinese medicine including, A Qin Bowei Anthology, translations of the writings of one of the architects of modern Chinese medicine, with Yang Shou Zhong, a translation of the first textbook of acupuncture from 100 C.E. entitled The Yellow Emperor's Systematic Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (Huang Di Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jin ), and with Miki Shima, Channel Divergences, Deeper Pathways of the Web.
He is currently engaged in a translation of Li Shi Zhen's (Qí Jïng Bä Mài Kâo), the seminal text on the extraordinary vessels. Chip is a long-time student of palpation-based styles of acupuncture. First and foremost a clinician, Chip maintains a practice in Boulder .
Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L. Ac., Full Professor
Jake Paul Fratkin has been a practitioner of Oriental medicine since 1978. Dr. Fratkin earned undergraduate degrees in Chinese language and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin . In 1975 Dr. Fratkin began a seven-year training in Chicago in Japanese Acupuncture with Dr. Ineon Moon.
In 1982 he began his education in traditional Chinese herbal medicine under Dr. Zhengang Guo and Pak-Leung Lau. During eight months between 1987 and 1988, Dr. Fratkin studied at three hospitals in Beijing . He has also studied and taught qi gong and Yang style tai ji since 1975.
Dr. Fratkin was awarded a Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in 1988 and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He was named Acupuncturist of the Year in 1999 by the American Association of Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Fratkin is the author of Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas and the editor-organizer of Wu and Fischer's Practical Therapeutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has also published A Calligraphy Yi Jing. He has been a frequent contributor to the California Journal of Oriental medicine and the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine.
He is the formulator of over 85 Chinese herbal products for American companies including Golden Flower, Health Concerns, TeaZen, Wild Oats, Vitality Works, Thorne Veterinary and Nutriwest. Dr. Fratkin maintains a private practice in Boulder.
Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D., L. Ac., Full Professor
Jeffrey Dann is a former Ph.D. medical anthropologist who did fieldwork in Japan from 1972-1975 in traditional education of martial arts and healing systems. He has been studying acupuncture since 1978 and has trained in Hong Kong, Beijing, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Vietnam .
Since 1984 he has been co-president of the Traditional Japanese Acupuncture Foundation of Hawaii that has brought the foremost Japanese practitioners to the US including Kiiko Matsumoto, Daiitchi Sorimachi, Shudo Denmei, Masakazu Ikeda, and Junji Mizutani.
He has taught internationally in Barcelona Spain and most recently in the past four years taught foundations of Japanese acupuncture in Turkey to the Medical Acupuncture Association of Istanbul. He has been a regular contributor to the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM).
He gave his first presentation on Koshi therapeutics in Seattle in 2004 in conjunction with NAJOM's 10th anniversary seminar co-hosted with Shudo Denmei. Jeffrey is also a certified instructor for the Asian Oriental Bodyworkers Therapy Association (AOBTA) and teaches shiatsu for the Healing Spirit Massage School in Boulder . Jeffrey maintains a private practice in Boulder.
The 29th of January 2006 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year in the sign of the Dog. The Year 2006 is the 4703rd Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow Emperor. The Yellow Emperor became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4703rd year in 2006. The Chinese name for Dog is GOU.
Dogs are loyal, faithful, honest, and always stick to their firm code of ethics. The Dog is a giving, compassionate personality. He offers kind words, support and advice to friends and family. He is a listener, always available to lend an ear or a shoulder to a friend in need. Often Dogs know more about their friends than their friends know about them or even themselves! Dogs are incredibly attentive. Sometimes though, Dogs should pay more attention to their own needs. In private, many Dog people worry a lot.
In the West, the Dog is man's best friend, but in Chinese Astrology this Sign is a little more unpredictable than that. Dogs can be a bit overwhelming, due in part to their attentive natures. They can march in and take control of a situation, even when it doesn't involve them directly.
This can lead people to think Dogs are nosy or gossipy, but in reality, he just means well. Money and status doesn't matter to the Dog. He is more concerned with the welfare of his family and friends and will do whatever it takes to help them out of a tight squeeze or a rough spot.
Once Dogs determine a subject of interest, they usually master that before taking off for a new adventure. They like to finish what they start. They are honest and trustworthy people, ethically strong and morally kept. They make loyal friends and companions. The Dog's discerning nature does make it an excellent business person, one who can turn that picky, guarded nature into a keen sense of the truth of another's motives.
People born in the Year of the Dog are those born in the years of 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006. They are compatible with those born in the Years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit. People born in the Year of the Dog share certain characteristics as following:
The year of the Dog will focus more on social change and increased devotion to your family and to those less fortunate. It will be a time to concentrate on causes and less on material ambition, a time for reflection and reevaluation. You will find people seem to be worrying less and more at ease. It will be a year of loyalty, integrity, and honesty.
Do you discount your success or doubt that it will continue? Do you feel like a fake? Do you not trust your own abilities? Every semester I seem to find, at one time or another, at least one student sitting in front of my desk who is in tears and seemingly on the verge of withdrawing from the program. These students look around the classroom at their fellow students and feel terror. Instead of feeling happy and content to be surrounded by other bright human beings who are interested in serving others in the healthcare profession, these students have a deep and very real sense that they don't measure up and that they have “fooled” others into thinking they were smarter and more capable than they felt they really are. These students fear being unmasked as “imposters.”
It may come as a surprise to know that many accomplished people have secret fears of being inadequate and incompetent. It may also comfort those who suffer these feelings to know that there is a name for these vague feelings of self-doubt, angst and intellectual fraudulence, and that they are not alone. “The Imposter Phenomenon” is a term used to describe the feelings that some people feel, often in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that they lack competence and ability. These feelings affect people from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, engineers, computer programmers - really they can affect anyone in any profession. The imposter phenomenon can be particularly detrimental to students, as it can affect a student's satisfaction in their education and make them feel grossly inadequate and incompetent.
The backgrounds of the students who comprise the student body at Southwest Acupuncture are varied. Some of our students come in with 60 credits of college education and some come in with PhD's. Some have extensive backgrounds working in western and/or eastern medicine and some have only been a patient.
With such a variety of backgrounds, there is ripe opportunity for the imposter syndrome to rear its ugly head. People are embarrassed if they feel that they are not as smart or feel they don't have the “right” background to be at this school. I'm sure that some students feel so inadequate that they eventually withdraw from the program altogether. They suffer in silence and often disappear without an explanation, or with vague reasons for leaving. Even students who stay in the program may have a gnawing fear of being exposed as a phony in the classroom or in the clinic. Students who suffer from the Imposter Phenomenon may tend towards perfectionism and take criticism personally. The phenomenon can affect teaching, learning and the professional development of our students.
Why am I discussing the Imposter Phenomenon in this newsletter? It is because I truly feel that this phenomenon can be a huge impediment in the lives of students who are under its influence. From the day I first read about the Imposter Phenomenon while working on my Masters degree, it registered deeply and personally for me. For some reason, just being able to slap a label on my own fears made them diminish. It is my hope that by bringing up this topic, affected students can read more about this phenomenon themselves and discover how to overcome their feelings of self-doubt and to learn to trust themselves, their competence and their abilities.
Pauline Rose Clance is a pioneering researcher on the subject of the Imposter Phenomenon, and she has written at length on the subject since the mid 1970's. One of the assessment tools she has created is The Clance IP Scale: Do You Feel Like An Imposter? Take this test and find out if these experiences are true for you. (Answer the questions quickly, with your gut reaction. Dwelling on the questions is not helpful):
The Imposter Test
1. I have often succeeded on a test or task even though I was afraid that I would not do well before I undertook the task
2. I can give the impression that I'm more competent than I really am.
3. I avoid evaluations if possible and have a dread of others evaluating me.
4. When people praise me for something I've accomplished, I'm afraid I won't be able to live up to their expectations of me in the future.
5. I sometimes think I obtained my present position or gained my present success because I happened to be in the right place at the right time or knew the right people.
6. I'm afraid people important to me may find out that I'm not as capable as they think I am.
7. I tend to remember the incidents in which I have not done my best more than those times I have done my best.
8. I rarely do a project or task as well as I'd like to do it.
9. Sometimes I feel or believe that my success in my life or in my job has been the result of some kind of error.
10. It's hard for me to accept compliments or praise about my intelligence or accomplishments.
11. At times, I feel my success has been due to some kind of luck.
12. I'm disappointed at times in my present accomplishments and think I should have accomplished much more.
13. Sometimes I'm afraid others will discover how much knowledge or ability I really lack.
14. I'm often afraid that I may fail at a new assignment or undertaking even though I generally do well at what I attempt.
15. When I have succeeded at something and received recognition for my accomplishments, I have doubts that I can keep repeating that success.
16. If I receive a great deal of praise and recognition for something I've accomplished, I tend to discount the importance of what I have done.
17. I often compare my ability to those around me and think they may be more intelligent than I am.
18. I often worry about not succeeding with a project or on an examination, even though others around me have considerable confidence that I will do well.
19. If I'm going to receive a promotion or gain recognition of some kind, I hesitate to tell others until it is an accomplished fact.
20. I feel bad and discouraged if I'm not “the best” or at lease “very special” in situations that involve achievement.
Scoring The Imposter Test
The imposter test was developed to help individuals determine whether or not they have IP characteristics and, if so, to what extent they are suffering. There are three subscales within the test: fake, discount (success/ability), and luck (success/ability), and luck (success through external sources; not internalizing ability).
After taking the Imposter Test, add together the numbers of the responses to each statement. If the total score is 40 or less, the respondent has few Imposter characteristics; if the score is between 41 and 60, the respondent has moderate IP experiences; a score between 61 and 80 means the respondent frequently has Imposter feelings; and score higher than 80 means the respondent often has intense IP experiences. The higher the score, the more frequently and seriously the Imposter Phenomenon interferes in a person's life.*
* From Clance's The Imposter Phenomenon: Overcoming the Fear that Haunts Your Success, Atlanta, Georgia: Peachtree Publishers
Q: I already have a Consolidation Loan. Will my interest rate change?
A: Most Consolidation Loans have an interest rate based on the weighted average interest of all the loans consolidated. This interest rate does not fluctuate over the life of the loan. However, Consolidation Loans made prior to February 1, 1999 carry a variable rate.
Q: Can I reconsolidate my Consolidation Loan to take advantage of a lower interest rate?
A: To reconsolidate an existing Consolidation Loan, you must have at least one other outstanding federal education loan to include in the new loan. Then, (A) you must have taken this loan after the date that the existing Consolidation Loan was made, or (B) you must have taken the loan prior to the first Consolidation Loan, but did not include that loan in the consolidation.
Q: How should I respond to a solicitor who calls me about loan consolidation?
A: A borrower should never give a solicitor personal or loan history information over the phone without requesting they first provide you written documentation to verify the loan consolidation terms and conditions they are offering. Never allow a solicitor to pressure you with application deadline constraints. In addition, it is highly recommended that a Federal Stafford borrower consolidate with their lender or directly with the Deptartment of Education.
Q: I receive official looking repayment notices and consolidation letters in the mail from agencies and lenders who I do not know or recognize. How should I respond?
A: Use discretionary caution. Some solicitations are from legitimate sources; many are not. Only your lender or loan servicer should request a response from you regarding repayment or loan status issues.
The Asagi was the very first koi variety from which all other varieties were developed. The Asagi has steel blue scales running along its white back and is highlighted with orange on its fins and along the sides of its head.
Kikusui is the largest of the four and is 18 inches long. Kikusui means "a Chrysanthemum in water." This Koi has a brilliant white skin, often referred to as “Platinum” with luminous orange markings.
The Kumonryu is a black fish with a white streak going from its slightly beige head all the way down its back. Kumonryu means flying dragon. In an old Japanese legend, Koi became dragons that flew in the sky.
Ki Mizuho Ogon, a brilliant yellow Koi (Ki is Japanese for yellow) with black scales running in a perfect symmetrical line down the back on either side of its spine.
February 1, 2006 – Five More Koi Arrive
One week after the first guests arrived another five join in on the fun. Actually, at the time of this writing, they have not yet arrived and are expected in the morning so I have not even seen them yet other than in photos.
The first two I'll introduce are the Gin Matsuba Butterfly Koi. We have two. The first is 19 inches and the second is 20 inches, which now puts them in the lead for being the largest of all the Koi in the pond… to date. Gin means silver and a “Gin” fish actually glitters with silver due to metallic deposits in the scales. Matsuba means pinecone and refers to the pinecone like appearance of the scales. The Matsuba variety is appreciated for their restful and peaceful patterns. Butterfly Koi get their name from their long flowing fins.
These two are quite spectacular. We have taken to referring to them as “The Angels.” We refer to them this way because of their long flowing pectoral and dorsal and tail fins that look more like wings, their glowing silver sheen and the graceful and almost surreal way they look as they swim through the water. We are hoping they will lookout and care for the smaller ones. I guess if they turn out to be bullies (a manner in which larger fish can sometimes behave) we can always call them “The Fallen Angels.”
Next we have the 16” Shusui (don't even think sushi). Breeding a black German carp called “Doitsu” with the Asagi developed this variety. The Shusui is actually a “Doitsu Asagi” and is a blue Koi with red on the belly and up the sides, clear white head with an indigo or black row of scales on either side of the dorsal fin and may have red in the pectoral and dorsal fin. Shusui means “Autum Water.”
Shiro Utsuri – An Utsuri is a black Koi with patches of one other color, red, yellow or white. This one is white (Shiro) and is still very young and is only 14 “ long. You may not be able to tell from the photo but this little one has a black lightning shaped pattern beginning to emerge on its head. An ideal Menware (head divider) runs in an Inazuma (lightning) pattern from the mouth to the shoulder, and gives the Koi the impression of power.
Last and definitely least in one way… is the real baby of the group… an 8-inch Sanke. Sanke is short for Taisho Sanshoku. Sanshoku means three colors. Taisho refers to the era in which the Sanke was developed. This variety is white with red and black markings.
We are told that our tiny tot has a perfect pattern with excellent Hi (red) and Sumi (black) on a brilliant snow-white canvas, which makes him a “Show Quality Sanke” with great potential. We just thought he was way too cute to pass up.
After hanging out for just one week with these beautiful and graceful creatures I am not only amazed at how friendly they are but I am in awe of how peaceful and healing it is to watch and to interact with them. And so I leave you eagerly awaiting the morning's gifts.
The Albuquerque campus is very busy these days and growing every semester. Classrooms are filled to the brim, parking is a race for first come or walk, and the lounge area during lunch is cozy and close. All in all everyone has a smile on their face and is working hard to fulfill their goals and dreams.
We also have experienced some new energy to our staff and faculty. We welcomed Toni Meeks to our staff as part-time administrative assistant, and Dr. Bingzeng Zou as our new Academic Dean. Dr. Jaclyn Oddi and Dr. Sean Tuten, both graduates of the Albuquerque campus, are sharing their expertise in clinic as clinic supervisors. In fact, a Men's Health Clinic, supervised by Dr. Tuten, has been added to our Specialty Clinics this semester to assist men with special health needs. Jason DeLuisa, a former graduate and nurse, is teaching Pharmacology, and Dr. Zhong Kang Yu from Shanghai Longhua Hospital, teaches Chinese Medical Theory I/II and supervises clinics at both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses.
Along with some wonderful additions to our staff and faculty we definitely experienced the energy of the fall season in preparation of the spring--letting go. This energy manifested in the form of bidding farewell to Dr. Qijian Ye as our campus dean. His heartfelt presence will be truly missed, along with his compassion and dedication to students. We wish him well with all his future endeavors.
The first HIV/AIDS clinic at Southwest Acupuncture College was set up at the Boulder campus in the Fall of 2000. It is an off-campus specialty clinic, serving HIV/AIDS patients for more than five years.
In September 2005, two more HIV/AIDS clinics were set up at the Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses, and this time they are both on-campus. Southwest Acupuncture College offers these weekly treatments free of charge in order to give support for HIV/AIDS patients.
After fifteen weeks, this clinic has received positive feedback from HIV/AIDS patients because “the support clinic really did give us support.” Being the supervisor of this clinic, I have included a brief summary based on the 15 weeks of treatment in the Fall 2005 semester.
Table 1: Top Ten Most-Common-Seen Symptoms And Their Therapeutic Effective Rate With Acupuncture
Table 2: Top Ten Symptoms That Were Treated The Most Effectively
(Note: "Effective rate" means patients do have improvement compared with before they received treatments, both physically and emotionally during the period of treatment. It doesn't ensure that those symptoms will not come back in the future. “Cure rate” means patients get rid of some symptoms completely, and will not have it at lease for 6 months.)
From September 6th to December 17th, 2005, both support clinics in Santa Fe and Albuquerque had 25 patients in total, with 22 males and 3 females, from ages 30 to age 63. They have been diagnosed “HIV positive” from 1 year up to 25 years. Among them, 23 patients are still HIV positive, while 2 are currently AIDS patients.
Most of them (21 patients) are under “cocktail” therapy, but 4 patients have not been on medications for a while or never have taken any medications at all.
Because the patient load is not enough to gather statistical information, and the treatment times are not long enough either, this brief summary should not be considered as a result. But at least it tells us that acupuncture does give HIV/AIDS patients support for their health, especially for the side-effects from medications. When I mentioned “acupuncture” here, I actually mean the special treatment protocol “extra meridians treatment” in this clinic, which I would like to talk more in the future.
In this clinic, I highly encouraged and strictly required my interns to practice needle techniques. Eventually they all agreed, resulting in better techniques and better effects.
Here are some examples of positive patient feedback we received:
“Let me tell you: I am a new person now……”
“My mom, my friends…they keep telling me 'you are back'…….”
“I started to do the cooking for my family again which I stopped for 10 years……”
Every time, when we heard and saw the changes and improvements happening on patients, we were all encouraged nicby them too. We kept getting lots of appreciation from the patients, but simultaneously, we appreciated this clinic too.
Here are what some of the students have to say about treating in this clinic:
“I now feel confident to face HIV/AIDS patients in the future.”
“I feel happy that I could help them, and I don't feel bored at all although I only treated 8 patients, but I feel they are my patients.”
“I am so encouraged to see their improvements week by week. I am glad that my patients followed me.”
“I gained good experiences on HIV/AIDS patients.”
“Confident with this treatment.”
“I got a job because of this clinic……now ready to graduate.”
As for me, I would like to thank all of the interns in this clinic. Because of their endeavors and their passion, their patients and their caring, this clinic is full of love, which is a big support to these patients.
The Gentle Tiger Scholarship, newly established by the college in the amount of $500, will annually be awarded at all three campuses in the Fall to first year students who show superior point location skills and understanding of the clinical energetics of points. The scholarship is created in memory of teacher Dr. Lynsay Tunnell who taught second year points for many years at the New Mexico campuses.
We also pause in appreciation and sadness to remember former teacher Dr. Peggy French and her husband Jim Hoar of Taos who recently died in a family tragedy. Our hearttfelt condolences to their family, patients and friends.
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