Poll Results for the following Question:
If given the opportunity, would you like to have practice rights at
your local hospital?
Total Respondents: 626
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It is my opinion, Sad to say, that most of my fellow graduates
are not competant enough to practice in this setting. Most of them should
have never been admitted to school to learn this noble art in the first
Of Course! I presently work in a hospital and many of my
fellow acupuncture students are very qualified to practice in the hospital
setting. The student base at my institution encompasses Physicians , Registered
Nurses, Chiropractors, Massasge Therapists and Physical Therapists to name
a few. We would love to be able to take care of our patients in whatever
setting they require of us.
Of course. Who wouldn't want to practice at a hospitalif
given chance. But, chances are few and far between until we become more
better in their lingo and understand terms of practice that will be given
to us and we must be able enough to do those terms. At this point in time
we are not ready to do so. There are some people who I went to school with
who should no practice the acupuncture.
Only barefoot doctors and jealousy doctors(physicians) would
say no to this opportunity.
We must not kid ourselves. We are not competant enough to
handle a hospital setting. Hospitals are where we want to prevent people
from going by helping to prevent the disease process from going to the deeper
levels. Being in a hospital will eliminate the wholistic preventative aspect
of what we do and turn us into crisis managers and crisis management is
what the MDs do best. We will only be in their way.
I do believe in acupuncture and oriental medicine. Today,
many of us are avoiding surgeries and drugs as much as possible. It is always
nice to find alternative healthcare techniques that work. However, the government
needs to fund more money on its research.
yes,we should be able to have hospital privlages. The school
I went to, Five Branches Institute, Santa Cruz, Ca., prepared me well to
interact with western docs. The world is changing and we should move forward
to provide the best possible care for our patients. Would we withhold treatment
because we don't speak western med talk as well as they do?, remember that
we speak thier language better than they soeak our acupuncture language.
The reason that I chose this field was so I could help people to get more
healthy, whatever the venue. If I mispelled a word or two, does that make
me unfit to help people become more healthy? Darrell
Why would I work in a hospital? We have very little insurance
coverage. Patients don't pay cash in a hospital. Who will pay me? The MD
has full coverage including medicare. We on the other hand have next to
no coverage. It's a complete waste of time.
To be totally honst with myself and you, I have to tell you
that I don't believe that acupuncture school has prepared me to deal with
patients on the hospital impatient level. Anyone who is an acupunctrist
would tell you that the professin is ready to be integrated into the medical
community because we want this to be true, but it is far from reality. We
are not physicians in the western sence of the word and we are not prepared
to deal with life and death matters just by sticking a few needles in someone
or administering herbs. To tink this is craziness. We should stop all this
political posturing because it is futile. If we cocentrate on our own business
and treating the public at large instead of wasting our resourses as a profession
we would be far better off.
How many of us can honestly even understand half the crap
the typical MD states in reports we would need to read in a medical chart
in a hospital? very few is the shameful truth. We are not physcians.
Hospitals are for the educated only. Proper use of correct
words are necessary. It is "incorrectly" that is the correct word not "uncorrectly".
See what happens when you let high school graduates into our schools. We
must raise our standards and only let educated physicians practice acupuncture.
This is the only way that acupuncture will ever be practiced in a hospital
If you only select the diseases that "respond well" how could
you fail as a practioner also how could the science advance if we only treated
the diseases that "respond well". The world health organization states that
acupuncture has varying effect on over 2000 different disease processes.
All you have to do is look at Dale's book to find this out. If all you do
is improve the quality of someones life, you have done a great service.
We must continue research on the diseases that do not "respond well" to
advance our work.
The person who states that you can do more harm if acupuncture
is performed incorrectly is uneducated in the field of acupuncture. Barring
the puncture of lung, artery, or organ (which only a moron could acomplish)acupuncture
is a very safe procedure and can do no further harm. If you tonify a point
that needs no tonification it will not tonify. If you sedate a point that
needs no sedation no sedation will occur. These principles as well as others
are firmly documented in the professional literature. In fact acupuncture
is such a safe procedure that non-physicians are allowed to even practice
it. If it was as dangerous as this person makes it out to be only MD, DC,
DO, DPM, and DDS would be able to practice acupuncture.
Certainly, It will help more people.
Acupuncture should be performed by trained acupuncturist.
I think it is a miracle form of therapy if you do it correctly and select
only the diseases that response well. However if you do it uncorrectly,there
may be some complications and does not work.
You shouldn't be allowed to practice anything unless you
aquire basic spelling skills like spelling the word practice no practise.
This shows below par educational skills.
We should remain closer to our roots as barefoot practioners.
but only as candy stripers!
The more exposure our profession gets, the better it is
in the long run for all of us. There is no reason why acupuncturists should
not be allowed to practise in hospitals if the only thing it does is help
Clinical acupuncturists are not physicians by any scope of
the imagination. They are not liscensed in any state as physicians and to
describe themselves as physician is perpetrating a fraud on the public and
Acupuncturists who practice in states as "independent" providers;
meaning their patients do not need refferal, and they can 1. conduct an
physical examination, 2. diagnose, 3. formulate and carry out a treatment
plan, by definition (and legally?) are acting as a "OM primary care provder".
It is important that all Licensed Acupuncturists understand that they are
a Acupuncture Physician and in their body of OM knowledge as a "Acupuncture
Physician" should (for their patients health and freedom to choose the type
of provider they want) have access to all health care facilities.