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ACAOM Doctoral Survey

This survey is to seek feedback on ACAOM's "Request for Comment." The Commission has not taken a position on whether or not to endorse or adopt this proposal. However, we are actively seeking feedback on the proposal from members of the profession, educators, regulatory agencies, acupuncture and Oriental medicine organizations, students and other interested parties to help guide us in our deliberations. This survey represents a way for us to obtain this feedback.

Any information you provide will be treated as completely confidential. Please read and complete the enclosed questionnaire, and then return it to us no later than April 30, 2003 at the following address:

ACAOM
Maryland Trade Center #3
7501 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 820
Greenbelt, MD 20770

QUESTION 1

Which of the following statements most accurately reflect your personal opinions about the proposal outlined above?

(Please check one answer)

____I strongly support this proposal
____I support this proposal
____I am neutral / no strong feelings either way
____I oppose this proposal
____I strongly oppose this proposal

QUESTION 1a

If you "SUPPORT" or "STRONGLY SUPPORT" this proposal, please indicate from the following list the most important reason why. If you do not support this proposal, please go to QUESTION 1b.

MOST IMPORTANT FOR SUPPORT REASON IS ..

(check one only)

___would give increased credibility and prestige to the profession
___would increase the overall quality of patient care
___would increase overall standardization and uniformity in training
___would increase the professional opportunities available to acupuncture and OM practitioners
___would help to integrate A/OM into the allopathic (Western) healthcare system
___would increase the level of remuneration for professional services
___would provide a more coherent academic structure for A/OM curriculum
___other reasons for support (please specify reasons in the space below)

 

 

 

When done, please go to QUESTION 2

QUESTION 1b

If you "OPPOSE" or "STRONGLY OPPOSE" this proposal, please indicate from the following list the most important reason why. (If you do not oppose this proposal, please go to QUESTION 2 below).

MOST IMPORTANT REASON FOR OPPOSING IS ..

(check one only)

___proposal would increase the cost of training (and educational debt) for students
___proposal would increase the length of time students must spend in school
___proposal would damage the ability of small schools to compete
___proposal would have an adverse impact on student enrollment
___proposal would hurt minority traditions (e.g., 5-Element, Japanese/Korean styles)
___current master's training is already sufficient for entry-level competency
___a 4,000 hour curriculum is not needed for entry-level competency
___a 10-year transition period is not long enough for a change of this sort
___other reasons for not supporting proposal (please specify reasons in the space below)

 

 

 

 

QUESTION 2

To help us identify the sources of support and opposition for this proposal, we ask that you also provide some brief descriptive information about yourself. NOTE: Any information you provide here will be treated as entirely confidential.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

(check any that apply to you)

Gender: ___Female ___Male

Age Group: ___UNDER 30 ___31 - 45 ___46 - 60 ___OVER 60

In which state do you live? _____________________________

OTHER INFORMATION

(check any of the following that apply to you)

___I AM A STUDENT
A current student in an acupuncture or Oriental medicine school

___I AM AN ADMINISTRATOR
An administrator with an acupuncture/Oriental medicine school

___I AM A STATE REGULATOR
With a statewide licensing or regulatory agency or board

___I AM A PATIENT
I am a patient of an acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine practitioner(s)

___I AM A PRACTITIONER
Currently a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine

___I AM A TEACHER
Currently a teacher, clinical supervisor or other faculty member at an acupuncture/Oriental medicine school

___I AM A REPRESENTATIVE OF A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN THE FIELD
Currently an officer, board member, or executive director of a national organization in the field

___I AM A REPRESENTATIVE OF A STATE ORGANIZATION IN THE FIELD
Currently an officer, board member, or executive director of a state organization in the field

___NONE OF THE ABOVE
(please briefly describe yourself in the space below):

 

 

 

 

FOR PRACTITIONERS ONLY:

If you are currently a PRACTITIONER, and you are actively treating patients, please check ANY of the following specific statements if they apply to you:

____I frequently prescribe Chinese herbs (raw herbs, powders, patents, etc.) in my practice
____I usually rely entirely on acupuncture alone when treating patients in my practice
____I practice part-time (fewer than four full days per week)
____I received my original acupuncture or OM training at a school outside the USA
____I first began treating patients independently prior to 1990
____I first began treating patients independently after 1997
____Nowadays, I routinely interact with Western healthcare professionals in my practice
____I currently accept patients on a cash payment basis only (i.e., no insurance claims)
____I am currently active in at least one national (or statewide) A/OM organization(s)

FOR TEACHERS ONLY:

If you are currently a TEACHER at an acupuncture or Oriental medicine school or college, please check ANY of the following specific statements if they apply to you:

____My highest degree is from a school outside the U.S.
____I currently supervise interns during the clinical phase of training
____I supervise other faculty members at my school
____I teach at least some courses in acupuncture
____I teach at least some courses in Chinese herbology
____I teach at least some courses in Western biomedicine
____I have an accredited doctorate (MD, PhD, DC, etc)
____I have an accredited master's degree
____I have an accredited bachelor's degree
____I was trained in the USA or Canada
____I was trained in mainland China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan
____I received training elsewhere (specify) ______________________________

OTHER COMMENTS:

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your feedback!

ACAOM
Maryland Trade Center #3
7501 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 820
Greenbelt, MD 20770

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