Clinical Internship

Clinical Internship

Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin - Austin, TX

  • Non-Degree

AOMAÔs clinical education provides its students with hands on experience and is a means of service to the greater Austin community. At AOMA, clinical education begins in the first term and continues throughout the first year with a sequence of clinical theater and observation. Supervised clinical internship begins in the second year and goes on to include 972 hours of internship, focused herbal and community clinic hours, and optional focused hours on tuina and medical qigong. Throughout their internship, students take on increasing levels of responsibilty for patient care and case management, and attend regular intern meetings to support their education and professional development. Finally, as they progress through the program, students complie a portfolio of their work, including, for example, self-reflections, clinical case studies, and selected coursework. A detailed description of clinical requirements is included in the Clinic Manual.

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CT111 Clinical Theater 1
0/0/36/1.5 Co-req: AT0101
Students are exposed to the diagnostic methods of TCM and to the techniques and application of acupuncture and herbology by observing professional treatments performed by a member of the AOMA faculty. Includes dialogue on how to conduct a patient interview and administer a complete acupuncture treatment, with emphasis on patient communication and ethics.

CT112 Clinical Theater 2
0/0/36/1.5 Prereq: CT111, CL1xxO Coreq: AT0200, AT0112 or AT0113, AT0191 or AT0192, AT0132, WS0310
This clinical readiness course provides a clinic-like environment and atmosphere with intensive hands-on education on the procedures of clinical treatment, including communication skills, ten questions, diagnosis, treatment strategies, and performance and charting. Clinical Theater 2 must be taken the term before entry into internship. Please refer to the current Clinic Manual for all requirements of internship.

CL1xxO Clinical Observation
0/0/36/1.5 per observation session Co-req: AT0101
Students learn basic observation skills and develop notebooks recording their observations of the case presentations and treatment protocols. A minimum of two Clinical Observation sessions totaling 72 hours is required before entry into internship.

CL1xxI Clinical Internship
0/0/36/1.5 per clinic session Prereq: See Clinic Manual
As a supervised intern, the student performs the intake, diagnosis, and treatment, consulting with his/her supervisor on the case. The supervisor monitors the intern and provides guidance and evaluation in his/her diagnosis, treatment plan, point location, acupuncture techniques, and herbal formulation. With accumulated clinical internship hours, additional emphasis is placed on professional conduct and appropriate interpersonal behavior, understanding the scope of practice, maintaining confidentiality, developing communications skills, managing psychological reactions that arise, making appropriate referrals, as well as maintaining charting, record keeping, legal requirements, release of data, and other related issues.

CL2xxI Clinical Internship Ð Community
0/0/36/1.5 per clinic session Prereq: See Clinic Manual
Student interns perform treatments in a designated community clinic, under the supervision of AOMA clinical supervisors. See Clinic Manual for details.

CL118O Advanced Clinical Observation
0/0/36/1.5 Co-req: CL1xxI, Prereq: See Clinic Manual
Focused on deepening and widening the studentsÕ knowledge and experience, the Advanced Clinical Observation is offered to students who have achieved over 600 clinical hours. Student interns learn different styles of acupuncture and herbal treatment from veteran practitioners. Different acupuncture skills and techniques and herbal modification experiences are shared. Student interns also have case discussions together with practitioners.

CL1xxH Clinical Internship Ð Herbal
0/0/36/1.5 per clinic session, Prereq: See Clinic Manual, Coreq: HT0332
In this specialty clinic, students receive specific supervision and education in Chinese herbal treatment of common clinical diseases using herbal formulation with modifications as well as Chinese patent herbs. A minimum of 72 hours of herbal clinic internship is required for graduation.

CT311 Advanced Herbal and Biomedical Clinic Theater
0/0/36/1.5 Prereq: 2nd Year Practical Exam, HT0311, HT0202 or 0203, and WS0201, WS0292, WS0223, WS0311
Co-req: HT0332 and one of WS0312, WS0393, or WS0394
In this advanced course in clinical education, students are exposed to the integration of both TCM and biomedical diagnostic methods and the methods by which biomedicine may be used to inform the application of Chinese herbology in a clinical acupuncture setting. AOMA faculty from the TCM and biomedical departments will lead professional interventions for patients. This course includes discussion of the patient interview and combines TCM and biomedical diagnostic methods for an herbal treatment, with emphasis on patient communication, physical assessment, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and herbal modification as appropriate for each case.