For anyone who is unsure of just how much schooling an Acupuncturist gets in the USA ,here it all is,in black and white.
You must have a previous bachelor's degree . You must have all the same pre requisite needed for most other medical post graduate work .
You can do four to six years ,depending upon wether or not you also do Chinese herbs .
My school did herbs and acu in a five year program when I went .
You graduate with your masters,which should be doctorate ,but the AMA in the USA won't allow it .
Some states allow you to call yourself an OMD ,some do not.
It's just another modality of MEDICINE .
Which takes years of study and class and clinic hours.
We do many hours integrated into a western hospital setting as well .
We must also take Board exams ,just like any other doctor in the USA .
It consists of point location ,the national exams,the state exams ,an OSHA portion ,and clean needle technique .
You must pass all five with at least a 75 ,and complete all your clinic hours ,before you are licensed .
Our clinic hours are in the 100s.
Each state is different in clinic hours requirements.
People study for months for the boards ,just like western medical school .
Our tests and upkeep of our license ,is the most expensive in any medical field ,despite the fact we have the lowest instance of any kind of death or injury to a patient ,and we willingly go for continuing medical education ,because of so many things coming out of China Japan Korea and even Vietnam ,which isn't known in the west .
A huge portion of us have a western medical background of some kind ,so we have a clue how to integrate and correspond a western diagnosis to an eastern one .
When you go to see a western medical doctor ,who also does acupuncture ,theyve done a three weekend course.Learn none of the theory ,dont know proper point location ,proper needle insertion ,and yet are allowed to charge 200$ ,for the same treatment an Acupuncturist can do, 10,000 times better,but can only charge 40$.,
Insurance reimbursement for acupuncture,is a joke .For an acupuncturist anyway,as MDs make a fortune doing it BADLY.
The reason so many people have bad experiences with acupuncture,is because they think a western MD is safer,so they go to an MD ,who did the 3 weekend class,JUST TO MAKE MONEY .Because they,unlike an actual acupuncturist ,do not care if the treatment works .
They ,unlike us,only do it for the money .
I've had those guys in my classes ,laughing at all the money they will make doing it,while they flirted with the girls,and learned nothing of what the class was about .
They also are the one who make the most mistakes and puncture lungs and bladders,because they have no concept of how to use an acupuncture needle properly .
We take 5 years to make sure we do it right
Edited by Simbi Laveau, 05 February 2013 - 03:32 AM.