ACAOM’S New Statement

Remember the first-professional doctorate that we were discussing a couple of months ago?

How it seemed like an idea that might really hobble acupuncture rather than elevate it? 

Remember how CAN clinics were able to gather over 500 signatures in under 2 weeks?

Well, it seems as though our voices have been heard... please read

http://www.acaom.org/PdfVersion/Resolution%20on%20First-Professional%20Doctorate[1].08.pdf

(I am running off to work and haven't yet found the link to the comments on the ACAOM website...if you find it please post a link.... apparently they got over 600 pages of comments!) 

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 WHEW!   CONGRATULATIONS !  Yooooo--Hooooooo!!!!!!

BUT this only means that we have a little more time to keep educating folks about the different directions that acupuncture as a profession is headed, and how important the decisions we make now will effect how acupuncture is practiced.   

Coming soon is more info about what you can do to get the word out there to the unconvinced, the uninformed, the many who are confused by all the jargon (first-professional doctorate, post graduate doctorate, etc )  

ACAOM says they are waiting for consensus in the profession, we'll lets raise some!

This story was posted on February 20 2008 by crismonteiro.
Tags: acaom fpd

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  • February 20 2008 at 11:52 AM
    Skip writes:
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  • February 20 2008 at 1:35 PM
    lumiel writes:

    Whoo Hoo indeed!  I feel

    Whoo Hoo indeed!  I feel especially excited because this may confirm for CAN the belief that we as a community can have a say in the way our profession develops!  Onward!

    Lumiel

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  • February 20 2008 at 3:48 PM
    Guest writes:

    Analysis of ACAOM Doctoral Survey Data

    Here’s the link to the Analysis of ACAOM Doctoral Survey Data: http://www.acaom.org/downloads/DocSurveyAnalysis102203.pdf

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  • February 20 2008 at 4:11 PM
    crismonteiro writes:

    data shows:

    Thanks to whoever posted the link to the survey data  It’s interesting to see the specs on who responded and where they live…no real surprises that students and folks in California were largely who responded…I was a bit surprised and pleased to see how many patient responses there were… seems that the group most in favor of the entry-level doctorate is the students, with non-US trained acupunks up there in support too.  The top reasons for strong support were to increase the credibility and prestige of the profession and to increase the quality of patient care—

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  • February 20 2008 at 4:58 PM
    Guest writes:

    Out-of-step

    You’re welcome Cris.

    As usual, the national and state organizations, which strongly support a first-professional doctorate as entry-level into the profession, are out-of-step with the acupuncture and Oriental medicine communities of interest.

    Todd

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  • February 20 2008 at 6:42 PM
    Lisafer writes:

    ACAOM’s new statement

    Oh, thank God!  And thanks to everyone who took the time to call or write or collect petition signatures to send to the ACAOM—and especially to Cris for organizing the resistance!
    It’s great to have a little more time to get organized to deal with this thing, and great to see that lots of people in multiple categories opposed the first doctoral madness. Even in the “student” category, which officially supported it, there was significant opposition and definitely not a mandate.
    This makes my day!http://www.pocacoop.com/images/blog_uploads/smiley-smile.gif

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  • February 20 2008 at 10:33 PM
    Guest writes:

    We the People…

    I’m delighted that the ACAOM has ears/eyes and had the courage to bring the info forward.  It still works to SPEAK OUT!  I’ve been wondering about how effective that’s been in the last few years…

     

    Whoo Hoo!  First round - a victory!  Onward!   

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  • February 20 2008 at 11:37 PM
    crismonteiro writes:

    ACAOM doctoral survey results

    I just want to clarify something about this thread for everyone…There were 600 pages of comments generated about the proposed standards via the online comment page at ACAOM’s website, however the link posted for the doctoral survey results (http://www.acaom.org/downloads/DocSurveyAnalysis102203.pdf)  shows us the data that ACAOM collected back in 2003 BEFORE they even drafted the standards… which really points to the influence that the groups that supported the proposal had on ACAOM. This is again NO SURPRISE… that it was the professional organizations and non-US trained acupuncturists who had enough clout to influence ACAOM into writing standards, along with a student population that I believe doesn’t really understand why or how an entry-level doctorate might have negative effects on the profession.  Patients, practitioners, faculty, and administrators were all actually opposed to the idea.   What I mis-read in my hurry this morning in the ACAOM statement from Feb.8, 2008 was that they were going to put the most recent comments on line (in some condensed format.)  The document the ACAOM statement refers to is a transcript from a meeting in Oct 2007, where various members of “communities of interest” spoke at a hearing on the matter.  

    Cris

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