The 1st (first) level of internship training consists of 200 hours of observation including 80 hours of Observation Theater, 80 hours of observation rounds, and 40 hours of herbal dispensary practicum. Interns are introduced to all aspects of the clinical practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine, observing the formulation of diagnoses and treatments performed by clinical faculty.
In observation theater (80 hours), level 1 interns have opportunities to see how oriental medicine theory and practice are combined. In each shift, scheduled patients are interviewed, diagnosed, and treated by clinic faculty while level 1 interns observe. Following each patient’s treatment, discussion of the patient’s case is conducted.
In observation rounds (80 hours), level 1 interns have experience in observing clinic faculty in interviewing, diagnosing, and treating patients, as well as assisting clinic faculty in taking and recording a patient’s history and physical exam. Level 1 interns take the patient’s pulse and observe the patient’s tongue with instruction by clinic faculty to understand the clinic faculty’s diagnosis and treatment plan.
In herbal practicum (40 hours), level 1 interns will have opportunities to identify herbs, learn how to assemble granule and bulk herb formulas, learn how to fill an herbal prescription, and become familiar with the dispensary operations. It is expected that all level 1 interns participate in keeping treatment rooms clean and stocked.
Requirements for Completion of Level 1 Observation and Herbal Practicum:
- 200 Hours: 80 hours Observation Theater, 80 hours Observation Rounds, 40 hours Herbal Practicum
- Successful pass of Intern Evaluations by Clinical Faculty
- Successful completion of treatment for 30 patient visits
- Successful completion of 1 Case study