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Chinese Medicine Doctors – Education and Credentials

Find Chinese medicine doctor programs in the United States and Canada. Chinese medicine doctors offer health and wellness services that are often used as an alternative or complementary medicine. In order to practice in the field, Chinese medicine doctors must have received adequate training and education to fulfill necessary requirements in becoming a professional practitioner. Preferably, qualified Chinese medicine doctors will have graduated from one of several accredited oriental medicine schools, and will have become certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed* in the state where they reside. *(Licensure depends on individual state requirements for practice.)

In addition to acupuncture, Chinese medicine doctors will often provide services in physical therapy (Tuina), shiatsu, nutritional advice, Chinese herbology, and other associated practices. Chinese medicine doctors in America must be either licensed or certified, and may be considered a primary care physician if they are licensed as acupuncture physicians. Common titles that are often noted for this profession, include D.O.M. (Doctor of Oriental Medicine), L.Ac.,C.Ac.,R.Ac., or O.M.D.

Generally speaking, Chinese medicine doctors, much like that of conventional medicine practitioners, have dedicated a fair amount of time and energy toward educational training in becoming a professional healthcare provider. Chinese medicine doctors will have attained much knowledge and essential skills in TCM theories (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and history. Other comprehensive education and preparation in becoming Chinese medicine doctors will include clinical and practical training in acupuncture points, needling techniques, herbal medicine, moxibustion, Qigong, Tai Chi, pathology, botanical medicine, Western medicine, physiology and anatomy.

In addition to ethical and business practices, Chinese medicine doctors are gaining lead way in modern America: for example, did you know that acupuncture (as a complementary medicine) has grown tremendously over the last two decades? According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); an “estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults have used acupuncture.” That’s promising news for prospective Chinese medicine doctors. And for candidates that are working toward becoming Chinese medicine doctors, it is even more promising knowing that there are several Chinese medicine and acupuncture schools from which to choose.

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Education Versus Training

Many people don’t understand the difference between education and training. Education is giving out information and communicating to your trainees. Training is about practice and building skills. Today’s younger generation of employees wants to be trained, not educated.

Problem is, if we don’t educate them before we train them, it could lead to problems. Think about how you learned to drive. You need knowledge of the laws and then the actual training of getting behind the wheel. Same can be said for learning about the birds and the bees–if the education part isn’t done effectively, the training could lead to undesirable results!

Mark Flores, director of ops for Chuck E. Cheese’s, uses the macaroni-and-cheese example to demonstrate the difference. We’ve all made mac & cheese plenty of times in our lives, but if we don’t follow the instructions exactly, we might get macaroni soup, crunchy macaroni, or something else other than what we intended. So how do we deliver education and training to ensure consistency?

Manuals. Boooooooooring! We do need documentation, but make it fun! Include tons of photos and minimal text so it’s more of a comic strip look. People are more likely to remember what they see versus what they read, so retention of information is better. Additionally, it’s easier to translate into other languages.

Videos. Better than reading for most employees, but they need to be short segments (3–5 minutes maximum) with tons of visual image changes. Our employees today are used to watching CNN with talking video, a crawler message along the bottom, and the weather forecast on the side–all while having four online chats with their friends. Long, drawn-out videos lose their attention quickly. Watch a segment and go practice what you learn. You can watch the next segment after that.

Online. Golden Corral, White Castle, Sea Island Shrimp House, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Chuck E. Cheese’s are all using or testing e-learning. Since it is self-paced, it goes at the speed of the learner. Be careful: As we’ve seen with e-books, it’s not too comfortable to read a book on a PC, so keep the text to a minimum. Review questions can be built in as a checkpoint for the learner to advance to the next section. Great way to replace video and print, but it’s still not “training.”

Tests. We all hate tests! To ensure consistency in tests, keep them simple and visual (use as many pictures as possible), and use multiple-choice, ordering, or true-false format to ensure consistency in grading. Most of our employees no longer take fill-in-the-blank or essay tests. Ensure they have the basics down. Do all your trainers actually grade tests the same way?

All the above forms of “training” are really just education, yet most managers think it’s training. We didn’t get our driver’s license after reading the book, watching the video, and passing a test–we had to demonstrate our skills to the authorities before we received permission to drive. Education is the necessary evil that must come first, though.

Do we follow the same format with our employees? Many companies do not–we just memorize a bunch of useless information the guest cares little about and then we’re ready. You need to be validated on the skills it takes to do the job and re-validated periodically in the future. Knowing the job and doing the job are two entirely different things–and the guest notices.

Skill Validation

Having the new employee demonstrate skills for a manager shows you two things: how good the trainer was, and that the employee can do the functions of the job. We all might think we have the same definition of “greet the guest” or “suggestive sell,” but when we see our employees in action, we find it’s all across the board. If we don’t coach them through the skill, they will simply do what they see at other restaurants (which often isn’t good). Conduct these validations every 90–180 days to keep standards top of mind.

People train people. Just because someone is a good employee doesn’t mean they will be a good trainer. The proper tools to educate will help, but the payoff is in the trainer demonstrating, coaching, and validating the skill of a new employee. To illustrate this point to your team, ask your trainers to train you on how to tie your shoes or put on a shirt. Act like you know nothing about it. Point being, it’s a simple task we can all do in our sleep–like ringing up orders or making burgers–but it’s incredibly hard to train someone else how to do it.

Macaroni and cheese anyone?

Educating and Training With an Interactive Whiteboard

Interactive whiteboard software technology is the ideal modern solution for education. With college and university expenses sky-rocketing, more students than ever are looking into the less expensive alternative of attending classes via the Internet, cutting out the expenses of room and board, and of commuting.

But this can be troublesome because it can diminish the powerful impact that we know is made through interaction between student and teacher in a live setting. Many ideas that the teacher could put up on the blackboard or upon a whiteboard in the classroom can be lost or miscommunicated, or their intended impact can simply be lost on the student. Interactive whiteboard software changes all that.

Now as a teacher, your students who are engaged in distance learning do not miss out on anything that you want them to comprehend. Every part of your lesson is dynamic and interactive and you can make it collaborative at any time you want. Dynamic interaction of course enhances memory and retention, plus it provides the student with a deeper understanding of the subject matter which lasts far beyond the mere rote memorisation of material for the sake of passing a test.

As an educator in the classroom you are forever attempting to make text come to life. This has always been, needless to say, much more difficult within the distance learning setting for the most obvious of reasons. Now, the biggest obstacle to successful distance learning via the Internet is removed.

You and the student, and students can interact with each other and manipulate objects on the screen. You can all collaborate at once to highlight passages, make notations on photographs or graphics, alter images, chat, launch videos and more. All is done in real time. Subject matter comes to life and gets intuitively grasped. Nothing is lost from the live classroom setting. You can still personalise your approach to educating. To reiterate, there is nothing of any essential importance or impact that is lost despite the distance.

Furthermore, if you are not a school or college educator but you give education or training to a business team or employees, interactive whiteboard technology is perfect for your purposes. If you must educate or train employees who operate from different and widespread offices, the software makes this far easier than it’s ever been before.

No more need to commute or book flights. No more need to provide food! It’s easy for everyone to attend and if you work for a large company this means that people don’t need to be cut out of important meetings and you don’t have to host multiple seminars to teach the same thing over and over again.

No matter what your education or distance training objective or needs, interactive whiteboard software is your most powerful educational tool.