If you've been following the progress of POCA Tech inside the forums, you know that a bunch of POCA volunteers are working hard on our admissions process. One of the issues occupying everyone's mind is, how can we make sure that prospective students know what they are really getting into? Acupuncture can be a tough gig. And as the person who reads POCA Tech's inbox, unfortunately I can testify that we've already attracted some, um, ungrounded applicants. Did I have a conversation with a prospective POCA Tech student who referred to himself, without irony, as a bodhisattva? Why yes, I did.
So we are going to add a prerequisite class to our list. In addition to Biology and A & P, POCA Tech prospectives will be required to take a free online class, offered by POCA, called “Do You Know What You Are Getting Into?” In the process of putting this class together, we made some new videos. I don't know if we will actually use these particular videos for our class — they might have just been practice — but I posted them because I thought they'd be useful, regardless. One of the cool things about POCA Tv is that it can make interactions available to a much wider range of people than they would be ordinarily. These videos are of Cris and Skip interviewing each other about their respective acupuncture education experiences, what happened once they got out in the real world, and how they deprogrammed themselves from their acu-school brainwashing. I don't know about the rest of you, but this is the stuff I talk about with my friends whenever I get a chance. I often wish that lots of people had been able to hear those conversations, and I really wish that prospective POCA Tech students were among those people. It's hard to get your head around the reality of the acupuncture profession without hearing the experiences of lots of different people; it's easy to think that you're the only one who couldn't make what you learned in school work in the real world.
When you get a chance, please watch the videos — you can find them here, 1,2, 3, and they're free! — and if you're an acupuncturist, please share your story in the comments below: tell us the truth about what your acupuncture education was like, what happened when you started to practice (with or without the support of POCA), and how you deprogrammed yourself. If you're a POCA Tech prospective, watch the videos and tell us if you feel like you're getting an adequate perspective on what it's really like to be in this profession. Do you feel like you know what you're getting into? And if anybody has any ideas about how we can help prospective acupuncture students who are enamored with “the medicine” (yes, we're hearing from them) and who have either turned off their bullshit meters or maybe never had a functioning bullshit meter in the first place, please, please let me know.