I received the latest issue of Acupuncture Today in the mail yesterday. On the front page was THIS ARTICLE. Read and weep. Then do something about it!
At the beginning of this article, Tina Beychok, Associate Editor, describes the FPD as “a doctorate degree that prepares a graduate for working in the AOM
field, by emphasizing competency skills along with theory and analysis.”
I especially find ironic the statement “PREPARES A GRADUATE FOR WORKING IN THE AOM FIELD.” Is this to suggest that our schools fail to do this already? We know this to be true, to a certain extent. But not because schools failed to teach us how to treat someone sufficiently with acupuncture. Competency skills we have. Theory and analysis we have, too. Sure, these could be taught in a better way (a much simpler, focused way). It is because our schools robbed us of massive amounts of money, years of our lives and energy that we graduated unprepared to work in the AOM field. School did not prepare us at all for going out into “the field” of private practice and small businesses; for sure, these are the biggest challenges we faced, and no amount of extra schooling will help; rather, it will harm.
As I continued to read this article and the survey results, I started coming up with questions: WHO was the population surveyed? HOW was this group compiled? What was the response rate? And
was there any explanation, in any detail, of what the proposed FPD
would entail – from the standpoint of time and cost to complete the
program, what it would include, and how it would be more worthwhile than the current education? Did those who took this survey understand what FPD meant? Did they even care?
The bottom of the article lists the actual results of the survey (which the Acupuncture Today editor used as substance for her article). In the results section lies this: The AAAOM FORUM FPD DIALOGUES. There is little activity (lots of viewers, not many writers) here, BUT – of the activity, a SUBSTANTIAL amount has been generated by CAN members (CAN board members, in fact). Those of you who participated – well, you never cease to amaze me. You’re always on top of things and working hard – coming up with great questions and counterpoints to the existing issues surrounding the proposed FPD. There are many more people who could join in on the conversations, though. Also, I am glad to see that on page 5 of the actual survey results, CAN was mentioned as taking part in the FPD debate. I wonder if the decision makers who will be at the ACAOM meeting discussing the FPD will have read through the AAAOM FPD Forum Diaglogues, and all the hoopla happening here on CAN. I can only hope and assume so.
Either way, by sending in letters of opposition and asking any other acupuncturists, acupuncture educators and acupuncture students we know to do the same, as well as compiling signed petitions from our patients, we can do our best to “tip the scales” against the FPD. Don’t procrastinate. Get it done. Time is ticking. The time is now. The deadline for all material to reach the ACAOM is JANUARY 15th.
Thanks for everyone who has educated me on this issue, and to everyone who has shared this issue with others.