“Support for FPD Increasing”

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.

Author: Justine_Myers

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  1. survey spin..

    here’s the kicker admitted at the end of the survey:

    on page 5 here :

    “On each survey question AAAOM practitioners represented roughly 47% of the respondents, but nationally AAAOM members make up a much smaller percentage of the AOM population. If the results were weighted to better reflect the dominance of non-AAAOM professional practitioners, 56% vs. 44% support for the acupuncture FPD and 61% vs. 39% support for the OM FPD would be seen as more accurate indicators of AOM practitioners at large.”


    56% does not = consensus, in fact, things have hardly changed since the
    last survey of the profession, which was also about 50/50.  And taking into account the plus/minus deviations of polling and survey results, at best we are left again with 50/50.  hardly a consensus.


    these weighted analyses were not included in the AT article.  i wonder why?

  2. AT is the FOX News of our profession

    They seem to like Bob Flaws, so why not publish his opinions on the FPD?  https://www.communityacupuncturenetwork.org/blog/bob-flaws-thoughts-fpd   (thank you Jessica)

    No, wait, we need to run another article by Felicia Dumbass and how her patients fantasize about what she is wearing under her labcoat.  Lady, you are not a F$%&#ing Doctor, so don’t wear a F*&%$ing lab coat. 

    I will write to AT, but I will leave this comment about Felicia between me and CANers.

    Thanks guys, Elizabeth with Liver Yang Rising

  3. Great questions, Justine!

    A friend of mine who is a local political activist and women’s studies professor always says it is important to ask two questions:

    How do we know what we know?

    Who benefits? 

  4. Thanks for the call to

    Thanks for the call to arms, Justine (or to pens, in this case). 

    The thing that I think is interesting, not to say telling, is that the practitioners as a group are much less convinced (or convinceable?) than the students and school administrators.  I think this probably demonstrates that things are much different when you are a working acupuncturist than they appear from inside the schools. 

  5. .

    one other interesting question to ask is, why is there such a limited amount of details from the proposers on what an FPD would ACTUALLY entail? in fact, its CANers who seem to have the most information on what it might look like at this point. the keep it vague, ram it through, and let us worry about the details strategy, huh?

  6. Also, people keep saying

    Also, people keep saying “this is just for developing standards for a pilot, it doesn’t mean that the FPD will be implemented” – but it seems like history shows that folks like to use stuff they’ve developed.  And then there’s all this keeping up with the Joneses – once one school has an FPD program, others will want it.

  7. you know what this is like?

    This is like a logging company asking for the go-ahead to build a road into a roadless old growth forest. And then saying, when there’s an outcry,  “What are you all so upset about? It’s just a road! What do you have against ROADS? Roads connect people! Roads mean progress! What’s wrong with you that you hate roads? Why are you so hysterical? We just want to build a road!” Etc.

    I live in Oregon, and in my experience, even logging companies don’t try to pull that shit. 

    My sense is that the pro-FPD crowd has assumed that the rest of us are just really, really dumb, and they are super-disappointed to find out that’s not the case.

  8. I’ve had the same impression.

    Recently and especially with Mr. Dierauf’s downright insulting “Societal Cost of the FPD” offerings on the AIMC student forum site and other forums.

     He should be ashamed of himself, attempting to pass off his fantasies as fact, with so much at stake for so many practitioners and patients.

  9. FPD Madness

    I have never truly understood the push for the FPD. It will not advance our place in the healing world, it will not bring us more prosperity, it will not create more access from patients, it will not bring us more respect from Western practitioners, it will not provide us more exposure in the world, so why is it important? And why does it have to be some big expensive thing? I have a friend who’s an NP who’s going back for her doctorate…..online…..for not that much money. I can see why a nurse or even a PT might want a doctorate–tenure at a real university, for one thing, or greater opportunities for research/grant money, but for us? NESA, where I went to school, doesn’t even have a tenure track for faculty (nor salaried & benefited positions, unless something’s changed) and who but faculty at an acupuncture school would have the ability to pursue research? I just don’t get it. I spent so much money for my MAOM. I was able to pay 1/2 of it back because a relative died and left me money, otherwise I’d still owe $40,000. After 10 years of practice, I make what I should have made after 3 years, and I consider myself successful b/c I’m still in practice at all! I’m now headed back to school for nursing–I have a small child to support and my practice isn’t cutting it. When I get my MS in nursing, I’ll be able to get a really great-paying job, even if I’m not completely happy with the medicine. I love TCM, but I’m really tired of not making enough to go on vacation, put a new roof on the house and take my dogs to the vet without worrying if I can make ends meet. Sorry for the rant, thanks for reading!

  10. Hi everyone, future acupuncture student here. I’m actually not going to POCA tech, because the school does not meet my state’s requirements. However, I love what POCA stands for. That being said, I wondered if anyone here has heard of the Association for Traditional Studies (Andrew and Julie-Ann Nugent-Head’s work)? It is a fantastic website with lots of knowledge. I’ve been watching a lot of his video lectures and the one on the “state of chinese medicine in china today” is particularly fascinating, reminding me a bit of parts of Lisa R.’s book. Thoughts anyone?