FCM661Z.01 (Reno)
Medical Acupuncture

Office of Medical Education

Please contact the Department of Family and Community Medicine to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • Describe basic theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including concepts of Yin/Yang, 5 Elements, 8 Diagnoses
  • Trace the general course of the 14 classical acupuncture meridians on the surface of the body and locate important points.
  • Identify points of the acupuncture micro-systems, including points located on the ear, scalp, and hand.
  • Explain current theories on the scientific basis of acupuncture.
  • Experience the range and scope of Medical Acupuncture in a hospital outpatient setting.
  • Describe basic treatment theories for a variety of styles of acupuncture.
  • Interview Medical Acupuncture patients, interpret outcomes, and develop basic treatment protocols.

Description of Rotation

This elective will familiarize the medical student on the use of Acupuncture as an adjunct to Western Allopathic Medicine to treat a variety of common problems that present to outpatient primary and specialty care offices.

References/Materials

  • Chen, Howard C. Confessions of a Not So Senior Acupuncturist. unpublished manuscript.
  • Chu, Luke S. W., Samuel D. J. Yeh, Denise D. Wood. Acupuncture Manual: A Western Approach. New York: M. Dekker, 1979
  • Filshie, Jacqueline and Adrian White, eds. Medical Acupuncture: A Western Scientific Approach. Edinburgh, New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1998
  • Keown, Daniel. The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014
  • Journal articles accessible through Savitt Library:
    Herman PM, Poindexter BL, Witt CM, Eisenberg DM. "Are complementary therapies and integrative care cost-effective? A systematic review of economic evaluations." BMJ Open. 2012 Sep 3;2(5). pii: e001046. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001046. Print 2012.

Evaluation Method

  • Assessment: Ongoing, in-person
  • Professionalism expectations: neatly dressed, appropriate behavior
  • Feedback and clinical performance: via clinic practitioners and elective director
  • Case presentations -oral and written: as noted above
  • Other modes of evaluation: Attendance. Presentation. Demeanor and interest.

Final grades appear on the standard UNR Med elective performance evaluation form

  • Attendance - must attend 8 of the 10 days of this 2 week elective
  • Late Work - to be submitted within 1 month
  • Absences exceeding attendance policy above - remediation on a case by case basis
  • Missed tests or significant experiences - remediation on a case by case basis

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Grading Criteria

Evaluator concerns will be placed in the student record for internal use when creating the Medical Student Performance Evaluation [Dean's Letter] for Residency application or for Student Promotion and Conduct Committee use.

A temporary grade of Incomplete may be given when at the close of an elective, assigned work is not complete or a student does not achieve the benchmarks for a passing grade in a grading component. An incomplete generated by failure of an elective level grading component will result in a grade not higher than a Pass. If an incomplete grade is not cleared from the record, it will revert to a Fail and this elective will not count towards the mandatory 32 weeks of electives.

Special Notes

This is a two-week rotation offered in both spring and fall.

Please coordinate with Christie Gilbreath if you are interested in the elective.

Credit offered: 2 weeks

Report to: Dr. Howard Chen at 8:30 AM on the day your elective begins.

Office Location: 6570 S. McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV 89509
Email Address: HChen@renown.org
Office hours: M-F 8:30AM - 6PM (7PM on Mondays and Thursdays)
Online office hours: Monday, 8:30 AM-noon, Tuesday, 3-5 PM

Course Activities

  • Case study: compare and contrast the Acupuncture and Allopathic medicine diagnosis and treatment of a case that you have seen in the Medical Acupuncture clinic.
  • Discuss the appropriate use of Acupuncture in the context of the patient's overall treatment plan.

Elective Specific Information for Students

  • Assessment: Ongoing, in-person
  • Professionalism expectations: neatly dressed, appropriate behavior
  • Feedback and clinical performance: via clinic practitioners and elective director
  • Case presentations -oral and written: as noted above
  • Other modes of evaluation: Attendance. Presentation. Demeanor and interest.
  • Final grades appear on the standard UNR Med elective performance evaluation form