This is the fourth in the blogpost series answering the question:
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- First, make sure you have the basic requirements covered
- Then, preparation.
- You must enrich your foundation, pack a trail bag, and find your trail guides.
- Your first expeditions are to develop the basic stepping stones into successful hospital practice, shadowing and volunteering.
- These stepping stones are used throughout your hospital practice career to learn and grow. So, become familiar with these stones and do not neglect how much easier they make crossing streams or rivers vs. wading in without a trail guide or path to follow.
Find Your Trail GuideAcronyms
EAM = East Asian Medicine. Broad term that includes Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and related disciplines.
EAMP, and L.Ac. = terms for a practitioner who has completed an ACAOM-accredited master's or doctorate program and has a current state license. EAMP = East Asian Medicine Practitioner. L.Ac. = Licensed Acupuncturist. L.Ac. is the most common state license title in the U.S.
MD = medical doctor, physician
To your mentor team, now add a hospital-practice mentor.
Shadow Your Trail Guide (Mentor)
- Start with volunteering in a local hospital or medical center. The specific blogpost covering this will publish in just a few weeks. Send me a message via the website if you would like an advance copy.
- While you are setting up your non-clinical part-time volunteer work, connect to the EAM hospital practice community in the following ways:
Review the previous posts in this series
Basic education and licensing requirements before applying for hospital-practice work.
Benefits of shadowing healthcare practitioners
Pack Your Trail Bag--tools you need for the journey and how to develop stepping stones
Today's resource recommendations
- Review the previous posts in this series: post 1, post 2, post 3
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- Contact your alumni office to find hospital-practice providers in your field
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