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This is the seventh 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.
Shadow = a unique and very old tradition of clinical observation, often short-term. Not the same as an internship.
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
PCMH = patient-centered medical home
PCM = primary care manager, depending on state scope of practice, may be an MD, DO, ND, ARNP, PA, or DC.
DO = osteopathic physician
ND = naturopathic physician
ARNP = advanced practice nurse practitioner
PA = physician assistant
DC = chiropractic physician
Remember, you don't know what you don't know. --Trail Pack toolkit item #5 = humility
turns out you get along well with the provider you shadow, it could also be a good source of referrals for your work. This kind of referral is great because you have first-hand experience understanding this provider’s process and, for the provider, you are a real face, not just a name.
Shadowing improves your biomedicine language communication skills and can help you create positive connections.
- Benefits of shadowing health care practitioners
- What to Expect on Your Shadow Day
- As a New Employee, Shadow Your Clinical Team
Review the other posts in this series
- Basic education and licensing requirements before applying for hospital-practice work
- Pack Your Trail Bag--tools you need for the journey and how to develop stepping stones
- Find Your Trail Guide--the importance of having hospital-based practice mentors and an introduction to the stepping stones of shadowing/clinical observation and hospital-based volunteer work
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Today's resource recommendations
- Review the previous posts in this series (see the list in above paragraphs)
- Project ECHO®, goes beyond the basic telehealth consult model and connects PCMHs and local rural champions to specialists at specialty hubs while providing CEUs and training for PCMs. Learn more in our blogpost about this resource.
- The ECHO® model breaks down barriers between primary care and specialty care.
- The specialty hubs are often interdisciplinary teams which include professionals from surgeons to dietitians, health psychologists, chiropractors, OTs, PTs, and L.Ac.s/EAMPs, and more.
- This model, from the University of New Mexico, is catching on quickly in the U.S. To learn more, check out this short video.
- Project ECHO® is a "force-multiplier"
- If you are a program manager or a rural primary care provider, you can join one of the Project ECHO® programs. Learn more about how to connect to the ECHO® programs here and find one near you here.
- Recommendations for learning more about integrative medicine/health in hospital practice, team work, and related topics on your lunch break.
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