Course Name: Stage III - Clinical Internship
Course Code: 8031 to 8039
Course Description: Classroom study and practical training are refined by treating real patients in a clinical internship. Internship is not the beginning of the study at TSTCM, it is the culmination. Textbook cases become living, breathing human beings: human beings with both mental and physical needs, pain, discomfort, and concerns. Interns apply skill and compassion with knowledge, confidence, and self-esteem developed in the classroom. Students are taught to develop and maintain the highest standards of professionalism and responsibility. Closely supervised in the first few months of internship, interns are always expected to think independently and to present diagnoses and treatment plans for review and critique.
Activities include the taking and recording of case history, formulation of diagnoses, treatment plans and prognoses and the implementation of treatment for a wide variety of individual patients. Interns must utilize the appropriate forms of treatment, which may include acupuncture, herbs or tuina massage. Interns are also involved with general clinical maintenance and management.
Selected interns may participate in research, community service and public promotion. The TSTCM is often approached to provide information or to participate in public services. Interns, usually accompanied by a school representative, will have the opportunity to participate in these events such as the Total Health Show, Whole Life Expo and other Wellness Fairs.
Registration for these courses is in sequence. Each course is 60 hours. Full time intern students may take three courses a term.
Prerequisites: Clinical Assistance II.
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