MCPHS—Worcester: Master of Acupuncture

MCPHS—Worcester: Master of Acupuncture


Description: Aerial view of MCPHS Description: Students working, taking classes. Description: An acupuncture instructor at work. Description: Meredith St. John
MAc, LicAC, DiplAC (NCCAOM)
Dean of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Meredith St. John: Chinese medicine is a system of medicine that developed over generations of people observing how people get sick.
This is health care before the scientific method. Description: Aerial view of MCPHS
Meredith St. John: Well, NESA is the oldest
acupuncture school in the United States. We have two masters programs. The first
students study acupuncture only, Description: Acupuncture instructors in the office and teaching students Meredith St. John: and the second combine acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine, as well. About a quarter of our program is hands-on learning. We
put the students in small groups and then pairs, and they learn by actually
working on each other. They learn by palpating the acupuncture points on each
other. They learn by needling each other. They know what it feels like to receive
acupuncture treatments in their own body, in their own person, and I found that
clinical practice and teaching go extremely well together, that students
love hearing about cases, they love hearing about patients who you helped in
clinical practice. It makes the classroom very lively and very real. Description: Inside the herbal medicine dispensary Meredith St. John: Herbal medicine has always been at the heart of Chinese medicine. The dispensary is a key
educational tool, as well as a way to provide access to the herbal medications
for patients. Part of the training that we provide our students is to tell them
about opportunities for private practice after graduation. We train them in some
business skills and some marketing skills and professional issues, and we
introduce them to acupuncturists who work Description: Acupuncture instructors in the office and teaching students Meredith St. John: in a variety of settings so they’ll know
what they want for their own practice when they’re ready. Dr. Caroline Zeind, PharmD, RPh
Professor and Associate Provost
Chief Academic Officer-Worcester/Manchester Dr. Caroline Zeind: It really is a collaboration between Eastern and Western medicine approaches,
and I think when you look at health care and the future of healthcare, it is going
to really look at the holistic needs of patient care.
This really is part of the vision of MCPHS University as a global leader in healthcare education Meredith St. John: This is acupuncture in the University in a state-of-the-art facility. We couldn’t be more proud of the opportunity that
has been provided here for students to study acupuncture. Description: Aerial view of MCPHS Description: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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