On the contrary (au contraire for our French colleagues)!
The acupuncture profession attracts individuals with high moral standards. Acupuncturists are kind, passionate health professionals who want to help people and make the world a better place.
Despite the fact that the calling to be an acupuncturist attracts caring practitioners with strong ethical mindsets, many acupuncture regulatory bodies require a minimum number of hours of continuing education in ethics to renew our acupuncture license. And for good reason: caring and kind does not always translate into safe and ethical.
It’s Ethics Week from May 5 to 11, 2013 at ProD Seminars!
Receive a 15% discount on our Ethics courses: coupon code "ethics."
So, which areas of ethics should acupuncturists concern themselves with?
Common safety and ethical concerns such as:
- Inadequate chart documentation and improper record keeping of patient visits
- Inappropriate touching and dating
- Patient and practitioner safety.
The majority of practitioners are practicing ethically and safely; regardless, those licensed with the following regulatory bodies are still required to fulfill minimum hours in ethics continuing education:
- NCCAOM - 4 hours
- British Columbia (CTCMA) - 4 hours
- Australia (AACAM)- 4 hours
- Florida (FSOMA) - 2 hours* (specifically related to prevention of medical errors)
- Texas - 1 hour.
We have made the extra effort to create ethics and safety courses that not only fulfill your continuing education requirements but also add value to your practice. Our thinking is: if you have to take a course on ethics and safety, it may as well be of great value and worth your time! We've been told we have delivered two such courses! And, until May 11, 2013, we're offering these courses at 15% off, to help you fulfill your ethics requirements. coupon code "ethics."
Here’s what practioners are saying about our ethics courses:
"Thank you for such a thoughtful and relevant course. It was an excellent way to fulfill the ethics requirement with practical clinical information." ~ Jennifer
"Interesting course. I learned a lot about charting and how to deal with difficult patients. " ~ Kristie
For those who don't need ethics hours:
Here’s a gift of 15% off Dr. John Chen’s course: Top 50 Drugs and their Herbal Alternatives. And, why this course? We're finding that practitioners can provide a huge benefit to their patients by advising on herbal counterparts to the many (too many!) drugs people are taking today. There is big demand for this, and it's your role as practitioner to learn about this and educate your patients on alternatives. To get the 15% off, just use the coupon code "ethics" by May 11.
For more on ethics, check out these FREE recordings:
- Acupuncture Journal Club: Effects of Acupuncture during Labor and Delivery - Citkovitz et al, 2009
- Acupuncture Journal Club: Acupuncture and Oxytocin -- Labor and Delivery Studies from Iran
These courses are all approved by: Australia, ABORM, Alberta, California, CTCMA, Florida, Illinois, NCCAOM, New Zealand (NZRA) and Texas and count for CEU/PDA/CPD credits.
As always, Pro D Seminars is here to help you advance your practice and advance the practice of acupuncture and TCM around the world. We look forward to your comments.