We invite graduates of past Medical Acupuncture for Physicians courses to join an upcoming class as a "Returning Warrior." Physicians who have completed the MAFP course within the past two years may take any or all of the five-day clinical units. If more than two years have passed, graduates are required to register for all three live units. Benefits of repeating the clinical units include:
- Honing acupuncture skills that may have ebbed during a period of lapsed acupuncture practice;
- Discovering deeper skills and understanding than you were able to achieve during the first time through;
- Benefiting from improvements in the clinical sessions that have occurred since first taking the course;
- Selecting and absorbing the video material without the pressure of having to learn the complete curriculum from scratch on a tight deadline.
The format at each of the clinical sessions has been revised to cover these techniques:
- Auricular acupuncture including the Auricular Trauma Protocol and Battlefield Acupuncture
- Surface and myofascial techniques for treating musculoskeletal pain
- Gua Sha (scraping)
Clinical Unit 1:
- Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS)
- Energy circulation through the principal meridians
- Microsystem diagnosis
- Deep needling and periosteal techniques (Pain Management pathway)
- Energetics, Five Phases, and Triangular Equilibration (Primary Care pathway)
Clinical Unit 2:
- Periosteal stimulation (both pathways)
- PENS elaborations (customization of PENS treatments)
- General medical applications of acupuncture
- Five Phases treatments
- Energetic balancing treatments
- Needling proficiency (learn to needle challenging points)
Returning Warriors have access to the basic course videos for the clinical units and current course handouts. They are responsible for obtaining books and updated manuals, as necessary, as these items are not included in the course tuition. Returning Warriors are expected to complete the same homework assignments as the regular students in order to receive credit for home study.
Returning Warriors often select the pathway (Primary Care or Pain Management) that they didn't study the first time through the MAFP course. However you have the opportunity to review material for both pathways. Here are some testimonials from doctors who benefited from the Returning Warrior program at different points in their acupuncture study and practice:
I didn't prepare well for my pain clinical unit. When I realized what a career-changing program this could be, I worked my tail off for the primary care unit. I'm glad I did, because now I feel ready to use acupuncture seriously.
William Tronolone, M.D., Morristown, New Jersey
The Following Season
My follow-up course gave me the opportunity to ask more directed and clinically relevant questions. Surely I must have heard the pearls and nuances the first time through, but I don't remember it!
Richard Hays, M.D., Phoenix, Arizona
After the pain course I was able to follow and understand the thought processes of setting up an acupuncture treatment regimen, but this was a slow and hesitant process. Early after the start of the second course something clicked: The creation of a treatment plan was no longer hard labor. It became an exhilarating, playful experience.
Froukje Beynen, M.D., Fountain Hills, Arizona
My experience of an additional clinical unit was positive due to the gentle guidance of all the instructors. At no time was I made to feel inadequate or uncomfortable. Several actually pulled me aside to offer words of encouragement or suggest clinical pearls.
Estelle Whitney, M.D., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Several Years Later
I took the clinical unit a second time because I didn't feel that I had prepared adequately when I took the pain module. I had already discovered that I wanted to know more than the pain management applications. Being extra motivated after the first module, the studying for the second was much easier and I retained so much more of the material. I have a lot of fun with acupuncture and my patients love it.
Cindy Romero, M.D., Santa Rosa, California
Following completion of my first clinical unit I felt well prepared - although somewhat insecure - to begin my clinical medical acupuncture practice. After two years I began to wonder if I was still doing it right or if I could do it better. I felt there were patients and treatments that remained confusing.
I was happy to find out that repeating a clinical unit more than met my goal. I was able to refine both my palpation and needling skills, and added a level of sophistication to my understanding of the treatment protocols. I also began to use the energetic treatments I had previously avoided.
Jeff Draisin, M.D., San Francisco, California
- The fee to attend the Introductory Session is $2000.
- The fee to attend Clinical Unit 1 OR Clinical Unit 2 is $2000 (125 credit hours per unit).
- The fee to attend all three clinical units is $5500 IF tuition is paid in full by 5 April 2017.
Graduates prior to May 2015 must take all three clinical units. Graduates from May 2015 and later may select which clinical units they wish to attend.
To request a position in a current or future course, please download and fill out the application form below.