Code: FWM 800|900|X10
This three-term course sequence is intended to help students bring together information from all prior Western medicine classes. Instruction includes appropriate assessments and interventions including laboratory testing and X-ray. Results of such testing will be discussed and analyzed in class. Courses also include recognizing severe or life threatening emergencies that warrant referral to a western physician. Proper management of serious conditions that fall under “red flags” and “yellow flags” will be reviewed. Appropriate procedures for making referrals to other interdisciplinary team members such as physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists, chiropractors, naturopaths and others will be presented. The procedures for referral include determining whether the referral is to an ER or an outpatient clinic. Students will be required to derive a list of differential diagnosis, including assignment of ICD 9/10 codes. Particular emphasis will be placed on conditions commonly encountered in an acupuncture practice. Emphasis will also be placed on when to refer and how to treat patients in an integrative way with other health care providers. Students will be required to present one case study, with written analysis, as part of the course assignment. This first course will concentrate on musculoskeletal, neurological, psychiatric and dermatological conditions. The second course will attend to cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematological, gastrointestinal and autoimmune conditions. The third and final course will focus on endocrinal, gynecological, and urological conditions. Upon completion of these courses, students will have acquired the basic skills to assess cases from a biomedical perspective. Based on history, physical exam and lab findings, students will be able to arrive at a differential diagnosis, treat accordingly and know when to refer.
Completion of FWM 300/FWM 400, Pathophysiology I & II; FWM 700 Research & Medical Literature Review; and FWM 500, Lab Analysis and Imaging.