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The purpose of this unit is to have a web-based, readily accessible learning tool for medical students and residents to learn about acupuncture.

This module is also for U-M Department of Family Medicine Residents on the SMO2 rotation.

Components of the unit include: 
  • History and Background of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • A brief synopsis of anatomy and physiology from within a TCM framework
  • Several biological theories of how acupuncture works
  • Review indications and supporting literature
  • The initial evaluation steps performed by an acupuncturist
  • What patients can expect from a treatment
  • Training requirements for physician and non-physician acupuncturists
  • Reimbursement for new patient and follow up visits

  • To understand the history and background of acupuncture
  • To review the typical patient experience undergoing acupuncture treatment
  • To know common indications for acupuncture
  • To understand training requirements for physician and non-physician acupuncturists

  • To demonstrate understanding of when to refer to an acupuncturist
  • To be able to discuss with patients the process of acupuncture and what to expect from treatments

  • To express confidence in understanding the basic elements of acupuncture

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Note: This module was originally developed by U-M Department of Family Medicine integrative medicine fellow, Andrew H. Heyman, M.D., M.P.H., in 2007. It is maintained by faculty member, Tarannum A. Master-Hunter, M.D. Last reviewed: February 2018.

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