After many adventures in the first 6 months after graduation from acupuncture school, I wrote about my experiences and received great feedback and interest. There seems to be a lot of new graduates out there curious about how it goes in the early days of practice. Here is my current update after more than a year out of school, I hope all new acupuncturists continue to find inspiration to follow your goals.
Accomplishments in 2017
- Successfully making my living entirely from acupuncture clinical work and teaching workshops.
- Gaining invaluable experience seeing up to 30 patients a week at an established acupuncture clinic.
- Providing continuing education at massage schools in Portland, Olympia, and Tacoma.
- Expanding teaching curriculum to include classes in ethics, communication, and business practices.
- Working on the acupuncture in hospice project:
- Developing acupuncture protocols and education for Assured Hospice in Olympia to bring acupuncture to their patients.
- Held my first Death Cafe, an informal gathering of people interested in taking a look at death, dying, and what that means for living in the now.
- Connecting with state and national hospice and palliative care organizations.
- Completed a basic level of training as a Death Doula to deepen my work with end of life care.
- Keeping this website updated to reflect all my projects: clinical work, blog articles, acupuncture & hospice, and workshops.
- Continue clinical practice, stay in the game!
- Work to improve patient care through my own continuing education and mentorships.
- Provide acupuncture to patients in hospice and palliative care.
- Create positions, protocols, and trainings for acupuncturists in hospice and palliative medicine.
- Create more workshops for massage therapists, and eventually provide NCCAOM continuing education for acupuncturists.