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Find Your Trail Guides: The Hospital-practice Handbook Project Learning Opportunities Directory

Megan Gale

updated 9.25.2019

This directory came out of feedback from the “How do I get my Foot in the Door of Hospital Practice” blogpost series that posted spring and summer 2018. The 3 main stepping stones in that series are: nonclinical volunteer work, shadowing, and cultivating mentor-relationships. The series was re-written into a booklet, Get Your Foot in the Door: First Steps for the Acupuncturist or Integrative Health Student Interested in Hospital-Based Practice; go to this page to order it and here to order the companion workbook that walks you through the exercises laid out in the booklet.

If you are a new hospital employee, I recommend you sign up for the upcoming (summer or fall 2019) audiovisual resource "Basics of Being An Employee in a Healthcare System".

Learn more about what qualifies as an entry for the directory in this post. Go to this Link to add your resource to the directory

Links for the websites mentioned:   Aurora Acupuncture Program   University Hospitals  Integrative Health program    Evidence-based Acupuncture   Claudia Citkovitz’s  hospital-based learning programs

Links for the websites mentioned:

Aurora Acupuncture Program

University Hospitals Integrative Health program

Evidence-based Acupuncture

Claudia Citkovitz’s hospital-based learning programs

  1. Facility/Program: Acupuncture Program at Advocate Aurora Health System. Learn more about the program in this post. Greater Milwaukee area, Wisconsin.

    1. What is available: shadowing opportunities

    2. point of contact: Dr. John Burns.

  2. Facility/Program: University Hospitals, Connor Integrative Health Program. Cleveland, Ohio. Program website info here.

    1. What is available: virtual mentorship

    2. point of contact: Christine Kaiser.

  3. Program: Evidence-based Acupuncture. online community project specific to working with published research in the field.

    1. What is available: volunteer work

    2. point of contact: Mel Hopper Koppleman at this webpage

  4. Program: Claudia Citkovitz’s program at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. Brooklyn, NY.

    1. what is available:

      1. continuing education courses on inpatient care and related skills

      2. clinical intensives (3-4 days) in stroke/rehab, labor and delivery, and more

      3. clinical observation, offered weekly

      4. long-term mentorship opportunities for inpatient work

    2. point of contact: Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, at

Creating a Resource for Workers' Comp Pilot Participants

Megan Gale

keywords:  projects, resources, workers' comp, return-to-work model, documentation standards

So, Indiegogo requires me to post monthly updates.  If you didn't follow the spring campaign you can check it and learn more about our project lists and related projected budgets (per project) here.

The last few months I have been creating a Documentation Toolkit as a resource for my fellow WA state EAMP colleagues.  This is intended as a supplement resource for practitioners enrolled in the new WA State L&I Acupuncture Pilot.  It is a work-in-progress and I will link to the course when it is more refined.

However, there are some outgoing expenses for the worker's comp Practitioner resource.  If you are interested in supporting this specific project, you can donate to WEAMA, the nonprofit state professional organization that has been spearheading this work the last 5+ years.  To donate, please go to the WEAMA webpage and tag "for Megan's L&I Resource" in the comments section of your online donation.  Donations to WEAMA are tax-deductible.

Here is the update I posted on the Indiegogo page:

Happy Autumn!  Our family is still here in the Pacific Northwest.  Military family life is about "making plans and then making plans again and then going back to plan A or C" someone probably once said.

We are enjoying the cool weather and the transition back to school for my oldest. 

In my last post, I mentioned my volunteer professional work with creating supportive materials for L&I Pilot Project participants was taking up a significant portion of my time.  The work has continued and hope to unveil the link to my first online course, "Practitioner Perspective" at the state professional association meeting (Washington East Asian Medicine Association) on Sunday, October 22nd, at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. 

The resource I created is a documentation toolkit to support Practitioners involved in the WA state Workers' Comp Acupuncture Pilot to be successful by reviewing professional documentation standards in our field, with introduction to the return-to-work/rehab model and how Acupuncturists fit into it, and resources, with examples, on how to collect a few specific functional measures. 

There are outgoing expenses associated with creating this Resource. If you know someone, a professional, or a business that would like to donate toward this specific project, donations are accepted through Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) at the donation page.  Caveat:  for the money to go toward the project, you must tag "for L&I project" in the comments field of your donation.  WEAMA is a non-profit so donations to WEAMA are tax-deductible.

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Learning about the Integrative Medicine Movement: Recommended Resources

Megan Gale

Recommended Resources "Friend of Integrative Medicine" package

original post was 5/9/2017.  This resource collection was part of a fundraiser package we had in our spring fundraiser, called "Friend of Integrative Medicine".

If you are interested in the movement of integrative medicine into mainstream medicine from at least one of these perspectives:

  • as a healthcare consumer/patient 
  • as a healthcare advocate
  • as a healthcare practitioner
  • as a healthcare administrator
  • as a philanthropist 

I recommend the following introductory resources for perusing:


  1. a copy of the book, The Bravewell Story:  how a small community of philanthropists made a big difference in healthcare by Bonnie Horrigan
  2. the DVD documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
  3. the book, The Spark in the Machine:  how the science of acupuncture explains the mysteries of Western Medicine by Daniel Keown

To purchase the above books, check our our Amazon Affiliate Store link, under the category "Friend of Integrative Medicine".
The spring fundraiser 2017 has concluded.  If you are interested in contributing to the work we are doing at the Hospital Handbook Project, go to our website.


Contribute directly to the website if you want as much of your contribution to go directly to Project costs as possible.

Thank you for supporting this work and this community!

Our Crowdfunding Campaign for 2017 has Launched!

Megan Gale

Our Crowdfunding Campaign page just launched to run until early June.  You can contribute to the 2017 Hospital Handbook Projects through this website or through the Campaign page.  See the Campaign page for details of the 2017 projects.  

This is not a 501c nonprofit organization, so contributions are not tax-deductible.

Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Megan Gale

Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of East Asian Medicine.  This journal is Medline-compliant and in the following databases:

CINAHL--a nursing profession database
EBSCO--international scholarly database

In 2016 Meridians became the official journal of the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  As such, the electronic version of the journal is offered as a free member benefit to NCCAOM Diplomates.

To view or buy current or past issues of Meridians, go to their website.
For social media updates, check out their Facebook page.

Research Literacy
Meridians has a great Resource page for Scientific Writing and Research Literacy page compiled by editor Jen Stone.
Go check out the resources available or linked to this resource page:

  • 5 Short "How to" Articles on Scientific Writing
  • How to Write a Pilot Study
  • How to Write a Good Case Report
  • CARE Case Reports:  Resources
  • How to Write a Good Abstract
  • CONSORT Transparent Reporting of Trials
  • NIH Protocol Design Templates
  • International Committee of Journal Editors
  • Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture (STRICT-A)
  • Poster Presentation Resources
  • Federal Funding Resources
  • CAM Scientific Databases
  • Research Societies