In the clinical externship, the academic and theoretical knowledge gained in the medical qigong courses gets put into practical application. The objective is for the student to become confident in diagnosing and treating patients, as well as creating and maintaining accurate clinical records.
After completing “Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatments” (P2), the student should begin treating clients and gaining clinical experience. As students gain experience and attend more advanced courses, their knowledge of medical qigong will increase as will their abilities to diagnose and treat more challenging cases.
Each program certification requires a certain number of clinical hours. These are documented hours treating clients. They do not include hours spent working on fellow students within class, or hours spent during Community Clinics, or Clinical Internship during finals week (C1, C2, or C3 programs). They can include hours spent working on fellow students after regular class hours. An important part of learning to work with clients, however, is learning to adjust and learn from new situations, new people, and new issues. So the student is strongly encouraged to treat a wide range of people while going through the program.
Previous to completing certification for MQP, MQT, MMQ, or DMQ, the student must provide copies of completed Clinic Logs (verifying clinic hours), a sample of patient histories, and case studies.
The student is expected to keep complete histories on patients, including patient histories, treatments, and prescription exercises. Samples of appropriate “Patient Intake” and “Patient History” forms are available in the Student section or Sample Forms. The forms provided meet the minimum standard for use. If you currently already use one that is more detailed, you may continue to use it.
The provided “Informed Consent” template meets the requirements for practitioners of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in California as set forth in California Senate Bill 577 (more off-site). Practitioners in other states or countries will need to research regulations within their particular jurisdiction.
For the Doctor of Medical Qigong Program, students are required to submit verification of at least 528 hours of clinical experience. This is in addition to hours already submitted for the MQP, MQT, and MMQ programs.
DMQ: 528 Hours