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Care and Management of Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
Advanced Clinic Practice in Specialty
Inquiry Curriculum
Professionalism and Leadership Curriculum

Care and Management of Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena

SP 6010        Biomedical Mechanisms and Pathophysiology of Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
24/0/0/2        Co-req: SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This is an advanced course of in-depth study into the biomedicalfoundations of the anatomy, physiology, and mechanisms of pain pathways and the etiology and pathology involved in acute and chronic pain. Pain classifications will be covered in order of frequency, including neural, musculoskeletal, rheumatic, oncologic, reproductive, vascular system, viscera, etc. Interwoven into this study and crucial to clinical care will be theories of somaticized pain, stress as a modulator, and the psychosocial phenomena that precede, coincide with, and result from pain. Current management therapies will be reviewed including pharmaceuticals, and agents of physical medicine.

SP 6011        Clinical Assessment in TCM Practice
36/0/0/3        Co-req: SP6010, SP6020, SP6021

This course reviews basic assessments for diagnosis, treatment, andoutcome analysis of pain and related psychosocial phenomena from biomedical and complementary medical perspectives. This course will also explore advanced and alternative assessments and provide practice in a wide variety of techniques, such as pain and psychological questionnaires, muscle testing, range of motion measurements, neurological testing and diagnostics, advanced pulse diagnosis, posture diagnostics, identifiers of somatization, as well as using the results of numerous diagnostic tests such as ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs. In addition, learners will look at common interventions from other medical modalities such as pharmacology, physical therapy, surgery, chiropractic manipulation, McKenzie techniques, and more.

SP 6020        TCM Classics and Advanced TCM Theory on Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
24/0/0/2        Co-req: SP6010, SP6011, SP6021

This advanced foundation in TCM history, theory and classics will explore in-depth acupuncture and herbal theories and strategies, including etiology, pathology, diagnosis, and differentiation, from classics such as the Huang Di Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classics), the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Induced Diseases), Jin Gui Yao Lue (Golden Chamber), and Zhen Jiu Da Cheng (The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion), and other ancient classics, as well as additional advancements cultivated throughout the centuries on pain and associated psychosocial phenomena.

SP 6021        Advanced TCM Techniques for Treatment of Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
36/0/0/3        Co-req: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020,

This advanced inquiry into and practice of techniques for the treatment of pain and related psychosocial phenomena will include demonstrations and practice in acupuncture, moxibustion, advanced electro-therapies, cupping, techniques from the Neijing and other classics, topical applications, TCM herbal applications, physical agents, microsystem acupuncture, tuina, mind-body therapies and exercises, and diet. Other techniques will be explored such as point injections, laser therapy, bleeding therapy, xiao zhen dao, biofeedback, meditation, and relaxation.

SP 7010        Pain from Musculoskeletal Disorders and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
36/0/0/3        Co-req: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course will take an advanced in-depth exploration of pain from acute injuries and trauma, as well as from chronic musculoskeletal and auto-immune disorders, and effective treatment strategies. In addition, the psychosocial impact of chronic pain disorders and disabilities on patients and their families and common coping mechanisms will be explored. Pain may result from sports injuries, automobile or occupational accidents, surgery, or amputations as well as from chronic inflammatory conditions of the musculoskeletal system and from auto-immune disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system. Chronic disorders will include osteo-arthritis, degenerative bone diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and systemic lupus. The primary focus will be on injury to joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and myo-fascial tissues. A secondary focus will include acute injuries to integumentary, neurologic, and vascular systems, and to the viscera. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7011        Pain from Neurologic and Psychosocial Disorders
24/0/0/2        Co-req: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course is an advanced in-depth exploration of pain that results from neurologic disorders and associated psychosocial phenomena, and effective treatment strategies for cluster headache and migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, neuralgia in cervical spondylosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, shoulder hand syndrome, sciatica, phantom limb pain and reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. Care and management of pain and mental disorders, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies (including body acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, skin acupuncture, three-edge needle acupuncture,  electric acupuncture, moxibustion), effective collaborations (for point injection), and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

701               Eco-Psycho-Social Pain
36/0/0/3        Co-req: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course takes on an advanced in-depth exploration of somatoform disorders, psychosomatic disorders, and somaticized pain that results from psychosocial disorders, and effective treatment strategies. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated. This course explores the continua of pain disorders that scale between psyche and soma, internal and external and the impact of shock on the various biological systems whether that shock be physical, psychosocial or ecological.

SP 7013        Pain from Oncologic Disorders, Associated Psychosocial Phenomena and Palliative Care
24/0/0/2        Prereq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course will take an in-depth exploration of pain and psychosocial disorders resulting from oncologic disorders, effective treatment strategies, and palliative care. This course will look at pain from malignant neoplastic growth and from biomedical treatment therapies such as surgery, radiation, and pharmaceutical agents, as well as the psychosocial impact of cancer diagnoses and the treatments on patients and their families. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7014        Gynecologic and Pelvic Pain and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena  
24/0/0/2        Prereq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course will make an advanced inquiry into pain that results from gynecological and other pelvic disorders, and effective treatment strategies. Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, vulvovaginitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, cystitis, gastroenteritis, and other pelvic disorders causing pain will be reviewed in detail, as well as the psychowsocial impact of acute and chronic pain. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7015        Pain of the Viscera and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
12/0/0/1        Prereq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course will look at pain that results from disorders of viscera in the chest and abdomen, and effective treatment strategies. Disorders causing pain from gastrointestinal, pulmonary, cardiac, hepatic, pancreatic, splenic and renal systems will be covered, as well as the psychosocial impact of acute and chronic visceral pain. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7016        Pain from Vascular and Lymphatic Disorders and  Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
12/0/0/1        Prereq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

Pain that results from disorders of vascular and lymphatic systems will be explored in-depth along with effective treatment strategies. Disorders covered will include peripheral artery disease, aneurysm, renal artery disease, and vascular headaches among others. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 7017        Pain from Dermatologic and Sensory Organ Disorders and Associated Psychosocial Phenomena
12/0/0/1        Prereq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course reviews pain that results from disorders of the sensory organs and integumentary system and provides advanced treatment strategies. Disorders covered will include dermatomyositis, herpes zoster, glaucoma, iridocyclitis, sinusitis, otitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, toothache, and herpetic stomatitis. Care and management of pain and mental and emotional health, the mechanisms of various treatment therapies, effective collaborations, and the emerging theories and knowledge about TCM treatments from scientific research will be critically evaluated.

SP 6031        Case Management in Specialty Practice
24/0/0/2        Prereq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course is designed to deepen concepts of case management from general practice to specialty practice. Focusing on the unique needs of patients and their cultural and individual beliefs regarding their condition as well as about health, illness, and treatment, course content will include case management processes, patient-centered plans of care, recordkeeping, ethical practice, and inquiry skills in the clinical practice arena. In addition, emphasis will be placed on use of collaborative relationships within the healthcare community to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

SP 6035        Specialty Practice Management
24/0/0/2        Prereq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course is designed to build upon general practice management skills by focusing on those specific to the management of a practice in a clinical specialty. Course content includes electronic medical recordkeeping, strategies for creating economic and professional success, and ethical concepts related to practice management processes and practices. Students will be required to establish professional collaborations within other healthcare fields pertaining to the specialty to create externship opportunities (MD, DO, DC, PT, PhD, hospitals, university research departments, etc.). 

Advanced Clinic Practice in Specialty

SPI 8010      Internship
0/0/408/17    Coreq: SP6010, SP6011, SP6020, SP6021

This course consists of 17 credit hours (408 clock hours) of on-site practice at AOMA clinics and collaborative partnerships. The course focuses on the practical application of advanced clinical skills to the problems and needs of patients experiencing pain and associated psychosocial disorders and further development of knowledge and skill in relation to collaboration, consultation, and scholarly inquiry to support expertise in pain and psychosocial care. Clinical practice begins in the second week of residence in the doctoral program and continues throughout the course of studies to provide direct, immediate application of theory and techniques.

SPE 8030     Externship
0/0/252/7      Prereq: SP6031, SP6035

In the second half of the doctoral program after completing the specialty practice management and case management courses, each student will present their externship plan for approval. The plan must include a variety of locations, practitioners, and medical modalities in direct connection to the specialty that provides depth and breadth of exposure and collaboration within the community where the student currently practices. Practitioners who provide the learning experience for the candidates must be at a doctoral level or have a terminal degree within their field. Sites may include, but are not limited to, pain management clinics, community clinics, private practices, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living or nursing homes, and cancer hospitals.

Inquiry Curriculum

INQ 5011     Paradigms of Inquiry
24/0/0/2       

This course is used to explore paradigms of inquiry such that the learner is informed of the assumptions underlying their focus. The use of the words paradigm or worldview to describe an approach to defining reality has become commonplace since Kuhn published “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” in 1962. Guba and Lincoln (1994) identify positivism, post-positivism, critical theory and constructivism as the major paradigms that frame research. Questions relative to quantitative and qualitative inquiry are explored within this course. As learners develop their inquiry questions for their capstone project, the literature review section of their proposal is approved.

INQ 5012     Quantitative & Qualitative Assessment
24/0/0/2        Co-req: SP5011

This course focuses upon the theory and essential statistical methods pertinent to quantitative & qualitative research design. The work is focused from a positivist and post-positivist world view such that the learner understands the cognitive and political implications of each form of inquiry. Each learner will identify the appropriate statistical methods for the research question. For those who are focusing upon qualitative research, this will be additional to their proposal. This class will be used to develop the hypothesis and specific aims and construct the methods section of the proposal, using the appropriate quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.

INQ 5013     Methods of Inquiry and Research Design
24/0/0/2        Prereq: SP5011; Co-req SP5012

Learners weave the previous two courses together into a proposal for the research project. Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods may be used as appropriate to the inquiry. Strengths and weaknesses of each method are considered in the context of the developing research proposal. The research proposal is completed in this course and the research proposal is submitted for doctoral study committee and institutional review board (IRB) approval.

INQ 8080 Research Project
60/0/0/5        Prereq: SP5011, SP5012, SP5013, faculty approval

After completing the INQ 5013 course, and obtaining doctoral study committee and IRB approval of the research proposal, learners conduct the research project, working alone or in teams, while overseen by assigned faculty research advisors. Completed research projects must be submitted to the DAOM doctoral study committee for acceptance, presented in a poster session, and written for peer-review publication submission.

Professionalism and Leadership Curriculum

PLD 7810     Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership 1
6/0/0/3    

One leads from the self. This course approaches leadership from the viewpoint of radical constructivism – that we create our realities. Professionalism and ethics are woven into a framework for understanding leadership from the viewpoints of self, other and the collective. These three features are explored in terms of the past, the present and the future. Distinctions between management and leadership are explored as well as power dynamics and culture. This is the first section in a two-part series that is designed to develop the practitioner in their role with society, their patient and themselves. The common thread through both sections will include broadening concepts of leadership pertaining to the role of health care professional as leader. Content will include roles and functions of the health care professional as leader, strategies for identifying and assuming the leadership role at various levels, key organizations in AOM and health care, and ethical principles applied to AOM and health care leadership.

PLD 7811     Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership 2
36/0/0/3        Prereq: PLD 7810

This course is the second section in a two-part series that is designed to develop the practitioner in their role with society, their patient and themselves. It builds upon the content of the first section, Professionalism, Ethics and Leadership I. In this section, the competencies related to self and other in the context of culture and change are explored more deeply. Learners will employ assessment as a tool for transformation at in the individual and collective levels. This section focuses on strategic planning and negotiation as an art of transformational leadership.

PLD 6810     Teaching and Learning
36/0/0/3

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for the teacher-roleexpectations inherent in advanced practitioners. This course focuses instruction in the health professions including curriculum design, essential elements of instructional objectives, teaching methods and assessment techniques related to objectives, and instruction for groups of varying sizes and backgrounds. Specific skills include creating objectives, designing teaching sessions and incorporating active learner-based teaching techniques, delivering a presentation, developing learner and course assessments, supervising and teaching in clinical settings, incorporating technological tools, and providing patient-centered education to patients.