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My name is Scott Whitfield and I have been employed by a major San Francisco Bay Area hospital as an acupuncturist since 2007. I am passionate about advancing the status of our acupuncture profession. I believe that one great way to achieve this is to help more acupuncturists get employed by hospitals. I think that educating acupuncturists, medical doctors, and hospital administrators and staff is an essential and exciting task in achieving this goal.
We are currently experiencing new territory in the way that health care is delivered America. There is a lot of uncertainty about the changes that may occur as a result of the Affordable Healthcare Act (colloquially known as “Obamacare”) and its repercussions. The demand for safe, effective and cost-effective medical modalities is on the rise and I would argue that professional acupuncture is not only one of those modality but an excellent one as well. Consumers have already submitted their vote of confidence using their pocketbooks. To me, this is a sign that the general population is beginning to embrace acupuncture as a viable alternative to more invasive therapies.
From my current viewpoint, hospital positions for acupuncturists are still rare, so there is always room for expansion. The competition for posted new positions is fierce. I very much hope to see a growing trend toward more hospitals starting acupuncture clinics where none existed before. The hospital I work for has made it a company policy to offer in-house acupuncture service in some markets. Other hospital systems find themselves in a position which they must logically compete by making similar offerings.
I want to help more acupuncturists get hired into hospital positions. I know I can help them strategize their productivity and longevity in these positions. Additionally, I want to help acupuncturists forge their way into hospitals that don’t currently have acupuncture programs. Furthermore, I would like to help those responsible for hiring acupuncturists into the hospital setting with the facts and unique experience they could use to help create sustainable acupuncture practices in underserved markets.
Life is Looking Up
My life has changed completely since getting hired as a hospital acupuncturist. One of the not-insignificant results was that the overhead costs of practicing acupuncture have vanished for me. Another is that when I leave work in the evening, I leave my work at work since there is no need to take it home with me. I work no more than 40 hours per week and enjoy lots of free time to spend time with my family and pursue my hobbies and personal interests.
I earn a very respectable income and I enjoy a generous compensation package. I feel so comfortably far away from lay-offs and downsizing that I don’t lose sleep over it. I enjoy a great deal of autonomy in my job and am given an opportunity to practice acupuncture the best way I can. My acupuncture practice is stable, sustainable and rewarding. I know that I will receive a paycheck every two weeks, regardless of how many patients get seen.
I enjoy a great deal of respect from patients and co-workers alike in my position at the hospital. I am glad that I have an opportunity to touch so many lives in my work. Other acupuncture departments within our company have sought me out to learn what it is I do to achieve such good service ratings. My employers consider good service a must in the delivery of medical care and request feedback on the service they provide to patients. At the time of this writing, my single-practitioner department was the highest-ranked of 13 acupuncture departments in my region. Recently, for seven of eight quarters I was top in the region in service rankings. Other acupuncture departments came close and also do well in their own right.
When I was hired by the hospital I now work for, many of my acupuncture colleagues started asking me for advice on how they could get hired into a hospital as an acupuncturist. I have thought about this a great deal and have consistently shared my best insights with my clients. They used these strategies and learnings and subsequently got hired by hospitals (see the Testimonials page). I’d like to think that in at least some way, your success is my success too.
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Potential Benefits to Licensed Acupuncturists:
- Understand what it means to get hired and stay employed at a hospital as an acupuncturist
- Receive personalized approaches to maximize your job-seeking efforts
- Learn where to locate job postings for hospitals that employ acupuncturists
- Vicariously learn from the mistakes that I and others have made along the way
- Learn how to prepare for interviews and create a lasting impression
- Find out what hospitals are looking for in an acupuncture provider
- Discover the things that could prevent you from being hired by a hospital
- Learn how to stand out in a crowd of hundreds of applicants and gain an edge
- Receive succinct and relevant information delivered to you the fastest ways possible
- Discover which clinical, business and marketing skills are needed on the job
- Why you may or may not wish to pursue a career as a hospital-employed acupuncturist
- How to assess clinical results and set up your patients for maximum success
- Achieve increased confidence in yourself and master the interview process
Potential Benefits to Medical Doctors and Hospital Administrators in charge of hiring:
- Learn about acupuncture services that other hospitals already have in place
- Mitigate medical and legal risk
- Conduct a study of the state-of-the-art in acupuncture hospital practices
- Create a business model that shows a net savings to your hospital by implementing acupuncture service
- Know what federal, state and local regulations apply to the practice of acupuncture
- Learn what best practices have already been created by hospital acupuncture departments
- Discover the quality and skills required for successful acupuncture providers in the hospital setting
- Receive comprehensive, start-to-finish practice startup strategies
- Learn how to speak to your colleagues regarding the practice of acupuncture
Potential Benefits to Students of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
- Learn the prerequisites to working for a hospital as an acupuncturist
- Know how much education you will need as an entry-level acupuncturist in a hospital
- Understand the hospital model of acupuncture practice well enough to know confidently whether it is something right for you, or not
- Learn how to optimize your studies to create more opportunities in the hospital setting
- Receive reading suggestions and other valuable resources
I very much look forward to working and sharing ideas with you.