Are you a struggling acupuncturist trying to make ends meet in a private practice? Does working as an acupuncturist in a hospital setting seem like an ideal scenario for you? If so, please keep reading.
Discover the inside information you need to know to get hired and stay employed at a hospital as a licensed acupuncturist.
My name is Dr. Scott Whitfield, L.Ac., D.A.O.M. and I am passionate about advancing the status of the acupuncture profession. I am lucky enough to have been employed by Kaiser Permanente as an acupuncturist for nearly 9 years. I helped to start the department in 2007 and I’ve learned a lot. I can help other practitioners with information and insight into landing acupuncture hospital jobs. I have taken it upon myself to educate acupuncturists, medical doctors, and hospital administrators toward mutually beneficial outcomes.
The information and experience I possess can help you strategize and customize your approach to getting hired into hospital positions. I can help you achieve productivity and longevity in these positions. If you are responsible for hiring acupuncturists into the hospital setting, let’s talk and work together to create sustainable acupuncture practices in underserved markets.
Hospital positions for acupuncturists are still rare and competition for new positions is fierce. The hospital I worked for has made it a company policy to offer in-house acupuncture service. Other hospital systems find themselves in a position which they must logically compete by making similar offerings. Unfortunately, the majority of hospital systems still do not employ acupuncturists.
Below are a few testimonials from clients who have benefited from my expertise:
Words are limiting when it comes to me expressing my gratitude to Scott Whitfield, and his knowledge on what it takes to get hired as an acupuncturist by a large HMO organization. As an acupuncturist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, the competition is steep, and with the advice and guidance from Scott, I was able to land a job as an acupuncturist at Kaiser Permanente. Knowing that he had the inside scoop of what it takes to get a job of this magnitude, I called on him for some advice on how to go about getting into a major organization such as Kaiser Permanente. Using what he had done himself as a template for a job I was striving for, I was able to interview effectively, and present myself in a way that shined above the other applicants to ultimately get a job offer. Beyond Scott’s wealth of information when it comes to integrating as an acupuncturist into the mainstream HMOs, his willingness and ability to share what he knows is truly invaluable. I am so grateful that I took Scott’s advice, and that he was willing to share it with me.Ramesh Kannan, L.Ac.
Scott understands what the acupuncturist’s role is in the constantly evolving integrative medicine arena, and specifically in HMOs. He can provide very valuable insight for Acupuncturists seeking to navigate a seemingly foreign landscape. He is also incredibly generous in his willingness to share his experience and time to help colleagues advance their careers. A few years out of acupuncture school, I was offered a position at a large HMO and was thrilled to start work there. However, I was unfortunately not able to take the position because of being pregnant (and not being able to get a necessary vaccine required for health workers in direct contact with the public). A few years later, there was an opening in the same department – I applied and was contacted for another interview. I was very excited but very nervous, and feeling at a disadvantage. I had been on an extended maternity leave for a few years, working only limited hours in a home-based practice, and worried that I had lost my competitive edge. The field seemed to have gotten even more competitive in those few years and it was difficult to just pick up where I left off. I contacted Scott and he reminded me of my strengths, and helped me to understand how I would best fit into the HMO. With Scott’s help, I was able to prepare appropriately for the interview, relax enough to present my best self, and ultimately land the position. I am so glad that I sought out Scott’s insight. For acupuncturists who are seriously looking to work with HMOs, I can’t stress strongly enough how valuable Scott’s guidance would be.Lara McQuade, L.Ac.
When I applied to a large Bay area HMO, there were 60 acupuncture applicants. Previously in our Doctorate Program, I learned that Scott Whitfield was successfully doing acupuncture in this system. He shared his unique protocol, techniques, evaluation, treatments, and research to our class. I was very impressed with his organization, skill, thought, and efficiency with his treatments and integration of acupuncture into this Western Medical System. The treatments seemed very comprehensive and he seemed like he was having a good time treating many patients. Scott was the 1st person I thought of when I considered getting this position. Actually, I called Scott before I even know there was going to be a position available to get some advice on how to “get in.” I just wanted to do what he was doing. Scott Whitfield’s advice was invaluable to me. As someone working in the system, he was able to advise me on the inside scoop, what they were looking for in a staff acupuncturist, and how to present myself. I eventually worked in the system for 5 months covering someone’s maternity leave, and I loved the whole experience. The Western structure of having Medical Assistants, comprehensive computer access to patient’s care, as well as communication to MDs was top-notch. As an acupuncturist in the Western system, I felt very supported and accepted and had so much freedom to do great acupuncture. Thank you Scott.Lisa Yee, L.Ac.
I’m truly grateful for your thoughtful guidance and unique insight for acupuncturists passionate about obtaining a position in a hospital setting. Your recommendations to improve my resume and cover letter were spot on! Your awareness of the mistakes acupuncturist’s tend to make exceeded my expectations. I appreciate your time and outstanding preparations before meeting. I’m sure I will make use of your invaluable assistance again when I’m invited for an interview in the near future.Jennifer Henderson, L.Ac.