Are you a licensed acupuncturist who is tired of struggling to make ends meet in your private practice? Do you work more than 40-hours per week and feel as if you have no life? Have you ever considered working as an acupuncturist in a hospital setting?
Dear Friend & Colleague,
I bet you have struggled since your graduation from acupuncture school. That was certainly the case for me. Times are tough for private practitioners in a world where acupuncture and Chinese medicine is not yet fully embraced by the societies in which it is practiced. The U.S. Government is just beginning to look at including acupuncture as an “official” medical therapy but at present, acupuncture is NOT covered by Medicare. In other words, our profession has far to go to make significant in-roads into the American medical system.
Many patients I speak with have to prioritize their finances over their health status. It is difficult to prioritize acupuncture treatments when there are so many other expenses in life to deal with. It seems like every one is cutting out what they consider to be inessentials rather than focusing on what is best for their health. When I was starting out, I tried to start my acupuncture practice on a shoestring. For years I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it as an acupuncturist.
The problem our profession faces is compounded by the fact that we do not receive a lot of business training in school. Many of us have to learn the business of running a clinic on the fly. This kind of learning leads to costly and time-consuming mistakes. There are serious risks involved with starting a private practice in acupuncture, the greatest of which is the fact that much of your time will be consumed by running that practice. To succeed, one must make time for marketing, insurance billing, charting, bookkeeping, shipping & receiving, laundry, inventory, answering telephone calls, answering e-mail from clients and prospectives, physical space management and certainly other random duties which seem to crop up at the least convenient times. When I was in private practice myself, I was working 6-7 days per week and working a full-time “day job” to enable me continue paying my bills. The discouraging part was that I was earning less money than I ever had in my entire professional career.
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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 [a major Bay Area HMO]. 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 [the HMO I now work for]. 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 K., 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 M., 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 Y., OTR/L, CHT, L.Ac., DAOM
My name is Scott Whitfield. I have spent the last five years employed by a major San Francisco Bay Area hospital as an Acupuncturist. The overhead costs of practicing acupuncture for me have completely vanished as a result. 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 my compensation package includes medical, dental and life insurance, a 401K retirement fund, 4 weeks of paid vacation per year, education leave and extended sick leave accrual, and more. I have a position that is stable in the recession-proof industry of health care. As a physician-level employee, I am safe from lay-offs and downsizing. I enjoy a great deal of autonomy as an acupuncture practitioner and I don’t have to get my treatment protocols approved by anyone before I deliver them to my patients. Most importantly, my acupuncture practice is sustainable. I know that I will receive a paycheck every two weeks, regardless of how many patients get treated in my clinic.
Other acupuncture departments within our company actually seek me out to learn what it is I do to achieve such good service ratings by my patients. At the time of this writing, my single-practitioner department has the highest rank of 13 acupuncture departments in the Northern California region. My employers consider good service a must in the delivery of medical care and send out questionnaires to patients all the time. The purpose of the questionnaire is to give the patient a chance to rate their health care providers on the service they provided to them. For two straight years I was “Top Dog” in service ranking and no other acupuncture department in Northern California could beat my service ratings.
I can help you achieve the same results or better!
Hospital positions for Acupuncturists are still rare. The competition for jobs when they are posted is fierce. The good news is that there is a trend of more and more hospitals starting acupuncture clinics from the ground-up. The hospital I work for has made it a company policy to offer in-house acupuncture service in certain regions within it operates. Other hospitals must attempt to compete by making similar offerings.
When I got hired by the hospital I now work for, many of my colleagues started asking me for advice on how they could follow in my footsteps. I have shared with them some the secrets and inside information that has lead to their subsequent hire by a hospital. I have now decided that it is time bring this information to a much wider audience. I want to help more acupuncturists get hired into hospital positions. I want to help them strategize their longevity in these positions. Additionally I want to help acupuncturists forge their way into hospitals that don’t currently have acupuncture programs.
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If you are ready to go after a hospital position, the free information on this blog will help you. I will be sharing some real pearls of wisdom here which you will be able to use immediately in pursuit of your goals. Because I want to see more acupuncturists working in the hospital setting, mush of this information will be available to you at no cost by clicking on the button, above.
The benefit of having a professional to talk to in this matter cannot be overstated. When I was first applying for the job I ultimately landed, I sought out colleagues and asked as many questions as I could think of. I asked my professors too, as some of them had experience with the very hospital system I was hoping to work for. This invaluable guidance helped to set the stage for a successful application to the job. I was better prepared for my series of interviews and learned hoes to confidently negotiate my job offer. The information I received from those insiders was invaluable and I doubt that I would be where I am today without that help.
I’ll admit that in most industries, about 80% of all positions are filled by having a personal connection to someone in a position similar to the one you want or at least within the same company. However there are other nuances to getting hired as an acupuncturist for a hospital which are not so intuitive.
Some of you may be already committed to the idea of working for a hospital and are looking for more effective ways to secure a position. I can help to get you on the fast track to success. I am offering coaching sessions for those who wish to greatly improve their odds of landing a position within a hospital as an acupuncturist. I offer telephone, Skype or FaceTime consultations at 30-minute and 60-minute intervals.
If you feel very confident that you can negotiate your application and interviews with a minimal of assistance, I would still encourage you to invest in the 30-minute consultation so you can get your burning questions answered and so I can provide you with some quick pointers that could greatly increase you chance of success. If you have more questions or need more detailed answers, then my 60-minute consultation is a good place to start. Of course, there is no guarantee of results but I am confident that I can help you as my track record of helping others get hired into acupuncture hospital jobs is proven.
Here’ what you’ll get by hiring me as your professional coach:
- Insider information about what it means to get hired and stay employed at a hospital as an acupuncturist
- Learn where to locate job postings for hospitals that employ acupuncturists
- Learn the mistakes I have made along the way and how to avoid them
- Learn how to prepare for an interview that will 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 the ultimate edge
- 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
- Increased confidence in yourself (an invaluable asset during interviews)
… and so much more! To schedule a one-on-one coaching session, click on the button below. I look forward to serving you and to your future success in a acupuncture hospital job!
Dr. Scott Whitfield, DAOM, L.Ac.
Half-hour telephone, Skype or FaceTime consultation and brainstorming session. This is designed to get you started quickly and to provide you with inside information to give you the extra edge you’ll need in the very competitive arena of acupuncture hospital jobs.
One-hour telephone, Skype or FaceTime consultation and brainstorming session. This is designed to get you started quickly and to provide you with inside information to give you the extra edge you’ll need in the very competitive arena of acupuncture hospital jobs.