New York - Off-site Internships
Beth Israel Continuum Cancer Center (BICCC)
The Continuum Cancer Center’s West side campus is an outpatient facility that provides treatment for cancer patients. They care for a variety of cancer patients, but are considered a center of excellence for patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Their approach of treatment is focused not only on the best of what allopathic medicine can offer, it also focuses on the treating the patient as a whole.
Their goal is to support the patient’s well being not only through the process of treatment, but recovery as related to quality of life issues resulting from treatment. They provide a full integrative oncology program including yoga, reiki, guided imagery, hypnosis, and creative arts including music therapy and writing workshops.
The acupuncture externship will provide treatment for patient going through chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In addition, there are two research projects in progress related to the quality of life issues of xerostomia seen in our head and neck patients and hot flashes in our breast patients. Students will have the opportunity to work with cancer patients during treatment and have a better understanding of the illness of cancer.
Grand Meridian Clinic
Located in the rear of the Kamwo Herb and Tea Company, the Grand Meridian Clinic sees patients from all over the world who are visiting Chinatown. The supervisor provides interns with the opportunity to sharpen herb identification skills by presenting samples from Kamwo's extensive pharmacy. Additionally, an aspect of eastern nutrition through the preparation of soups and teas for tasting is presented along with participating in herb processing (i.e. honey-fried herbs, vacuum packing) and observing raw herb prescription filling in the extensive traditional pharmacy.
St. John’s Riverside Hospital (Yonkers)
St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Park Care Pavilion, is located (accessible by public transportation) in Westchester County. Patients from the facility’s 28-day rehab program are referred for acupuncture treatments. Students can expect to learn a tremendous amount about patients with alcohol and drug related conditions that can affect people from all aspects of our society. Students will generally see more severe conditions than are traditionally seen on campus and will be treating people at a transitional time in their lives. It is an opportunity to work in an institutional setting while remaining connected to the heart and spirit of service in relation to TCM.
Initiative for Women with Disabilities, Hospital for Joint Diseases
The IWD is a multi-disciplinary, women's center, providing medical, gynecological services, educational advocacy and social service programs. Interns will have the opportunity to introduce acupuncture to women with disabilities and chronic conditions. This is a challenging externship and interns should expect to work in a fast-paced environment, treating 3-5 patients per shift. Prospective interns should possess patience, compassion and professionalism for a unique learning experience.
Veteran’s Administration Hospital/Pain Management Center
This program is a partnership between PCOM and the VA Hospital of New York City. The goal of this program is to provide acupuncture to our returning war veterans. It is located in the very busy pain management department. Interns will work with an Integrative medical team and learn electronic charting protocols established by the Federal government. This is an incredible opportunity to help our veterans.
Housing Works - www.housingworks.org
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts.
They pride themselves on the comprehensive array of services provided to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers since 1990. They believe that providing stable housing and healthcare is the first step toward living a long and healthy life. Supportive services include housing, healthcare, meals and nutritional counseling, mental health and substance use treatment, job training, and legal assistance. Their centers are designed to provide top-quality medical and dental care in a friendly and community-based environment that include a full on-site fitness facility, creative art therapy and other meaningful group activities. This is an amazing opportunity to help those in need at their West Village Health Center.
The Fortune Society - www.fortunesociety.org
The Fortune Society, a nonprofit organization, exists to help prisoners, ex-offenders and those mandated to Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs by offering services in counseling, career development, education, advocacy, substance abuse and HIV treatment. This off-site will provide students an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, non-traditional environment while compassionately being of service to patients during a pivotal moment in their lives; the transition from incarceration back into society and those in ATI programs.
Lutheran Medical Center - Labor & Delivery Off-Site
150 55th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
* This shift is an intensive style shift. Students will be on location 12 hours/day for 5 consecutive days, attending a total of 60 clinical hours in one week.
In this unique and exciting clinical intensive, students will spend the week on LMC's busy Labor and Delivery unit, attending births using the diagnostic and treatment skills taught in Claudia Citkovitz’s Level 1 L&D class (this class is a prerequisite for this shift). Students can generally expect to see at least 4 vaginal births and as many C-sections as they want. They will experience truly integrative practice, learning the Chinese medicine implications of test results, medications given, and contraction monitor readouts. In down times between births, students will review didactic material and sharpen their assessment and Tui Na skills.
Lutheran Medical Center - Acupuncture in Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation
150 55th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
In this intensive offsite shift, students will be introduced to the main medical and practical dimensions ofpracticing acupuncture in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. Our work on the unit is fully integrated with the work of the MD and nursing staff, as well as the physical, occupational and speech therapists whose hands-on practice drives this department.
Clinically, students will gain a thorough grounding in the use of acupuncture for acute and subacute stroke care, as well as other neurological conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury, MS and Parkinson’s disease. We will also use acupuncture for pain complaints in neurological patients as well as those suffering trauma and recovering from surgery. In addition, students will gain a clear sense of how it is to practice in a hospital – the special rhythms and social skills of inpatient care, the pecking orders, the terminology and the paperwork involved. Students wondering whether hospital or public health work is for them, are likely to emerge with a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
A typical day will start with case conference. We discuss our patients and their medical charts, observing them in the rehab gym and conferring with PT and OT staff to determine their treatment goals and set our own. We treat the patients in their hospital beds for body points, or in the gym for scalp, ear and some distal point treatments (students should bring their notes from scalp and auricular classes). Students with interest in research may choose to develop a case history for future presentation or publication.
Columbia Health: Medical Services (Acupuncture)
Columbia University - www.health.columbia.edu
Medical Services supports the well-being of thestudents and university community of the Morningside Campus of Columbia University (CU). Students range from 18 to 75 years of age although most are graduate students aged 20-40 years old. At CU, there is a large international student population. Medical Services provides routine and urgent medical care, as well as sexual health, reproductive and gynecological services, travel medicine, LGBTQ healthcare, confidential HIVtesting and immunizations.
This acupuncture off-site internship will provide treatment for patients who are referred by the Columbia Health treating physicians or nurse practitioners. PCOM students will have the opportunity to work with young patients including athletes who present with a variety of conditions including acute pain, musculoskeletal injury, stress related symptoms as well as the desire to maintain their health.
Joffrey Ballet School (Massage)
434 Ave of the Americas (6th Ave. – btw 9th and 10th, 3rd Fl Studio 2)
The Joffrey Ballet School was founded in 1953 to develop and train professional dancers. In more than fifty years of existence, the Joffrey Ballet School has remained on the forefront of American dance education. Graduates of the School have gone on to dance for major classical ballet companies, as well as for numerous modern and contemporary companies, both in the United States and abroad. The Ballet Trainee and Jazz and Contemporary Programs have dance students from all over the world.
Prospective interns should possess sports massage and orthopedic massage skills to work with the dancers to either prepare them for rehearsals or performance as well as assist in the recovery post performance. These dancers will be the professional faculty and dance trainees in the 4-6 year Ballet and Contemporary programs. They may also present with injuries therefore the massage intern will have the opportunity to gain the confidence, compassion and skill to support the dancer during their healing process. This unique externship will allow those students who are interested in working with athletes and dancers an opportunity to sharpen their Sport Massage skills.