Clinical Training At AMCH
Although basic sciences and didactic lectures are important aspects of training homeopathic practitioners and homeopathic doctors, it is the clinical training that lies at the heart of creating true homeopathic healers. Homeopathic medicine is integrated into all aspects of treatment at the American Medical College of Homeopathy Medical Center. Patients are treated on all levels of their being, including physical, emotional mental and spiritual dimensions. It is the presentation of the disease by the patient, rather than the disease itself (patient-centered medicine) that becomes the focus of treatment.
Homeopathic students are prepared at the medical center to become practitioners of homeopathic medicine. Patient education about removing obstacles to cure, disease prevention and wellness programs are an integral part of the healing experience. Homeopathic practitioners are also committed to working with other medical and alternative disciplines to afford their patients a wide range of options. We have taken a proactive role in developing a wide variety of community relationships and affiliations that allow us to deliver services to all aspects of the community. The Medical Center is staffed by faculty who possess extensive clinical experience.
The AMCH Medical Center is one of the largest clinical training sites in the country. The medical center is also a site for externships and preceptorship rotations for students from other disciplines. Research is also integrated into the clinical training. By placing an emphasis on quality of patient care, quality of education and high academic standards, AMCH is setting the standard for clinical homeopathic education.
For more specific details about clinical coursework please see the specific curriculum for the course of study.
Types of Clinical Training at AMCH
Clinical training experiences at AMCH are designed to move students in their clinical work to a position of increasing independence. By the conclusion of the program, students are expected to be taking cases on their own and beginning to establish a successful practice.
- Mentorship: Mentorship experiences occur throughout AMCH programs and provide an informal way of meeting with faculty in small discussion groups.
- Clinical Observation: Clinical observation is an opportunity to observe master homeopathic practitioners at their work. This is done in both live and online environments.
- Clinical Training: Clinical training provides opportunities to take cases together with senior faculty members. Fellow students watch by closed circuit television and everyone participates in an extended case analsysis and discussion of case management at the conclusion of the interview.
- Supervision: Supervision is a process where you take cases on your own and then present them to senior faculty for feedback and guidance. This occurs towards the end of studies.
- Externships: Externships are opportunities for students to participate in homeopathic practice settings outside of the college with practitioners in the homeopathic community.
AMCH has formed a partnership with the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS to provide clinical care for patients with HIV/AIDS.
Clinical Training Goals
The primary goals of the AMCH Clinical training program are as follows:
- Goal #1: To fully prepare students for a successful and independent practice.
- Goal #2: To develop the requisite clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the professional practice of homeopathy.
- Goal #3: To help students form an identity as homeopathic physician and a member of the homeopathic profession.
- Goal #4: To promote skills in various specialty areas of homeopathic practice.
- Goal #5: To guide the student in the integration of theoretical, didactic, and academic knowledge in the application and practice of the art of healing.
- Goal #6: To help each student develop good research attitudes in the spirit of experimentation and inquiry.
- Goal #7: To awaken student’s awareness and skills as healers.
- Goal #8: To promote awareness of the dynamics of the qualities of patient/healer interactions which promote or hinder healing beyond the confines of homeopathic case analysis and management.
- Goal #9: To instill knowledge and understanding of conditions meriting patient referral and/or consultation with other homeopaths as well as colleagues from different medical and healing traditions, as well as comfort and skill in communication with colleagues in both initiating and receiving consults/referrals.
- Goal #10: To promote understanding of medico-legal considerations and ethical considerations which may effect the course of clinical management.