I came across this interesting post discussing the abbreviated acupuncture training for M.D.s and the viewpoint that it creates under-trained practitioners, with a shallow understanding of the theoretical foundations of the science of acupuncture.
The author, Dr. Marilyn Walkey, has an impressive background — she has been a medical doctor for more than 20 years, who initially took a “medical acupuncture” training course, and then actually enrolled in AOM school to become a fully-qualified acupuncture practitioner.
(For those of you who don’t know, acupuncture practitioner training in the U.S. is 2000+ hours of didactic & clinical training — usually this is a graduate degree academic program. This is in contrast to medical acupuncture courses, which are usually 200-300 hours of training — although chiropractors in the state of Florida can qualify for chiropractic acupuncture certification after 100 hours of additional training — as per the DOH’s Acupuncture Certification Application.)
Dr. Walkey’s view is that the profession of acupuncture in the U.S. is being under-represented by the sub-field of “medical acupuncture” and that patients who are being treated by it may be missing the benefits of this medicine.