General Course Summary and Introduction
Medical Acupuncture in Australia. In the Part 2 Fellowship course candidates learn the advanced knowledge required to practice at a tertiary level for Hospital, University and Specialist level practice. Entry into the Part 2 Fellowship course requires both completion of the 12-month Part 1 AMAC course in Medical Acupuncture as well as a further “Gap Year” using medical acupuncture in your clinical practice.
The course consists of a minimum of five full day practice visits, weekly online lectures, interactive case discussions, clinical mentoring sessions, and includes hospital visit. The examination process contains written, clinical, and oral sections. The successful candidates are granted a title of FAMAC (Fellowship of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College).
The following Pre-requisite Requirements must be met prior to undertaking Australian Medical Acupuncture Part 2 Fellowship Course:
• Successful completion of the AMAC Part 1 Course (conceded pass at a Part 1 supplementary exam is not acceptable) and a Certificate of Completion of both Written and Clinical Examinations; and
• Subsequent one year (minimum) practicing Medical Acupuncture as part of a Medical / Dental Practice before commencement of Part 2 Course; and
• Current unconditional medical / dental registration with AHPRA; and
• Currently actively practicing their chosen dental / medical specialty in general or specialty practice with full access to patients for using their acquired medical acupuncture skills*; and
• Able to travel interstate for practice visits on an approximate monthly basis.
* Please Note: This is a small-group course and Practice Visits only occur when safe to do so subject to state border and health restrictions.
The Part 2 course is primarily a clinical course where practice visits are an essential part of teaching; a minimum requirement of five practice visits is required. Failing to attend a practice visit must be made up with an extra visit to a Part 2 Examiner Mentoring practice. The clinical day involves visits to your practice to see your patients for a full day. Doctors entering the course should have patients in active treatment with Medical Acupuncture in their clinical practices.
It is possible to be a Hospital-based or Emergency Specialist if there is access to follow up with patients – this aspect would need to be discussed prior to enrolment.
Candidates who do not have a current clinical practice can gain the full qualification by the submission of 50 case logbook only if granted prior permission by the AMAC Education / Examination Panels.
The emphasis of the Course is on the practical clinical understanding and treatment of patients; the Part 2 Course integrates TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and neurophysiology within the framework of the clinical examination and treatment of patients. The practical aspects of medical diagnosis and treatment are integrated with neurophysiology and TCM; and applied directly to patient presentations in clinical practice.
- Medical Acupuncture and Safety
- Pain Overview
- Clinical aspects of complex pain problems
- Advanced neurophysiology
- Clinical Acupuncture Trials & Systematic Reviews
- Relevant Anatomy & Physiology
- Placebo Effects
- Clinical Effects of Acupuncture
- Laser Effects and Micro-Acupuncture Systems
- Interpretation of Radiology/Imaging Reports in Relation to Important Conditions treated with Medical Acupuncture
- Special Neurological Conditions are covered such as Stroke, Headache and Pain that Acupuncture may treat
The course particularly includes detailed treatment and management of patients with complex pain conditions.
- An on-line lecture series commencing in February with 27 lectures
- Course work relating to the lecture series with written assignments
- 40 hours hands-on clinical teaching at practice visits
- A minimum of four extra practice visits to Part 2 mentor doctors
- At least one case presentation with chronic condition presented on-line
- Written examination in September/October following Lecture series
- Clinical Examination with one long case and two short cases
- The Oral Examination at the end of the course
- Apply understanding of neurophysiological mechanisms in context of clinical presentations and response to treatment
- Improve clinical skills for examination and understanding of patients with significant pain, pain syndromes and other acupuncture sensitive conditions
- Define strategies for safe application of acupuncture in treatment of patients in daily practice
- Improve skills for clinical application of acupuncture in conjunction with standard care in the treatment of patients with chronic pain and other conditions
- Use an evidence-based medicine approach to treatment
The Australian Medical Acupuncture College Part 2 Course is recognised by the RACGP as a self-directed CPD Accredited Activity receiving 40 CPD points and recognition for medical acupuncture specific requirement. The points will apply after the successful completion of the course and will require each student to submit a self-directed ‘Higher Education / Professional Certification’ Activity Application Form and attach a copy of their course certificate of completion as evidence, via their GP CPD dashboard.