Please note: Starting 2016 the NCCAOM requires 2 PDA in Ethics AND 2 PDA in Safety. Before 2016 the NCCAOM require 4 PDA in Ethics OR Safety (or combination of).
In this highly vulnerable population, missteps in the practitioner's clinical and professional conduct can have unusually large physical and emotional consequences. Our ethical responsibility to attend to our conduct is proportionately large. This class provides big-picture guidance and detailed practical advice for self-monitoring across the many ethical concerns that come up when treating pregnant patients with acupuncture and related techniques such as moxa and tui na -- including those related to malpractice and litigation.
- Medical safety, legal safety (3 types of error and their relation to malpractice suits), and emotional urgency. Ethical practice as: defining safe boundaries with respect to one's experience level, then installing reminders for self-monitoring those boundaries.
- Adverse events acupuncture safety in pregnancy; ongoing self-education and self-monitoring for knowledge and compliance.
- The relationship between adverse events, professional conduct, and threat of litigation (0.5 – 30 minutes)
- Seven 'red flags' that Acupuncturists can use to self-monitor for appropriate clinical consultation, referral, or urgent medical referral of pregnant women.
- Twelve 'pink post-its' that Acupuncturists can use to self-monitor for appropriate professional conduct with emotionally vulnerable patients.
- The importance and the challenge of maintaining appropriate and professional conduct when a patient interaction has been suboptimal.
Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, LAc., has led the Acupuncture Service at NYU Lutheran since 2004, supervising 8 acupuncturists who provide inpatient care and clinical instruction in the areas of neurological and orthopedic management, rehabilitation, labor and delivery, pain management. Dr. Citkovitz studied Chinese language in Beijing and acupuncture at the Pacific and Tri-State colleges in New York. An internationally known lecturer on acupuncture practice and research methodology, she lectures regularly for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the University of Westminster in London and the British Acupuncture Council. Her PhD study on acupuncture during acute stroke rehabilitation was the first conducted in the United States, as was her 2006 study of acupuncture during labor and delivery. Dr. Citkovitz is a frequent peer reviewer and Editorial Board member on journals including Acupuncture in Medicine, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Explore, and Meridians. She is a past member of the NCCAOM’s Task Force on Hospital-Based Acupuncture, the Tri-State College Advisory Board and the Touro College Institutional Review Board, and is currently a Commissioner of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.