Ancient Medicine for a Current Crisis

Bastyr’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) students administering treatment

Bastyr’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) students are not only diving deep into research and clinical care, they are also immersed in hospital trauma and acute care. A good portion of their clinical training takes place at Harborview Medical Center, the only level-one trauma center of its kind in Washington state. Patients experiencing all levels of pain receive integrative treatment as part of the clinical partnership with Bastyr University.

Patient Benefits

Harborview’s chief of pain services, Ivan Lesnik, MD, is proud of the excellence Bastyr’s partnership fosters. The most notable benefit of this partnership is its benefit to hospital patients. Dr. Lesnik states, “Patients struggling with pain have the opportunity for health care providers from multiple disciplines to work together collaboratively to meet their needs.” The structure of the integrative setting betters both staff and patients and provides the best possible patient care.

Degree Enrichment

Not only does this partnership improve individualized care and treatment at Harborview, it elevates Bastyr’s acupuncture training and proficiency. DAOM candidate, Crystal Rose Tank, LMP, EAMP, shared that she’s learning how to treat acute trauma patients, as well as how to work alongside myriad medical professionals.

“I'm interacting with doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, pharmacists, residents and patients that are in much more critical condition than we normally see(...) Working with other providers definitely gives me a new language to speak,” says Tank.

Hope for the Future of the Community

Acupuncture is quickly becoming a cornerstone of pain management. The current U.S. opioid epidemic only reiterates and magnifies the importance of integrative care. Bastyr’s DAOM program director and clinic supervisor, Kathleen Lumiere, DAOM, MAc, LAc, is confident in acupuncture’s role in reducing opioid use. Dr. Lumiere states, “We have an ancient medicine, we have a current crisis, and we have emerging tools for describing and enlarging what it is that acupuncturists do. We could not be better poised to respond to today’s medical and social crisis.”

 

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