WON BUDDHIST THOUGHT AND THE PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE PROGRAM

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM) 

This discussion examines how and where Won Buddhist thought and practice will support and contribute to the student experience in the transitional Doctorate program (DACM).

 

This discussion examines how and where Won Buddhist thought and practice will support and contribute to the student experience in the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program.

The Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program is designed to support positive personal transformation and continual professional development in a dynamic and challenging medical environment. Some of the techniques in our program are grounded in Won Buddhist practices designed to foster self-awareness, mindfulness, a sense of personal agency, ethical conduct, kindness, wisdom, and resilience. This approach cultivates the capacity to see, know, and use the mind well.

Bringing one’s best self to encounters with patients and other professionals day after day while addressing all the aspects of managing the business and organizational aspects of professional practice is challenging. In many ways, the demands of delivering clinical care and the potential for clinician burnout are significant.

Therefore, we want student participation in the online DACM to have a positive experience that contributes to each learner’s sense of accomplishment, builds confidence and contributes to resilience in the face of professional challenges.

Tools for personal and professional awareness that will be used during the programs include: reflective journaling, methods for enhancing self-awareness such as mindfulness meditation, mindfulness in daily activity, and goal setting.

1. Mindfulness of motivations and actions;

2. Thoughtful reflection;

3. Agency and self-efficacy;

4. Development of ethical awareness 

5. Self-care and resilience.

These can be developed using methods most favored by the individual student.

The core program requirement is that students demonstrate an engagement with the processes and methods that support the five approaches to personal and professional development outlined above. However, the tools chosen and the extent of the engagement is entirely at the discretion of the student.

The Won Institute recognizes that many participants may already have well-developed routines for self-development and self-care. We respect that fact and offer this aspect of the program in order to support the personal and professional development of students in the way that is most meaningful to each individual.

These approaches and their value will be presented during specific lectures in the following classes:

PD 7101 Doctoral Education & Integrative Medicine

PD 7201 Practice-Based Learning and Professional Development

PD 7401 Nourishing Life: Wellness and Public Health

Students will demonstrate the application of specific approaches in the following courses:

PD 7101 Doctoral Education & Integrative Medicine

PD 7201 Practice-Based Learning and Professional Development

PD 7401 Nourishing Life: Wellness and Public Health

PD 7203 Interprofessional Collaboration 1

PD 7303 Interprofessional Collaboration 2