At National University, acupuncture and oriental medicine students can serve a clerkship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County during the clinical internship phase of their degree program. This is one of very few hospital-based acupuncture training opportunities in the nation. The clerkship provides real world experience in integrative medicine, the hallmark of a National University education.
As an intern you will treat patients working under faculty supervision in an integrative medical setting. You'll work with physicians as part of a multi-specialty treatment team at the Stroger clinic for pain management.
You'll see a wide variety of patients with a broad spectrum of health conditions who are suffering from chronic pain. Each shift receives from 20-25 patients per day. The daily patient roster may include gunshot and burn victims, pre-surgical knee and shoulder patients, cancer patients with bone pain, cases of HIV neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, stroke, headache and more.
Many patients with chronic pain must spend months or years on opiates or other pain medications that often have negative side effects. Acupuncture not only helps relieve pain in most cases, but also provides a secondary benefit to pain patients in that it is virtually free of side effects. Since the program's inception, several Stroger patients who have not responded to other forms of pain treatment have reported a reduction in their pain symptoms with acupuncture.
Located in Chicago's medical district, Stroger Hospital is one of the busiest urban hospitals in the world. Offering care without regard to a patient's ability to pay, it serves a high percentage of underinsured or medically underserved patients. National University currently staffs four shifts per week at Stroger Hospital with student interns.