Learning Resources and Program Materials
A variety of resources and materials are used to facilitate the participants’ learning process. In bold is the new information regarding the 2021 Programs.
- Units 1-3 online: this new online component consists of 28 hours of professional videos that contain the totality of the lectures and theoretical materials formerly presented live by Dr. Elorriaga at Units 1-5 of the 1999-2020 Program.
- Point Location and Anatomy Digital Imagery Collection: specially designed to illustrate surface anatomy and deep anatomy relationships with acupuncture points.
- McMaster Anatomy Laboratory: acupuncture point location and anatomy are demonstrated on human anatomical cadaver specimens (ON HOLD WHILE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE).
- Clinical Skills Workshops: hands-on point location, needling techniques and clinical applications.
- Patient Demonstrations: live patient case assessment and treatment utilizing the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (Neurofunctional Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture) techniques taught throughout the program.
- On-Line Quizzes: on-line quizzes are administered at the end of Units 1A-B, 2, and 3.
- Written Tests: written tests are administered on line at the beginning of the Units 1-3.
- Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Handouts: original material includes study guides, presentation copies and articles as reading assignments. All articles included are from the peer reviewed literature (most of this material is now accessed online).
- Manual of Acupuncture Point Location and Anatomy: written by Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco, MD (Spain) Director of the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program, it contains a standardized description of the acupuncture points based on the International Anatomical Nomenclature, as well as a detailed description of the underlying anatomy of more than seventy percent of the points.
- Rapid Access Guide: written by Dr. Elorriaga this illustrated manual contains a summary of all the insertion sites and safety landmarks included in the final insertional anatomy exam. It is intended for the course participants as a study guide and a quick reference for daily practice.
- Surface Anatomy Atlas of the 14 Meridians and their 361 Acupuncture Points, a Color Illustrated Guide: authored by Dr. Elorriaga this guide presents color illustrations of all the traditional acupuncture meridians and their insertion sites, as well as the relevant surface anatomy of the meridians in international anatomical nomenclature.