These policies are written to delineate specific areas that the school has identified as being important regarding professional conduct. The Academy’s primary concerns are with those forms of conduct deemed to be disruptive to the pursuit of training in an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect for the rights of the school’s community members and their patients. Every student, staff member and patient of the Academy has the right to expect that a safe, respectful and professional atmosphere will be maintained. Demonstration of professional conduct is an academic standard, and is evaluated from the first day onwards of your education at the Academy. Expectations for professional conduct are described below.
The Academy is committed to academic excellence. In addition to the knowledge and skills you acquire, you will also learn and develop a high standard of professional behavior. Professional behavior involves a strong commitment to personal honor, moral integrity, and mutual respect.
The following are some of the values you can expect to encounter and cultivate:
- honoring the individual gifts of each member of our community
- holding each other in the highest regard
- grounding all of your actions in honesty and integrity
- conducting yourself in a manner that fosters trust among peers, faculty, staff and the wider community
- fostering individual responsibility for learning and well-being
- consciously using your words, presence, and touch as methods of healing
- cultivating deep respect, thoughtfulness, and compassion
Each student must demonstrate the maturity, emotional stability, and good judgment that will allow him or her to become a safe, effective, and independent practitioner. Additionally, certain behaviors are essential for safe and ethical clinical practice. We believe that professional behavior plays an important role in our ethical development as practitioners.
We assume responsibility for our own actions and are committed to personal growth into a professional role. Toward that end, the following are some, but not all, requisites for developing sound professional behavior:
- Be willing to be a learner.
- Ask for help when needed.
- Listen receptively.
- Be responsive versus reactive.
- Be respectful.
- Seek accuracy in stating facts, practices, conclusions and laws.
- Offer only constructive feedback to faculty, staff and other students.
- Examine and discuss questions of interest and freely express opinions without judging others.
- Be open to receiving coaching.
- Hold oneself accountable for one’s actions.
- Develop rapport skills.
- Develop the ability to bring forth the appropriate mood, emotion, or disposition.
- Conscientiously use words, presence and touch as instruments to effect change.
- Be in partnership with others.
- Exhibit a professional demeanor.
- Use appropriate opportunities to enhance faculty and staff understanding of students’ needs.
- Use opportunities to enhance communication and critical thinking skills.
As an acupuncture student, your behavior reflects not only on you as an individual but also on all students, the Academy and acupuncture as a profession. We expect that you will conduct yourself professionally in and out of the classroom, and that you maintain a respectful and ethical manner in your relationships with others. A student who violates the regulations that affirm medical and professional ethics and state laws, or the practitioner/patient relationship will be asked to leave the program.