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ACUPUNCTURIST: Balancing The Energy In Your Body

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Chris is an acupuncturist. He inserts needles into the body of his patients at special points in order to help stimulate and balance the energy in their bodies. He also helps patients deal with stress, what they eat, and balancing their life in general. He advises that, more so than subjects you study in school, it is important to get real world experiences in order to figure out whether or not you are really interested in a subject.

Degree: English
Job Title: Acupuncturist

Job Summary: Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine

Job Description

Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine (AOM) is an ancient and empirical system of medicine based on the concept of qi (pronounced “chee”), which is usually translated as energy. AOM treatments identify a pattern of energetic imbalance within a patient and redress that disharmony through a variety of therapies that may include acupuncture needling, cupping, acupressure, and exercises such as tai ji and qi gong, as well as Chinese herbal preparations.

On-the-Job Training

Depending on how you gain your training, acupuncturists often practice under the guidance of someone more experienced when they start working.

Additional Info

Specific academic requirements and programs may vary from one AOM college to another, but in general, a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree (or the equivalent, with 60 semester units from an accredited college or university) is required for admission into an AOM program.

The length of training at most accredited AOM schools is 3 years for acupuncture and 4 years for the combination of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The Oriental Medicine program includes the study of Chinese herbology. NOTE: A number of schools offer multiple language tracks that include Chinese and Korean, in addition to English.

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$35,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 19 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Master's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='380'>I'm</span> <span m='760'>Chris</span> <span m='1070'>Gibney.</span> <span m='1560'>I'm</span> <span m='1970'>licensed</span> <span m='2500'>as</span> <span m='2660'>an</span> <span m='2770'>acupuncturist.</span> <span m='4230'>And</span> <span m='4580'>what</span> <span m='4770'>do</span> <span m='5050'>I do?</span> <span m='5400'>I have</span> <span m='5640'>a</span> <span m='5680'>hard</span> <span m='5950'>time</span> <span m='6210'>answering</span> <span m='6620'>that</span> <span m='6840'>sometimes</span> <span m='8140'>because</span> <span m='10270'>I</span> <span m='10890'>help</span> <span m='11220'>people</span> <span m='11610'>with</span> <span m='11760'>a</span> <span m='11810'>lot</span> <span m='12070'>of</span> <span m='12150'>different</span> <span m='12470'>kinds</span> <span m='12760'>of</span> <span m='12870'>tools.</span> <span m='13630'>One</span> <span m='13990'>of</span> <span m='14060'>them</span> <span m='14250'>is</span> <span m='14410'>acupuncture.</span> <span m='15610'>So</span> <span m='15750'>I</span> <span m='15820'>guess</span> <span m='16079'>I'd</span> <span m='16250'>say</span> <span m='16480'>I'm</span> <span m='16590'>a</span> <span m='16630'>holistic</span> <span m='17260'>health</span> <span m='17540'>care</span> <span m='17820'>practitioner.</span> </p><p><span m='19370'>And</span> <span m='20340'>acupuncture</span> <span m='21280'>is</span> <span m='21570'>one</span> <span m='21720'>of</span> <span m='21840'>tools</span> <span m='22130'>I</span> <span m='22200'>use.</span> <span m='23800'>What</span> <span m='23970'>is</span> <span m='24130'>that</span> <span m='24380'>about?</span> <span m='25730'>Most</span> <span m='25970'>people</span> <span m='26920'>are</span> <span m='27230'>afraid</span> <span m='27690'>of</span> <span m='27780'>it</span> <span m='27890'>at</span> <span m='28030'>first</span> <span m='28420'>because</span> <span m='28840'>it's</span> <span m='29230'>using</span> <span m='29610'>needles.</span> <span m='30980'>And</span> <span m='31290'>they're</span> <span m='31450'>inserted</span> <span m='31900'>in</span> <span m='31980'>the</span> <span m='32049'>body</span> <span m='32400'>in</span> <span m='32450'>these</span> <span m='32619'>special</span> <span m='33050'>points.</span> <span m='34710'>But</span> <span m='35370'>really</span> <span m='35720'>what</span> <span m='35910'>it's</span> <span m='36070'>about</span> <span m='36540'>is</span> <span m='36840'>to</span> <span m='37000'>help</span> <span m='37530'>stimulate</span> <span m='38310'>and</span> <span m='38450'>balance</span> <span m='39440'>the</span> <span m='39570'>energy</span> <span m='40010'>in</span> <span m='40170'>your</span> <span m='40310'>body.</span> <span m='41570'>It's</span> <span m='41770'>not</span> <span m='42110'>a</span> <span m='42220'>system</span> <span m='42750'>of</span> <span m='42870'>energy</span> <span m='43290'>that</span> <span m='43500'>you</span> <span m='43720'>can</span> <span m='44250'>detect</span> <span m='45160'>with</span> <span m='45360'>normal</span> <span m='45800'>kinds</span> <span m='46260'>of</span> <span m='46400'>scientific</span> <span m='47040'>equipment.</span> <span m='48060'>You</span> <span m='48210'>can't</span> <span m='48480'>get</span> <span m='48620'>a</span> <span m='48670'>picture</span> <span m='49120'>of</span> <span m='49210'>it</span> <span m='49290'>with</span> <span m='49450'>an</span> <span m='49560'>x-ray.</span> <span m='50320'>You</span> <span m='50420'>won't</span> <span m='50630'>see</span> <span m='50810'>it</span> <span m='50900'>with</span> <span m='51070'>an</span> <span m='51200'>MRI.</span> <span m='52040'>So</span> <span m='52440'>it's</span> <span m='52560'>kind</span> <span m='52760'>of</span> <span m='52820'>hard</span> <span m='53130'>to</span> <span m='53210'>prove</span> <span m='53780'>that</span> <span m='53960'>it</span> <span m='54100'>exists.</span> <span m='55530'>But</span> <span m='56010'>it</span> <span m='56730'>does.</span> </p><p><span m='57200'>It's</span> <span m='57370'>been</span> <span m='57500'>used</span> <span m='57790'>for</span> <span m='57890'>thousands</span> <span m='58500'>of</span> <span m='58590'>years</span> <span m='58920'>in</span> <span m='59020'>the</span> <span m='59110'>same</span> <span m='59380'>way.</span> <span m='60110'>The</span> <span m='60440'>basic</span> <span m='60840'>idea</span> <span m='61340'>is</span> <span m='61550'>that</span> <span m='61750'>if</span> <span m='61910'>your</span> <span m='62110'>energy</span> <span m='62530'>is</span> <span m='62700'>out</span> <span m='62870'>of</span> <span m='62940'>balance,</span> <span m='63520'>then</span> <span m='63660'>the</span> <span m='63740'>body</span> <span m='64110'>isn't</span> <span m='64400'>going</span> <span m='64620'>to</span> <span m='64680'>be</span> <span m='64879'>able</span> <span m='65180'>to</span> <span m='65710'>function</span> <span m='66290'>well.</span> <span m='66980'>You</span> <span m='67080'>can</span> <span m='67250'>have</span> <span m='68120'>all</span> <span m='68430'>kinds</span> <span m='68750'>of</span> <span m='68870'>illnesses</span> <span m='70400'>as</span> <span m='70630'>a</span> <span m='70670'>result</span> <span m='71130'>of</span> <span m='71200'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='71960'>So</span> <span m='72070'>people</span> <span m='72435'>lie</span> <span m='72800'>on</span> <span m='73110'>a</span> <span m='73190'>table.</span> <span m='74330'>I</span> <span m='74500'>diagnose</span> <span m='75240'>how</span> <span m='75440'>their</span> <span m='75580'>energy</span> <span m='76040'>is</span> <span m='76340'>imbalanced.</span> <span m='77240'>There</span> <span m='77390'>are</span> <span m='77850'>very</span> <span m='78520'>specific</span> <span m='79160'>ways</span> <span m='79410'>of</span> <span m='79510'>doing</span> <span m='79770'>that.</span> <span m='80600'>And</span> <span m='80870'>I</span> <span m='80960'>insert</span> <span m='81370'>needles</span> <span m='81790'>they</span> <span m='81890'>just</span> <span m='82110'>help</span> <span m='82300'>to</span> <span m='82400'>stimulate,</span> <span m='83200'>gently</span> <span m='85280'>getting</span> <span m='85550'>the</span> <span m='85660'>energy</span> <span m='86020'>back</span> <span m='86350'>in</span> <span m='86440'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='88240'>But</span> <span m='88460'>there</span> <span m='88560'>are</span> <span m='88620'>other</span> <span m='88810'>tools</span> <span m='89090'>I</span> <span m='89160'>use,</span> <span m='89450'>too,</span> <span m='89980'>besides</span> <span m='90430'>the</span> <span m='90550'>acupuncture.</span> <span m='91380'>We</span> <span m='91570'>talk</span> <span m='91830'>about</span> <span m='92180'>their</span> <span m='92320'>lifestyle,</span> <span m='93080'>how</span> <span m='93310'>they</span> <span m='93450'>deal</span> <span m='93690'>with</span> <span m='93840'>stress,</span> <span m='95190'>what</span> <span m='95430'>kind</span> <span m='95670'>of</span> <span m='95820'>things</span> <span m='96090'>they</span> <span m='96190'>eat,</span> <span m='98000'>just</span> <span m='98280'>what</span> <span m='98480'>their</span> <span m='98600'>life</span> <span m='98910'>is</span> <span m='99070'>like</span> <span m='99350'>in</span> <span m='99490'>general.</span> <span m='100000'>And</span> <span m='100110'>if</span> <span m='100220'>it's</span> <span m='100410'>out</span> <span m='100560'>of</span> <span m='100640'>balance,</span> <span m='101490'>the</span> <span m='101600'>energy</span> <span m='101920'>can</span> <span m='102050'>be</span> <span m='102200'>out</span> <span m='102350'>of</span> <span m='102410'>balance,</span> <span m='102820'>but</span> <span m='102980'>people's</span> <span m='103360'>lives</span> <span m='103950'>can</span> <span m='104060'>be</span> <span m='104190'>out</span> <span m='104360'>of</span> <span m='104400'>balance.</span> <span m='105010'>They</span> <span m='105480'>can</span> <span m='105560'>be</span> <span m='105690'>doing</span> <span m='105980'>too</span> <span m='106160'>much.</span> <span m='107120'>They</span> <span m='107260'>can</span> <span m='107410'>be</span> <span m='107510'>having</span> <span m='107830'>a</span> <span m='107900'>hard</span> <span m='108210'>time</span> <span m='108500'>in</span> <span m='108580'>their</span> <span m='108750'>relationships.</span> <span m='110260'>They</span> <span m='110380'>can</span> <span m='110540'>maybe</span> <span m='110810'>not</span> <span m='111080'>like</span> <span m='111370'>their</span> <span m='111550'>jobs</span> <span m='112270'>or</span> <span m='112530'>their</span> <span m='113310'>teachers</span> <span m='114100'>or</span> <span m='114290'>their</span> <span m='114540'>classrooms.</span> <span m='115780'>And</span> <span m='116310'>I</span> <span m='116800'>help</span> <span m='117110'>them</span> <span m='117340'>figure</span> <span m='117790'>out</span> <span m='118190'>what</span> <span m='118450'>are</span> <span m='118500'>the</span> <span m='118700'>things</span> <span m='119110'>they</span> <span m='119240'>can</span> <span m='119500'>do</span> <span m='120230'>that</span> <span m='120420'>will</span> <span m='121210'>improve</span> <span m='121620'>those</span> <span m='121850'>situations.</span> </p><p><span m='122730'>When</span> <span m='122920'>I</span> <span m='122990'>came</span> <span m='123280'>out</span> <span m='123400'>of</span> <span m='123470'>high</span> <span m='123710'>school,</span> <span m='124130'>I</span> <span m='124200'>was</span> <span m='124410'>like</span> <span m='124660'>most</span> <span m='124990'>high</span> <span m='125160'>school</span> <span m='126290'>graduates.</span> <span m='127670'>I</span> <span m='128060'>didn't</span> <span m='128250'>have</span> <span m='128440'>a</span> <span m='128500'>clue</span> <span m='129130'>what</span> <span m='129310'>I</span> <span m='129370'>wanted</span> <span m='129720'>to</span> <span m='129830'>do.</span> <span m='130229'>And</span> <span m='130800'>I</span> <span m='130990'>had</span> <span m='131200'>naive</span> <span m='132320'>ideas.</span> <span m='133400'>I</span> <span m='133540'>thought</span> <span m='133790'>I</span> <span m='133830'>wanted</span> <span m='134220'>to</span> <span m='134290'>be</span> <span m='134440'>an</span> <span m='134570'>acupuncture--</span> <span m='135310'>not an</span> <span m='135720'>acupuncturist,</span> <span m='136065'>sorry--</span> <span m='136700'>an</span> <span m='136940'>anthropologist,</span> <span m='138690'>because</span> <span m='139010'>I</span> <span m='139090'>like</span> <span m='139450'>looking</span> <span m='139860'>at</span> <span m='140020'><i>National</i></span> <span m='140380'><i>Geographic</i></span> <span m='140980'>magazines.</span> <span m='141740'>And</span> <span m='142910'>I</span> <span m='143410'>was</span> <span m='143600'>told</span> <span m='144630'>the</span> <span m='144760'>kind</span> <span m='145030'>of</span> <span m='145120'>people</span> <span m='145640'>that</span> <span m='145900'>did</span> <span m='146080'>those</span> <span m='146340'>adventurous</span> <span m='146980'>things</span> <span m='147380'>and</span> <span m='147480'>went</span> <span m='147690'>off</span> <span m='147920'>and</span> <span m='148390'>took</span> <span m='148650'>those</span> <span m='148840'>great</span> <span m='149080'>photographs</span> <span m='149680'>in</span> <span m='149780'>Africa</span> <span m='150710'>where</span> <span m='151030'>anthropologists.</span> <span m='151780'>So</span> <span m='151990'>I</span> <span m='152130'>said,</span> <span m='152300'>OK.</span> <span m='152670'>I</span> <span m='152720'>want</span> <span m='152900'>to</span> <span m='152970'>be</span> <span m='153090'>an</span> <span m='153190'>anthropologist.</span> <span m='154070'>And</span> <span m='154210'>so</span> <span m='154330'>I</span> <span m='154430'>went</span> <span m='154730'>to</span> <span m='154990'>the</span> <span m='155120'>University</span> <span m='155680'>of</span> <span m='155770'>New</span> <span m='155870'>Mexico</span> <span m='157120'>for</span> <span m='157350'>a</span> <span m='157400'>few</span> <span m='157610'>years,</span> <span m='158680'>where</span> <span m='159080'>they</span> <span m='159240'>had</span> <span m='159360'>an</span> <span m='159480'>anthropology</span> <span m='160140'>department.</span> <span m='160780'>And</span> <span m='161170'>I</span> <span m='161250'>quickly</span> <span m='161640'>learned</span> <span m='162890'>that</span> <span m='163400'>this</span> <span m='163580'>wasn't</span> <span m='164190'>my</span> <span m='164470'>way,</span> <span m='164840'>this</span> <span m='165030'>wasn't</span> <span m='165240'>what</span> <span m='165440'>I</span> <span m='165500'>wanted</span> <span m='165840'>to</span> <span m='165940'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='166750'>So</span> <span m='166900'>I</span> <span m='166950'>became</span> <span m='167330'>an</span> <span m='167480'>English</span> <span m='167910'>major</span> <span m='168850'>because</span> <span m='169400'>I</span> <span m='169570'>was</span> <span m='169940'>good</span> <span m='170200'>at</span> <span m='170350'>that and</span> <span m='170770'>somebody</span> <span m='171070'>encouraged</span> <span m='171630'>me.</span> <span m='171930'>And</span> <span m='172300'>it</span> <span m='172490'>was</span> <span m='172710'>general.</span> <span m='174110'>I</span> <span m='174290'>was</span> <span m='174440'>able</span> <span m='174750'>to get</span> <span m='175010'>a</span> <span m='175050'>degree</span> <span m='175870'>and</span> <span m='176210'>have</span> <span m='176500'>a</span> <span m='176540'>lot</span> <span m='176800'>of</span> <span m='176890'>career</span> <span m='177330'>paths</span> <span m='177530'>open</span> <span m='177820'>to</span> <span m='177930'>me</span> <span m='178090'>after</span> <span m='178450'>that.</span> <span m='179410'>So</span> <span m='179550'>I</span> <span m='179630'>transferred</span> <span m='180360'>to</span> <span m='180800'>a</span> <span m='180920'>little</span> <span m='181170'>college</span> <span m='181690'>in</span> <span m='182000'>Massachusetts,</span> <span m='182800'>Amherst</span> <span m='183180'>College,</span> <span m='184280'>and</span> <span m='184670'>I</span> <span m='184770'>got</span> <span m='185030'>an</span> <span m='185130'>English</span> <span m='185500'>degree.</span> <span m='186270'>And</span> <span m='187440'>then</span> <span m='187780'>I</span> <span m='188510'>had</span> <span m='188760'>to</span> <span m='189350'>decide</span> <span m='189810'>what</span> <span m='189970'>to</span> <span m='190060'>do</span> <span m='190330'>with</span> <span m='190530'>the</span> <span m='190650'>rest</span> <span m='190910'>of</span> <span m='190950'>my</span> <span m='191090'>life.</span> <span m='192190'>So</span> <span m='192350'>I</span> <span m='192430'>moved</span> <span m='192770'>to</span> <span m='192910'>California.</span> <span m='193550'>I</span> <span m='193590'>was</span> <span m='193840'>back</span> <span m='194160'>east in</span> <span m='194430'>Massachusetts.</span> <span m='195250'>And</span> <span m='196500'>I</span> <span m='197080'>thought</span> <span m='197320'>I</span> <span m='197360'>was</span> <span m='197540'>going</span> <span m='197700'>to</span> <span m='197740'>be</span> <span m='197860'>a</span> <span m='197940'>writer.</span> <span m='198560'>And</span> <span m='198980'>I</span> <span m='199150'>waited</span> <span m='199520'>tables,</span> <span m='200180'>and</span> <span m='200320'>I</span> <span m='200400'>did</span> <span m='200620'>gardening,</span> <span m='201190'>and</span> <span m='201310'>at</span> <span m='201410'>night,</span> <span m='201690'>I</span> <span m='201790'>tried</span> <span m='202100'>to</span> <span m='202190'>write.</span> </p><p><span m='203960'>And</span> <span m='204370'>in</span> <span m='204780'>this</span> <span m='205000'>time,</span> <span m='205610'>I</span> <span m='206290'>became</span> <span m='206830'>aware</span> <span m='207100'>of</span> <span m='207180'>acupuncture</span> <span m='208070'>through</span> <span m='208180'>somebody</span> <span m='208680'>that</span> <span m='208870'>was</span> <span m='209080'>doing</span> <span m='209420'>acupressure</span> <span m='210240'>massage.</span> <span m='211560'>And</span> <span m='211690'>I</span> <span m='211770'>just</span> <span m='212020'>loved</span> <span m='212470'>receiving</span> <span m='212970'>it</span> <span m='213110'>so</span> <span m='213260'>much</span> <span m='213650'>that</span> <span m='213750'>I</span> <span m='213850'>decided</span> <span m='214280'>to</span> <span m='214700'>learn</span> <span m='215010'>it.</span> <span m='215495'>I</span> <span m='215760'>was</span> <span m='215920'>really</span> <span m='216170'>good</span> <span m='216510'>at</span> <span m='216700'>it.</span> <span m='216990'>I had a</span> <span m='217160'>line</span> <span m='217550'>of</span> <span m='217770'>people</span> <span m='218150'>waiting</span> <span m='218560'>to</span> <span m='218730'>get</span> <span m='219050'>their</span> <span m='219370'>acupressure</span> <span m='219920'>massage</span> <span m='220350'>from</span> <span m='220470'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='221320'>And</span> <span m='221520'>then</span> <span m='221640'>an</span> <span m='221760'>acupuncturist</span> <span m='222320'>showed</span> <span m='222620'>up</span> <span m='222740'>in</span> <span m='222890'>town.</span> <span m='223220'>In</span> <span m='223300'>Santa</span> <span m='223600'>Barbara</span> <span m='223980'>is</span> <span m='224100'>where</span> <span m='224330'>I</span> <span m='224400'>lived.</span> <span m='225150'>And</span> <span m='225380'>I</span> <span m='225450'>decided</span> <span m='225850'>to</span> <span m='225900'>get</span> <span m='226090'>a</span> <span m='226170'>treatment.</span> <span m='226790'>And</span> <span m='227260'>I,</span> <span m='228200'>from</span> <span m='228450'>that</span> <span m='228620'>experience,</span> <span m='229360'>thought</span> <span m='229560'>this</span> <span m='229760'>is</span> <span m='229900'>amazing</span> <span m='230450'>stuff.</span> <span m='230860'>It's</span> <span m='231100'>real.</span> <span m='232210'>Found</span> <span m='232490'>out</span> <span m='232680'>there</span> <span m='232790'>were</span> <span m='232930'>schools</span> <span m='233410'>I</span> <span m='233480'>could</span> <span m='233650'>go</span> <span m='233840'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='234230'>So</span> <span m='234390'>I</span> <span m='234420'>went</span> <span m='234740'>back</span> <span m='234980'>to</span> <span m='235100'>school,</span> <span m='235920'>and</span> <span m='236250'>at</span> <span m='236320'>first</span> <span m='236640'>to a</span> <span m='236770'>city</span> <span m='237050'>college</span> <span m='237510'>to</span> <span m='237590'>get</span> <span m='237750'>all</span> <span m='237930'>the</span> <span m='238010'>science</span> <span m='238560'>that</span> <span m='238690'>I</span> <span m='238780'>didn't</span> <span m='239090'>do</span> <span m='239240'>before,</span> <span m='240820'>the</span> <span m='240910'>anatomy,</span> <span m='241530'>and</span> <span m='241620'>the</span> <span m='241660'>biology,</span> <span m='242200'>and the</span> <span m='242410'>physiology.</span> <span m='243660'>And</span> <span m='243810'>then</span> <span m='243980'>I</span> <span m='244060'>went</span> <span m='244280'>to</span> <span m='244380'>an</span> <span m='244470'>acupuncture</span> <span m='244990'>college</span> <span m='245390'>in</span> <span m='245450'>Los</span> <span m='245710'>Angeles,</span> <span m='246830'>one</span> <span m='247010'>of</span> <span m='247060'>the</span> <span m='247140'>last</span> <span m='247460'>places</span> <span m='247840'>I</span> <span m='247900'>wanted</span> <span m='248170'>to</span> <span m='248340'>live</span> <span m='248540'>in</span> <span m='248620'>the</span> <span m='248700'>world,</span> <span m='249590'>but</span> <span m='249800'>one</span> <span m='249950'>of</span> <span m='250050'>the</span> <span m='250160'>few</span> <span m='250360'>places</span> <span m='250810'>where</span> <span m='250980'>you</span> <span m='251100'>had</span> <span m='251350'>a</span> <span m='251680'>school</span> <span m='252000'>you</span> <span m='252140'>could</span> <span m='252280'>go</span> <span m='252470'>to.</span> <span m='252800'>So</span> <span m='253100'>I</span> <span m='253190'>went.</span> <span m='254280'>And</span> <span m='254690'>that</span> <span m='254920'>took</span> <span m='255590'>three</span> <span m='255850'>years.</span> <span m='256620'>I</span> <span m='256730'>worked</span> <span m='257070'>during</span> <span m='257260'>the</span> <span m='257350'>day,</span> <span m='257720'>and</span> <span m='258019'>I</span> <span m='258100'>went</span> <span m='258279'>to</span> <span m='258360'>school</span> <span m='258709'>at</span> <span m='258779'>night.</span> <span m='259410'>And</span> <span m='259769'>finally</span> <span m='260450'>I</span> <span m='260980'>got</span> <span m='261320'>my</span> <span m='262670'>degree,</span> <span m='263110'>but</span> <span m='263300'>I</span> <span m='263360'>had</span> <span m='263510'>to</span> <span m='263600'>take</span> <span m='263880'>this</span> <span m='264090'>very,</span> <span m='264650'>very</span> <span m='264860'>difficult</span> <span m='265400'>exam.</span> <span m='265960'>It</span> <span m='266030'>was</span> <span m='266230'>like</span> <span m='266500'>a</span> <span m='267260'>bar</span> <span m='267550'>exam</span> <span m='268090'>or</span> <span m='268180'>the</span> <span m='268320'>exam</span> <span m='268770'>that</span> <span m='268940'>MDs</span> <span m='269360'>have</span> <span m='269500'>to</span> <span m='269620'>take,</span> <span m='269950'>or</span> <span m='270140'>other</span> <span m='270300'>professionals.</span> <span m='272430'>More</span> <span m='272620'>than</span> <span m='272750'>50%</span> <span m='273100'>of the</span> <span m='273450'>people</span> <span m='274030'>don't</span> <span m='274310'>pass.</span> <span m='274890'>But</span> <span m='275090'>that's</span> <span m='275350'>what</span> <span m='275730'>I</span> <span m='275870'>needed</span> <span m='276170'>to</span> <span m='276280'>do</span> <span m='276470'>to</span> <span m='276540'>get</span> <span m='276700'>a</span> <span m='276760'>license</span> <span m='277820'>to</span> <span m='277950'>practice.</span> <span m='279210'>And</span> <span m='279460'>then</span> <span m='279720'>I</span> <span m='280210'>set up</span> <span m='280550'>my</span> <span m='280670'>practice.</span> </p><p><span m='281600'>What</span> <span m='281810'>I</span> <span m='281880'>wish</span> <span m='282280'>was</span> <span m='282580'>available</span> <span m='283330'>to</span> <span m='283500'>be</span> <span m='284140'>much,</span> <span m='284920'>much</span> <span m='285180'>earlier</span> <span m='285630'>in my</span> <span m='285830'>education,</span> <span m='286510'>and</span> <span m='286740'>I</span> <span m='286810'>mean</span> <span m='287290'>high</span> <span m='287500'>school</span> <span m='288070'>and</span> <span m='288440'>earlier--</span> <span m='290760'>junior</span> <span m='291090'>high</span> <span m='291540'>would</span> <span m='291720'>be</span> <span m='291870'>even</span> <span m='292120'>better--</span> <span m='293010'>is</span> <span m='293790'>to</span> <span m='294130'>have</span> <span m='295010'>access</span> <span m='295720'>to</span> <span m='296720'>real</span> <span m='297070'>experiences</span> <span m='298100'>with</span> <span m='298380'>real</span> <span m='298820'>professionals,</span> <span m='299510'>real</span> <span m='299720'>professions.</span> <span m='301150'>Not</span> <span m='301370'>just</span> <span m='302220'>the</span> <span m='303350'>abstract</span> <span m='304700'>subjects</span> <span m='306190'>of</span> <span m='306400'>history</span> <span m='306980'>or of</span> <span m='307160'>geometry</span> <span m='307890'>or of</span> <span m='308090'>trigonometry</span> <span m='308870'>or of</span> <span m='309100'>physics</span> <span m='309700'>or</span> <span m='309840'>what</span> <span m='310800'>the</span> <span m='311060'>various</span> <span m='311410'>subjects</span> <span m='311850'>in</span> <span m='313370'>the</span> <span m='313480'>classes</span> <span m='314100'>are.</span> <span m='315230'>What</span> <span m='315610'>I</span> <span m='315760'>think</span> <span m='316000'>is</span> <span m='316190'>really</span> <span m='316600'>far</span> <span m='316990'>more</span> <span m='317250'>important</span> <span m='317850'>than</span> <span m='318100'>the</span> <span m='318580'>technical</span> <span m='319050'>information</span> <span m='320360'>is</span> <span m='320880'>to</span> <span m='320990'>get</span> <span m='321440'>experiences,</span> <span m='322560'>because</span> <span m='322880'>that's</span> <span m='323180'>where</span> <span m='323490'>you'll</span> <span m='324020'>know</span> <span m='324720'>whether</span> <span m='325240'>you're</span> <span m='325590'>really</span> <span m='325930'>interested</span> <span m='326390'>in</span> <span m='326500'>something,</span> <span m='326920'>whether</span> <span m='327180'>it</span> <span m='327330'>fits</span> <span m='327640'>you</span> <span m='327850'>emotionally</span> <span m='328970'>and</span> <span m='329850'>what</span> <span m='330090'>you</span> <span m='330270'>care</span> <span m='330760'>about.</span> </p>","file":{"id":393768,"video_id":"3496539570001","name":"2553-Chris-Acupunturist1","duration":331419,"thumbnail_url":null}});