Training Center Goal
The first goal of the training center is to expose the trainee to various complex cases treated in the clinic and to teach them the skills to assess these conditions and treat them using FSM and other appropriate alternative and conventional methods.
The second goal is to give the student the skills necessary to turn the data acquired in these cases or cases from their clinical practice into publishable case reports that can be submitted to appropriate journals for publication. Publications make the practitioner more credible in their own profession and practice and help FSM become more credible. Upon publication of a case report or a collected case report in any peer reviewed journal, the trainee will be presented with a check for $2,000 that will reimburse them for all fees paid for a two-week training period.
Plan on arriving in Portland early enough that you are recovered from any effects of jet lag or time zone change by Monday morning at 10AM. Portland International Airport (PDX) is the closest to the clinic.
Please plan your outbound flight for Saturday as the week will not end until 7:30 or 8:00pm Friday night.
There are a number of hotels, Air B & B’s and apartments within 5 miles of the clinic. It is up to you to decide where you want to stay for the length of the time that you’ll be with the clinic.
We don’t have any specific recommendations and it’s completely up to you how and where you’d like to live during your time with the clinic.
Practitioners will be charged $250 per day for a minimum of five days or $1,000 per week for their training period.
The fee is waived for students at accredited medical, chiropractic, osteopathic, physical or occupational therapy school programs. Please see the Training Center Program for details.
Prior to Arrival
It is recommended that, prior to arrival, the trainee read the attached papers on “How to Write a Case Report” and prepare a list of three or four journals relevant to your clinical degree that are likely to accept a paper on an alternative therapy applied to a condition likely to be seen by your profession.
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
Arrive 10:00AM set up your desk in the training center. It is recommended that you bring your own laptop. You will need it to take notes and prepare to write up the patients you see in the clinic or a patient or patients you have seen in your clinic and prepare them as a publishable case report. There are 4 desk spaces. You will be provided with a name plate to mark your space and you will have the same space for the entire week or weeks you are in the clinic. The clinic has an alarm system so whatever you leave at your desk should be safe.
Trainees will accompany Dr. McMakin on patient appointments starting at 11:00 am. New patient appointments are scheduled for three hours and follow up appointments are scheduled for two hours. On most days, 3 patients are seen in back-to-back appointments between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Questions can be asked and food/snacks can be consumed while patients are changing clothes prior to treatment. Water bottles are allowed in the treatment room
Q&A and debriefing with Dr. McMakin will held between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.
If the trainee is unfamiliar with the clinical condition(s) observed that day, it is recommended that some reading be done in the evening to prepare for the follow-up appointments held with that patient for the remainder of the week. As you do this research, it is recommended that the articles be downloaded or copied and saved so the references are available for the bibliography in your case report draft. It is recommended that some time Wednesday and Thursday evening be spent writing up a draft case report, with at least three references following the format and style recommendations of one of the journals on your list based on the preliminary data acquired on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This is just a draft and doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to include the sections required by the journal you have chosen and the reference style required by that journal.
NOTE: The case you publish does not have to be complex or exotic. Something as simple for FSM as neck pain, headache, low back pain, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, thalamic pain, phantom limb pain or abdominal adhesions and pelvic pain can be used. The case doesn’t have to be from anything observed at the FSM Clinic and Training Center. The practitioner is allowed to bring a case or cases from the home practice and use this opportunity to write them up and submit them for publication.
10:00 am – Case Report Training with Candace Elliott, NP
Candace Elliott will lead the trainees through the process of turning case observation data into a publishable case report. Wednesday of the first week will be a review of the papers that describe how to write a case report.
Wednesday from 11:00 am throughout the day can be spent observing Dr. Osterberg for a different perspective on how to use FSM in a clinical practice, or watching webinars, reviewing Core or Advanced courses and workshops in the training center or on your own laptop or sightseeing in the Columbia River Gorge or Portland.
10:00 am – Case report Conference with Candace Elliott, NP
11:00am to 5:00PM patient treatment and follow-up experience.
5:00pm to 6:00pm – Q&A, certificates presented and closure for the week
6:00pm – 7:30pm dinner at Edgefield Power Station or The Black Rabbit depending on availability.