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    We're trying to write rules for homoeopathic medical assistants to be allowed to practice homoeopathy in Arizona. Does anyone have quotable standards that we can use as a baseline? We're interested in defining categories of In-training (must have supervising physician in the room); Certified (practice on the same site as the physician, but without homoeopathic supervision; Senior (practice remotely from the supervising physician, without homoeopathic supervision. We are required by our law to have medical supervision for all categories, but not homoeopathic.

    Any sources of appropriate standards and hours of studies to match with these categories?


    Pat H.

  • #2
    Pat, here in Oz, we have the requirement of 4 years of part-time study, with certificate, to become qualified to practice. The student needs 200 hours of supervised clinical experience, before he is let loose on the public. The standards here for study are slack, due to the inexperience of the teachers. If you have practiced for a year, you can teach at any school. I live with a student and he complains about the lack of knowledge of his teachers. He went to a seminar the other day and answered most of the questions, which people with seven years experience could not even answer. So the people conducting the seminar suggested he had at least 10 years experience. When told he was only a student, they asked where he had gotten the knowledge, as his school must be very good. He said he lives with a homoeopath and that explained everything.
    So regardless what standards are applied, if the education is not too good, like here in Oz, you will need more supervision by a qualified and experienced homoeopath, to enable proper practice standards. Four years of part-time education - or even the full-time of Oz - is insufficient, if the standards of education are not too high. I would subject all candidates to a rigourous examination as to their knowledge - regardless the paper on the wall, saying they are qualified.


    • #3
      In Connecticut to be a Homeopathic Physician one must have completed four years of medical school, two years of residency and pass the state test on homeopathy which is based on the classics (Hahnemann, Kent.) Naturopaths can also practice. There seems to be little monitoring and regulation.


      • #4
        Pat, Credits are practice hours, as far as I know. 200 hrs are enough here in one school, while another requires only 30! Thus a week at least, and a month at most are the requirements for opening practice. I like the Conncticut requirements better, but that lack of control is the closed shop mentality we also have here and have adopted from the allopaths. The national standards are that you must keep records, but there is no muscle to enforce proper practice, which is bought off with malpractice insurance. Imagine! you can stuff up in the knowledge that you need not pay for it! what kind of stimulus for proper practice is that!?

        The best rules are those that Hahnemann set out in the Organon, but they need enforcement by a strong body with more than paper powers. Personally, I would like to see a 4 year day-school, with anatomy, physiology and pathology (at least of the visible signs and symptoms), nutrition and thorough-going homoeopathic study of all the relevant books, beginning with the Organon, Chronic Diseases and such material. Study of the MM in a systematic manner, rather than alphabetical, by relationship and pathology discussed in the other classes, so that an integrated whole is created that can be practically applied. After all, that is the test of the homoeopath. Then at least 1 year practice 3 days a week in the school clinic, which should be free, so that many come for treatment and real cases can be solved. Then another year as an intern with a practicing homoeopath, 5 days a week, to learn the finer points. Then, give a diploma.

        [This message has been edited by Ben Rozendal (edited 09 September 1999).]


        • #5
          In Connecticut the test to become licensed is based on Hahnemann and Kent, it covers philosphy(Organon), repertorizing and materia medica. There are no requirements for hours. The residency is for allopathic hospitals, one needs only to become a general practioner MD.

          The ideal mentioned above was used in the United States from 1860-1880's. The emphasis on the homeopathic basics and rotations in a homeopathic hospital was diluted with courses on pathology, microscopy, microbilogy etc.
          To a homeopath does it matter if the fever was brought on by S, aureus or a virus or if it came on suddenly or gradually after exposure to cold?

          The history of Hahnemann University in Philidelphia PA proves my point. The last course in materia medica was taught in the early 1960's by Oscar Boericke. It was discontinued because he was to old had to retired and then died shortly there after. I wonder if any of the student there (now called Allegeny) now what homeopathy is?


          • #6
            Thanks, guys. Appreciate the inputs.

            For anyone else who may know, I'm still looking for the alleged UK-Australian draft requirements that are being adopted for homeopathic studies to practice. There is a New Zealand set that requires 427 credits at various levels. I believe there is an equivalent draft being reviewed for Australia and the UK. So am interested in knowing where on the web (or elsewhere) I might be able to find it, and what a Credit is. It appears to be something like a classroom hour of study from the way the NZ one reads.

            Thanks again.


            • #7
              Check with the Society of Homeopaths in UK as they have set up detailed criteria for colleges. They have a website at:-

              Note the English spelling of Homoeopathy
              RSHom - Registered Homeopath


              • #8
                If you are still looking for the Australian regulations, might I suggest you contact who is the contact for the Australian Homoeopathic Association. The emails for anyone else you might like to contact are listed on this website under International contacts.
                Regards,<br /><b>Simone H</b><br /><br /><i>Aude Sapere</i><br /><br />"Never be a passive listener or learner" ~ Christian Gottfried Hahnemann


                • #9
                  ECCH has some rules, 1200 houers is a demand, but personally i would had other criterias, to many with that time cant use homeopathy, personal fitness should have been a criteria.

                  Homeopat MNNH Geir E.T. Marcussen