The Case Study SOAP Note Clinical Hours is a chance for our clinical students to gain directed, online, clinical experience and hours.
During each two-hour online class, students are able to ask questions, form assessments and create herbal protocols in the format of a SOAP note template that we specifically use in our herbal clinics. These online cases are a role-played presentations of actual cases, but cases that are relatively simple. This process allows students to become more adept at working clinically with clients from start to finish of a mock clinical intake.
After intake, students are able to team up if they wish, and have approximately 30 minutes to form an assessment and herbal protocol which they then turn in to be reviewed. During and after review and follow-up information, students have the opportunity to edit and finish their SOAP notes which they then turn in. Each case study SOAP note clinic is 2 hours of clinical intake, assessment, protocols, evaluations and usually some follow-up information and discussion as well.
Students must attend for the full length of the online clinic and must turn in a finished SOAP note in order to get credit for the clinical hours. The prerequisite for this course is our Herbalism for Professionals introductory course (HMP). A minimum of 12 total clinical hours (6 classes) from this course are required (in addition to the Clinical Case Management course) in order for students to be eligible to apply for tele-clinic internship or on-site clinical internship at our Taos clinic.
Each week presents a different case. The titles of the cases are western orthodox diagnostic titles, but during the course of each case we will explore looking at the symptoms and signs from both western herbalism and (to a lesser extent) some traditional Chinese medicine perspectives, meaning that the actual herbal diagnosis from a western herbalism perspective may actually be different than the title of the case/week.
Cases will usually present with both a chief complaint and acute symptoms as well as in many cases, underlying root causes.