I have boxes and boxes of notes from college–not to mention all of the continuing education notebooks I’ve accumulated after graduation. On top of that, I have at least two bookcases filled with acupuncture resources. Can you relate?
I’m sure it is no surprise to you that I love studying points. I especially love to read about favorite points from practitioners who have a lot more experience than I do. There is only one PROBLEM with my love for learning. The older I get, the more I forget.
I just can’t remember all of those helpful little tidbits that I have written in my notes, or highlighted in textbooks. Lucky for me–I work for Miridia Technology and the guys here at the office developed a software program to compensate for my tired brain.
You might think that Points is a program for students–but I’m here to say that it is WAY more than that! It is a resource for people who are growing older, like me–and can’t seem to remember as much as they used to. Let me show you what I mean…
My current favorite book/reading material is “Finding Effective Acupuncture Points” by Shudo Denmei. (This is the sequel to “Introduction to Meridian Therapy” that I spoke about in the I am Convinced series written earlier this year.) Before I began utilizing Points PC–if I wanted to remember something–I would circle, highlight, and write notes in the margins of the book.
The problems with my note-taking technique show up later when I want to utilize the clinical gems that I have highlighted throughout the book.
- It doesn’t look very professional to thumb through a textbook while treating a patient, looking for that great point that you just learned about last week.
- It’s really hard to find the points that you want to utilize when they are scattered throughout the book.
- What about that condition where you find multiple points that are helpful, but they are all on different pages?
I don’t know about you, but the best way for me to learn the value of a certain point is to actually use it! With the Points PC program, I keep my notes right in the program and can easily search for whatever I’m looking for immediately.
Case in point:
When I am reading about the specifics of a particular point, a patient usually comes to mind, and I might think: “Wow–‘Patient A’ could really use this point for her chronic dizziness.” I can type dizziness into the program, and even the name of the patient for a quick reference.
How many computers have you been through since you started college? I have been through at least 5 so far. The great thing about Points is that any data that I put into the system can be transferred from computer to computer as I upgrade through the years–as long as I have backed it up. Boy, I sure wish that I had this program while I was a student in college. Can you imagine what an incredible resource it would have been?
Now I have a new goal. I’m going through my old notes, slow but sure, and creating the MOST AWESOME clinical resource EVER! What makes it so awesome? I am filling it with resources that are clinically relevant to ME and my patients–based on the years of experience and courses that I have taken. My brain might be getting old and slow–but Points PC keeps my memory and hard drive up to date!
Have a great week everyone!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.