Pre-Reading & Pre-Course Exam
In preparation for the Advanced IDN course we wanted to give you some information that is important for you to have a very productive and successful weekend. The Advanced Course is going to take your clinical thought process to another level, and the best part is we build on what you already know. With that said, the information is at a high level, and your review of neurology is paramount to a deeper understanding of the concept.
We highly recommend doing the following as a pre-seminar study guide:
- Read the paper on the 3 I’s and 3 S’s of the IDN system.
- Read the paper on Neurogenic Inflammation.
- Review the Homeostatic nerve locations.
- Learn the nerve chart in the pre-reading; review the dermatomes, the names of the peripheral nerves, and their sensory distribution.
- Review the peripheral nerves anatomical pathways (i.e., how they travel through the body) of the femoral, obturator, and sciatic nerves, including their branches from the spinal cord down to their termination into the legs/feet. You can pick up an anatomy book or app to review this.
- Review the peripheral nerves anatomical pathways (i.e., how they travel through the body) of the Radial, Ulnar, Median, Musculocutaneous, and Axillary nerves, (including their branches) from the spinal cord down to their termination into the arms/hands. You can pick up an anatomy book or app to review this.
- Complete the Pre-Course online examination.
In furthering your preparation for the Advanced course, I wanted to share an article I wrote about a research paper assessing neurogenic inflammation. This article, in my opinion, is a landmark article about neurogenic inflammation, from its objective existence to the systemic effects it produces. Neurogenic inflammation is the basis of the IDN model of Neurologic Dry Needling, and this article will set the stage for our discussion and the course.
In the past advanced courses, we have completed a paper examination during the class time on Sundays. This took up valuable class time and created more anxiety and stress for some students, so we developed a web-based examination This is a multiple choice examination that you must achieve an 80% or higher to become certified. The questions relate to the foundation course material, clinical practice and safety considerations. If you have been clinically practicing IDN and you put some review time into the foundation material you will do great and be better prepared for the Advanced course!
There is also a practical examination on Sunday afternoon that requires you to demonstrate clinical rationale and decision making. The collective effect of the 2 examinations, my observations/suggestion, Q & A sessions and intensive labs over 3 days allows a very comprehensive self-reflection of your skill set, which is extremely important in skill development.
Please use the link below to access the web-based exam. Select the Advanced course you will be attending from the drop-down list. You must answer all questions to submit the test. You will have 3 attempts to score 80% or above.