Rick Mudie

Rick Mudie

We are very pleased to announce that for our specialist acupuncture course, we have a few new additions to the teaching staff here at ICOM. One of our new colleagues is Rick Mudie, an ex-student of the ICOM acupuncture college here in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Rick graduated in the summer of 2004 with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture. Since qualifying he has been developing his own private practice and spent his first four years working alongside Pauline van Buren, the former principle of the college and wife of the late Dr. van Buren, the founder of the college.

 Rick currently has private practices in Brighton and Lewes and is an acupuncture consultant at The Agora Gynaecology and Fertility Centre, in Hove.

What part of the Acupuncture Course will Rick be teaching?

Rick has started teaching practical and supervised clinic sessions to our 3rd year students. This is the part of the course where the students finally get to put their theory into practice and start treating people. It is an exciting time for all concerned.

Typically, the practical clinic days are arranged by each year being split up into smaller groups, typically 3-4 students per group with one supervisor. Each student takes it in turns to see a patient from start to finish, going through the consultation, various diagnostic procedures that we teach here and then carrying out the actual treatment itself. This is all under the watchful eye and guidance of the supervisor and also with the other students in the group quietly observing.

In supervised clinics the students work on their own. As the year goes on they develop their skills with a supervisor close by. By the end of this process they are capable of treating from start to finish by themselves.

We have a variety of supervisors, each with a great deal of experience and knowledge. This exposes each student to a variety of approaches and encourages them to develop their own style of practice. In our experience this approach creates better practitioners, with good diagnostic skills.

What Rick has to say about teaching at ICOM

Rick joined the teaching team back in September 2013 and has since adapted to the way of life as a teacher here at our acupuncture college.

“It is great to be back at ICOM. I am amazed at how much my own learning has accelerated and my clinical skills have developed, since being back. It feels like a natural step in my evolution as a practitioner and is the perfect environment to learn and share this valuable knowledge. This is an exciting time for me.”

ICOM’s Acupuncture Course and its teachers

Here at ICOM we pride ourselves on the high standards of training we provide to our students, doing everything we can to shape and mould them into the best possible acupuncturists they can be. For this reason we require all our teachers to be of a very high standard, both as practitioners and teachers. Over time, each of our highly experienced practitioner teachers are also required to complete a PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education) course to further assist their abilities in delivering the material and assisting and supporting the learning of the students on our acupuncture course.


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