Break Down Any TCM Case Study Efficiently & Effectively
Learn to break down complex TCM cases using a unique step-by-step format (plus, video answer keys) that will get you to the correct TCM diagnosis every single time.
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Meet your course instructor
Gillian Marsollier | RAc, CCII
Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001, and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. After completing a 4-year Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she began her teaching career in Newfoundland. There she wrote the bulk of the curriculum for a 3-year acupuncture program and served as the Acupuncture Program Director. Gillian was then transferred to Halifax, where she successfully gained approval by the Board of Education in Nova Scotia for an acupuncture program. In addition to teaching, she practiced at a very successful multi-faceted alternative treatment centre while residing on the East Coast. In 2008 Gillian went to Nepal to teach acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities at a medical facility. They are still using the modalities to this day to treat the locals from the Himalayan hills. For the last 5 years, Gillian has been pursuing the media side of acupuncture and natural healing through the creation of LIFT Education Academy. Through this online education platform, she has created many popular courses including bootcamps that have become the national gold standard for preparation for TCM registration exams.
Originally created for the challenging Pan-Canadian Case Study exam, this course has become very popular for new and seasoned practitioners alike as you will learn how to excel at breaking down any case study – from simple to incredibly complex.
Upon registration, you can download the detailed guideboook which will provide you with the necessary course materials as you follow along with each video. Instead of just reading through case studies, you will watch as Instructor, Gillian Marsollier uses her TCM foundations and a unique pathogenesis technique to arrive at the correct diagnosis. You will watch close-up videos of her dissecting the cases, right on the exam paper! You will engage in quizzes, tests, and case studies of your own.
BONUS VIDEO: Audio recording that will demonstrate how to take a thorough an actual patient history.
Here is what you will learn:
- Strong key foundations review.
- Detailed teachings on pathogenesis (step-by-step).
- Detailed teachings on etiology (so important to help ground your diagnoses).
- Detailed teachings on finding your diagnoses for both easy and challenging cases (the key here is a consistent format which, of course, is what we will be learning!).
- Detailed teachings in treatment principle (there is a small secret here to know).
- How to choose the best acupuncture points for your exam or for your clinic.
- To choose the best TCM Herbal formula for your exam or for your clinic.
- How to create a powerful treatment plan (this becomes such an important part of your practice as well).
And, of course, you will go through many, MANY case studies in both test formats, and along with your instructor using the magic formula for TCM case study success!
1. Course Outline
2. Course Guidebook
3. Course Materials
Section I | Foundations
4. Foundations Outline
5. Cardinal Symptoms: Part I – What Are They and Why Are They So Important?
6. Cardinal Symptoms: Part II – More Examples For You
7. Yin / Yang and the 8 Principles
8. Qi / Blood / Body Fluids / Essence
9. 7 Emotions / 6 EPFs
10. Zang Fu Organ Functions / Etiologies / Zang Fu Syndrome Differentiation
11. Ben / Biao Rules (Root / Branch)
12. *QUIZ* Foundations, Foundations, Foundations
13. Section Summary
Section II | Case Breakdown Definitions
14. Case Breakdown Definitions
15. The Magic Method to Finding the Root
16. How to Use the Case Study Template: A Video Demonstration
Section III | Actual Recorded Patient History Intake
17. Actual Patient Intake
18. Audio Case Completed Intake Template
20. *QUIZ* Pathogenesis
21. Sections I – III Summary
Section IV | Now, Let’s Do A Couple Together Slowly
22. Case #1: Urticatria / Digestion
23. Case #2: Hematuria
24. Read Before Moving On
Section V | Breaking Down Cases Quickly
25. Case #1: Leukorrhea
25. Case #2: Tinnitus
26. Case #3: Insomnia
27. Case #4: Chest Pain
28. Case #5: Abdominal Pain
29. Got It?
Section VI | Your Turn: Practice-O-Rama
30. Case Exam
31. Case Exam: Answer Key
Section VII | Case Study Exam: Put Your New Methods to the Test
32. Case Study Exam
33. Case Study Exam: Answer Key
34. Case #1: Digestion
35. Case #2: Childhood Epilepsy
36. Case #3: Abdominal Ache
37. Case #4: Joint Pain
38. Case #5: Hearing Loss
39. Case #6: Insomnia1
40. Case #7: Insomnia2
41. Case #8: Vomiting
Section VIII | Bonus Questions + Video Answer Keys
42. Bonus Cases
43. Bonus Cases: Answer Key
44. Case #9: Abdominal Pain / Diarrhea
45. Case #10: Orthopnea
Section IX | 21 More Cases with 163 Questions
46. Cases #1 – 2: Discharge & Depression
47. Cases #3 – 4: Numbness & Tinnitus
48. Case #5 – 6: Diarrhea & Palpitations
49. Case #7 – 9: Acne, Weak Limbs & Anal Pain
50. Case #10 – 13: Body Ache, Pain, Poor Circulation & Droopy Eyelids
51. Case #14 – 17: Urinary Retention, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Fever & Nose Bleeds
52. Case #18 – 21: Painful Breasts, Abdominal Pain & Mystery Illnesses
Students are saying…
“This course was recommended by one of my instructors. It covered everything and some that we needed to know to pass the Pan-Canadian Examinations. It is so well organized. I highly recommend this course.”
“Excellent, it was very thorough, everything broken down in detail, covering all aspects of the exam. I recommend this course not only for the examinations but to anyone that would like to strengthen their knowledge of TCM. EXCELLENT!!!!!”
“I really enjoyed this course, to my surprise! I thought it would be really dry and boring, but it was quite fun to comb through these cases and see how much (or little) I really know. I’ve been in the TCM world for 10 years now, and I still got a lot out of this course. I learned new things that were never taught in my TCM training! It’s a great refresher for some foundational knowledge and has helped me to approach breaking down cases more accurately and efficiently in my clinical practice.”
“Better than expected. Thorough, clear, and concise; the templates are key to build a faster, more efficient description on answering exam case studies. Totally love Gillian’s personality and style of teaching!“
“Excellent. I registered due to word of mouth feedback that the course would prepare me for the registration exams (and it did). Most useful were the video answer keys. I would try the questions on my own, then immediately watch the answer. Because the answers were right there, I found myself improving as I went through each one – that’s when I saw immediate and sustained improvement in my learning.“
“Amazing! I believe I passed the first round of exams because of it. I heard amazing things about this course from my instructors and people who have previously taken this course and been successful on the exam.”
“A much needed, top-notch course. All of it was useful.”
“Extremely well thought out course. The correctional videos as opposed to only having a piece of paper (or screen) to look at really helps the answers sink in, and sometimes makes the answer more obvious, I also like when you say “Not for the exam, but in real life, I would tell the patient this, or I would treat them in this manner” as the whole point is to actually be working on real-life people one day and not just passing an exam.”
“Very well put together. Easy to follow and refer back to. Clean! I wished I had your expertise earlier, well before exam prep time. I wish I would have had this material in year two even.Would have helped loads in clinic and keeping focus for what to prepare for come exam times.”
“Excellent. This is such a well put together course! I love the technique of breaking down cases. Why don’t they teach this in school?!“
“This course was a great help. The variety of cases was helpful. Overall, its good mental gymnastics to get prepared for the exam, especially the last 21 cases.”
“I am so glad I took this course. I’ve been out of school for 5 years now and I really needed the push to get me to review my foundations again for my licensing exam. There were so many things I realized I’d forgotten or never really learned in school! I can see myself referencing the course materials and using the tools I’ve learned in clinic long after the exam is over.”
“I can’t think of anything that wasn’t useful… I really enjoyed having the answer sheets and videos because sometimes just seeing the answer isn’t as good as knowing how she got the answer. And it is cumbersome, but extremely useful how complex and difficult the cases are, it really shows you where you need to improve.”
“I always love taking Gillian’s courses, she gives you all necessary information and tools you need to be able to learn and review, find your weakness and correct them before the exam. Her information is always clear and to the point, with lots of detail for both the exam and clinical practice.”
“If you are considering taking this course, do it! It streamlines studies like you wouldn’t believe. Everything is covered in a systematic way. You don’t ever have to wonder what you should be studying or where to go next, it’s amazing and saves a ton of time!”
Great Course, fantastic instructor. Gillian has created an easy to follow method that allows students/practitioners to become accurate, speedy and consistent with each and every case they see. Wether you are a student who is wanting to learn how to properly break down a case, or a seasoned practitioner hoping to refine diagnostic skills and create the best treatment protocol for their patients, this is the course for you.
“I personally did not learn type of case breakdown in school, and have benefited from using Gillian’s method. Using her techniques, even the most difficult cases become manageable. Having taken Gillian’s Board Exam Bootcamp, I can say that she has been the best instructor I have had to date!”
“It exceeded my expectations. It was clear and very well organized. Loved it!”
“I love this course. Hope to see more of her courses soon.”
“I love it. It’s a very well designed course, and presented professionally. Lots of useful information to go through. Easy to understand and easy to follow. Of course you need to do lots of homework, too :)”
“I also highly recommend taking Gillian’s bootcamps to prep for the exam as her energy and enthusiasm is truly inspiring!! Thanks Gillian!”
“Gillian’s courses are a must for anyone writing the boards! I would like to take a moment and say thank you to Gillian for putting together this course. It really helped solidify and speed up my skills at breaking down a case study.”
“Well worth the money. The material is intellectually stimulating for studying the exam in the right direction.”
“I am so thrilled to report that I passed Foundations this afternoon! I absolutely could not have done it without you. I kept hearing your voice in my head trying to decipher what to do and when. As well as using your five element approach to several of the case studies. You are a gifted and wonderful teacher and person! I will forever be grateful to you.”
For the record, what you are doing for students is amazing as well as affordable. I have been recommending your classes to everyone if they are serious about TCM and passing their exam. Your teaching style is informative yet to the point. You are an excellent teacher!”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your help and support over the past year. I took all of your courses including the online case studies; which was amazing, and really helped me pull things together and gain confidence. I am happy to report I have passed all my exams…yay!
“I loved the way you explained things, especially the symptoms to Zang Fu… I loved the videos and how you broke down the case studies.“
“Everything is broken down step-by-step. Easy to grasp”
“Clear, concise and relevant. I believe all TCM courses should be taught just like Gillian’s!”
“Gillian breaks everything down and explains things so simply. Her method of teaching “clicks” with my brain.”
“Excellent. I found the course to be insightful with a step-by-step protocol to understanding cases. I absolutely learned so many more key details about TCM that I have not learned before. Thank you!”
“Excellent course, beyond my expectations! High detail, well explained and concise, helpful tips and tricks as well. Gillian shares an extreme knowledge level covering a wide range concisely! Very effective teaching methods help to learn a vast amount of info (even new tidbits not covered in textbooks/schooling).”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.