Clinic observation allows the student to witness first-hand the diagnosis of patients and the formulation and implementation of treatment strategies in an actual clinic setting. It provides a vital link between theoretical studies and practical application, and establishes the foundation for clinical work in the future. The student begins to learn the role of an acupuncturist in an actual clinical setting, along with basic principles of diagnosis and treatment. Students observe treatments performed by clinical instructors, supervisors and upper level students in the faculty/ student clinic. Students keep a clinical notebook of treatments observed.