(February 23, 2016) OCOM currently seeks a leader at the nation’s number one ranked acupuncture school. The President will work in partnership with the Board of Trustees, staff, faculty, and students to share and achieve OCOM’s vision and mission. Building on the college’s excellent reputation, our future President’s keen collaboration and resource development skills will help establish new partnerships and bring in new funding. OCOM is seeking an individual with experience in higher education to inform faculty, student, and staff relations and also drive the college’s organizational and business development. This professional should have a deep appreciation for Chinese medicine, a history of contributing positively to a mission-focused culture and strong sense of community.
Brief Institutional History of OCOM
Founded in 1983, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is a single-purpose professional graduate school that offers two specialized degree programs: Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). In 1989, OCOM became only the third acupuncture and Chinese medicine college to be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). OCOM completed one of the most ambitious strategic goals in 2012 with the relocation of our campus from our former southeast Portland home to the centrally located Old Town Chinatown neighborhood.
Since the college’s inception, its MAcOM program has graduated nearly 1,200 students and currently has alumni practicing in more than 30 states. OCOM’s DAOM program, with more than 110 alumni, has educated many leaders in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, including a number of academic officers at other AOM institutions. Recently ranked the number one college in the nation for earning a degree in acupuncture (by thebestschools.org), OCOM’s academic programs provide students with a solid foundation in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and qi cultivation, as well as a focus on collaboration between Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine.
OCOM is excited to announce a new opportunity for our currently enrolled students. Bragg Health Foundation has made a donation in memory of Dr. Paul C. Bragg of $10,000 for five scholarships of $2,000 each. These Patricia and Paul C. Bragg Health Science Scholarships are to be awarded to second-, third-, or fourth-year OCOM students based on essay responses to a question about the relationship between nutrition and health. These scholarships are the first the Bragg Foundation has made to an acupuncture college.
The mission of the Bragg Foundation is to inspire and educate people of all ages throughout the world to adopt a healthy lifestyle through optimal nutrition, exercise, positive attitudes, and spiritual wellness. To learn more about these scholarships and how to apply, visit our Scholarships page to download an application.
The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) in collaboration with the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health received a HRSA grant to establish the National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH). OCOM is one of the sites where NCIPH will be piloting a 45-hour introductory interprofessional integrative healthcare course, Foundations in Integrative Health.
Beginning January 19, 2016 OCOM doctoral students, faculty and staff will start participating in this important pilot study. The NCIPH supports the incorporation of competency- and evidence-based Integrative Health Care (IH) curricula into educational programs in a movement toward integrative interprofessional patient care. The ultimate goal of this project is to change the way primary care health professionals are educated to include an emphasis on providing an integrative approach to patient care utilizing an interprofessional collaborative team. The curriculum will include:
1. Introduction to Integrative Health
2. Motivational Interviewing and Lifestyle Behavior Change
3. Health Care Professionals Well-being
4. Primary Health Care Professionals Background and IM/IH assessments
5. Integrative Health Interventions
6. Community and Systems At-Large
7. Final Reflection and Post-Assessments
Educational training institutions and their participants who are part of the pilot study will be expected to complete the course by July 1, 2016. Participants who pass a knowledge test with a score of 70 percent or better and complete at least 80 percent of the course content will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Read how the competencies were developed and strategies for adoption from an article originally published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine.
Are you interested in pursuing a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine? If so, OCOM may have the right combination of programs for you — plus a scholarship program to match!
For master’s applicants in the incoming 2017 and the 2016 cohorts, OCOM’s Board of Trustees has approved $10,000 scholarships designed for applicants who are interested in completing both the college’s master’s and doctoral degree programs consecutively.
As the #1 school of acupuncture in the nation, OCOM offers not only a quality master’s program, but a highly regarded Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree (DAOM), as well. This two-year program of in-depth clinical study allows those who have completed the master’s degree to begin practicing anywhere in the country while they pursue their doctoral training. A flexible modular format includes monthly teaching intensives with experts in a variety of Chinese medicine specialties.
OCOM doctoral graduates report development of advanced clinical and research skills, as well as lifelong professional relationships with leaders in the field. All DAOM students learn within areas of dramatically expanding need in the current health care environment — women’s health and chronic diseases affecting aging adults. OCOM’s doctoral program was the first to graduate practitioners with a DAOM degree in 2005. Learn about the OCOM doctoral program.
The scholarships for students enrolling in the combined program are specifically designed to provide funds during the two years of doctoral study. To be eligible to receive the funds, scholarship recipients must successfully graduate from the master’s program and then be accepted into the doctoral program via the regular doctoral admissions process. For information regarding the OCOM master’s program and available scholarships, visit ocom.edu/scholarships.
Contact the Office of Admissions for details about the combined program scholarship program.
On November 12-14, Ben Marx, MAcOM, LAc, Interim Director of Research, represented OCOM at the annual Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) Conference at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The multiday international forum highlighted acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) research from around the world and fostered interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among AOM researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. OCOM also supported the conference as a key Institutional Member and event sponsor.
The conference, Reaching across Disciplines to Broaden the Acupuncture Research Network, contained multiple plenary lectures that directly addressed current basic, clinical, and translational research in AOM. Highlights included a session featuring Richard Harris, Irving Kirsch, and Ted Kaptchuk (“From Neuroimaging to Clinical Trials: The Changing Role of Placebo in Acupuncture Research”), which explored placebo research related to acupuncture and medicine, and another — “Advances in Mechanistic and Translational Acupuncture Research” — exploring acupuncture research in cardiovascular, reproductive, and metabolic disorders by Elisabet Stener-Victorin, John Loghurst, Takahiro Takano.
In addition to the plenary lectures, special panels comprised of the plenary speakers and a moderator allowed for deeper, facilitated discussion of the topics between panelists and the audience. Workshops offered guidance in performing meta-analyses and systematic reviews, designing mind-body East Asian medicine clinical trials, and a hands-on introduction to various high- and low-tech devices for capturing outcomes in acupuncture-related research.
On Saturday, November 14, the conference expanded to an unprecedented one-day event hosted jointly between the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) , Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and the Fascia Research Society (FRS). During the joint conference, experts in the fields of acupuncture, integrative oncology, cancer biology, and mechanobiology synthesized clinical and basic science research highlighting the importance of connective tissue in cancer biology, and the role of acupuncture in an integrated approach to health promotion and cancer prevention.
The interrelationship between these three fields was expressed at the conference by the following infographic:
Marx presented a research poster at the conference entitled “Effectiveness of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the Management of Pain – A Prospective Cohort Study.” In brief, the study assessed four years of data collected with PROMIS questionnaires on patients treated for pain conditions in OCOM’s clinics. The study concludes that “statistically significant improvements in Global Physical Health, Physical Functioning and Pain Interference from Visit 1 to Visit 5 suggest that intern-delivered AOM is an effective intervention for the management of pain.”
The 2015 SAR conference, taking place at Harvard Medical School — one of the most respected and recognized medical institutions in the world — represents an important step in the growth of AOM in the West. In addition, the joint conference between the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR), Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and the Fascia Research Society (FRS) showcases the exciting cross-fertilization of ideas that is possible within the emerging integrative medicine movement.
Open House Celebration at OCOM’s Campus and Clinic
Visit the OCOM campus on Friday, October 23, from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM for free acupuncture and other activities celebrating acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and the college’s graduates and programs.On Friday October 23, OCOM hosts an open house in honor of national Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day (AOM Day). In an official proclamation by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, all city residents are encouraged to understand, “the long and rich history of traditional medicine that has been used for thousands of years to diagnose and treat illness…[and] those in need of medical services [seek] the full realm of treatment and seek competent and professional care.” AOM Day is observed internationally on October 24 as part of an effort to increase public awareness of the medicine.
The public is invited to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine at a lecture from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Demystifying Chinese Medicine, presented by faculty member Greg Livingston, PhD (China), LAc. The open house will also include complimentary group acupuncture treatments from 3:00 to 5:00 PM (4th floor Group Treatment Room). The OCOM Herbal Medicinary and the college’s bookstore will feature tea sampling, Chinese herbal displays and free giveaways on the first floor from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. OCOM alumni, current students and community partners are celebrated with displays featuring their products and services.
An estimated 36 percent of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Among the common CIM practices identified by the survey were acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, taiji quan and qigong. These studies and others like them demonstrate the role that AOM plays in today’s health care system. They also support the need for consumers to be provided accurate and reliable information regarding their treatment options.
For more information about OCOM Clinic, including hours and fees, click here. Contact the OCOM Clinic front desk at 503-445-0951 to schedule your appointment. OCOM Clinic is on the 4th floor of the college campus at 75 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209.
The Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), a nonprofit with members National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Pacific University and University of Western States, is partnering with the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) on the first truly interprofessional advanced training fellowship in integrative health and medicine. This is the first graduate-level, two-year training program of its kind for interprofessional advanced health clinicians. Portland, Oregon is the only city in the United States to house the combination and breadth of teaching institutions needed for the program as envisioned by Dr. Low Dog and is made further distinct by the long history of collaboration among OCIM member institutions.
The two-year program is a hybrid model that includes 1,000 hours in the virtual classroom with media-rich training, discussion groups, streamed videos and interactive web-based curriculum. Additionally, the program incorporates clinical rotations, three in-person retreats and elective specialty modules. The AIHM Fellowship will deliver the program according to the standards of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through its academic partner, OCIM.
OCIM, which represents a group of prominent accredited health and medicine educational institutions, emerged as the ideal partner in AIHM’s search for an academic partner. “The defining characteristic of the AIHM fellowship program is that it is interprofessional, meaning that you have medical and osteopathic physicians, pharmacists, licensed acupuncturists, dentists, and many others all training together,” said AIHM President, Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM. “OCIM brings more than 25 years of exactly that type of collaboration. We are extraordinarily well-suited for partnership.”
According to OCOM representative to the OCIM Board of Directors, Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP, "OCOM is thrilled to join OCIM in partnering with AIHM to create a new generation of interprofessional healthcare providers better trained understand and cooperate among each other's disciplines. Patients benefit when practitioners know how to provide truly integrated care."
Dr. Low Dog has expressed her excitement over the emerging partnership with OCIM. “The AIHM Fellowship is the culmination of over 35 years of my life’s work. Our academic partner, OCIM and its members will infuse the fellowship with distinction while providing the infrastructure for its clinical component. The Fellowship curriculum is expertly crafted by a diverse group by professionals. Applications for our first class, which launches February 2016, are rolling in now.”
The Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) is a nonprofit organization with membership comprised of National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Pacific University and University of Western States. OCIM works to transform health care and improve the health of the public by creating integrative educational opportunities for students, residents, fellows, practitioners and patients by collaborating on integrative health research and patient care and by providing a collective voice for affecting change. OCIM believes that optimal health is not attainable within any single health discipline or profession, but rather is best achieved through an evidence-informed, integrative approach. Go to www.o-cim.org.
The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) is an international, interprofessional, member-centric organization that educates and trains clinicians in integrative health and medicine to assure exemplary health care. The AIHM’s training incorporates evidence-informed research, emphasizes person-centered care and embraces global healing traditions. By combining science and compassion, the AIHM is transforming health care. Go to www.aihm.org.
Founded in 1983, OCOM is a single-purpose nonprofit graduate school that offers two specialized degree programs: Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). OCOM’s mission is to transform health care by educating highly skilled and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary patient care, and engaging in innovative research within a community of service and healing. Our 1,300 graduates practice, teach and research Chinese medicine in 43 states and across the globe, and have provided an estimated 10 million treatments during the past 32 years. In 2012, OCOM relocated its campus and clinic to a LEED Gold certified academic, clinic and research facility in Old Town Chinatown.