OCOM's clinics open for telehealth. Medicinary open for refills.

 

We are looking for continuing patients interested in restarting their care via telehealth, before our anticipated “e-opening” in mid-June. Existing patients who are Oregon residents will have an interactive appointment with a licensed practitioner faculty and students through an online Zoom session.

What does a telehealth appointment cost?

Thanks to a grant from Kaiser Permanente Hospital Foundation, telehealth visits are currently free to our patients. The Foundation is covering the entire cost of the appointment (*herbs or other medicinary items are extra). Herbs and home care kits are an additional cost beyond the consultation.

What is in a home self-care kit?

The OCOM Herbal Medicinary is able to ship self-care kits for pain management, home moxa, and ear seeds based on referral from a telehealth appointment. The techniques of each kit must be demonstrated to each patient to ensure safety. 

How do I schedule my telehealth appointment?

To schedule a telehealth appointment, call 503-253-3443 x999 or email your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of our patient services team will contact you. 

Who is eligible?

Due to state regulations, OCOM’s telehealth appointments are only available to existing OCOM patients who live in Oregon (those who have had an appointment in the past two years). 

How does “telehealth” work?

Patients meet with one of our licensed practitioner faculty and a small group of student interns through a secure, confidential Zoom meeting. (For more information on how a Zoom meeting works, visit https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ)

Here is a waiver that explains more about how the appointment will work.

What equipment do I need?

You will need Internet access and a computer with a camera and microphone, or a smartphone with 4G or higher connectivity. 




No cost? Great care? Why wait? Contact us right away for your own telehealth appointment.

School Acknowledgement:
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine has signed and returned the certification and agreement form, and intends to use the funds to provide at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

Funds Available to Students:
The total amount of HEERF funds available to students = $50,048 

Funds Disbursed/Approved to Students:
Amount distributed to students as of date of report, 5-28-2020 = $50,048 

Total Number of Students Eligible for Title IV Federal Aid, and Therefore Eligible for HEERF Emergency Funds
Total students eligible to apply for funds = 210  

Total Number of Students Who have Received/Were Approved an Emergency Financial Aid Grant (as of 5-11-2020)
Total number received grant = 40

Policy for Determining Which Students Did, or Will Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant and How Much Funding They Did or Will Receive

  1. Student submits a “Cost of Attendance Increase Form” specifying what they need, how much it will cost, and why they need it (must be tied to disruption of campus classes due to COVID-19) to the financial aid office
    1. A receipt is not needed to accompany the request, but no funds will be issued to the student until a receipt for the approved purchase is received.
  2. Students can request up to $2000 total for expenses
  3. The financial aid office staff reviews all requests on a first-come-first-serve basis.
    1. Review includes checking to see if the student has completed a FAFSA application and qualifies for federal Title IV aid and what their federally defined financial need is. 
  4. The financial aid office staff approves or declines based on multiple factors, including: If request meets criteria for being related to campus closure due to COVID-19 and not just COVID-19 pandemic in general. 
    1. If staff don’t know if request should be approved, they will reach out to work with the campus committee in charge of the HEERF Emergency Funds for feedback. 
  5. The financial aid office staff will notify the student if their request is approved or denied and if approved, for what amount it is approved for. 
  6. Emergency fund checks will be sent to the students in the standard check batch process once a month unless there is an urgent need by the student for an earlier issue date. 

Instructions/Announcements for Students:
The college posted two general announcements to all students informing them of the funds being available and how to apply for the funds. 

First Announcement to students:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C93jy1ynheAM_TzBJB-W1Bd-zUL7_z33Ila0ItvZgVw/edit?usp=sharing

Second Announcement to students:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TjUW5jED8YLcV-ELlNSeC9whIC6Ct8cg4bqBsOADIAg/edit?usp=sharing

IRS Instructions for CARES Act funds for tax purposes:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act




 

DACM Degree Completion Track

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
An entry-level, one-year option to gain your doctorate degree with added concentration areas of classical texts, collaborative care, and integrative health research. This track includes a live, integrative clinical component, and is taught in seven on-campus modular weekends with supplementary online coursework delivered throughout the year.

  • Applicants must have graduated from a master’s-level Chinese medicine program, but an active license and practice is not necessary.
  • Training in herbal medicine is required.
  • OCOM is accredited with ACAOM, and is seeking accreditation for this track.
  • Financial aid is not currently available for this track, though loan and scholarships options are.

DAOM Program

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Terminal Degree – Begins Fall 2020!
A clinically focused postgraduate, two-year accredited degree program specializing in women’s health and aging adults. Founded in 2003 and designed for the licensed practitioner maintaining an active practice, desiring to reach the highest level of achievement within the profession within the United States.

  • Taught in 10 modular weekends each year, over the course of two years.
  • Applicants must be able to document satisfactory completion of a master’s-level training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine (or its equivalent).
  • Training in herbal medicine is required.
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Email Anna Grace, Director of Doctoral Services, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today! 


 

Updated June 2, 2020

All spring term didactic classes and clinical experiences, will remain online for the duration of Spring term through June 26. OCOM has collaborated with other colleges on a phased clinical training programs reopening plan. We await a response from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), the Oregon Health Authority and to the Governor’s staff on approval move forward. We will have at least one month of PPE that is needed to re-open clinics and practical skills classes, with two weeks worth already on hand, donated by Multnomah County and SERV-OR.

Updated April 9, 2020 – Wednesday Governor Kate Brown has issued an extension of Executive Order 20-09, governing COVID-19 related school closures through "the end of the school year." We understand that this means a hardship for students and working parents with children now studying at home. As an institution of graduate medical education on our own academic calendar, we have some flexibility around delivering telehealth and medical services in the interim.

For all students and faculty, please plan to attend your online class and clinic sections until further notice. No student currently enrolled will have their tuition increased for any postponed hands-on or clinical classes related to the current school year. As OCOM has programmatic tuition, we may have to defer some program elements but do not plan to charge extra tuition for any practical experiences deferred until campus re-opens.

We have recently been approved for extensions through June 1 for our didactic distance education, as well as our clinical distance education by our accreditor, ACAOM. ACAOM does its approval time periods in coordination with the US Department of Education -- and those are continuing to evolve. It is our intention to deliver a quality academic product online for as long as it's allowable according to our accreditor and state guidelines and we are planning now for make-up shifts and practical hands-on lab hours once campus re-opens.

For essential employees on campus during this time, we have implemented campus-wide communication campaigns and building maintenance guidelines: 
 

 

Updated March 19, 2020 – On Wednesday, Governor Kate Brown announced an executive order directing Oregon's higher education institutions to move their curriculums to online learning, prohibiting in-person classroom interactions through April 28 as a way to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Thank you to all who have so quickly moved into the Zoom space for your final week of classes. We will be finishing the Winter quarter as scheduled, including your finals next week. We would also like you to know that floor-by-floor deep cleaning and sanitizing is taking place throughout the building over the break, including each individual workstation.

We are planning to start Spring quarter April 6 online. We are actively seeking opportunities to offer clinical education in an adapted format.

We know this is a hard time for everyone, and we are gathering supportive community resources for rent, food, and utilities. Please click here to link to our resources page.

 

Updated March 17, 2020 – Zoom is up and running, and the virtual campus will support students, faculty and staff through the end of the term. For those impacted by the COVID-19 closures, please visit our community resource page for special programs and other community assistance resources. Click here for the resource page.

 

Updated March 13, 2020 – OCOM Clinic and OCOM Hollywood Clinic will be closed beginning tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, 2020, until the start of Spring quarter on April 6, 2020. All remaining instruction and exams for the term will take place using Zoom, Populi, Moodle or by materials emailed to students. Updates will be sent to students over the coming week, depending upon the circumstances of the class and their stage in the program. Please be understanding and patient with your faculty as they work diligently to make this transition.

Campus will remain open this weekend for students to access lockers or other resources. You are encouraged to pick up any relevant mental health and personal support resources located outside the counseling office. Remote access to student advising and counseling are part of our planning and more to come on that as well.

While we will maintain a very small team of essential staff intermittently on campus, most work will be done remotely during this time. The campus will be closed to students and patients effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020. At this time, we plan to re-open the clinic at the start of Spring quarter on April 6, 2020.

 

Updated March 11, 2020 – New cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Oregon and OCOM is tracking the developments closely, leadership is meeting regularly and developing action plans for all possible scenarios. 

For now, the best advice is to remain calm and practice good hygiene including the following:

• Frequent and thorough hand washing
• Covering your cough
• Clean frequently used surfaces and devices 
• Individuals should not come to campus or clinic if you have:

Fever (100.4° F [38° C] or greater using an oral thermometer).
− Other symptoms like cough, vomiting, or diarrhea

If this is the case, we recommend that you call your primary health care provider, urgent care, or an emergency room before going in for an assessment.  

• It is best not to return to campus your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications
• Good self care to boost immunity through proper nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management 

To receive the best personal guidance on being prepared during this evolving outbreak, we encourage you to the Oregon Health Authority website or to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updates.

How is OCOM Reducing the Risk of Spread of the Virus?

The college is implementing campus-wide communication campaigns and building maintenance guidelines. If you are interested in viewing those procedures, please click the links below.

Personal Hygiene Recommendations
Building Cleaning and Maintenance

What about Travel?

At this point we are not recommending a specific action other than anyone who has recently traveled to traveled to level two or three zones: South Korea, China, Italy, and Iran should:

• Consult their county health department for guidance
• Consider staying home from campus and making work arrangements

If you are interested in more information about COVID-19 risk assessment by country, please click here.

Anyone planning travel, especially for spring break, should contact their airlines now to ask about cancellation and change policies. The continued spread of the COVID-19 virus to countries around the world may present challenges to travelers. It is important to consider not only the potential exposure to the virus from traveling abroad but also the possibility of being stranded abroad due to travel restrictions being put in place while traveling. Depending on developments with the disease, travelers may find themselves unable to return to the U.S. after travel to high-risk countries. To track updates on travel advisories, please click here.

While we do not relish having to refer to the campus emergency communication policy for anything other than the occasional snow day, please know that we have a process for addressing a situation of this nature. As testing for the virus increases, more cases are likely to be identified, and we will update you on any direct impact this may have on campus operations.

A crowd of first-year students, faculty, family, and friends gathered on January 14 in the college’s KPC Community Room for OCOM’s 8th annual White Coat Ceremony. The 2020 event is a community ritual that marks a student's transition into the clinical stage of their learning. 

Officiated by OCOM President, Sherri L. Green, PhD and featuring keynote speaker, Chair of Integrative Medicine, Heidi Clark, ND, LAc, their remarks addressed themes of professionalism, peer support, and self-reflection. Dr. Clark’s shared words of wisdom for the student’s journey in which the patient and nature serve as essential teachers to medical students. Read the full text of Dr. Clark’s address.

Following her address, the cohort of incoming clinical observers reaffirmed the Professionalism Oath, written and revised by previous OCOM students:

We commit to the constant and mindful stewardship of ourselves, the health of our profession, and our community through continuing education, compassionate practice, and heartfelt respect.

Join us in welcoming the next generation of compassionate acupuncture professionals to the field of medicine.

 

OCOM alumni Celia Hildebrand, DAOM (2013) recently became the first U.S. acupuncturist to be awarded a Fulbright grant to teach abroad. Her award was hosted by the Uzhhorod National University School of Medicine in southwestern Ukraine.

Celia previously spent time in Ukraine and western Poland to conduct research and visit family who remained in the region in the wake of World War II. She researched the traditional folk medicines of the Carpathian Mountains, and the Rusyn people from whom she draws her heritage.

During previous visits to Ukraine, Celia worked with a Corvallis, Oregon Sister-City organization (Project T.O.U.C.H.), which sends annual support and medical assistance to orphanages in Uzhorhod. Joining them in Fall 2017, she was invited by the Uzhhorod National University (UzhNU) School of Medicine to give some impromptu presentations on the use of auricular acupuncture for PTSD and pain, and also to introduce basic concepts of tongue observation. After returning to the United States, Celia worked with leadership at UzhNU and together they submitted an application for her to return and develop a short curriculum for certification of an abbreviated auricular acupuncture protocol through the Fulbright Specialist grant program. 

In March 2019, Celia returned to Uzhorhod under the Fulbright program. Under the umbrella of the School of Medicine, she provided nine guest lectures and introduced the broad concepts and theories of East Asian Medicine throughout the UzhNU system, including presentations to medical faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni, and practitioners in the field. All slides were translated for viewing, by professional translators provided by UzhNU, and included faculty and medical school residents.

Her lectures included live interpretation by these same professionals. In fact, her hosts at the school and her translators requested that she refrain from using words such as Qi, Yin, and Yang because they were unable to grasp the concepts behind these words and were uncomfortable in trying to communicate their importance. This presented a critical challenge, but using the research of Dr. Joseph M. Helms, and the work of Terry Oleson, she made it work. Dr. Helms was generous to allow her to use the research behind, and terminology of, his six-needle protocol, which enabled Celia to reach deeper into the Western medical model to effectively teach the East Asian concepts.

As a result, she was able to dispel misconceptions and false beliefs about acupuncture by introducing the research. The Associate Dean of the School of Medicine (a PhD pharmacist)  approached her after the initial lecture to say they had thought acupuncture was witchcraft because previous lecturers had been unable to bridge the East-West medical terminology, but that she had demonstrated how and why it works in a way no one else had done before. 

It wasn’t only education on acupuncture treatments and the science behind them that Celia introduced. In many Ukraine communities, there is little recognition of trauma and trauma-related issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Though individual symptoms of trauma reactions may be recognized, they are often not recognized as a part of a whole, complex syndrome. In an area of the world where many people have suffered severe trauma as a result of exposure to invasions and war, Celia has started the work of bringing education about trauma and PTSD to local psychologists and medical doctors. 

Developing positive relationships in Ukraine in 2017 helped Celia become a Fulbright specialist, and it is something that she wants everyone to know they are capable of doing. The process of applying, navigating, and negotiating with Fulbright and the university took two years. Because it can be such a lengthy process, Celia says that even current OCOM students could begin the process prior to graduation, especially through developing those initial relationships in locations where students might be interested in visiting and working. These relationships Celia described as “critical to being able to access allotted positions through Fulbright.” 

Her goal moving forward after this Fulbright experience is to, first and foremost, return to UzhNU and gather data she asked the graduates of the certificate program to collect from their treatments. UzhNU has offered to host a “Train the Trainer” program to certify the people she trained in March 2019 to conduct similar trainings on the use of five- and six-needle acupuncture to treat PTSD and generational trauma. She would like to carry this forward, expanding her traveling and training to the northern reaches of Ukraine where the war is still being fought, but says that making the connections to open those doors is the hardest aspect of accomplishing this goal.

 

 



July 16, 2019 — Thanks to the generous support of Anne Naito-Campbell, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) was among nine local nonprofits to receive gifts from the Naito family in May. The gift, valued at $50,000, benefits both the students and patients who now utilize the college’s Old Town clinic and classrooms. To celebrate, OCOM invites the public on the evening of August 7 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM to an on-campus dedication ceremony to honor of the Naito family.

The relationship between the Naito family and OCOM begins with the building that once housed the family’s Import Plaza and now is home to the college’s campus and teaching clinic. Originally developed in 1911, the property was known as the Globe Hotel and had 500 open air cots, barely separated from each other and covered by chicken wire, where it only cost 50 cents a night to get a “room.” At that time, Portland’s Old Town was home to Japanese, Chinese, and other immigrant communities. Evidence of these historical roots were uncovered during the 2012 redevelopment of the site, when crews dug up several artifacts, including a Japanese herbal medicine bottle from the late 1800’s.

In the 1960’s, when the Naitos bought the then-vacant Globe building, the intent to start a retail import shop in the middle of what was then known as Skid Row. The flagship store carried a mixture of eye-catching and kitschy products from across Asia including lamps, wicker and wood furniture, porcelain figurines, glass bowls and vases, folding screens, and a wide variety of Buddha sculptures. Despite predictions to the contrary, Import Plaza was an instant success, and it demonstrated the Naito family’s commitment to developing the beauty and resilience of Old Town. It also generated the cash flow and spawned a retail chain that allowed the Naito family to acquire extensive real estate holdings.

At its peak, Import Plaza consisted of eight stores across Oregon. Closing in 2000 due to changes in retail trends, the flagship location lay dormant, waiting to become a part of a new vision for the Old Town neighborhood. OCOM selected the location as the perfect home for its new campus. In collaboration with the Naito’s, the redevelopment project was funded through a combination of tax credits, PDC funds; and conventional financing, and the campus has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The $15.2 million dollar rehab of the building took one year, included gutting all four existing floors for seismic retrofit purposes, and earned the structure LEED Gold certification. The project team included Beam Development, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects, and LCG Pence Construction, LLC. On the roof is the old Import Plaza sign, restored and now emblazoned with the letters, OCOM. Culminating with the ribbon cutting in 2012, Anne Naito-Campbell and the Naito family have supported OCOM’s role in revitalizing the Old Town neighborhood. The relocation nearly doubled the college’s square footage, allowing OCOM to educate students and offer acupuncture, herbal, and wellness services to the public.

 
Anne Naito-Campbell

Import Plaza building prior to the 2011-2012 OCOM campus redevelopment

OCOM campus ribbon-cutting ceremony, 2012 

Founded in 1983, OCOM is a single-purpose professional graduate school that offers first professional and postgraduate degree programs in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. 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 1,500 graduates practice, teach, and research Chinese medicine in 50 states and across the globe, and have provided an estimated 10 million treatments over the past 36 years. Additional information about the college is available on our website, ocom.edu

Contact: Beth Howlett, MAcOM, LAc, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-253-3443 x196