Dear OCOM Community, 

Today, the OCOM Board of Trustees launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise supportive funds for its employees. The fundraiser will run May 28 to June 25 so that the community can support OCOM's faculty and staff during the closure.

All proceeds will support faculty and staff with retention bonuses, severance payments, or funding to purchase medical insurance – support that goes above and beyond benefits included in OCOM’s closure budget. Extra employee support is a powerful way to lift up the community at this difficult time.

Please considering inviting your friends, family, patients, neighbors to make a gift:

  • To support an acclaimed college with a 41-year history in Portland

  • To help neighbors losing their jobs and their professional community

  • To honor the healing tradition of acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Feel free to edit the sample email or social posts that are listed below to personalize them and make them your own.


Sample Email

Dear XXX,

Since 1983, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine has served as a beacon of health and hope in Portland, and across the country, as one of America’s best schools of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Due to financial challenges largely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the deterioration of its Old Town neighborhood, the college is closing.

Please consider joining me in honoring this remarkable place – and its remarkable people. The college is raising funds to give staff and faculty extra financial help as the school prepares to shut down. Gifts will provide severance payments, retention bonuses, and funding for medical insurance – crucial support that will go above and beyond the college’s closure budget. Your gift will make a softer landing for the OCOM team as they transition into new professional roles.

OCOM alumni are leaders in their fields, helping people in all 50 states manage addiction, pain, injuries, and complications from cancer treatment. They’ve also improved the profession of acupuncture and Chinese medicine through advocacy, education, and research. Our alumni couldn’t have done it without the guidance of OCOM teachers and the support of OCOM staff.

Please consider a gift to this community of compassionate healers. You can access the campaign by clicking GoFundMe.


Sample Facebook post

Please consider a gift in support of the faculty and staff at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which is closing after 41 years in Portland. Help the community who’ve made Portland a mecca for acupuncture and Chinese medicine for more than a generation.

GoFundMe #LiftUpLegends #HonorOCOM


Sample Instagram post

Please give to the healers and helpers at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which is closing in Portland after 41 years. Your donation will support the faculty and staff as they transition to new careers. 

GoFundMe #LiftUpLegends #Acupuncture #ChineseMedicine  #HonorOCOM


Sample LinkedIn post

For more than a generation, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine has served as America’s top school of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a leader in Portland’s healthcare community. Now, due to financial challenges largely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, OCOM is closing its doors in Old Town forever.

Please consider a gift to lift up this special community. Trustees invite the Portland community – or anyone who has benefitted from acupuncture and Chinese medicine – to provide extra support to faculty and staff. They’ve put severance payments and other forms of financial support into the college closure budget, but want to go above and beyond to soften the landing for this team as they search for new positions and start a new professional chapter.

A donation in any amount will help. GoFundMe Thank you in advance for rallying behind this circle of healers and helpers.

#HonorOCOM #Acupuncture #ChineseMedicine #LiftUpLegends


Sample X (Twitter) post

Please consider a gift in support of the faculty and staff at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which is closing after 41 years in Portland. Help the healers who’ve made Portland a mecca for acupuncture and Chinese medicine for more than a generation. GoFundMe



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2024

Top West Coast Schools of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Join Forces


PORTLAND, OR – Trustees overseeing the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), the
top-ranked U.S. school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, voted last night to close the
college after 41 years and enter into an agreement with the National University of Natural
Medicine (NUNM) to teach OCOM’s third-year students for their final year of classes, offer first-
and second-year students the option of a comprehensive credit transfer, and accept incoming

OCOM students automatically. Trustees also voted to enter into an agreement with Five
Branches University (Five Branches) to accept OCOM’s doctor of acupuncture and oriental
medicine students into the Five Branches doctor of acupuncture and herbal medicine program.
Fourth-year OCOM students will graduate August 26, making them the last class to earn a
degree from the college. OCOM offers master’s and doctoral degrees in a program that includes
study in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and qi cultivation, as well
as a focus on collaboration with Western medicine practitioners.

School officials this week will submit their joint plans – known as teach out agreements – to the
U.S. Department of Education, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, and the Northwest
Commission on Colleges and Universities. If accreditors approve the plans, OCOM would no
longer offer classes after September and instead current OCOM students would have the
opportunity to continue their education with NUNM or Five Branches – or transfer to any
school they choose that best suits their needs.

If approved by regulators, the arrangements would bring together two powerhouse names in
Portland integrative medicine. Together, OCOM and NUNM have graduated thousands of
acupuncturists and provided care to tens of thousands of Pacific Northwest patients in their Old
Town and Lair Hill clinics.

NUNM began on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in 1956, making it the oldest accredited
naturopathic medical school in North America. NUNM went on to build a Chinese medicine and
acupuncture program, as well as graduate programs in nutrition, integrative medicine research,
global health, and integrative health sciences.

In 1983, with only a handful of U.S. acupuncture schools established, NUNM alumna Satya
Ambrose, MSOM, ND, joined forces with Eric Stephens, DAOM, to create OCOM. In the early
years, the pair rented offices from NUNM and taught NUNM students in the evenings as they
got OCOM off the ground. OCOM graduated its first class in 1986.

“There’s a symmetry to these schools coming back together,” said Philip Lundberg, OCOM
president and CEO. “We share history and many faculty members, as well as a steadfast
commitment to research and community care.”

NUNM President and CEO Melanie Henriksen, ND, CNM, said: “As we mourn the tremendous
loss of OCOM’s closure to our profession, I stand with unwavering commitment to welcoming
their students and faculty and pledging to do everything in my power to sustain their mission
and legacy. Continuing OCOM’s tradition of excellence is the right thing to do for the profession
of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We will open our doors not only to OCOM students, but
to the college’s faculty, staff, and patient community.”

Five Branches President and CEO Ron Zaidman, MAcHM, MBA, said: “We are thrilled to
support OCOM students and ease their transition to our program and our Five Branches
community. All our schools share in the rich, healing tradition of Chinese medicine and
understand its role as a powerful force in healthcare.”

OCOM is closing due to financial challenges created by three main drivers: the impact of
the COVID-19 pandemic, major shifts in higher education, and contraction in Chinese
medicine education.

The increase in crime, drug use, and people living unsheltered in Portland and, especially, in
Old Town, due to the pandemic led to a steep decline in enrollment and gutted the college
building’s value. OCOM lost half its student body in the last four years. At the same time,
higher education enrollments nationwide have been declining for more than a decade due to
changing demographics, rising tuition costs, and the explosion in student loan debt that has
caused many students to rethink a four-year education.

Finally, the number of schools of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is declining. According to
the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, 10 U.S. schools have
closed in the last five years. Another school, the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative
Medicine located in Austin, Texas, closed in April 2024. According to experts, closures are
largely due to a shrinking pool of prospective students and an increase in tuition costs.
Federal and state officials are expected to rule on the teach out plans in about six weeks.

About OCOM
The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is a professionally accredited graduate school located
in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood that for years has earned the #1 ranking for U.S. schools
of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, offering master and doctoral degrees in a program that
includes study in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and qi
cultivation, as well as a focus on collaboration with Western medical practitioners. OCOM has
graduated more than 1,500 alumni who practice in all 50 states. Since it opened in Portland in
1983, students and staff have treated tens of thousands of Pacific Northwest residents through
its community clinics, and provided no-cost, front-line health care to hundreds of people
experiencing homelessness. Students rotate through clinics operated by Providence, Legacy
Health, and Oregon Health & Science University and faculty have conducted rigorous, peer-
reviewed research in partnership with organizations like OHSU and with support from Kaiser
Permanente and the National Institutes of Health.

About NUNM
National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) was established in 1956 as the National
College of Naturopathic Medicine with one primary objective: education leading to the Doctor
of Naturopathic Medicine degree. In the 1990s, the school developed curricula that emphasized
the holistic spirit of the classical teachings of Chinese medicine and in June 1998, graduated its
first class from the School of Classical Chinese Medicine with the master of science in oriental
medicine degree. The shift from a single to a multi-purpose institution eventually resulted in a
name change to National College of Natural Medicine, announced during our 50th anniversary
in June 2006. In 2016, with the approval to offer undergraduate degrees and earning university
status, the institution again underwent a name change to the National University of Natural
Medicine.

About Five Branches
Five Branches University (Five Branches) has been at the forefront of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) education and clinical care in the San Francisco Bay Area. Five Branches was
founded in 1984 to bring the highest-quality, authentic TCM education and instruction to the
Western world. A small group of distinguished faculty members trained in China launched the
school, which is now a world class TCM university. Five Branches offers graduate and post-
graduate degree programs in English and Chinese and operates a campus and clinic in two
California locations – Santa Cruz and San Jose. The university is accredited for distance
education and is the first TCM school in the nation to launch a fully online, asynchronous
Doctoral Bridge Completion Program.

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A Day to Explore the Yin-Yang of the Teishin and Other Tools

with Bob Quinn, DAOM, L.Ac. and colleagues

Saturday May 25, 2024, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at OCOM

The bird’s flight erases East and West.

The teishin is a curiosity in the world of TCM. It is a classical tool, one of the nine classical needle types mentioned in our foundational texts, but the level of stimulation that is commonly employed with the teishin leaves us grasping for an explanation for how such a minimal impulse can bring meaningful change for a patient—and yet again and again it does indeed deliver the goods, we might say. Properly understood the teishin is a revolutionary, or perhaps better expressed, an evolutionary tool when brought into our practices. Let’s call it (r)evolutionary.

Bob Quinn is the author of the only book we have at present in the English language that deals with the teishin and some of its uses—A User’s Guide to the Teishin and Enshin: A Quiet Revolution in Traditional East Asian Medicine. In this seminar Bob Quinn will present some gentle techniques he has not taught before, and he will also present the work of Dr. Hiroshi Nagata, a neurosurgeon from Wakayama, Japan. Dr. Nagata’s work, which he calls PNST (Prickling Neuro-Stimulation Technique), might also be called yang teishin work, i.e., the technique is more stimulating than other teishin techniques. In 2019 Dr. Nagata has asked Bob to spread his work in North America. At the end of the seminar, participants will be equipped to work both gently and in a more stimulating manner.

Dr. Nagata designed a teishin-like tool that we call a Neuroban in English (chiku chiku ban ban in Japanese). He chooses to work with the map of the nervous system (for the most part) rather than the channel networks of Chinese Medicine, but his technique can be easily adapted to be used in a Chinese Medicine way. In this seminar we will explore his main techniques and way of working. One advantage of the PNST system is that treatment can be given in a very short time.

In addition, Bob will present a Fascial Listen and Follow technique developed by Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D. in his Koshi-Balancing style. (Jeffrey translates koshi as “greater lumbar-pelvic center”). This technique is particularly helpful in the shaoyang zone but can be used anywhere on the body.

The enshin will also be addressed in this seminar. In particular Bob will show a tapping technique that he learned from Iwashina Anryu Sensei (aka Dr. Bear). Dr. Bear was still working on refining this technique and never taught it in his seminars, but he shared it with Bob in his last visit to Portland. It is used only in the abdomen and lumbar area. Since 2019 Bob has been using this technique in his practice and finds it a valuable tool to have in his toolkit.

For those who do not own a teishin or enshin or Neuroban, tools will be available for purchase at reduced prices. Bob’s book will also be available. Payment can be made in cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal. All proceeds from tuition go to OCOM as a fundraiser.

About the teacher: Bob Quinn is a former OCOM and NUNM instructor. Bob has pioneered work in Sotai, taking a gentle bodywork style to even gentler realms—he calls his work Yin Sotai. He has also worked with Jeffrey Dann to spread the Koshi-Balancing style of acupuncture in North America and Europe. He and Ryan Milley have operated Portland Traditional Japanese Medicine Seminars since 2007, hosting in that time more than 80 seminars with Japanese and North American masters of acupuncture, moxa, herbal medicine, dreamwork, bodywork, and teishin. This has afforded Bob the opportunity to be mentored by such notable teachers as Dr. Bear (Iwashina Anryu Sensei), Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D., L.Ac., and Junji Mizutani, L.Ac. His main teishin influences include Dr. Bear, Jeffrey Dann, Kuwahara Koei Sensei, Funamizu Takahiro Sensei, and Kobayashi Shoji Sensei. In 2019 he traveled to Japan to study closely with Dr. Nagata Hiroshi, the MD who developed the PNST method. Bob had helped him edit his book in English and became fascinated with Dr. Nagata’s ideas.

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OCOM’s DAOM students now have the opportunity to participate in a new collaborative clinical opportunity through the Osher Center for Integrative Health at the University of Washington!

The Osher Center for Integrative Health at the UW was established in 2018 and is led by Director, Dr. Iman Majd, an associate professor, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, Family Medicine and acupuncture in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Washington, Seattle. He is the first physician to create a successful model incorporating acupuncture and Integrative Medicine consult in primary care at UW. OCOM DAOM students will have the opportunity to complete a 60 hour clinical externship rotating with several providers on the integrative medical team.

“As not all of our doctoral students are local, it has been important to explore valuable clinical opportunities not only locally, but also outside of Portland. This opportunity is a great example of these efforts and our commitment to excellence in clinical education, collaboration with other institutions, and post-graduate opportunities in areas of specialization and integrative care,” said Jaime Ralston-Wilson, Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies at OCOM.

For more information about the Osher Center, visit https://familymedicine.uw.edu/osher/


OCOM is currently offering discounted appointments for employees of Old Town businesses and their families, through our Community Partnership Discount Program!

➡️Old Town business owners, employees, and their families will pay just $20 for an acupuncture appointment (75 minutes) and $10 for an➡️ herbal consultation appointment (50 minutes; appointment cost excludes the cost of herbs).

Call our Patient Services Team (503-445-0951) to schedule your appointment, and please reference your business/workplace at the time of your appointment.

Congratulations to OCOM alumni Maddie Foley, DACM! Dr. Foley is serving as Treasurer for the Oregon Association of Acupuncturists! 
 
​"I appreciated the opportunity I had to work with Maddie while she was at OCOM. Maddie's commitment to the acupuncture profession is commendable, and she is incredibly dedicated to helping others," said Amber Appleton, OCOM Vice President of Operations and Human Resources.
From OAA's newsletter:
 
Maddie Foley, DACM,  is a newly licensed OCOM graduate in her first year of practice. Her formal introduction to Chinese medicine came during her time at The Evergreen State College, where she primarily studied the intersection of physics, consciousness, and psychology. Chinese medicine was a love at first sight, and it didn’t take long for her to start working for a local practitioner. She quickly made the decision to pursue this career path, and has never looked back. Her highlights from graduate school include a two-quarter externship at Fora Health treating patients in addiction recovery, volunteering at Working Class Acupuncture, and serving as the student rep on the OCOM Board of Trustees. Maddie recently relocated to the Eugene area to practice at Cottage Grove Community Acupuncture and Springfield Acupuncture, where she enjoys being a general practitioner, treating a wide range of patients and conditions. Maddie is passionate about helping the profession grow, educating the public, and expanding access to Chinese medicine. She is very excited to serve Oregon acupuncturists in her role as OAA Treasurer, and is grateful for this opportunity to give back. In her free time she likes to hang out with her partner and small doggies, bike, hike, practice guitar, and peruse the stacks at her local record store. 
Learn more about OAA at their website.

Join us for the Oregon Association of Acupuncturists and OCOM Alumni Annual Conference!

  • Earn Safety and Ethics PDA’s
  • Connect with fellow acupuncturists
  • Dive into enriching discussions

Annual Conference Details:

Sunday, May 5, 2024
In Person at OCOM Campus & Online via Zoom
4 CEUs pending

SCHEDULE

9:00 – 9:30 am –  Check in

9:30 – 10:30 am
OCOM Alumni Association Meeting

The OCOM Alumni Association, is a vital member of the OCOM community, fosters mutually-beneficial lifelong professional and social connections among its graduates; generates opportunities for alumni involvement with students and college administration; and promotes continued interest in the welfare of the college by facilitating the expansion of goodwill and communication between OCOM and its alumni body.

10:30 – 11:00 am
Learn More About OAA’s Current Efforts

Oregon Association of Acupuncturists is the sole organization that represents and advocates for the professional advancement of acupuncturists in our state legislative process. Your membership and engagement directly support these efforts via the work of our lobbyist, committees, board of directors, and members. Your membership and support strengthens our collective voice to advance our profession and to protect our scope of practice.

11:00 – 12:00 pm
OAA Annual Meeting including PacWest Updates (OAA Members)

Oregon Association of Acupuncture one hour meeting to inform all members about the structure of the organization, current tasks and goals and to vote on our new board members. During this meeting you will learn comprehensive knowledge of the purpose, limitations and structure of the OAA; Adequate knowledge of the committee goals, tasks and responsibilities; In depth knowledge of the OAA Bylaws, and information on how to get involved and help the profession develop.

12:00 – 1:30 pm –  Lunch/Social Hour

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Vendor Presentations

Explore a diverse array of vendors offering essential products and services tailored to acupuncture practitioners, students, and enthusiasts. From premium acupuncture supplies to holistic wellness resources, our vendors are here to support your professional growth and enhance your practice.

2:00  – 4:00 pm
Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Review

Leslie Monarch DAOM, L.Ac.

Clean Needle Technique review will be a reminder of the principles of CNT with detail relating to handwashing, clean fields, and the life expectancies of viruses like Hep B on surfaces in the office. I will review the newest version of the CNT handbook with attention to appendix sections that weren’t in the previous volume. There will be time for questions about procedure, etc. 2 CEU’s pending – Safety

Leslie Monarch, DAOM, L.Ac, completed their Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1996 and 2011 respectively. They were distinguished by the college at graduation with honor at the Master’s level and given a Fellowship by the college to assist with tuition at the Doctoral level. They have been a part of the faculty since 1996, first as a teaching assistant and then as an instructor of acupuncture techniques, point location and five element theory. Dr. Joe Coletto taught Leslie ethics through his impeccable example and they strive to teach others by his example. The oath of practice, as administered at OCOM, is a guiding force in their ethical map.

In 2015, they were trained by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine to train students in Clean Needle Technique. They have been teaching the training and since the pandemic proctoring the exams online.
4:00  – 6:00 pm
Ethics and Our Oath

Leslie Monarch DAOM, L.Ac.

The Oath of Practice will be a review of the oaths of OCOM, the state association, the NCCAOM with some time spent considering the history of oaths related to Chinese medical practice. Looking at similarities and differences of the aforementioned, we will consider how we employ them in decision making in our daily practices. 2 CEU’s pending – Ethics

Leslie Monarch, DAOM, L.Ac, completed their Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1996 and 2011 respectively. They were distinguished by the college at graduation with honor at the Master’s level and given a Fellowship by the college to assist with tuition at the Doctoral level. They have been a part of the faculty since 1996, first as a teaching assistant and then as an instructor of acupuncture techniques, point location and five element theory. Dr. Joe Coletto taught Leslie ethics through his impeccable example and they strive to teach others by his example. The oath of practice, as administered at OCOM, is a guiding force in their ethical map.

In 2015, they were trained by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine to train students in Clean Needle Technique. They have been teaching the training and since the pandemic proctoring the exams online.

If you would like to be a vendor or to provide products or services for a raffle, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline to become a vendor or to donate raffle prizes is April 15, 2024. If you have any additional questions about participating in our event, we would be happy to provide you with further details.

Cost: $100 per person

View the full schedule of events and register here.