On April 16, more than 170 supporters filled Oregon College of Oriental Medicine’s KPC Community Room for the college’s annual Cherry Blossom Gala. The event raised $102,237 to promote OCOM’s top-ranked academic programs and to expand access to integrative health care.
As the evening began, the community came together to honor the longstanding service of Peter Martin, MAcOM, LAc, LMT, who recently concluded a 22-year term on OCOM’s Board of Trustees. Martin led OCOM as its fourth Board Chair during a period of remarkable growth and change; while remaining one of the college’s most active alumni; owning a successful practice, Balance Medicine; and volunteering for many local, state, and national acupuncture groups and causes. Board President, Karen Williams, JD, presented Martin with a proclamation commemorating his service.
Delivering an inspirational appeal, OCOM’s Interim President, Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP, highlighted the college’s accomplishments as a leader in the field of Chinese medicine, such as being the first school to produce clinical doctoral graduates in AOM (acupuncture and Oriental medicine), and the first complementary and alternative medicine school to receive a National Institutes of Health grant. President Howe also spoke passionately about the field of Chinese medicine, the commitment and drive that brings students to prepare for practice in the field of acupuncture, the transformative patient outcomes she has witnessed, and the important work OCOM’s graduates are doing throughout the U.S. and the world.
The highlight of the night was a surprise announcement from trustee Brad Malsin, who stood to pledge a generous gift of $30,000 to be made to OCOM’s Annual Fund. Malsin has served on OCOM’s Board of Trustees since 2013 and his leadership has been instrumental to the success of the school, particularly the college’s relocation to its current campus in Old Town Chinatown. He and his wife, Liz Malsin, enthusiastically expressed their ongoing commitment to OCOM’s students.
In attendance were OCOM’s esteemed founders, Satya Ambrose, ND, LAc and Eric Stevens, DAOM, LAc, along with several of the college’s renowned faculty leaders, staff, alumni, students, and community supporters. The evening’s program was led by Chief Development Officer, Dave Eshbaugh, and auctioneer, Heidi Hill, who encouraged unpredicted levels of giving.
OCOM’s trustees, Lea Anne Doolittle, MBA; Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP; Michell Hay; Gene Hong, MD; Terry Hunt, PhD; Brad Malsin, MD; Juliet Moran; Karen Williams, JD; and Leah Yamaguchi, LAC, celebrate the success of the gala and thank all who contributed.
OCOM Alumni Association
Oregon Reproductive Medicine
Charles and Leslie Elder
American Acupuncture Council
Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc.
Benefit Specialists, Inc.
Bill Naito Company
Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt, PC
Miller, Nash, Graham, & Dunn LLP
OCOM Board of Trustees
Karen Williams, JD, Board Chair
Peter Martin, MAcOM, LAc, LMT, Secretary
Michell Hay, Treasurer
Lea Anne Doolittle, MBA
Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP
Gene Hong, MD, DABMA
Terry Hunt, PhD
Brad Malsin, MD
Juliet Moran, BA
Leah Yamaguchi, LAc
Hong Jin, DAOM, LAc, Faculty Advisory Trustee
Travis Kern, Student Advisory Trustee
ACAOM Reaccreditation Site Visit
OCOM is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) has scheduled a reaccreditation site visit to the college, which will occur over three consecutive days in April 2016. The dates of the scheduled visit are:
Tuesday April 26 – Thursday April 28
The site visit team will be present on the OCOM campus for these three days. The team will be chaired by Dr Patricia Casello-Maddox (Associate Provost, Northwest Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN). The other site team members will be Ms Dollie Llanso (Asheville, NC), Dr Yun Kim (Santa Monica, CA) and Dr Daniel Hsu (New York, NY).
During the accreditation site visit, the site visit team will tour the OCOM campus, review documents, and interview many individuals associated with OCOM — including students, graduates, faculty, staff members, and the Board of Trustees. Team members may also observe classroom teaching and clinic
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River Map Radio is a project created by OCOM Student Media addressing a variety of topics under the umbrella of Chinese medicine, from pragmatic clinical topics all the way to esoteric theoretical constructs. Hosted by Travis Cunningham and produced by Travis Kern, this series features the broad talents and diverse expertise of the OCOM community. Whether you desire to know more about how Chinese herbal medicine formulas are prescribed or whether you want to know what it is really like to study Chinese medicine, there is something here for you.
Designed to highlight the intellectual variety of the Chinese medicine field and reflect the student experience at OCOM, River Map Radio is the only podcast of its kind told from the student perspective. With three episodes available to date, fellow AOM students, faculty, and patients of acupuncture and Chinese medicine are invited to look deeper into this growing field of medicine. Learn more about the #1 acupuncture school in Oregon and the U.S. and how the practice of Chinese medicine is moving the needle on health care and health promotion.
These podcast episodes are available for free download through Stitcher and iTunes. Listen to the inaugural episode of River Map radio, "Chinese Medicine: Then and Now."
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.