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

If any individual would like to arrange to speak privately and confidentially with the ACAOM site team during the visit, you may either contact Jennifer Cho (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-253-3443 x149) to schedule a private meeting with one or more members of the team, or if you prefer, contact the chair of the site visit team directly to schedule a private meeting (see contact information below). All requests for private meetings as well as private meetings themselves will be completely confidential.

Patricia Casello-Maddox
2524 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
Cell: 651-592-7026
952-888-4777 x202
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

During the visit, the team chair can also be reached in Portland at:

Hotel Rose Portland
50 Southwest Morrison St
Portland, Oregon 97204

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

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.

About Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM)
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. Additional information about the college is available on our website.