In late August, Kathy Bragg of the Bragg Health Foundation visited OCOM to meet and personally congratulate the five 2016-2017 Bragg Health Science Scholarship award recipients. The selected master’s (MAcOM) students were awarded this scholarship for their inspiring essays on how they will integrate the study of nutrition and its impacts on human wellness into their practices as health providers.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Bragg Health Science Scholarship Recipients: Liz Marr, Paul New, Michelle Reynolds, Samantha Stevens, and Devan Torbert.

This generous scholarship gift from the Bragg Health Foundation was made in honor of Paul C. Bragg, and it represents the first gift of its type the Foundation has offered 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. Learn more about the Bragg Health Foundation and their important health, wellness, and nutrition outreach programs.

To learn more about the scholarships OCOM offers, visit

Through December, OCOM's Weekend Specialty Clinics will focus on the personalized treatment of women's health issues.

Weekend Specialty Clinics focus on treating individuals with complex, chronic conditions. At these special appointments, you are seen by a group of licensed acupuncturists receiving their doctoral training, who draw upon their collective experience in Chinese medicine to address particularly complex cases. You are then treated by a doctoral graduate practitioner using acupuncture and herbs.

Weekend Specialty Clinic visits cost $25-35, lasting approximately 90 minutes. Schedule your appointment at our downtown OCOM Clinic today: 503-445-0951.

Women's Health
September 18, 2016
October 16, 2016
November 13, 2016
December 11, 2016
January 8, 2017

2017 Weekend Specialty Clinics
February 5 - Autoimmune Disorders
March 5 - Dermatology
April 9 - Mental Health
May 14 - Master Tong's Acupuncture (Pain Conditions)
June 11 - Classical Acupuncture Techniques (Pain Conditions)

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.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors!






Table Hosts
Brad Malsin
OCOM Alumni Association
Oregon Reproductive Medicine
Leah Yamaguchi
Michell Hay
Charles and Leslie Elder
Karen Williams
Peter Martin
Kip Howlett
Jason Stein
Shelley Stump
Bill Hall
Juliet Moran

American Acupuncture Council
Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc.
Beam Development
Benefit Specialists, Inc.
Bill Naito Company
Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt, PC
LCG Pence
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

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.