The OCOM intern clinic experience has always been enhanced by placing our students in partner clinics where they can be exposed to different patient populations. I am very excited to share with you OCOM’s new partner, Cascadia Garlington Health Center, located at 3036 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Garlington Health Center is a part of Cascadia Health, an organization that is the largest community-based behavioral health and substance use treatment services provider in Oregon. 

Garlington Clinic is a safety net clinic serving low-income patients, primarily for mental health care. This clinic provides full service health care to underserved populations with a focus on mental health services, which makes this a busy clinic serving many people in need. Cascadia Health provides primary care, necessary blood work and labs, crisis intervention, and addiction recovery services. They also have a “Wellness Resource Center” that connects their clients to peer services, basic supplies, and classes throughout the week. 

Garlington has hosted acupuncture students from NUMN in the past, and they currently have chiropractic interns. Garlington reached out to OCOM when they were ready to restart their acupuncture services. Dr. Robert Kaneko, long-time OCOM clinic supervisor, is the supervisor at this clinic. 

This clinic is large, clean, and on the #6 bus line – easy biking distance from OCOM. They have lockers, indoor bike storage and showers available to those who bike to work there. There are also two break rooms with kitchens in the building that OCOM students and supervisors can use. 

The treatment area is a group room where OCOM interns treat patients in a communal setting with support staff available to schedule appointments. We currently are able to provide full treatments for patients, utilizing treatment tables. There are also zero-gravity chairs for patients who might prefer that style of treatment. Garlington uses OCHIN/EPIC for charting, and the supervisor and interns will have training on this EHR system. 

Having an internship shift at Garlington will count as the Integrative Health clinic requirement for DACM students and all patients seen at this clinic will count toward the intern's patient count requirement. Interns planning to go to Garlington must do extensive onboarding, more than eight hours of subjects such as safety and patient privacy; these training hours will count towards community outreach credits. 

Thank you to the first cohort of OCOM interns going to Garlington this Winter. I expect this will be the beginning of a fruitful clinical collaboration! 

Katherine Annala, DAOM, LAc,
Associate Dean of Clinical Education

Dear OCOM Community,

I’ve been wearing an enamel pin on my jacket lapel. It’s a red dragon, a symbol of happiness, strength, and good fortune. It was a gift from Valerie Hobbs, our Vice President of Academic Affairs. I was born in a dragon year, and I wear the pin to honor the medicine, our community, and this Year of the Dragon. 

Without question, significant change is coming in 2024.

You — our staff, faculty, and students — have asked for change, and we are planning for it. Based on our strategic plan, we will certainly change the college’s name. Given feedback from you, along with financial pressures, it’s increasingly clear we must leave Old Town. Four years into the pandemic, the neighborhood still feels unsafe and unsanitary — and increasingly empty as some of our neighbors, including the University of Oregon, move out to settle into new homes in Portland and across the region. Deteriorating conditions in Portland broadly and Old Town  specifically have significantly reduced our building’s assessed value.

Even bigger changes may also be ahead. OCOM may merge with another Chinese medicine program or find an academic partner where we can share a campus and some operational costs.

We must change. Like many U.S. institutions of higher education, OCOM is facing financial headwinds. Due to market forces largely driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and significant, recent shifts in higher education, and market changes for schools of acupuncture and herbal medicine, revenues are declining and expenses are rising. There is an ever-increasing supply of education options, and a shrinking supply of students. Fewer people want to take on student loan debt, or commit to four-year, full-time programs.

Let me make this clear: There are no plans to close the college at this time. OCOM is current on all its financial obligations and has a modest reserve fund. Your leaders — the executive team and Board of Trustees — are strongly committed to you and to providing the high-quality, community-focused education and clinical care that is the hallmark of OCOM.

We are exploring strategic options that are in the best interests of the college and its students, faculty, and staff. We will leave no stone unturned. I am meeting with elected officials, attorneys, and financial experts to find ways to minimize our financial burden and maximize our chances for stability and sustainability.

The goal is to keep OCOM traditions alive for another 40 years. I will do everything in my power to make this so.

I will also issue a campus-wide email update every two weeks to answer your questions and listen to your concerns and ideas. We are making plans to create a special page on the OCOM website for these updates and other information about the building and other potential changes, so there will be a single place to get trusted news and information at any time. I can’t answer all the questions you may have right now, but I promise to be open and honest -- always.

The OCOM board will meet on April 4 and our financial situation will be on the agenda. In my next update, I will let you know the substance of that discussion and the operational choices trustees will want to pursue in the coming weeks and months.

Change is uncomfortable. It is also hopeful. Dragons are a classic East Asian embodiment of wisdom matched with the power to grow and change. They emerge every spring from their frozen celestial lakes, carrying with them lessons from the preceding ages in order to direct the coming year. In this sense, dragons represent hope and renewal. I think about this when I wear my pin. I also think about you, and working together to create a clear, smooth, and sunny road ahead.

Philip H Lundberg, PhD, President/CEO

The Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum is an Oregon State Heritage Site in John Day, Oregon which houses a rare collection of records produced by a Chinese herbal practice during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Herbal prescriptions and formulas, raw herb materials, patent medicines, and medical books of the period are all present in the Kam Wah Chung archives and included in the Kam Wah Chung Digital Archive created by OCOM in partnership with the Museum.

The medical legacy left behind by Ing “Doc” Hay and Lung On spans 60 years the business functioned as a social and medical center serving their eastern Oregon community. As members of the Chinese diaspora engaged in herbal prescribing, sales and trade, the primary source materials they left behind encompass a comprehensive set of documents that reflect the training and practice of a Chinese physician as well as the life of an immigrant in an early 20th century Western mining town.

OCOM will be hosting three events on the Kam Wah Chung legacy with Eric Brand, PhD. The first two events will be Sunday, March 3, 2024 at the OCOM campus in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood in downtown Portland, Oregon. Dr. Brand will offer a free public talk on the legacy of the herbal pharmacy at Kam Wah Chung and its vital place in the documentation of the practice of Chinese medicine, as well as a separate talk specifically for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine.

Later in March, Eric will lead a full day experience at the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in John Day, Oregon. Along with the museum staff, participants will be able to have a private group tour of the facility, followed by an afternoon of viewing parts of the collection relevant to Chinese medicine that are from the archive  that are not on public display. Participants will work with museum staff and Eric in a rare opportunity to encounter and perhaps contribute Chinese medical context to parts of the collection.

The Kam Wah Chung Legacy in Chinese Medicine 

Sunday, March 3, 2024 1:00-2:30 pm 
OCOM Campus; 75 NW Couch St, Portland 
A FREE public event.

Register here for the Public Talk (limited spaces available)

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Insights from Kam Wah Chung 

Sunday, March 3, 2024 3:00-4:30 PM 
OCOM Campus; 75 NW Couch St, Portland 
A FREE event for students and practitioners of Chinese Medicine
Practitioners are encouraged to attend both the public talk and the practitioner workshop!

Register here for the Practitioner/Student Workshop (limited spaces available)


Friday, March 29, 2024  8:00 AM-5:00 pm
125 NW Canton St  John Day, OR 97845
$150 registration
$100 OCOM students and faculty
Registering for this event includes a full day experience at the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in John Day, Oregon. Along with the museum staff, participants will be able to have a private group tour of the facility, followed by an afternoon of viewing parts of the collection relevant to Chinese medicine that are from the archive  that are not on public display. Participants will work with museum staff and Eric in a rare opportunity to encounter and perhaps contribute Chinese medical context to parts of the collection. Registration for the Field Trip will automatically register you for the Sunday, March 3 workshops also.

Participants provide their own transportation and housing. We will plan on a gathering in an establishment in John Day for dinner on the evening of March 29 (dinner is not included with registration). We suggest participants plan on arriving on March 28 and departing March 30. We strongly suggest that participants plan on arriving Thursday, March 28th and departing Saturday, March 30th.

Register here for the Field Trip (limited spaces available)

About Dr. Eric Brand, PhD, L.Ac

Eric Brand is a Chinese medicine practitioner with a passion for materia medica and herbal quality discernment. After graduating from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2003, Eric spent over a decade pursuing academic and clinical opportunities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. He earned his PhD at the School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University with a focus on Chinese herbal pharmacy, and he serves as a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Eric has written or translated a variety of modern and classical texts and peer-reviewed articles, and serves as an Assistant Professor at Taipei Medical University. 

In recent years Eric traveled with his PhD advisor, Prof. Zhao Zhongzhen, with a team of experts from Asia to visit the museum. Later on, Professor Zhao inspired the Discovery Channel and a Chinese TV producer to tell the tale of KWC to the world. Dr. Brand also had the opportunity to investigate several historical collections of Chinese herbs in the UK and Holland and research specimens of several herbs species that are often confused in commerce that were collected in China, Japan, and Malaysia in the 1800s and early 1900s.


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OCOM is honored to receive a generous donation of $75,000 from CHP Group to provide six scholarships to students of underrepresented cultures and ethnicities, and to support the practical application of integrative healthcare in clinical settings.

“We appreciate the quality education programs you offer, and the valuable patient care you provide in the community by promoting integrative healthcare in carrying out your mission,” said CHP Group President and CEO Michell Michael Hay.

OCOM’s President, Phil Lundberg said, “CHP Group has been a great supporter of OCOM. Their charitable contributions, of which this is only the latest, have significantly enabled OCOM to educate students, treat patients, and help create the health care system of the future.”

OCOM's DAOM students now have the opportunity to complete a Clinical Externship at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Students will be shadowing the work of Dr. Angie Rademacher, ND, LAc, as she provides both naturopathic and acupuncture support for patients during cancer treatment and survivorship. This is an incredible opportunity for our students as it allows them to gain valuable insight into hospital-based practice and the opportunity to develop their clinical knowledge and proficiency in working with oncology patients.

“Working in an integrative oncology setting is a unique situation where each healthcare provider brings their skill set to collaborate and provide comprehensive care for the patient. Seeing examples of how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine fits into this model is something I am excited to offer students as well as providing a learning opportunity for a wide variety of cancer treatments and cancer types," said Dr. Rademacher.

➡️ Learn more about OCOM's Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program at

➡️ For more information about Dr. Angie Rademacher,

Photo: OHSU Knight Cancer Research Center, courtesy of OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) has opened registration for the next Introduction to Chinese Medicine course. Following the success of past offerings, OCOM is excited to bring it back beginning Tuesday, February 6 via Zoom. 

This course, open to the public, will introduce Chinese medical theories, treatments, history, the basics of holism, and research. Participants will learn about acupoints, herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, gua sha, cupping, and bleeding. Dietary therapy, channel system, organ networks, along with yin/yang theory, Chinese pathology, and concepts of qi will be explored as well. 

This five-week online class — Tuesday evenings, February 6 through March 5 — is presented by esteemed OCOM faculty members, all teaching their specialized perspectives via lecture, demonstration, and discussion. Cost is $275.

Register today for the Introduction to Chinese Medicine course

Are you a prospective student, applicant, family or friend of someone looking at Chinese medicine schools? Have you been helped by Chinese medicine and you’d like to learn more? Or, are you an alum who would value introducing the medicine to more of your patients? Are you in a career exploratory class, a pre-med club member, or perhaps a health, career, or college advisor helping students decide which careers to pursue? If so, this class is for you!

Join us Tuesday evenings, February 6 through March 5, 2024, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM Pacific, via Zoom.

OCOM faculty will lecture on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Chinese theories of the body: channel system, organ networks, yin/yang theory, Chinese pathology, concepts of qi, blood, and jing
  • Introduction to Chinese diagnostic methods: pulse and tongue diagnosis, 10 questions, palpation (channel and abdomen); and microsystems (ear, face, hand, and foot)
  • Introduction to Chinese treatment modalities: herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, gua sha, cupping, and bleeding
  • Introduction to the history of Chinese medicine: Taoism and the gentleman scholar, major texts, famous physicians, current practice
  • Basics of Holism in Chinese medicine: Dietary therapy; treatment according to person, place, and season; internal and external causes of illness; balance as optimum health
  • Research and Chinese medicine: Empiricism, recent findings from controlled trials, and biomedical approaches to understanding Chinese medicine

Throughout the course, participants will discuss Chinese medical practices and the legally defined scope of practice. Each individual will be encouraged to reflect on the nature of wellness from a Chinese medical point of view. Opportunities to learn the location of selected acupoints and the therapeutic properties of dietary choices will be identified, and recommended reading and web resource tools will be offered for further study. 

If these topics and learning objectives resonate with you, consider joining us. If you have questions, contact Anna Grace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Register today for OCOM's Introduction to Chinese Medicine course

In 1982, the college’s founders Satya Ambrose, ND, LAc, and Eric Stephens, DAOM, LAc, knew the region was in need of something extraordinary. The people of Portland needed the life-changing powers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, yet, they were missing a high quality training program to pass on the knowledge. Oregon College of Oriental Medicine was then established in 1983 as a place to receive training in both acupuncture and Chinese medicine, graduating its first class in 1986.

Marking OCOM’s 40th year in operation, we have much to be proud of! Our 1,500+ alumni have gone on to do great things, including eight being recognized as Portland’s Top Docs. Some go off and volunteer their services in Nepal through the Acupuncture Relief Project, while others give back by becoming faculty members at OCOM, teaching the next generations of healers. 

Since its inception, OCOM has also placed great emphasis on establishing and maintaining community partnerships, and has received grants from Kaiser Permanente over the past four years to support access to acupuncture care for low-income patients in the Portland metropolitan area. This past year, OCOM was selected as a Fora Health Community Partner of the Year, and is an active member of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics. 

So what’s new on the horizon for OCOM? 
OCOM is proud to support the newly funded Topological Atlas and Repository for Acupoint (TARA) research project. Using OCOM’s database of acupuncture treatment results, the TARA project will bring together anatomy, physiology, data science, and traditional Chinese medicine to advance the science of acupuncture.

On September 14, 2023, the community and its supporters will come together to celebrate OCOM’s forty years of accomplishments at our Ruby Jubilee event. Purchase tickets to attend the event and learn about other ways to support OCOM’s mission of providing a future of hope and healing.