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 About Research at OCOM

Since its founding in 1999 (by Dr. Richard Hammerschlag), the Research Department's partners have included such leading health education and research institutions as the Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Arizona, Legacy Health System, Portland State University and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, and the University of Western States. These collaborative projects have been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and from private foundations.

From 2005 until 2013, the department implemented an NIH/NCCAM grant — Acupuncture Practitioner Research Education Enhancement (APREE) — to enhance research literacy and research appreciation in academic and clinical training. The continuing research education initiatives are now focused on analysis of intake and outcomes data collected at OCOM's clinics, and opportunities for student participation in research.

The Ongoing Role of Research

Research appreciation and literacy are infused into both the master's and doctoral curricula. A series of three courses for master's students provides the foundation for understanding the role of research in the field and prepares them to participate in such research. In the first year, a course entitled "Oriental Medicine Research I" introduces students to key concepts of research literacy and research opportunities at OCOM. The Year Two course, "OMR II," grounds students in the challenges and current status of clinical research in acupuncture and other modalities of Chinese medicine. In the third year's "Research Practicum" course, students are mentored by faculty to participate in ongoing research projects.

Doctoral research coursework provides students with a deeper understanding of issues in research design and evaluation. Critical thinking skills are developed, along with an appreciation of evidence-based criteria and outcomes in health care research and clinical practice. In the doctoral program's Capstone Project, students demonstrate their abilities to synthesize the theoretical and practical/clinical aspects of doctoral education, critically evaluate research and potentially contribute to the research base of Chinese medicine, and enhance competencies of professional communication.

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The staff of the Research Department assists faculty and students interested in conducting research in OCOM's clinics and elsewhere. Such help includes the formulation of the research question, obtaining of relevant literature, design and methods of the proposed project.

Research at OCOM is facilitated by the College Research Committee (CRC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The CRC functions to coordinate and prioritize emerging interests for data collection from OCOM's clinics and the college's collaborative research projects. The IRB reviews all research projects involving human subjects to ensure patient safety and confidentiality.

Research Team

Interim Director of Research Ben Marx, MAcOM, LAc is a graduate of OCOM; he completed his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree in 2008. He joined OCOM's staff in 2006 as a Research Associate, and worked closely with emeritus deans Richard Hammerschlag, PhD and Deborah Ackerman, PhD to advance AOM research at OCOM and beyond.

Marx writes research grants and scientific papers for the college, represents the college at research conferences, maintains the AcuTrials® database, mentors student research projects, and co-teaches the Oriental Medicine Research I class. He divides his time between work in the Research Department and a private acupuncture practice, and is continually excited by the way research can help bridge Chinese and Western medicine. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 503-253-3443 x168

Adjunct Research Faculty
Ryan Milley, MAcOM, LAc
Scott Mist, PhD, MAcOM, LAc
Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc
Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc
Cheryl Wright, PhD, LAc

The Research Suite is located on the 2nd Floor of the OCOM campus.