Oregon College of Oriental Medicine to Graduate First Clinical Doctors of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the United States

PORTLAND, Ore., Jun 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On July 10, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) will bestow the first clinical doctoral degrees of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States.

Nineteen students -- including Eric Stephens, co-founder of the college -- will be awarded the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree in a graduation ceremony to be held on Sunday, July 10, 2005 at The Governor Hotel in Portland, OR. Lixin Huang, president of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and president of the American College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, will deliver the keynote address.

"OCOM is one of the strongest institutions in acupuncture and Oriental medical graduate education, patient care and research," said Huang. "On behalf of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), I'd like to congratulate the faculty and doctoral students of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for successfully completing the first doctoral program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States."

Oriental medicine on the rise in the U.S.

Although there are nearly 60 acupuncture and Oriental medicine colleges in the United States, OCOM is one of only six colleges of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States that offers a clinical doctoral degree. Unlike other doctoral programs, OCOM is the only school to offer a unique modular format. Teaching modules take place approximately once a month over extended weekends (Friday-Monday), allowing doctoral students to maintain their acupuncture practices while earning their degrees. The flexible, non-residential program draws students to Oregon from locations around the country, as far east as New York City and Austin, Texas.

OCOM is a leader in Oriental medicine

OCOM was one of the first colleges to gain approval from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in May 2002 for a post-graduate program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The first students matriculated in 2003 and are graduating from the 1,228 hour, 26-month program this July. A variety of didactic and clinical material is taught in each module. Students also have the option of receiving advanced clinical skills, focusing in either Women's Health or Geriatrics.

About Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon is a nationally accredited four-year college that trains master's and doctoral degree students in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Founded in 1983, OCOM has grown from 17 faculty members and students in the first years to more than 250 students, faculty, staff and administrators. The college also operates a teaching clinic, the OCOM Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic, with a Faculty Practice and an Intern Clinic providing affordable health care to an estimated 1,500 patients per month throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

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