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ACCHS is seeking to fill a void in North American TCM education by developing an accredited DAOM program based on the Chinese medical classics. This focus, which will reinforce and deepen students’ grounding in pure Chinese medicine thinking, will be balanced by a strong, integrative education in orthopedics and pain management.
The program will operate one 4-day weekend per month, and will mostly follow seminar formats, with world-renowned teachers teaching all-day classes. Rather than be a patchwork collection of CEU’s, however, the teachers and courses will be organized along the core themes of Chinese medical classics and orthopedics and pain management.
Conversely, many TCM practitioners do not feel very confident as herbalists when they graduate from their MSTCM programs, and without a coherent program for advanced learning, their knowledge and confidence may actually decline rather than increase with time and experience. This declining emphasis on herbal medicine is reflected by self-identification of MSTCM graduates as “acupuncturists” rather than “Chinese medicine practitioners”, and by changes in state or national policy (an example is the steadily declining herbal medicine portion of the Acupuncture Licensing Exam).
While the ACCHS DAOM curriculum will certainly provide its candidates with the biomedical knowledge to be fully qualified primary health care physicians, our program is especially designed for those students who seek to understand, diagnose and treat their patients according to Chinese medical principles such Yin and Yang, the Five Elements, the Six Conformations, and the states of Pathogenic and Righteous Qi. The goal of our program is to train students to understand the different paradigms that can offer benefit to their patients, and to be able to communicate with patients and other healthcare practitioners in a manner that is contextually appropriate, while preserving and enriching Chinese medicine’s traditional perspective and its unique potential to support the healing process.
In addition, the transition to national healthcare that will take place over the next few years will see more worker’s comp, personal injury and MD-referred cases, dealing primarily with musculoskeletal issues. Learning to diagnose, treat and chart according to standards set up for this multi-disciplinary style of healthcare will prove invaluable for DAOM candidates.