Oregon College or Oriental Medicine

The science of medicine, the art of healing

aka Oregon College or Oriental Medicine   |   Portland, OR   |  ocom.edu

Mission

Founded in 1983, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine's mission is to transform health care by educating highly skilled and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary patient care, and engaging in innovative research within a community of service and healing. OCOM's primary activities are providing studies for specialized graduate degrees; running two teaching clinics, providing affordable care for patients – many with severe and unresolved health issues – and hands on experience for student interns; and conducting acupuncture and Chinese medicine research.

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ACCREDITATION

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is institutionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners and for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs.

The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is accredited under Master's Degree standards, by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is accredited under post-graduate Doctoral Degree standards, by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

Ruling year info

1984

President & CEO

Ms. Sherri L. Green PhD

Main address

75 NW Couch St

Portland, OR 97209 USA

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EIN

93-0845182

NTEE code info

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Other Medical Research N.E.C. (H99)

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Our programs

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Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM)

OCOM's Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) degree program provides comprehensive training of practitioners and provides a foundation for ongoing study and development in the field. In so doing, the MAcOM program presents:
- Coursework and training in all aspects of Chinese medicine, including the theory and practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, therapeutic massage, exercise and qi cultivation;
- Course sequences in biomedicine (including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and clinical diagnosis);
- Relevant coursework in public and community health, research, practice management and practitioner/patient dynamics; and
- Varied clinical experiences observing and providing supervised patient care.

GOALS AND COMPETENCIES

The master’s program emphasizes three broad programmatic goals:
- Provide students with a thorough understanding of the theories and systems of Chinese medicine and knowledge of the historical roots and modern applications of those systems;
- Train students in the clinical skills required to apply that knowledge to the treatment of illness and the maintenance of health through the safe and effective treatment of patients; and
- Develop student understanding of their roles and responsibilities as participants in the contemporary health care delivery network.

Population(s) Served

OCOM's Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is a clinically focused postgraduate degree program leading to a clinical doctorate degree. The DAOM degree represents the highest formal educational credential currently available in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) in the United States.

The students who graduate from our program are naturally positioned as future leaders in the field, whether as specialized practitioners skilled in the treatment of chronic and complex conditions, clinical researchers, or teachers of future generations of practitioners.

OCOM’s doctoral program is designed to accommodate practitioners to complete the degree while maintaining their practice — advancing their knowledge and skills in the clinical domain, as well as in biomedicine, research literacy and teaching skills. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to cultivate habits of lifelong learning and scholarship, and self-directed inquiry is strongly and continuously emphasized.

To complete the program successfully, graduates must be able to demonstrate academic competencies, professional skill sets and related clinical expertise well beyond the levels required at the master’s level. Specialization in women’s health and aging adults, increased interaction with Western biomedical practitioners, a strong emphasis on clinical judgment skills, and the use of research findings to inform clinical decision making are key areas that distinguish the doctoral degree program from OCOM’s master’s degree program.

Population(s) Served

Patient care is at the heart of OCOM's educational program. We are able to offer affordable acupuncture, herbal consultation and massage ​for the public thanks to our teaching clinics. Master's students work under the direct supervision of more experienced practitioners as they complete their required 700 hours of clinical education. All of our clinical supervisors have been working for at least five years; many more than 20 years. Students have an opportunity to learn from supervisors while working directly with patients.

OCOM's Weekend Specialty Clinics are staffed by our doctoral students, licensed practitioners who turn to OCOM to receive advanced training. Supervisors for our doctoral clinics are among the most respected practitioners in the field of Chinese medicine.

Treatment options include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, massage and a number of other modalities of Chinese medicine.

The college operates two treatment clinics: OCOM Clinic, on the 4th floor of our campus building in Portland's Old Town Chinatown neighborhood, and OCOM Hollywood Clinic in northeast Portland's historic Hollywood District.

Population(s) Served

The OCOM Herbal Medicinary is one of the largest traditional Chinese herbal medicinaries in the Pacific Northwest. With over 350 bulk and granule herbs in stock, we serve herbalists and their patients at OCOM’s clinics, in the greater Portland area, and across the country. We also carry an extensive line of herbal tablets, teapills, tinctures, and other health products. The Herbal Medicinary is located next to the Bookstore on the first floor of OCOM's campus in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood.

Services

OCOM Herbal Medicinary is a full-service, traditional Chinese apothecary that serves the local natural health community as well as the greater United States. The Herbal Medicinary compounds custom herbal prescriptions in both bulk and granule form for licensed practitioners and their patients. In addition to carrying over 350 bulk and granulated single Chinese medicinals, the OCOM medicinary stocks a wide variety of patent teapills, capsules, tablets, liniments, plasters, oils, salves, and rinses — all supporting the practice of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and patients across the country.

Locations/Hours

The Herbal Medicinary is located next to the Bookstore on the first floor of the OCOM campus in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. Herb purchases and prescription pick-ups can be handled at either at the Herbal Medicinary or the OCOM Hollywood Clinic.

Schedule an Herbal Consultation

Consultations are essential for determining which formula is best for you and your individual condition.

In China, there is the famous saying that "Ten patients with the same condition might receive ten different herbal formulas, yet ten patients with ten different conditions might all receive the same formula.” Chinese medicine treatments depend on a sophisticated, time-tested system of diagnosis that allows the practitioner to customize every herbal formula to meet the needs of each individual patient.

As a result, when you come into the clinic with a cough, the herbalist’s task is not simply to prescribe the cough formula but, rather, to decide which cough formula best fits your body and symptom picture. This is why it’s impossible for a pharmacist or customer service representative to assess your condition and prescribe a proper formula without first conducting a thorough medical intake and individual assessment. All custom formula orders must therefore be authorized by a licensed acupuncturist or qualified herbalist.

OCOM’s Clinics and the OCOM Herbal Medicinary

The role of the OCOM Herbal Medicinary is to support practicing herbalists working within OCOM's clinics, as well as those in private practice locally and throughout the United States.

Internally, the medicinary supports both our licensed and student clinicians by preparing custom formulas in-house and offering a wide selection of prepared products for over-the-counter sale.

Our unique web-based custom formula ordering platform allows a practitioner to log into their account, place an order for a custom formula or products, and tailor pickup or shipping options for patients across the country. Fax, phone, and walk-in orders are also accepted. A courier service between OCOM’s campus and Hollywood locations is available as a courtesy to clients at either location.

All custom formulas and individual Chinese herbs must be authorized by a licensed healthcare professional; patent remedies and other prepackaged products are available without a prescription.

Population(s) Served

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.

Staff

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.

Population(s) Served

The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Library is the natural remedy for information stagnation. Students, faculty, and alumni will find an inquisitive and supportive community of researchers, along with a collection of print and digital resources primed to help them master their academic studies, encourage inquiry, and continue on as research-literate practitioners.

Mission

The OCOM Library supports the learning, teaching, research, and information needs of the OCOM community. In addition, the library serves as an information resource on acupuncture and Oriental medicine to health professionals and to the general public. The library strives to develop, maintain, and provide relevant information resources and services. All library staff work together as a team in fulfilling this mission.

About the Collection

OCOM is proud to have one of the most comprehensive acupuncture libraries in the United States. The college also subscribes to many of the major acupuncture and alternative medicine journals. Visit our collection in person, or access the collection online by using Primo, our search discovery tool. OCOM is a member of the Portland Area Health Libraries (PAHL) consortium, an inter-disciplinary partnership between the libraries at OCOM, National University of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Western States, and Oregon Health and Science University. Using Primo, users can search the collections at all four libraries, and request materials be delivered to OCOM. Additionally, our Interlibrary Loan service provides users with access to any journals or books not normally available from the library's print or online collections.

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Where we work

Awards

Spirit of Portland 2012

City of Portland

Research Award 2002

National Institute of Health

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of doctoral students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students in doctoral (DAOM) program.

Number of master's students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students enrolled in the master's (MAcOM) degree program.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total graduates, including master's and doctoral graduates.

Number of patients treated (annually)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of unique patients treated during fiscal year.

Number of treatments delivered (annually)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of treatments (acupuncture, massage, Chinese medicine, etc.) delivered per fiscal year.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Long-Range Strategic Direction 1: Ensure Our Long Term Sustainability.

OCOM envisions itself as the premier AOM College, and stable and sustainable finances are a foundational component of that vision. The importance of ensuring a strong financial foundation for OCOM has elevated this topic to a separate strategic direction.

Long-Range Strategic Direction 2: Optimize Our Operations and Systems.

OCOM envisions itself as the premier AOM college - the place to study, teach, go for treatment and information about AOM. A strong organizational infrastructure with improved internal processes, a cohesive, comprehensive communications strategy, and a successfully implemented EHR to efficiently and effectively support patient care and research are all components of OCOM's vision. This strategic direction focuses on ensuring that OCOM's organizational house is in order, and that the day-to-day operations of the organization are as efficient and effective as possible.

Long-Range Strategic Direction 3: Strengthen Our Reputation.

OCOM has always been a leader in the AOM field and there are many opportunities for OCOM to leverage its strengths to provide leadership to strengthen not only OCOM, but the entire AOM field. Strong community, national and international partnerships and being a leader in integrative medicine will help OCOM achieve its vision.

Long-Range Strategic Direction 4: Invest in Our Healing Community.

Having the infrastructure to maintain a self-reflective, nurturing internal OCOM community, and build strong community partnerships will allow OCOM to achieve its vision and help maintain the health of the institution and individual community members.

Strategy 1.1: Develop and implement sustainable business models in order to grow and diversify revenues.

Strategy 1.2: Strive for robust and predictable enrollments.

Strategy 1.3: Develop and implement a successful fundraising plan.

Strategy 1.4: Build adequate and necessary financial and planning systems and activities.

Strategy 2.1: Identify, evaluate and implement changes to inadequate organizational processes and systems to attain optimal quality and cost-effectiveness.

Strategy 2.2: Implement EHR and integrate into clinical education, research and patient care systems.

Strategy 2.3: Revise and update curriculum.

Strategy 2.4: Improve communications at OCOM.

Strategy 3.1: Cultivate and expand strategic collaborations.

Strategy 3.2: Invest in initiatives that enhance OCOM's visibility and leadership within the profession.

Strategy 4.1: Invest in institutional resources that sustain and enhance the well-being of community members.

Strategy 4.2: Work to increase OCOM's positive impact on the local community.

STRENGTHS:

Sense of place – building/location in Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood.

Strong academics and research.

Community – faculty/staff/students.

National reputation/presence.

Mission centered.

OCOM has experienced profound transformations over the past eight years since OCOM last focused on strategic planning. Many of these changes were facilitated at least in part because of a carefully crafted and very effective strategic plan.

Among the successes OCOM saw over this time period are:

- Successful relocation to a beautiful new $15 million campus building.

- Receipt by OCOM of federal tax credits to the tune of almost $5 million, which made possible the financing of the new campus. This represents fully one third of the total cost of the project.

- Continued development of, and investment in, the OCOM faculty, including increases in the numbers of full-time faculty, increased resources for faculty service work and evaluation, and increased attention to and funding of faculty scholarship and professional development.

- Accreditation in 2007 of the OCOM doctoral program, with re-accreditation in 2012, and continued very successful development of what is widely regarded as the best program of its kind in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) in the US.

- Re-accreditation in 2016 and continued successes in the master's program, which was recently identified as the number one AOM program in the country.

Despite these successes, some goals were not achieved:

- After almost seven years of effort, and five years of candidacy, OCOM received notification in July 2013 that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional accrediting agency, had decided not to fully accredit OCOM. This was a major disappointment for the institution after the collective efforts of so many community members.

- OCOM's financial picture experienced some reversals in the period following the economic crash of 2008-2010. Enrollments declined in several cycles post-2008, and revenues did not grow as strongly as anticipated. These unanticipated “recession related" challenges arose at the same time that new resources were needed to bring the new campus project to completion.

- In relative terms, OCOM's non-tuition revenue streams have declined somewhat over the past eight years. The goal of growth in this area has been difficult to achieve.

Financials

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Oregon College or Oriental Medicine

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cathy Chinn

Board Chair

Term: 2018 -

Michell M. Hay

President & CEO, The CHP Group

Lea Anne Doolittle

Chief Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President, NW Natural Gas Company

Margo McGehee Kelly, MD

Physician & Clinical Investigator, Kaiser Permanente NW

Gene G. Hong

Owner/Acupuncturist, Oregon Acupuncture Center

Bradley J. Malsin, MD

Co-Founder, Beam Development

Leah R. Yamaguchi, MAcOM, LAc

Owner/Acupuncturist, Gresham Acupuncture

Dustin R. Klinger, JD

Partner/Attorney. Thede Culpepper Moore Munro & Silliman LLP

Cathy L. Chinn

President, Excelinet LLC

Brad Beavers

Consulting Systems Engineer, Standard Insurance Company

Karen M. Williams

Member, Carroll Community Investments

Laura Quinn Bueermann

Principal, ELI Management, Inc. and JBH Enterprises

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes