Health care is always changing and evolving. As a nation, our healthcare system is currently undergoing its most radical change in recent
history. A new student entering the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences has many exciting and unique opportunities open to them and will be ready to meet the needs and challenges of the future. We start with the end in mind: our goal is to help create informed, effective, compassionate, and successful integrated practitioners.
Informed – We have an amazing curriculum that teaches Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine using modern, traditional, and classical sources. Coupled with a firm understanding of research and information literacy, our students are poised to take the medicine to new levels of patient care as we move into the brave new world of healthcare in this country and abroad.
Effective – Learning the medicine is not enough; the effective application of the medicine is paramount. That is why students are in the clinic starting in their third term in the program, first observing patient care, then delivering it with close supervision, and finally having the
responsibility of treating their own patients, all under the supervision of our exceptional clinical supervisors. To create effective practitioners, it is necessary to see lots of patients and get results.
Compassionate – Our program cultivates compassion in many ways including interacting with our supervisors and faculty, extracurricular activities, and one of the most extensive ethics curriculum in our profession.
Successful – Being successful starts the moment a student first enters the program. The college invites many guest speakers to talk to students about success: we have an excellent practice management class that is supplemented with informal talks and activities throughout a student’s tenure.
Integrated – The biomedical classes are some of the best in the nation. From extensive lab facilities, a state of the art cadaver lab with an Anatomage system, to on-site X-ray facilities, our resources are amazing. Couple this with numerous opportunities to work with many different medical practitioners both on campus and at our off campus clinics, our school doesn’t just talk about integration, we live it.
We train medical practitioners of the future. And every trait listed above is necessary to accomplish the goal. At the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, my goal is to help create the future of medicine for and with our students, patients, and faculty.
Dr. Greg Sperber, BMBS, DAOM, MBA, L.Ac
Dean of the College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine