List of DAOM Courses and Syllabi

The Doctoral Degree program consists of 640 hours (64 quarter units) of didactic coursework and 650 hours (32.5 units) of clinical experience. Of the 640 didactic hours of coursework, 320 hours are devoted to the core curriculum and 320 hours focus on the integrative Pain Management specialty. The 650 clinical hours may be completed through three clinical experiences: Residency, Preceptorship and Mentorship. The Doctoral degree program is offered only in English language.

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DOM701 - Advanced Analysis of OM Foundations

This course focus on the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor) as the main sources of classical text of Oriental Medicine. Students will learn how to appropriately summarize, organize, analyze and distinguish the principal of the information in the classical text of Huang Di Nei Jing. Student will review the foundation theory of Oriental Medicine to their application in the current clinical practice; and the verification from classical references to its correlation in the current integrative medical practice.

DOM702A - Evidence-Based Medicine in Acupuncture

This course identifies and describes the scientific evidence based of the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and biochemical process of acupuncture mechanism, meridian and points. The students will analyze, organize and discuss the current research findings on acupuncture to gives the insight of how the insertion and stimulation of the acupuncture needles affect the human body. This course supports our graduates’ ability to collaborate and interact with other biomedical healthcare personnel, based on the knowledge of current neurophysiological and biochemical theories of the effects of Acupuncture.

DOM703A - Traditional Korean Medicine

Through investigation of Traditional Korean Medical classical texts from the DonguiboGam (Treasured Mirror of Eastern Medicine) and Dongyi Soose Bowon (Preservation of Longevity and Life in Eastern Medicine), doctoral students can explores Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM) history, feature and detailed contents in comparison with other Oriental Medicine. This course is established for developing abilities of clinical diagnosis and treatment after learning the basis of Traditional Korean Medicine. This course gives an opportunity to learn about diagnosing methods that refers to characteristics of person’s physical shape, mental nature, physiology, pathology, and treating with medicine, formula and acupuncture based on Traditional Korean Medicine.

DSP814A - Advanced Traditional Korean Medicine

This course provides the theory and clinical applications of Saam acupuncture, one of the famous Traditional Korean Medicine Techniques. This course will guide students through a holistic and systematic acupuncture method. Saam was a Korean buddhist monk who sought to explore the mysteries of our bodies' innate Yin-Yang and Five Elements. To treat disease, Saam Acupuncture uses a combination of Five Transporting points of the involved meridians. Through this course, students will not only acquire the theory and the manipulation of Saam acupuncture, but also apply it to various diseases that can be treated in the clinic.

DSP711A - Neuro-Musculoskeletal: Trunk and Back

This course is a structural of the 4 series of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders especially on the management of the neuro-musculoskeletal pain related. The course will integrate from structural anatomy and physiology to the differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and prognosis as well as the treatment plan. The treatment plan will cover from Oriental Medicine approach such as herbs, tuina and nutrition, but overall will mainly focus on tissue-based systematic acupuncture. Tissue-based systematic acupuncture is a systematic acupuncture method that integrates acupuncture systems and techniques in Oriental Medical classics Huang Di Nei Jing with Western Medical Anatomy and Physiology. The concept of tissue-based system specific to body areas and zones are explained in terms of how the method may related to clinical application, local and distal points, physical assessment, and treatment application protocols. This acupuncture approach addresses specific tissue to the effective local and distal acupuncture treatment mechanism and therefore may increase practitioner’s knowledge of Western Biomedicine, clinical results, quality of patient care.
This course will address specifically for trunk and back region.

DSP712A - Neuro-Musculoskeletal: Head and Neck

This course is a structural of the 4 series of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders especially on the management of the neuro-musculoskeletal pain related. The course will integrate from structural anatomy and physiology to the differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and prognosis as well as the treatment plan. The treatment plan will cover from Oriental Medicine approach such as herbs, tuina and nutrition, but overall will mainly focus on tissue-based systematic acupuncture. Tissue-based systematic acupuncture is a systematic acupuncture method that integrates acupuncture systems and techniques in Oriental Medical classics Huang Di Nei Jing with Western Medical Anatomy and Physiology. The concept of tissue-based system specific to body areas and zones are explained in terms of how the method may related to clinical application, local and distal points, physical assessment, and treatment application protocols. This acupuncture approach addresses specific tissue to the effective local and distal acupuncture treatment mechanism and therefore may increase practitioner’s knowledge of Western Biomedicine, clinical results, quality of patient care.
This course will address specifically for head and neck region.

DSP713 - Neuro-Musculoskeletal: Upper Extremities

This course is a structural of the 4 series of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders especially on the management of the neuro-musculoskeletal pain related. The course will integrate from structural anatomy and physiology to the differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and prognosis as well as the treatment plan. The treatment plan will cover from Oriental Medicine approach such as herbs, tuina and nutrition, but overall will mainly focus on tissue-based systematic acupuncture. Tissue-based systematic acupuncture is a systematic acupuncture method that integrates acupuncture systems and techniques in Oriental Medical classics Huang Di Nei Jing with Western Medical Anatomy and Physiology. The concept of tissue-based system specific to body areas and zones are explained in terms of how the method may related to clinical application, local and distal points, physical assessment, and treatment application protocols. This acupuncture approach addresses specific tissue to the effective local and distal acupuncture treatment mechanism and therefore may increase practitioner’s knowledge of Western Biomedicine, clinical results, quality of patient care.
This course will address specifically for upper extremities region.

DSP714 - Neuro-Musculoskeletal: Lower Extremities

This course is a structural of the 4 series of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders especially on the management of the neuro-musculoskeletal pain related. The course will integrate from structural anatomy and physiology to the differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and prognosis as well as the treatment plan. The treatment plan will cover from Oriental Medicine approach such as herbs, tuina and nutrition, but overall will mainly focus on tissue-based systematic acupuncture. Tissue-based systematic acupuncture is a systematic acupuncture method that integrates acupuncture systems and techniques in Oriental Medical classics Huang Di Nei Jing with Western Medical Anatomy and Physiology. The concept of tissue-based system specific to body areas and zones are explained in terms of how the method may related to clinical application, local and distal points, physical assessment, and treatment application protocols. This acupuncture approach addresses specific tissue to the effective local and distal acupuncture treatment mechanism and therefore may increase practitioner’s knowledge of Western Biomedicine, clinical results, quality of patient care.
This course will address specifically for lower extremities region.

DSP812 - AOM - Pharmaceutical Interactions

This course considers the emerging body of evidence around drug-herb interactions, which is a concern that affects the larger cultural domain in which this medicine is practiced and may have historic implications in the progress of this profession. The potential interactions between Oriental Medicine herbs/formulas and pharmaceutical drugs have increasingly been a topic of concern to many people today as a result of collaboration between Oriental and Western medical modalities. This course addresses the different aspects of herb/formula/drug interactions, ranging from complementary to toxic. Upon completion of this module, students will understand the pharmacological nature of medicinal herbs/formulas, demonstrate knowledge of potential interactions between medicinal herbs and pharmaceutical drugs, and demonstrate enhanced case management skills regarding management of drug-herb interactions.

DSP813 - Advanced Herbal Formulas

This course provides advanced knowledge about herbal formulas and the theoretical framework for using Oriental herbal medicine for acute and chronic pain management. This class examines the properties, sources, therapeutic actions, potential adverse effects, modern basic scientific data, and traditional usages as well as modern clinical studies of herbal formulas. Herbal ingredients, relative dosages, therapeutic rationale and the traditional and contemporary explanations of the healing mechanisms of many well- known herbal formulae for pain management will also be explored. The classification of herbs according to the meridian system and how such a concept may be extrapolated to understand pharmacological actions and side-effects of modern drugs will be discussed. Algorithms in designing therapeutic formulas, such as how to select individual herbs according to their pharmacological properties and combine them effectively to achieve a specific therapeutic goal, and how to balance the formula with additional agents to reduce its potential side-effects and enhance its overall efficacy, will be covered in the course.

DSP811 - Advanced Acupuncture Treatments and Techniques

This course covers advanced acupuncture treatment techniques for the management of pain especially in neuro-musculoskeletal. Course objectives include utilizing selected points and techniques drawn from Chinese Zhu Scalp Acupuncture, Chinese Jiao Shun Fa Scalp Acupuncture and Master Tung Acupuncture for treating pain conditions. Student will learn how to apply these various treatment techniques to better equip their treatment skill in treating the pain conditions. The treatment principle, selection and location of points and techniques will all be discussed in this course.

DOM801 - Advanced AOM: Treatments and Techniques

To build up a solid foundation of advanced training in patient assessment and diagnosis, and clinical intervention and treatment, this course focuses on broadening and deepening knowledge in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine treatment principle and techniques to various medical field specialty including musculoskeletal system, neurology and neuropsychiatry, ophthalmology, ENT, dermatology, endocrinology, hematology, immunology, oncology, cardiovascular system, pulmonology, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary system, urology and gynecology. Both herbal medicine, acupuncture theory and techniques are addressed throughout these courses. The course will also present the variety of medical conditions, as well as different medical perspectives and practice styles.

DOM803 - Integrative Case Management: Best Practice

Collaboration between providers of conventional care and complementary therapies has gained popularity but there is a lack of documented best practices and models for delivering such care. The aim of this course is to discover and develop best practices for the implementation of integrative case management. The outcome is to develop a model that aims for a patient-centered, interdisciplinary, non-hierarchical mix of conventional and complementary medical solutions to individual case management of patients. This model of case management should include standard clinical practice and active partnership between a gate-keeping general practitioner and collaborating with a team of providers in a consensus case conference model of care. The idea is to develop an integrated case model which includes informal dialogue among course leaders, students and lecturers. This dialogue is fueled by some of the participants' international clinical experience of providing conventional care and oriental medical care, as well as evidence of increased utilization, and the documented desire for increased collaboration and research on the part of the patients.

DOM802 - Contemporary US Health System

This course introduces students to the modern health care delivery system. The scope of systems-based practice includes familiarity with financing structures, the organization and capacities of provider entities and delivery systems; tools and techniques for controlling costs and allocating resources; systems for improving the quality of care; and the roles and contributions of other professionals in caring for individual patients and populations. Among the outcomes of this course are that students are able to engage in critical dialogue regarding the impact of professional practices, other health care professionals, the health care organization and society upon one’s practice; to acknowledge and reflect upon how types of medical practice differ from one another; to investigate methods of controlling costs and allocating resources; and to advocate for patient care and assist patients in dealing with the complexities of our health care system. This course also provides essential support to the fulfillment of the competency of consultative and collaborative knowledge and skills when interacting with biomedical health care personnel in case management.

DRM721 - AOM Research Principles

This course is designed to enable our graduates to demonstrate knowledge and skills in clinical research. The course provides an understanding of currently accepted research standards and methodology, as well as the current scientific literature in the field. The course examines the research methodology utilized in contemporary biomedical sciences for the assessment of clinical efficacy and physiological mechanisms related to Oriental medicine. The course covers the basics of bio-statistical analysis and common statistical tests that are used to conduct biomedical research, including probability theory, population sampling, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, confidence intervals, statistical significance, hypothesis testing, and comparison of paired and unpaired groups. The course also develops further the ability to critically analyze the quantitative portion of research from a consumer's perspective.

DRM722 - AOM Research Practices

This course is designed to enable our graduates to demonstrate knowledge and skills in clinical research. The course provides an understanding of currently accepted research standards and methodology, as well as the current scientific literature in the field. The course examines the research methodology utilized in contemporary biomedical sciences for the assessment of clinical efficacy and physiological mechanisms related to Oriental medicine. The course covers the basics of bio-statistical analysis and common statistical tests that are used to conduct biomedical research, including probability theory, population sampling, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, confidence intervals, statistical significance, hypothesis testing, and comparison of paired and unpaired groups. The course also develops further the ability to critically analyze the quantitative portion of research from a consumer's perspective.

DPD723 A and B - Professional Capstone Development: Formative I and II

Completion of the capstone research project is the culminating project for the doctoral program. Students begin initial work on their capstone projects and continue throughout the program with the guidance of a mentor. Mentors are assigned to provide support and advice to students as they complete their projects. The course content aims to train doctoral students to synthesize the information gathered from current literature related to Oriental medicine for the design of their final research project. The capstone projects are significant original works, demonstrating critical thinking skills and creativity and contributing new ideas and perspectives on the topic.

This course is designed to guide students through the first phase of capstone: creating and submission of the proposal. The course is divided into two quarters. At the end of the second quarter, students are required to submit their capstone proposal. 

A wide range of topics of relevance to the acupuncture and Oriental medical field may be considered for project proposal. Topics related to research and formulating a capstone proposal will be presented, including developing advanced research skills necessary to gather information, formulating a hypothesis, research databases, methodologies, IRB processes and historical issues, and analyses. Topics on capstone include literature review, case study review, case series, and academic papers. They will be able to determine the different resources available to them to help them complete their written projects. Candidates will also learn the different methods and forms of acceptable research. They will be able to design, work on, and conclude an acceptable project.

Students will be given the period for two (2) academic quarters, beginning when they register on this course, in which that by the end of second quarters, the final capstone proposal should be completed, accepted and approved by the DAOM Capstone committee. If the students fail to complete and get the approval for their final proposal, students will need to re-enroll in this course again, otherwise the students will still be considered as “Incomplete” for this course. 

DPD823 A and B - Professional Capstone Development: Summative I and II

Completion of the capstone research project is the culminating project for the doctoral program. Students submit the first draft of the capstone project to mentor and the DAOM Committee for review. The capstone projects are significant original works, demonstrating critical thinking skills and creativity and contributing new ideas and perspectives on the topic. Students will present their final capstone research to DAOM Capstone Committee during capstone project presentations at the end of the program.

This course is designed to guide students through the final phase of capstone: refining, revising, and finalizing the capstone project for submission. The course is divided into two quarters, with extension of one additional quarter to complete the capstone project. Throughout the course, doctoral students and faculty will critiques of student presentations and drafts of capstones.

Students will be given the period for three (3) academic quarters, beginning when they register on this course, in which that by the end of third quarters, the final capstone project should be completed, accepted and approved by the DAOM Capstone committee. If the students fail to complete and get the approval for their final project, students will need to re-enroll in this course again, otherwise the students will still be considered as “Incomplete” for this course. 

DCL831 Ia - IV - Residency (Ia - IV)

Total : 250 hours

The residency clinical training are conducted at DULA Oriental Medical Center (OMC). Clinical Residency is an opportunity for DAOM Students to develop skills and apply knowledge learned through practice with patients. DAOM students will see patients as teams in small groups (two to four) to allow for discussion, collaboration, and application of individual skill in the assessment and treatment of the patient. DAOM students engage in ongoing treatment and chart review with the entire team between meeting components. The program seeks to maximize discussion of cases rather than the fast paced high-volume patient turnover in the Master’s clinical environment. DAOM students will share knowledge and skills based on experience with peers and supervisors, offering peers constructive feedback.

DAOM students treat patients and receive input from DAOM supervisors to develop advanced skills of diagnosis and treatment and refine consultation skills and collaboration. Through this process, candidates will apply advanced clinical interventions in conjunction with biomedical assessment, physical assessment, interpretation of laboratory tests, and the practice of writing in-depth case studies. The Doctoral Clinic Director assures the connection of classroom content to clinic rotations.

DAOM students will take turns providing treatments, including placement of needles, recommending herbal formulas, and providing patient education with respect to herbal formulas and nutrition. Clinical supervisors will be available for discussion, including assistance with advanced diagnostic and acupuncture techniques and herbal formulas. Senior practitioners of Oriental medicine will encourage the development of deeper knowledge and sharpened skills applied to acupuncture and the use and dispensing of herbal medicine, with a particular concentration on the integrative pain management specialty.

DAOM Students will treat patients in areas of their core curriculum and in the integrative pain management specialty. Each group will see patients during their four-hour block. Appointments will be staggered to allow the smooth flow of the clinic. DAOM students will participate in case discussion and designing of case management strategies. DAOM students will participate in the assessment of patient progress, modification of treatment plans, and incorporation of integrated care as appropriate. DAOM Students will assess patient progress and modify the treatment plan as needed. Careful selection of return patients will allow the fullest learning environment for DAOM Students while providing continuity of care for patients.

For each 40 hours/2 units of residency clinical shift course, students are required to design one (1) case management implemented with their critical thinking and analysis to the AOM diagnosis and treatment plan, integrated to the DAOM core curriculum and specialty areas.

DCL832 (A - E) - Mentorship (A - E)

Total : 200 hours

The purpose of the clinical mentorship is to directly engage with a senior health care practitioner in a systematic and interactive approach to patient diagnosis and treatment in the clinical setting of the mentor. Students will achieve the competency in advanced patient assessment and treatment as defined in their objectives for the experience.

For each 40 hours/2 units of mentorship course, students are required to write one (1) report reflecting of what students have learned and achieve during their mentorship hours, and how do these experiences may benefit them in their clinical practice.

DCL833 (A - E) - Preceptorship (A - E)

Total : 200 hours

Didactic and clinical teaching experience is created in the form of a Preceptorship in the DULA Didactic Classrooms and Oriental Medical Center (OMC). The primary educational objective of this preceptorship is for the doctoral student to demonstrate skills in the three roles: clinical teaching - professional role modeling, supervision of patient care (including quality assurance), and teaching (preparation, delivery and assessment/feedback). Doctoral students may choose to complete their preceptorship training either all in didactic setting, clinical setting or both didactic and clinical setting.

In didactic and/or clinical setting, students will be assigned and work closely with the faculty who serves as their preceptor to develop their didactic teaching and leadership skills. The OMC Director serves as the primary supervisor for all clinical preceptors and will ensure that each student meets all requirements for teaching, as well as provides periodic feedback on performance, including on the doctoral students’ evaluation of Master’s interns and any ratings of their teaching provided by interns. DAOM students are also provided guidance in planning their preceptorship by the Associate Dean of DAOM Program who guides them in incorporating the advanced teaching and leadership skills and knowledge.

Students, particularly those who are more junior, may design a formal learning plan for themselves as assistant faculty, which includes their own learning plans, objectives and the academic activities they will engage in to develop effective teaching skills. Students may also design the learning plans for their students, or may engage their learners in self-reflection or self-study evaluation, peer teaching, peer evaluation or small group learning activities.

For each 40 hours/2 units of preceptorship course, students are required to write one (1) report encapsulating their own learning experience and demonstrating their progression as a teacher.