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AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Celebrates 20 Years

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Updated: Saturday, March 08, 2014

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine celebrated its 20th year on Friday, January 31st. More than 150 people attended the cocktail reception that also served as an occasion to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year. Dr. William Morris, president and CEO, thanked people for coming and for supporting AOMA through the years.


Distinguished guests included Marilyn Allen, who serves as editor in chief of Acupuncture Today and marketing director of the American Acupuncture Council,Rich Goldstein, managing partner of Yoga Yoga, Wally Doggett,president of the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Joshua Saul, acting president of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


"I want to thank each and every member of the AOMA community. Our history encourages us. AOMA has achieved regional accreditation, acquired a new campus, introduced a doctoral program, expanded to integrative clinics, and recruited outstanding faculty and students," said President Morris.


Over the last 20 years, AOMA has grown by every important measure including its student body, faculty, accreditation, campus facilities, patients served, and community outreach. Student enrollment has continually been on the rise, from 18 students in the inaugural class to over 200 students today.


AOMA’s reputation as a national leader in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine education, healthcare and policy-making also continues to grow. Collaboration with the Seton Family of Hospitals began in 2006 with AOMA students offering acupuncture inside of the Seton Topfer Community Clinic and expanded in 2008 with AOMA becoming a key partner in the creation of the Seton Williamson Medical Center GoodHealth Commons Integrative Wellness and Education Center.


In 2009 AOMA became the first stand-alone, single-degree granting school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the nation to be regionally accredited, and the first school of its kind to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).


AOMA developed a new graphic identity with the tagline "Graduate School of Integrative Medicine” in 2010. In 2011, the opening of its new 19,000 square foot headquarters campus filled specific needs of the college’s growing graduate program in acupuncture and demand for additional clinic space. The AOMA campus is now more than six times the size of the original office space in 1993.


Last July the first cohort of the doctoral program began the 74-credit, two-year program. The DAOM program clinical specialty is the care and management of pain and associated psychosocial phenomena. The program also has a focus on research and leadership.


"With one of only two regionally accredited doctorates in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, AOMA stands for quality and discipline in the medical arts and sciences," said Dr. Morris.



For more information, contact:
Sarah Bentley, 512-492-3034; 512-587-2107

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers masters-level and doctoral-level programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and herbal medicine program. AOMA conducts more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics, collaborates with Western healthcare institutions including the Seton Family of Hospitals, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located in Austin, Texas. 

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