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
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