The purpose of VUIM’s First Professional Doctorate in Acupuncture program – titled the Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) – and First Professional Doctorate in Oriental Medicine program – titled the Doctor of Oriental Medicine – is to foster competent Oriental medicine practitioners through advanced studies. To incorporate this purpose, VUIM set forth the following goals for its Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) Programs:
To offer advanced and comprehensive education in acupuncture and Oriental medicine beyond the Master’s level
To graduate healthcare professionals with clinical skills, specialization, and collaboration competence
To prepare healthcare professionals for active contributions to the community through acupuncture practice.
To serve the program’s purpose and goals, VUIM incorporates the following education outcomes into curriculum:
Advancement of the knowledge and skills of advanced TCM diagnosis.
Advancement of the knowledge and skills related to biomedicine
Development of the ability to practice within the field of integrative medicine, either independently or collaboratively as a part of a team of providers.
Development of the ability to apply various TCM modalities to clinical cases
Development of the ability to collaborate with healthcare professionals
Development of the ability to synthesize medical information for clinical use in an integrative medical setting.
Guided by the two programs’ goals and outcomes, the proposed Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc.) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) programs strive to cultivate professional competencies in students at two stages: foundational and advanced levels. At the foundational stage, students are equipped with the following skills:
Critical Thinking/Professional Judgment
History Taking and Physical Examination
Education and Communication
Ethics and Practice Management
At the advanced stage, students are equipped with the following skills:
Mastery of advanced Diagnostic skills
Familiarization with the contemporary patient care system
Involvement in collaborative care
Formulating and implementing plans for individual professional development
Incorporating scholarship, research and Evidence-Based Medicine/Evidence-Informed Practice into patient care
The learning outcomes laid out in the programs’ curriculum will follow the guidelines below:
The foundational level curriculum will remain the same while the contents of the advanced classes will be distinguishable from the Master’s level
Advanced class materials will be delivered in an integrative approach, straddling Eastern and Western medicines
Clinical medicine classes will focus on medical subjects incorporating different diagnosis skills and treatment modalities
Didactic courses will be taught by subject experts and delivered in an evidence-based fashion
The upper level of clinical training accommodates student’s areas of interest, leading to specialty development in addition to an increased capacity to work in an integrative setting