The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program is designed to assist you in developing advanced TCM knowledge and skills, achieving a medical specialization and improving your research and teaching abilities.
You will have the opportunity to work in collaborative clinical settings and receive rigorous training from highly skilled and experienced faculty in advanced concepts of TCM and biomedical theory.
By learning how to integrate Western medicine with TCM knowledge, you will become a more competent practitioner, skilled in “Diagnosis by Disease Identification”, in addition to the “Pattern Differentiation” practiced in TCM. The 3-part emphasis of the program’s courses includes: TCM Pattern Differentiation, Modern Medicine Disease Category Differentiation, and TCM Treatment.
The DAOM program is offered at the San Jose Campus, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Easily accessible by highway or air, the San Jose campus is just minutes away from major freeways and the San Jose Airport. San Jose is a multicultural environment that offers a fertile ground for promoting and exploring TCM and inter-disciplinary medicine.
Features of the DAOM program
Flexible Modular Structure
Courses in the program are offered once a month during four-day long weekends to allow you to earn a doctorate in 25 months, while maintaining a private practice. Clinical training is flexible and is scheduled apart from the weekend intensives.
Meets California and National CEU Requirements
The modules of the DAOM program fulfill both California and National CEU requirements.
Extensive Training with Leading Master Clinicians
Renowned senior TCM practitioners and biomedicine experts from China and the US are brought together by Five Branches University to share their invaluable experience and knowledge of TCM and Western medicine, through didactic and clinical sessions.
A Modern Integrative Medical Curriculum
The program provides you with Western medical training that will strengthen your TCM practice. This integrative program puts emphasis on bridging the gap between TCM and biomedicine approaches, enhancing cross-referrals and inter-disciplinary medicine.
Clinical Training with TCM and Western Medicine Experts
Train with specialists in the field at both the Five Branches medical centers, at local community clinics and hospitals and at major hospitals in China (affiliated with Zhejiang Chinese Medical University).
As a DAOM student, you will have the option to achieve medical specialization in one of the following departments:
- Women’s Health and Endocrinology
- Neuromuscular Medicine and Pain Management
Exposure to Research
During the program you will critically review TCM research. You will learn how to assess evidence-based medicine, review new trends in TCM research, and enhance your TCM knowledge and scientific thinking skills.
Earn a Ph.D. in China
Five Branches University offers a joint DAOM/PhD program for students who wish to study an additional year at one of our four sister colleges in China: Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
If you are interested in earning a PhD you must enroll during your first year of study in the DAOM program. Upon completion of two years in the DAOM program, and after all the DAOM requirements have been met, you can proceed to your third year of study, finishing your dissertation to receive your PhD. The Chinese PhD is recognized by the US Department of Education for US equivalency. Tuition for the PhD program is 70,000 Chinese Yuan or approximately 11,000 U.S. dollars.