Foundation

Enhance your clinical reasoning skills and gain a deeper understanding of the classics, the theories and techniques of case management, and modern acupuncture and TCM research. The Foundation modules include non-clinical advanced skill courses appropriate for the DAOM program.

Course TitleCode
Case Management and PresentationDFR 101
PedagogyDFR 201
Scientific Foundation of AcupunctureDFR 301
Herb-Drug InteractionDFR 401
Herbal Alternatives to DrugsDFR 402
Clinical Applications of Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao LueDFR 501 & DFC 501
Clinical Applications of LingshuDFR 502 & DFC 502
Clinical Applications of NeijingDFE 505 & DFC 505

Case Management and Presentation

DFR 101
Units  Hours

This course opens new horizons in the communication between Western medicine and TCM practitioners, and teaches the steps required for proper management of patients’ cases. You will learn how to review medical literature on a particular condition or disease and gather information for presentation and discussion. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to make a presentation of medical cases in terms acceptable to the scientific community. Through the extensive review of medical literature on a certain condition, you will become well educated on the topic you present.

Prerequisite:
Master level courses

Pedagogy

DFR 201
Units  Hours

This course covers basic modern techniques of teaching in both classroom and clinical settings, enabling you to transmit your knowledge and experience in an educational environment. Upon completion of this course, you will have gained the skills necessary to become a classroom teacher of TCM as well as a clinical training supervisor.

Prerequisite:
Master level courses

Scientific Foundation of Acupuncture

DFR 301
Units  Hours

This course introduces the effects of acupuncture on common medical conditions based on ongoing evidence-based research from well-established integrative medicine research centers. You will learn basic research on the mechanisms of acupuncture, and will critique acupuncture literature for its credibility and design. You will be introduced to experimental and clinical acupuncture studies enabling you to evaluate and utilize information from these studies in the future. Upon completion of this course, you will have gained understanding of the scientific background and mechanisms of acupuncture in common medical conditions such as, cardiovascular disease, women’s health issues, pain, etc.

Prerequisite:
Master level courses

Herb-Drug Interaction

DFR 401
Units  Hours

As a result of cooperation between Chinese and Western medical modalities, the potential interactions between Chinese herbs/formulas and pharmaceutical drugs have become a growing topic of concern.  This course addresses the different aspects of herb/formula/drug interactions, ranging from complementary to toxic. Upon completion of this course, you will understand the pharmacological nature of medicinal herbs/formulas, and demonstrate awareness in potential interactions between medicinal herbs and pharmaceutical drugs.

Prerequisite:
Master level Herbology and Formula courses

Herbal Alternatives to Drugs

DFR 402
Units  Hours

The practice of medicine is now at a crossroads: countless patients are taking prescription drugs yet prefer to be treated by a more natural approach. This course will address the most commonly prescribed medications, their actions, side-effects, and herbal alternatives. Proper protocols for time frames and herbal dosages will be discussed, leading to the safe reduction of pharmaceutical usage. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to describe the indications, mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics and side effects of drugs and herbs. You will recognize herbs with functions similar to drugs, according to clinical research, and will be able to differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of both herb and drug therapy. You will be able to distinguish situations when drugs are superior to herbs; and when herbs can be used as an alternative to drugs for similar or better therapeutic results, and/or with fewer side effects.

Prerequisite:
Master level Herbology and Formula courses

Clinical Applications of Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue

DFR 501 & DFC 501
Units  Hours

This course is an in-depth study of Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue theories and formulas. In both Classics, the theories and formulas are discussed with emphasis on their relevance to modern uses, contemporary research, and clinical applications. Upon completion of this course, you will have a greater knowledge of the history, development, and theories of TCM, an understanding of these two classical texts at a more scholarly level, and will be skilled in applying and modifying classical formulas according to patient conditions.

Prerequisite:
Master level Classics and Clinical courses

Clinical Applications of Lingshu

DFR 502 & DFC 502
Units  Hours

This course relates modern acupuncture practices and protocols with ancient wisdom found in the Lingshu classic. The theory behind acupuncture practices, pattern differentiation, pathology of channels, complications of pathology of channels, treatment protocols, and acupuncture techniques will be covered. New ideas on treating common but complex disorders, such as stroke, will be introduced. These new treatment ideas will have roots in the Lingshu classic, normally undergoing decades of laboratory and clinical research in China, yet have proven to yield very good results from evidence-based medicine. Upon completion of this module, you will learn how the wisdom in ancient TCM classics can be practiced in today’s clinic and how to apply new treatment principles rooted from the Lingshu classic in your practice.

Prerequisite:
Master level Classics and Clinical courses

Clinical Applications of Neijing

DFE 505 & DFC 505
Units  Hours

The Classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine have shaped the profession into what it is today. The Classics present the original basis for the theory, diagnosis, pattern differentiation, and treatment formulation of TCM. This course is a survey of Huang Di Nei Jing, covering the historical background and philosophical perspective of Neijing; especially, the preface of Wang Bing, who restored Su Wen in 751, offering a better understanding of the concepts in Nei Jing. In this course, the Classics’ channel syndromes and treatment are discussed with emphasis on their relevance to modern use, contemporary research, and clinical applications. Upon completion of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of the history, development, and theories of TCM and will have learned how to select the best points and meridians to treat patients according to ancient wisdom revealed by the Neijing.

Prerequisite:
Master level Classics and Clinical courses