Specializations

Specialization modules provide you with the opportunity for advanced academic and clinical training in a chosen field of expertise. You will choose two specializations in which to perform in-depth study through advanced lectures in TCM and Western medicine. You will observe leading practitioners with decades of experience treating patients in a clinical setting and consult with expert faculty when dealing with complicated cases. This extensive training provides an Eastern/Western integrative approach to improve your ability to practice TCM as an independent and self-sufficient medical modality.

Course TitleCode
Women’s Health and Endocrinology I-IIIDSE/DSC 101-301
Neuromuscular Medicine and Pain Management I-IIIDSE/DSC 102-302
Auricular Medicine I-III (optional)DSE/DSC 103-303
Cerebro-and Cardiovascular Diseases I-III (optional)DSE/DSC 106-306

Women’s Health and Endocrinology I-III

DSE/DSC 101-301
Units  Hours

TCM has a unique approach to treating disease related to women’s health. Although both TCM and Western medicine understand the importance of homeostasis for proper bodily function and health maintenance, they have different ways of reaching this objective. TCM treatments, whether herbal or acupuncture, are aimed at restoring the body’s inherent balance while Western medicine often utilizes hormonal replacement therapies. In this series, an integrative approach to complicated issues in women’s health and endocrinology such as: infertility, pre/post-menopausal syndromes, gynecological benign tumors, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pregnancy disorders, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, etc. will be reviewed extensively. Upon completion of this specialization series, you will have gained the knowledge to diagnose and treat gynecological and endocrinal complex conditions with increased confidence.

Prerequisite:
Master level courses

Neuromuscular Medicine and Pain Management I-III

DSE/DSC 102-302
Units  Hours

In this specialization series, you will be introduced to the concept of physical medicine and rehabilitation, learning to manage patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions from the diagnosis, handling, support, and treatment point of view. Emphasis is placed on pain management as it relates to post-traumatic orthopedic care, degenerative conditions, and entrapment neuropathies, including discussion on the evaluation and treatment of neuro-degenerative and post-stroke conditions.

Clinical training offered by leading practitioners in the field of neuromuscular medicine, will provide you with invaluable experience to deliver comprehensive care, utilizing both acupuncture and other treatment modalities, to patients with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Upon completion of this specialization series, you will be able to advance your clinical practice of neuromuscular medicine and pain-management to a higher level.

Prerequisite:
Master level courses

Auricular Medicine I-III (optional)

DSE/DSC 103-303
Units  Hours

Auricular medicine is a scientific medical practice which can diagnose and treat disease, solely through the ears. More than 200 diseases and symptoms of past and present medical history can be diagnosed by studying the ear; future diseases and symptoms can also be predicted. This specialization series provides in-depth knowledge of Auricular Medicine as taught by Dr. Lichun Huang (www.earmedicine.us) beginning with fundamental concepts and building into advanced practices in auricular medicine.

Upon completion of this specialization series, you will have a deeper understanding of the theoretical and clinical application of auricular medicine, from basic concepts and specific auricular points, to diagnostic and treatment methods.  You will be skilled in the identification and location of auricular points, methods of diagnosing disorders as well as how to use auricular medicine in your clinical practice. This series must be taken in order of sequence.

Prerequisite:
Master level courses

Cerebro-and Cardiovascular Diseases I-III (optional)

DSE/DSC 106-306
Units  Hours

Cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease is among the leading cause of death and disability in today’s world. Although Western medicine has its merits in dealing with these conditions, TCM has its own unique advantages in helping patients recover from its devastating effects.. This specialization series discusses cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease from an integrative perspective, emphasizing the advantages and disadvantages of both TCM and Western medicine in dealing with these disorders and their long-term sequelae. The concept of “Awakening the Brain and Opening the Orifices” in treating post-stroke patients will be discussed in the classroom while extensive practice of treatment techniques will be performed in clinic.

Upon completion of this specialization series, you will be able to master the different approaches TCM and Western medicine take in treating patients with cerebro- and cardiovascular disease, and will develop the mastery of “Awakening the Brain and Opening the Orifices” clinical techniques to treat post-stroke patients.

Prerequisite:
Master level courses

* Auricular Medicine and Cerebro- and Cardiovascular Diseases modules are offered based on faculty availability.