Author: Caitlin Tsai

Community Outreach Reflection

Name of Student Author: Li Li
Name of Event: Open House
Complimentary Clinic Date: 2/25/2024
Time: 2PM-5PM
Location: Five Branches University 1885 Lundy Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
Supervisor: Dr. Li

Description of Event:

Free clinic offered to the public by interns under supervision during Five Branches University open house event to promote TCM modalities and treatments.

Event Overview:

FBU organized an open day event to introduce interested individuals to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) education and treatment options. The event was rich in content, featuring degree course presentations, Q&A sessions with the admissions team, on-site demonstrations of diagnosis. And the interns offering TCM diagnosis, acupuncture, massage therapy, and clinic referral services for free.

The event proceeded smoothly and was a tremendous success, becoming the best open day event of the year. Throughout the afternoon, students were busy treating numerous patients. The entire process was seamless, with all paperwork carefully reviewed during reception and intake. Each student confidently treated their patients, distributed business cards, and recommended the clinic. Some patients immediately expressed gratitude for feeling significantly better after treatment.

Upon reflection, this event was well-organized and meticulously planned, a result of collective effort, with a large number of participants and fruitful outcomes. Additionally, individuals interested in pursuing a career in TCM fulfilled their commitment to attend. The event was a tremendous success.

After this event, I could formulate treatment plans more quickly and approach patients with more confidence in addressing their issues. Furthermore, my time management and document efficiency also improved. I am grateful for these continuous experiences as they have accelerated my progress before memory loss sets in.

I intend to explore other ways to provide the best treatment according to each patient’s needs. In future practice, I aspire to become a comprehensive TCM practitioner, transcending the realm of acupuncture alone. I also found on-site demonstrations to be highly effective in promoting TCM treatment. Temporary clinics and free clinics during festivals and local events provide excellent opportunities to showcase TCM and gain broader exposure among the public.

Many thanks to everyone for their guidance during this event, ensuring everything ran smoothly, and everyone left satisfied. I look forward to participating in more events like this in the future!

Community and Wellness Shine at the February 25th Open House Event

Gratitude Towards All Participants

A big thank you once again to all of our guests, faculty members, staff, students, and alumni for coming together to make our February 25th Open House event a possibility. It was a pleasure to be able to provide wellness services, alumni talks, mini lectures and workshops for everyone. We look forward to seeing everyone once again at our future campus events.

Five Branches Students Pave the Way for Integrative Medicine: Insights from the TCM Residency at Sutter Health

Sutter Bay Hospitals and the International Center for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) in Oakland and Berkeley, California, offer a two-year or one trimester hospital based clinical training program to Five Branches University students.

The curriculum teaches the necessary skills and competencies to practice Integrative Medicine in an acute care setting or Integrative Medicine clinic. TCM graduates receive a certification of the hospital training.

In a groundbreaking collaboration with the International Center for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) at the Sutter/Alta Bates Medical Center, Five Branches University students are actively participating in a transformative Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) residency. This pioneering program demonstrates the profound impact of integrating ancient healing traditions into modern healthcare practices.  The program structure involves presentations from diverse healthcare professionals, case study discussions, participation in rounds, and patient care. 

Kerry Glendening, a senior student at Five Branches University (FBU) with a background in art history and massage therapy, applauds the program’s efficacy. Witnessing the seamless integration of acupuncture into acute care, Kerry expressed her amazement at how often acupuncture serves as a perfect healing modality, addressing a spectrum of symptoms from pain management to emotional well-being. Kerry notes, “I’ve been so impressed by the connections made by Dr. Matecki and the confidence with which attending physicians refer their patients for acupuncture within in-patient acute care.”

Jessica Sanchez, another FBU student transitioning from environmental nonprofit work to TCM, echoes Kerry’s sentiments. Jessica emphasizes the positive reception from medical professionals, highlighting the collaborative spirit that enhances patient care. “Their gratitude reaffirms a place at the table for us and ways we can work together to support patients’ overall care.”

Kevin Tai, a BA in journalism graduate turned Five Branches University student, shares his motivations for enrolling in the residency program. Recognizing the demand for acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the hospital and Western clinical settings, he sought exposure to more complicated cases and aimed to bridge the gap between integrative medicine and conventional healthcare.

Kevin expresses his surprise at the warm welcome and appreciation received from Sutter. Acupuncture is frequently discussed as a treatment option during hospital-wide grand rounds, showcasing its growing recognition. He plans to complete the two-year residency program concurrently with enrollment in the FBU DAOM program and envisions a future as a clinician, educator, and researcher in a hospital setting.

After completing the program, students feel more comfortable working with Western medical providers and develop an increased interest in research. Together, these testimonials paint a vivid picture of how Five Branches students are not just learners but active contributors to the evolution of patient-centric healing, emphasizing the success and importance of innovative programs in shaping the future of healthcare.

Kevin Tai

Join us as Kevin Tai, a student in his last year at Five Branches University, shares his incredible journey through the Sutter Health internship program! Get an inside look at his experiences, insights, and valuable advice for future students interested in this transformative opportunity. From hands-on experiences to the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, discover what sets this program apart.

Jessica Sanchez

Join us as Jessica Sanchez, a student in her last year at Five Branches University, shares her incredible journey through the Sutter Health internship program! Get an inside look at her experiences, insights, and valuable advice for future students interested in this transformative opportunity. From hands-on experiences to the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, discover what sets this program apart.

Celebration of Acupuncture Day on Oct. 22, 2023

At Five Branches University, we proudly uphold a cherished tradition of active participation in the annual Acupuncture Day festivities that take place during the third week of October. This year, under the theme “Celebrating California Acupuncture Day,” we joined forces with a distinguished array of individuals who, like us, harbor a deep-seated passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

This event, co-hosted by the esteemed California Assembly member Evan Low and the American Chinese Medicine Association, played host to a cadre of influential figures. Among them were the deans of major Chinese medicine institutions in the Bay Area and several notable personalities from the realm of politics. Together, we united to celebrate the profound beauty and efficacy of TCM, casting our spotlight on its manifold benefits.

The event’s agenda was a dynamic blend of educational lectures designed for the public’s enlightenment, emphasizing the pivotal role that Traditional Chinese Medicine plays in maintaining optimal health. We also delved into a pressing topic — the burgeoning recognition of acupuncture’s therapeutic prowess in the landscape of contemporary healthcare, including its incorporation into Medi-Cal and Medicare coverage for Acupuncture Services.

One of the standout moments of the event was the screening of the compelling documentary “Acupuncture Fever – The Road to Legalization in California.” This cinematic masterpiece painted a vivid narrative of the steady ascendancy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, notably acupuncture, in the United States. It meticulously chronicled the tireless endeavors of numerous individuals and the remarkable journey leading to the legalization of acupuncture in California since the 1970s. The flourishing of acupuncture and TCM in California stands as an outstanding achievement, and we take immense pride in our role within this legacy.

During this heartwarming charitable medical event, our dedicated students from Five Branches University, under the nurturing guidance of Dr. Lou, provided invaluable medical consultations and treatments to the event’s participants. Beyond the delivery of these much-needed healthcare services, our students also demonstrated the grace and discipline inherent to TCM through mesmerizing Tai Chi sword presentations.

ChinShin Yang, a senior student at Five Branches University who actively took part in the event, eloquently shared her experience: “Throughout the event, we not only assisted numerous patients in addressing their health concerns, but we were also privileged to interact with established Chinese medicine practitioners, enriching our knowledge with their valuable insights. Furthermore, we engaged in profound academic exchanges with students from other Chinese Medicine institutions who were equally involved in this event. I am genuinely grateful to have been part of this annual celebration of Chinese medicine.”

The event “Celebrating California Acupuncture Day” served as an exceptional platform for us to forge connections, learn from each other, and share the profound heritage of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We eagerly anticipate the continuation of our journey in the realm of TCM, extending our services, knowledge, and hope to all those we are honored to serve. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who played a part in this magnificent celebration of Chinese medicine.

Clinical Training at Five Branches

Learn what’s vital in a successful treatment, featuring professor at Five Branches University, George Lu, L.Ac., DAOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM).

Optimize your TCM learning! Class size matters! Presented by professor at Five Branches University, George Lu, L.Ac., DAOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM).

Begin your journey of experiencing a healthier you. Showcasing TCM Healing: Diagnosis and Acupuncture Presented by Dr. Ching Ching Chi

A Grateful Recap of Our TCM Showcase Event!

We are immensely thankful for the success of our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Showcase event on June 25th, 2023, at our San Jose and Santa Cruz campuses. This special day brought together our TCM community in a spirit of unity and learning. Our seasoned faculty members demonstrated TCM diagnosis & treatment, Tuina massage, and Medical Qigong, leaving us inspired and relaxed. Prospective students explored our TCM programs, while our administration provided valuable insights. A captivating TCM Dietetics workshop emphasized the connection between diet and well-being. To all guests, faculty members, and staff who participated, thank you for making this event a success. Your participation fuels our commitment to advancing TCM knowledge and promoting holistic health.

Sutter Hospital Residency Open to DAOM, DTCM, and Bridge Students

Sutter Bay Hospitals and the International Center for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) in Oakland and Berkeley, California, offer a two-year or one trimester hospital based clinical training program to Five Branches University students.

The curriculum teaches the necessary skills and competencies to practice Integrative Medicine in an acute care setting or Integrative Medicine clinic. TCM graduates receive a certification of the hospital training.

In addition to working side-by-side with multidisciplinary care teams as an integrative medicine practitioner, students can also participate in clinical research, including acupuncture and herbal medicine. Learning activities include clinical observation in various specialties, supervised hands-on patient encounters, didactic training (i.e. attending Grand Rounds, Tumor Boards, Journal Club, etc.), and various research projects and presentations.

Click Here to see scheduling and application details. 

2023 Vietnam Externship: An Enriching Experience in Vietnam

During April this year, under the guidance of our faculty member, Dr. Phu Tran, 24 of our students embarked on their journey for their 2-week externship in Vietnam.

One of the students expressed, “This experience has been an eye opener for me, seeing cases that we normally only read from our books, practicing needling patients who are different in demographics and diseases have been such an enriching learning experience.”

Five Branches is honored to have provided this opportunity for our students, and we express our gratitude to Dr. Tran, as well as the translators, administrators, local doctors, and all staff and participating externs who have made this trip a success. We look forward to providing another opportunity like this again in the near future.

Interested in educational opportunities like this one? Click here to join our on-campus graduate programs open house and TCM learning event to see how you can become a student at Five Branches. 

Gratitude to Participants of the First On-Campus Event of 2023

An Afternoon Filled with the Opportunity to Learn & Experience

Five Branches University would like to give a big thank you to all who participated in our first on-campus event of the year! We enjoyed various activities with our guests. We would like to thank all of our staff, faculty, and volunteers for bringing this to fruition.

We were grateful for the great questions and interactions from those who participated in our Degree Program Open House and Admissions Q&A.

Besides the general open house, we had passionate faculty such as Dr. Samson Cheung and Dr. Juan Li who gave Mini TCM Lectures, enabling our guests to experience what it is like to be a student at Five Branches.

Of course, our event would not have been complete without our workshop-leading instructors, Thomas Dicklin for our Santa Cruz Campus and Thomas Leichardt for our San Jose Campus. Our guests enjoyed guided medical qi-gong sessions with them and experienced exercise that supports energetic healing. 

Last but certainly not least, our guests received complimentary TCM diagnoses and treatments from our Senior interns and Senior professors, while our interns gained even more hands-on experience through this meaningful opportunity. 

Thank you again to all participants, staff, faculty, and volunteers for coming together to make this event possible. If you have missed this event, we welcome you to join our upcoming online Info Session happening on March 30th. For more information and signup details, click here

We will also be having another on-campus event in a few months, so please stay tuned for more announcements!