Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) is proud to announce that it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students. WASC commended the college for its commitment to quality improvement, its shareholders support, and its investment in full-time faculty, new facilities, a modern student information system, and the addition of numerous leadership positions.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine joins the ranks of such schools as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and the California Institute of Technology, well-known institutions also accredited by WASC. As part of the first wave of integrative medicine schools to become regionally accredited, PCOM will use this recognition to increase research and scholarship at the institution for the benefit of the holistic professions it represents, i.e., acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nursing, and massage.
As a result of its WASC accreditation, PCOM will offer the entry-level Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), initially in San Diego.
Our alumni often make the news, but we've been seeing more stories than usual recently. In case you missed them elsewhere on the web or television--
1) Jaime Ralston-Wilson, who single-handedly spearheaded one of the first full-time in-patient acupuncture programs in a hospital in the US, demonstrated acupuncture for KING 5 in western Washington and was interviewed for an article by Seattle Children's Hospital.
“In inpatient settings, patients are so often at the mercy of what needs to be done, but with acupuncture, patients and families can be in control of their care,” says Ralston-Wilson. “If they want to think about it and try one needle, they can try one needle. If they want us to place a needle in our own arms, we’re happy to do that so they can see what it looks like."
2) Marta Briseno has set up a clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico. An article on her practice and the field in general was published in the most widely-read newspaper in the city.
Marta says that "the clinic, Luna de Oriente, has been open since the second week of November, 2014, and it has been a great success so far.
"People are very interested in Oriental Medicine and they have welcomed us very nicely. We have 4 treatment rooms and are starting to get quite busy, we feel proud and very grateful to PCOM."
Alex Tiberi, one of the early pioneers of Chinese Medicine in the United States and a founder of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, passed away on November 18. Throughout his life, Alex practiced medicine, lectured, and led study groups around the globe, inspiring innumerable students with his irresistible enthusiasm. He was a student of Buddhism for over 30 years, and practiced both Tibetan Vajrayana and Japanese Shugendo. Alex was also an accomplished martial artist, well-versed in horseback archery, aikido, and jousting. Alex will be missed by many.
Tributes to Alex from around the world:
It is with the heaviest heart that I inform you that our dearest friend and colleague, Alex Tiberi, has passed away. As a founder of Pacific College, he was our partner, friend, and family member. He was our teacher and mentor. He was and will remain in our hearts an immense joy and inspiration. We will share our many memories when we can. For now, we send our love and support to his wife, Claire, his children and family, and to everyone who is touched by this loss.
With love for Alex,
President of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine