Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

5th Annual Alumni Award Application

We know that our alumni are increasing the recognition of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and we want to award you for it! One of the advancements we are seeing in both Western medicine and Chinese Medicine is the movement towards INTERPROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is working with the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) to inform our community of the trends and advancements in healthcare. Interprofessional Communication is one of the six competencies that have been identified as key components to moving our medicine forward. For more information on these competencies, visit or CLICK HERE.

We want to hear your stories. See below how you or someone that nominates you can submit your real-life examples of Interprofessional Communication in the practice of Chinese Medicine and win a free Pacific Symposium pass for 2015!

How to Nominate Yourself or a Colleague

  • Submit a short description of how the nominee has demonstrated Interprofessional Communication – Visit for more information about Competency 3.
  • Include Curriculum Vitae and Professional Bio

All nominations and supporting documents are due by May 29, 2015 and can be submitted to Sheila Davis at

We look forward to honoring our graduate at the Pacific Symposium Alumni Celebration in October. One winner from each campus (SD, CH, NY) will be awarded FREE admission to Pacific Symposium 2015 and will be honored at our annual alumni event with an honorary plaque.  

Competency 3 – Interprofessional Communication

General Competency Statement: Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.

CC1. Choose effective communication tools and techniques, including information systems and communication technologies, to facilitate discussions and interactions that enhance team function.

CC2. Organize and communicate information with patients, families and healthcare team members in a form that is understandable, avoiding discipline-specific terminology when possible.

CC3. Express one’s knowledge and opinions to team members involved in patient care with confidence, clarity, and respect, working to ensure common understanding of information and treatment and care decisions.

CC4. Listen actively, encouraging ideas and opinions of other team members.

CC5. Give timely, sensitive, instructive feedback to others about their performance on the team, responding respectfully as a team member to feedback from others.

CC6. Use respectful language appropriate for a given difficult situation, crucial conversation, or interprofessional conflict.

CC7. Recognize how one’s own uniqueness, including experience level, expertise, culture, power, and hierarchy within the healthcare team, contributes to effective communication, conflict resolution, and positive interprofessional working relationships.

CC8. Communicate consistently the importance of teamwork in patient-centered and community-focused care.

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