Hawai‘i College of Oriental Medicine

Formerly Named "Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii"

Curriculum.   5,000 Years Of Observation & Science

Masters Of Oriental Medicine

HICOM Catalog 2013 - 2014

The course of study at HICOM is designed to provide students with a systematic comprehension of Oriental medicine. In learning the history, theories, and practical applications of this medicine. Students will gain a deeper understanding of its' effectiveness. Instead of simply managing symptoms, students learn to treat the causes of illness by restoring balance, harmony and health through the use of acupuncture, herbs, diet, bodywork, and qigong (energy enhancing exercises).

While learning the fundamental theories, applications and skills of Oriental medicine, students will also receive
comprehensive training in clinical bio-sciences that will enable them to work effectively with western primary and specialty care providers, refine diagnosis skills and make competent care decisions based on both Oriental and conventional care standards.

HICOM's program is unique since it also prepares students to meet the needs of patients with complex disease patterns largely represented in the local patient population.

FIRST YEAR - Acquiring The Tool Box

The first year of our curriculum establishes the foundation necessary for students to become skilled and effective practitioners. The roots of Oriental medicine are explored, along with its fundamental theories and diagnostic methods.

A practical study of human anatomy is integrated with an introduction to acupuncture points and classical meridian theories. Students develop hands-on skills through courses in Asian bodywork, western physical examinations, Oriental medicine diagnosis and qigong. Students will be oriented to the herbal dispensary, and begin studying the hundreds of individual herbs used in Oriental medicine. Students begin their clinical observation in the final term of their first year.

SECOND YEAR - Opening The Tool Box

In the second year the focus of the curriculum moves to one of understanding clinical patterns and their applications in patient treatment. This is accomplished through coursework in point groupings, common patterns of disease and treatment methods of Oriental medicine, and through hands-on experience in needling and other techniques used to promote healing.

Physical examinations are expanded with Western diagnostic sciences with coursework in nutrition, microbiology, immunology, and in-depth review of systems. Students will expand upon their knowledge of single herbs to understand the theories used to create formulae, and apply these to common disease patterns.

Clinical observation will be completed in this year. Upon passing the clinic entrance examination students begin clinical internship.

THIRD YEAR - Arranging The Tool Box

In the third year students will spend much of their time in clinic, honing diagnostic skills, and deepen development of treatment plans combined with implementation. Special attention is paid to identifying chronic, complex and Tropical diseases. To support this process, they will continue coursework in Chinese therapeutic protocols, and receive instructor guidance specific to their clinic patients.

Coursework in both eastern and western pathology, and pharmacology will broaden students' understanding of clinical medicine. In the final term of the third year students will begin preparations for their competency exams, focus areas, professionalism and the art of presentation.

FOURTH YEAR - Mastering The Tool Box

In the fourth year, students are encouraged to refine their abilities and their own identity as healers. In addition to completing internship hours, students will refine professional ethics and practice management. A key aspect of this is learning to act as ambassadors of the medicine within the community.

Supplementing the core curriculum are opportunities to participate in a variety of elective courses. These electives complement the training received by all students, providing specialized clinical knowledge of particular interest to the individual student.

Electives provide students with opportunities to conduct independent studies under faculty supervision.

HICOM’s core focus modules allow for upcoming graduates to gain useful experience in a chosen area of medicine. Core focus areas offer students a competitive opportunity to excel in the practice of clinical medicine while working in high volume medical centers, hospitals and specialty clinics.

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