Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

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Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Motto The science of medicine, the art of healing.
Established 1983
President Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP
Academic staff
Students 260
Postgraduates 222
Address 75 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon, United States
Mascot MOCO panda
Website http://www.ocom.edu/
The building that became OCOM's new location in fall 2012, seen in 2010, before the start of renovation

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), located in Portland, Oregon, United States, offers master's and postgraduate doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. OCOM's programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine[1] and authorized by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission's Office of Degree Authorization to award Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees.[2]


Oregon College of Oriental Medicine was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1983, and is one of the oldest Chinese medicine colleges in the United States.[citation needed] OCOM trains master's and doctoral students, conducts research and treats patients at its Old Town Chinatown campus (OCOM Clinic) and northeast Portland Hollywood Clinic. In July 2005, OCOM became the first college to graduate a cohort of Doctors of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.[3][4] The college announced plans in July 2009, to move from Portland's eastside to a historic building in downtown's Old Town Chinatown district.[5] The new LEED Gold certified facility was renovated[5] at a cost of $15.2 million.[6] In September 2012, the school moved into its new home in Portland's historic Old Town Chinatown neighborhood.[7]


Building on the Southeast Portland campus

OCOM operates two Portland clinics and an herbal medicinary. The OCOM Hollywood Clinic, with eight clinic rooms, serves residents of northeast Portland, including the neighborhoods of Hollywood, Grant Park, Irvington and Beaumont-Wilshire. OCOM Clinic, at the college's Old Town Chinatown campus, opened in September 2012 and serves downtown residents and workers. The OCOM Herbal Medicinary is located on the ground floor of the college's campus. More than 20,000 low-cost acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tuina, and shiatsu patient treatments are offered annually by the clinics, which also serve as teaching facilities for the college. OCOM has an active research department, and has received substantial research grants from the National Institutes of Health/NCCAM.[8][9] OCOM research projects have included a collaborative grant with the University of Arizona to study temporomandibular joint disorder.[10]


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