Do you know about our DAOM program? It’s a clinical-based, professional program leading to a Doctorate in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. It is the highest degree awarded by our profession.
Unlike our MSTCM and DACM programs which focus on starting a new career, and the DACM-t which brings you additional knowledge of collaborative and integrative care, the DAOM is designed to truly advance the careers of current practitioners who wish to specialize in the areas of Gynecology or Pain Management. They gain access to world renowned leaders in TCM, the opportunity to collaborate closely with Western medicine practitioners and a chance to study at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (ZCMU) in Hangzhou, China.
Each month we’ll speak to a student in the DAOM program to learn about their TCM journey, why they decided to take the next step in advancing their career and hear first hand about their educational experience. First up, we’re pleased to introduce Kate Fleming.
Name: Kate Fleming
Credential: EAMP, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture, DAOM Candidate
Education Background: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (Boulder campus)
Practice Name/Workplace: Seattle Children’s Hospital
Hometown: Boulder, CO
How did your journey in Chinese Medicine begin?
Growing up in Boulder, I was exposed to “alternative” everything, so acupuncture was not a foreign concept to me. I was always drawn to the medical profession and knew I would someday work in healthcare. After some personal health struggles in which Western medicine was unable to help me, I decided to explore what a career in Naturopathic medicine could look like. While touring a school in Portland, I had a chance to look around the library and discovered the Chinese Medicine section. It was as if a light bulb went off. I withdrew my application for Naturopathic school and applied to acupuncture school the next week. I haven’t looked back since!
What has been your favorite module in the DAOM thus far and why?
So far my favorite module has been Gynecological Foundations with Hong Jin. I expected the course to be a basic 101 review of TCM gynecology but was delightfully surprised to gain so much new insight and pearls of wisdom.
How has the DAOM program shifted or affected your practice or thinking?
Any further visions for the future you would like to share?
Upon graduation, I hope to have the opportunity engage in new and ongoing research at Seattle Children’s Hospital, helping to expand the benefits of acupuncture beyond just pain management. I would also love to teach a course on pediatric acupuncture as I feel this is an incredibly underserved population that responds extremely well to acupuncture and East Asian medicine.