Esteemed Emperor’s College DAOM Alum, Raymond E. Rubio, DAOM, LAc, FABORM, a pioneer in the field of integrative medical fertility treatment, died on March 4, 2017 at the age of 55 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Until shortly before his death, Dr. Rubio served as the Executive Director of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), the certification organization he founded in 2007, and continued to fulfill his role as Chair of the Reproductive Medicine Department, and related doctoral program, at Los Angeles-based Yo San University. Dr. Rubio also ran a private practice in Westlake Village, California. Over the course of two decades passionately practicing Chinese medicine, Ray emerged as a leader in the treatment of male and female reproductive disorders. According to Katherine Alexander Anderson, current President of ABORM, , “Ray truly was a visionary. He conceived a way to provide better care for fertility patients and became a formative advocate for them, as well as practitioners worldwide, through both his direct teaching and the reaches of the ABORM board. He was a mentor to so many in our field.It is amazing how one man spread so much awareness”. As with many innovative visionaries, Dr. Rubio’s efforts to create board certification for Chinese medical practitioners in the field of reproductive medicine was initially met with resistance. But his tenacity in elevating education, training, and overall standards for acupuncturists in this niche paid off. Dr. Rubio led the successful effort to establish a fellowship program that merged the biomedical science of reproduction with the principles of Chinese medicine, and a standardized examination was created and first administered in 2008. Today, ABORM certification represents the highest standard for Chinese medical infertility practitioners. Born Ramón Ernesto Rubio on February 21, 1962, in Riverside California, Ray spent most of the next 12 years in foster care before being permanently placed with his aunt, Nancy Lowry, in Santa Ana, CA. Ray graduated college from UCLA in 1987, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Following graduation, he became a trainee
88.6% of Emperor’s College grads that took the California Acupuncture License Exam for the first time in 2016 passed, the highest pass rate of any college in the United States represented by more than five students. A total of 557 people from around the U.S. took the exam for the first time in 2016, 406 of whom passed, for a 72.9% pass rate. The next bi-annual exam will be held March 21, 2017 in Ontario, CA . “We are extremely pleased by our graduates results at this year’s licensing exams. The CALE is universally regarded as the most challenging licensing exam in the country and that our grads had the highest pass rate among the colleges that sent more than a handful of graduates to the March and August exams is testimony to the dedicated work of the students and the efforts at the college to continually improve and create the best learning experience possible for the students,” Dr. Gretchen Badami, Associate Dean of the Master’s Program at Emperor’s College, said. The full list of pass rates by college can be found on the California Acupuncture Board website at http://www.acupuncture.ca.gov/students/exam_statistics.shtml 2016 pass rates of major Southern California AOM colleges Emperor’s College 88.6% Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-San Diego 85% Yo San 80% Southern California University of Heath Sciences 69.6 Alhambra 68.8 Dongguk 63.4 South Baylo 61.2
For the second year in a row, Emperor’s College has been ranked one of the top two acupuncture schools in the United States. The school was the top ranked acupuncture school in California and the second ranked acupuncture and Oriental medicine college in the U.S. The 2016-2017 rankings were compiled by TheBestSchools.org, basing them on thorough research of schools accredited by ACAOM, the accreditation body for acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools. The last time TheBestSchools.org ranked AOM colleges was 2012. In 2015, Emperor’s College was ranked #1 in California and #2 nationally by TheBestAcupunctureSchools.com which based its rankings on a peer assessment survey sent to administrators from all of the AOM schools accredited by ACAOM. The top 10 acupuncture and Oriental medicine schools in the United States: Oregon College of Oriental Medicine- Portland, OR Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine- Santa Monica, CA New England School of Acupuncture- Newton, MA American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine- San Francisco, CA AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine- Austin, TX Bastyr University- Kenmore, WA Five Branches University: Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine- San Jose, CA Maryland University of Integrative Health- Laurel, MD Northwestern Health Sciences University- Bloomington, MN Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Sand Diego- San Diego, CA Click here for the 11-20 rankings.
In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 that killed 8,000 people, injured more than 21,000, and left thousands homeless, the Emperor’s College acupuncture clinic raised funds to benefit the relief efforts in Nepal by Acupuncturists Without Borders. Over the weekend of March 5th, 2016, AWB held a training workshop for acupuncturists and presented this photo taken in Nepal to the college. “The commitment of the Acupuncturists Without Borders practitioners to the well-being of the people of Nepal affected by the earthquake was both uplifting and inspirational. It was an honor to be able to support their relief efforts there and we are dedicated to supporting AWB’s efforts around the world however we can in the future.” – Yun Kim, President, Emperor’s College
Acupuncture Today, a leading provider of acupuncture and oriental medicine news, info. and research information in the world, features Emperor’s College’s service to homeless military vets at the 2015 Veteran and Families Stand Down in its March 2016 issue. Read the article here: http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=33153
Emperor’s College is honored to be the recipient of a commendation from the County of Los Angeles in recognition of service to the veterans community of Los Angeles. This work could not have been accomplished without the dedicated service of the master’s and doctoral students that participate and the dozens of Emperor’s alumni that generously give of their time. Learn more about the Emperor’s College Veterans program here: http://www.emperors.edu/2015/10/1-year-anniversary-of-the-office-of-veterans-relations/ and our involvement with the 2015 Veteran and Families Stand Down as published in Acupuncture Today here: http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=33153