DAOM Clinical Curriculum

Our dual-specialization in Internal & Physical Medicine hinges on 600 hours of classroom instruction and 650 hours of clinical rotations. We provide doctoral fellows with the advanced knowledge required to meet the demands of today’s multi-need patient.

The clinical rotations provide you the opportunity to broaden your proficiency in managing a wide spectrum of conditions and cultivate new collaborative relationships across medical disciplines. Clinical training takes place in several integrated care settings with rotations beginning at Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic and extending to mentorships under a variety of health care providers.

Clinical Rotation Components
Doctoral Internship
Doctoral Internship

During the internship residency rotation, doctoral interns move through advanced stages of clinical training under the supervision of highly experienced TCM practitioners. Fellows progress through diagnostic and treatment stages that include patient intake and patient treatment.

The goals of the internship residency include achieving advanced clinical assessment and an increased repertoire of treatment options, skills and critical thinking.

The priorities of the doctoral internship are based on the following objectives:

• Demonstrate the ability to conduct detailed history and collect health information in the form of patient history and clinical assessment and be able to develop an advanced TCM diagnosis and treatment plan.

• Show the ability to conduct both effective and accurate comprehensive and focused physical examinations including, but not limited to, neurological tests, and orthopedics evaluation.

• Demonstrate knowledge and skills for applying laboratory and radiological findings to patient care and TCM diagnosis, and knowing when to refer out.

• Demonstrate the appropriate acupuncture technique, herbal formula prescription skills, and other treatment modalities for pain management.
Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds

Eighty (80) hours of the core program are devoted to the grand rounds clinic rotation. At the end of each quarter, fellows present and are critiqued on real-life treatment plans developed based on the module being taught. Each fellow will complete a minimum of two case study reports each year.

Grand Rounds provides the structure for discussing cases from one’s own practice and reinforces the integration of scholarly understanding and clinical application of best practices of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Case presentations follow a prescribed format including the creation of a formal integrative case review with references which is then presented to the peer group for discussion.


The preceptorship rotation (minimum of 50 hours) is designed for doctoral fellows to cultivate leadership and teaching skills through community service projects and providing educational support to Emperor’s College master’s degree interns.

The preceptorship at Emperor’s College is divided into two parts – one required, one optional.

Community Service Project (CSP): Doctoral fellows are required to complete a 50-hour community service project (CSP) as part of their clinical preceptorship hours.

Through this project, they will apply their knowledge, skills and time to meet at least one documented community need while addressing at least one doctoral program goal and fulfilling at least one personal program learning objective.

Preceptorship: Doctoral fellows may additionally engage in a preceptorship which includes the teaching of technical acupuncture skills to the Level I master’s degree interns in the Emperor’s College Acupuncture Clinic.

By serving as clinical teaching assistants, doctoral fellows have the opportunity to develop their teaching and leadership skills which will help them prepare for a career in academia.


The clinical mentorship (minimum of 200 hours) allows doctoral fellows to mentor under a credentialed practitioner from a health care field of their choosing in a clinical or non-clinical setting.

Mentorships provide opportunities to gain a depth of knowledge or experience in areas of particular interest and can include clinical practice, research or teaching.

Past doctoral fellows have mentored with advanced Eastern and Western medical practitioners, including herbalists, pulse diagnosis specialists, chiropractors, physiatrists, internists, licensed homeopaths, and nurse practitioners.

Personalized Plan for Clinical Training

Emperor’s College doctoral fellows have the unique opportunity to develop a personalized clinical training plan based on their prior experience, current clinical practice and their educational goals. To assist fellows with the development of such a plan, we utilize the Clinical Skills Self-Inventory [CSSI] survey which serves as a self-evaluation instrument determining the level of each practitioner’s clinical skills and knowledge and ensures that all fellows achieve their educational goals.