Dear Emperor’s College Community, As we complete the summer quarter and approach a new academic year, filled with hope and excitement, we are also shocked and saddened by the reprehensible actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12th. Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, and our heart goes out to all those who were injured. Emperor’s College condemns racism, violence, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and all expressions of hatred. As a community, Emperor’s College reaffirms our commitment to one another and to keep our campus a harmonious and supportive place. We are dedicated to creating a campus culture that values inclusion, equity, and social justice. The work that we do at Emperor’s College—cultivating brilliant healers, opening minds and hearts, and promoting healing and health in the world—is deeply important. The way to defeat abhorrent ideas is with other ideas grounded in peace and love. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” We will continue to be a place where we cultivate compassion and empathy, and we will use what we are learning here to make the world a better place. Sincerly, Yun Kim, EdD President, Emperor’s College
100% of Emperor’s College grads that took the California Acupuncture License Exam for the first time last March passed, the highest pass rate of any acupuncture school in the United States represented by more than four students. A total of 296 people from around the U.S. took the exam for the first time on March 21, 2017, 232 of whom passed, for a 78% pass rate. The next exam will be held August 23, 2017 in Sacramento, CA. Emperor’s College grads posted the highest 2016 pass rate with 88.6% of its grads that took the California Acupuncture License Exam for the first time passing. Over the last three years, Emperor’s grads have posted an 83.8% pass rate, outperforming the average by over 20%, the highest three year pass rate of any of the acupuncture schools in the country that sent more than two students to each exam. “The California Acupuncture Licensing Exam is recognized as the most difficult licensing exam in the country and that 100% of our grads taking the test for the first time passed is wonderful,” said Jacques MoraMaro, Academic Dean at Emperor’s College. “And that our grads outperformed the grads of the other major AOM schools over the last three years is a testament to the hard work of the students and the efforts at the college to continually improve and create the best learning experience possible for the students.” The full list of pass rates by college can be found on the California Acupuncture Board website at http://www.acupuncture.ca.gov/students/stats_mar2017.pdf
The Emperor’s College externship at Being Alive was featured in the June issue of Acupuncture Today. Written by DAOM candidate Jad Dawson and DAOM alum Craig Swogger, the article focused on the indispensable benefits of Being Alive to the Los Angeles community of people living with HIV/AIDS and the important role Emperor’s College plays at the West Hollywood nonprofit. The article is available at: http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=33337 To learn more about all the Emperor’s College externships, including at Being Alive, visit: http://www.emperors.edu/masters-program/acupuncture-school-program-overview/clinical-externships/
Emperor’s College students and alum were honored to be invited to provide treatments to the participants of the 2017 Run For Hope participants. 1,700 individuals participated in the event, walking or running, in memory of someone close to them who died. The 5K event was a fundraiser for OUR HOUSE, a nonprofit support center that provides grief support services, education, resources, and hope. Since 1993, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark upon their journeys to hope and healing. Thank you to OUR HOUSE for inviting us to the event and share the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to people in the grieving process. For more information about OUR HOUSE visit http://www.ourhouse-grief.org/
Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine interns and alumni treated dozens of women military vets at the 2017 Women Veterans Wellness Summit held March 24th in Los Angeles. Emperor’s College was the only school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine invited to create and operate clinics at the event and is honored to have been selected to be of service to the amazing women that attended. The event was dedicated to the health and wellness of women veterans and featured keynote speakers Kitty and Michael Dukakis. To learn about opportunities for veterans to receive free and low cost acupuncture treatments in the Emperor’s College community acupuncture clinic visit clinic.emperors.edu/military-vets/ Emperor’s College is committed to serving the veterans community of Los Angeles and is the leading acupuncture and Oriental medicine service provider to military vets in the United States. For more information about the college’s veterans clinic, educational and community initiatives, please contact the Emperor’s College Office of Veterans Relations at 310.453.8300 ext.115.
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