Emperor’s College student, Ricky Williams, will be one of the contestants on CBS’s Celebrity Big Brother. Williams, college football’s 1998 Heisman Trophy winner, played professional football in the National Football League for 12 seasons, most notably with the Miami Dolphins. In 2015 Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After his professional football career, Williams traveled around the world and during that time realized that he was a “healer hiding in a football player’s body.” In 2017, he entered the Master’s Program at Emperor’s College, pursuing a graduate degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. The CBS reality TV series Celebrity Big Brother is a competition series where contestants live together in a specially-constructed house and are continuously monitored by live television cameras. Contestants are unable to communicate with the outside world and during their stay engage in a variety of activities and tasks that are designed to test their individual abilities, their teamwork skills, as well as their community spirit. On a regular basis, one or more contestants are voted out of the house until only one remains and is declared the winner. Celebrity Big Brother airs in prime time on CBS several nights a week during the course of the competition. Follow Ricky Williams on Instagram at @Williams, and on Facebook at @TheRealRickyWilliams. #winrickywin
Emperor’s College interns (and Acu-Dude) were thrilled to participate in the first-ever Daniel Webster Middle School Health and Wellness Fair. Several hundred 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at the school learned about a variety of health and wellness topics from a number of healthcare providers, including about acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Emperor’s College clinical interns. The college was joined at the event with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, St. John’s Child and Family Development Center, CCALAC Americorps Health Fellows, and others. “The children were engaged, having fun, and asking excellent questions!” Emperor’s College Clinical Education Coordinator, Janel Gehrke, LAc, said. “Community outreach events like this have such great value; the kids have the opportunity to learn about possible options associated with healthcare, and our interns get to get out into the community and share our medicine with a group that is unfamiliar with it. Learning to clearly communicate what we learn in the Master’s program is a great challenge for many interns, but is imperative for building an educated patient population and integrating this form of medicine into the current medical model. Webster Middle school was the perfect place for them to practice speaking about an ancient form of healing in terms that anyone can relate to.” Gehrke added. If your Middle School or High School is planning a health & wellness fair and you would like Emperor’s College to participate, please contact the college’s Public Affairs Department here.
Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine interns and alumni treated dozens of women military vets at the 2018 Women Veterans Wellness Summit held March 9th 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 speaker Dolores Huerta, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association. 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.
Emperor’s College is honored to have been selected to be the sole provider of acupuncture services at the 2017 West Los Angeles VA Stand Down. This is the third year that the college’s students and alumni have treated veterans at the event. Students and alum treated over 50 vets, for many of whom it was their first time experiencing acupuncture. The wellness area was organized by the Mindful Warrior Project. Emperor’s College is committed to serving the veterans community of Los Angeles. 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.
All Thirty-one (31) Emperor’s College grads that took the California Acupuncture License Exam (CALE) for the first time in 2017 passed. This is the first time since at least 2000 that all the first-time test-taking graduates from a single AOM school sending more than a few grads to the exam have passed in a single year. A total of 525 people from around the U.S. took the CALE for the first time in 2017, 404 of whom passed, for a 77% pass rate. The next exam will be held in April 2018. The April CALE will be the last exam held on a single date, beginning in fall 2018 the exam will be offered on a rolling basis. Emperor’s College also holds the distinction of having the highest three-year composite CALE pass rate at 88.6%, well above any of the major AOM schools in California or the country. “We are extremely pleased by our graduates’ results at this year’s licensing exams. This unprecedented achievement is 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,” Dr. Jacques MoraMarco, Academic Dean at Emperor’s College, said. The full list of California Acupuncture License Exam pass rates by college can be found on the California Acupuncture Board website at http://www.acupuncture.ca.gov/students/exam_statistics.shtml UPDATE: Due to changes in testing in 2018, the California Acupuncture Board will not be updating scores for 2018 until the spring of 2019. Emperor’s College grads had a 92% pass rate in the April 2018 test. 2017 pass rates of major Los Angeles area acupuncture schools Emperor’s College 100% Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-San Diego 86.1% Yo San 83.3% Southern California University of Heath Sciences 83.3 Alhambra 81.8 South Baylo 63.3 Dongguk 62.5