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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 students 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
DAOM Clinical Rounds at Emperor's College ClinicDAOM Clinical Rounds

During the DAOM clinical rounds, doctoral students move through advanced stages of clinical training under the supervision of highly experienced AOM practitioners, taking an in integrative, evidence-based, approach.

The goals of this residency include achieving advanced clinical assessment and an increased repertoire of treatment options, skills and critical thinking. At least one hundred (100) hours of the core program are devoted to the grand rounds clinic rotation.

The priorities of the doctoral clinical rounds 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 AOM 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 AOM diagnosis, and knowing when to refer out.

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

Medical PresentationMedical Presentation

One hundred (100) hours of the core program are devoted to the medical presentation. Each meeting weekend, students present and are critiqued on real-life treatment plans developed based on the module being taught.

Medical presentations provide 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 (50 hours recommended) is designed for doctoral students 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 three parts.

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

Didactic Preceptor: Doctoral fellows will engage in assisting faculty in the classroom as didactic preceptors. Doctoral fellows have the opportunity to develop their teaching and leadership skills which will help them prepare for a career in academia.

Community Service Project (CSP): Doctoral students 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.


The clinical mentorship (200 hours recommended) allows doctoral students 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 students have mentored with advanced Eastern and Western medical practitioners, including herbalists, pulse diagnosis specialists, chiropractors, physiatrists, internists, licensed homeopaths, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists.

Personalized Plan for Clinical Training

Emperor’s College doctoral students 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 students 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.