Clinical Externships: Integrative Medicine


Emperor’s College is a pioneer in its collaboration with Western medical institutions. In 1997, Emperor’s was the first acupuncture school in the country to partner with a hospital, providing the opportunity for clinical interns to treat patients in an acute rehabilitation unit.

Currently, Emperor’s College is partnering with two integrative medicine centers where master’s students complete a minimum of 50-hours of clinical training alongside a supervising faculty.

Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center

clinical training in acupuncture school at Disney Cancer CenterThe Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank is an integrative oncology center ushering in a new era of cancer care. Patients are treated with a blend of state of the art medical oncology and time tested therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, tai chi, qi gong and meditation. This center is one of the first of its kind and is at the cutting edge of oncology science in the United States.

Our clinical interns gain hands-on experience developing and implementing integrative treatment plans that support patients as they undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Chinese herbal medicine is also available to patients in the center’s on-site pharmacy which carries both conventional and herbal medications. The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center’s unique medical approach that focuses on human touch and human interaction to achieve healing of mind, body, and spirit is a perfect fit for clinical training of Emperor’s College interns.

Venice Family Clinic

clinical training in acupuncture school at Venice Family ClinicThe Venice Family Clinic was founded in 1970 and since then has grown from a small storefront operation into the largest free clinic in the United States and now a Federally-Qualified Community Health Center. They provide primary health care services, including mental health, health education and child development services free of charge for low-income men, women, and children throughout Los Angeles County.

Since 2004, Emperor’s College clinical interns have joined the integrative medical team at Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, where a wide range of integrated therapies that focus on the whole person and whole family are offered. In addition to conventional medical care, multi-modality approaches to chronic disease are embraced including acupuncture, mind-body techniques, chiropractic, and osteopathic care.

Past Externships

Being Alive Wellness Center

Being AliveFrom 2014 to 2020, Emperor’s College offered an externship rotation for its clinical interns at Being Alive Wellness Center. A non-profit founded in 1986, Being Alive was created with the intention of helping people going through the trials and tribulations of living with HIV/AIDS. Wellness services are offered free of charge and include acupuncture, chiropractic, touch therapy, movement and meditation.

At Being Alive, clinical interns gained the opportunity to treat some of the most complex cases they will encounter in their careers in a high volume, medical setting.

Saban Community Clinic

Saban ClinicFrom 1999 to 2016, Emperor’s College interns had the opportunity to treat patients in an integrative setting at the Saban Community Clinic. Founded in 1967 as the Los Angeles Free Clinic, the Saban Community Clinic serves individuals and families with low cost, primary medical care, dental care, pediatrics and prenatal care, and behavioral health care.

The Saban Community Clinic is a community clinic training site that also partners with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The Saban Community Clinic, Federally recognized as a Community Health Center, operates three health centers in Los Angeles County, providing more than 100,000 patient visits to more than 20,000 men, women and children each year.