One of the educational objectives for the master's program in oriental medicine and acupuncture is to "incorporate evidence and experience based practices" into the education of our students and the clinical practice of both faculty and students. It is a stated goal within AOMA's 2011 - 2015 strategic plan for the institution to promote Asian Medicine through research and publications. To this end, a structure is in development to support such a program. In working towards this goal, the institution strives to:
- Participate in research with key institutions.
- Support faculty in AOM scholarship activities.
- Support student and alumni research projects.
- Obtain grants
The research department is led by John S. Finnell, ND, MP, LAc.
Many AOMA faculty have rich and varied backgrounds in research and have distinguished records of research productivity both here and abroad. Each faculty member has a designated area of interest/expertise in an area of research.
In order to assure that students have a foundation for evidence-based practice, the course WS0302 Research Methodology, was developed and is required for all students. The objectives of this course are three-fold: to provide basic research literacy, develop practitioners who can assess and apply research findings to practice, and appreciate the potential strengths and weaknesses in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western biomedical research approaches and designs. Upon completion of this course students are better able to utilize the clinical information produced by research in TCM and Western biomedicine in their practices and thereby improve the care and treatment of their patients.