AOMA Welcomes New President, Dr. Betty Edmond
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Betty Edmond is serving as the fourth CEO and President. Dr. Edmond brings strong leadership skills and experience to the organization, with experience as a physician, senior healthcare executive and advocate for the advancement of Oriental and Integrative Medicine.
She has 19 years of experience as Medical Director of Seton’s Children’s Hospital and VP of Medical Affairs at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, and 20 years of academic and clinical experience as a faculty member and specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. As former Governing Board member at AOMA, Dr. Edmond understands the challenges faced by integrative health practitioners seeking inclusion within the greater healthcare system.
Dr. Edmond employs a variety of healthcare modalities and has a passion for empowering people with the knowledge and tools to manage their own health. She studied at Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin as an expression of her interest in natural foods as preventative, health-giving care.
Regarding the future of medicine and patient care, Dr. Edmond feels the time has come for a rapid advancement of Integrative Medicine through collaborative teams of healthcare practitioners, coordinating care around the needs of each patient. Her unique perspective and experience brings new opportunities to AOMA to build bridges with western medical systems to offer patients a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to their care.
According to Dr. Edmond, a person-centered coordinated care model best meets patient needs and enhances patient outcomes – both in disease prevention and therapy. She is inspired by the holistic healthcare approach at AOMA and is excited about the organization’s position as a strong national leader capable of enriching Oriental and Integrative Medicine study as a critical healthcare field of practice and research.
Dr. Edmond looks forward to working with the many committed leaders, faculty, staff and students at AOMA, to include AOMA’s past president Dr. Will Morris, a nationally recognized leader in Oriental Medicine who is continuing as President Emeritus and Research Scholar at AOMA.
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers regionally accredited masters and doctoral level degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and herbal medicine program. AOMA provides for over 16,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics and collaborates with healthcare institutions including the Seton Healthcare Family, People’s Community Clinic, and Austin Recovery. AOMA gives back to the community through nonprofit partnerships and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located at 4701 West Gate Blvd. AOMA also serves patients and retail customers at its North Austin location, 2700 West Anderson Lane. For more information see www.aoma.edu or call 512-492-3034.
AOMA hires new Director of Clinical Education
AOMA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new faculty member and director of clinical education, Dr. Jing Fan, who is slated to begin in the middle of February. Dr. Fan received his bachelor of medicine (MD), master of clinical medicine, and PhD in orthopedics of Chinese medicine at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China. He completed three fellowships in orthopedics and Chinese medicine at Nanjing First Hospital, Jiangsu Province Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Shanghai No.6 People's Hospital. He has been an associate chief physician and associate professor at Jiangsu Province Hospital of TCM and Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine since 2013 and is an instructor and visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School. He has published numerous papers and has been and is still involved in several research studies. He is currently in Boston where he is finishing up two years of postdoctoral research fellowship, first at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2014, and now at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center through 2015.
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Announces New Mission Statement
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is committed to inspiring its community with the announcement of its new mission statement. The school spent six months uniting and engaging stakeholders in defining the future of the organization. This community-based work resulted in the newly adopted mission statement:
"The Mission of AOMA is to transform lives and communities through education, patient care, leadership and research in Oriental and other integrative medicines."
While the fundamentals remain the same, the graduate school is reigniting its passion and strengthening its commitment to four areas: education, patient care, leadership, and research. This change reflects AOMA’s understanding of the great challenges faced by healthcare providers and the excitement and dedication that the wholistic health community will draw on to answer those challenges.
Inclusive of both Oriental and other integrative medical practices, the new mission reinforces the graduate school’s foundation in Oriental medicine, while providing opportunity for growth in the coming years to address new changes and challenges in the field.
According to AOMA President Will Morris, "The mission forms the compass by which the leadership guides the institution. It is a statement that is a synthesis of all stakeholders within the AOMA community."
AOMA is proud to be a leader and resource in the wholistic healthcare community by integrating science and practice, teaching and leadership, patient care and community care.
About AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine:
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers masters and doctoral level degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, licensed practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and robust Chinese herbal medicine program. AOMA conducts 20,000± patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics, and collaborates with Western healthcare institutions including the Seton Family of Hospitals, Peoples Community Clinic, Austin Pain Associates, and Council on Recovery. AOMA gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located at 4701 West Gate Blvd, and also serves patients and retail customers at its north Austin location, 2700 West Anderson Lane. For more information see http://www.aoma.edu
or call 512-492-3034.
Please welcome new Admissions Coordinator Kasey Nichols!
Please welcome Kasey Nichols, Admissions Coordinator, our newest team member who will have a dual role in providing excellent customer service to our prospective and existing students from her position at the front desk. Kasey brings a new level of customer service and attention to detail to the role. In the effort to further increase quality of service and accessibility, Kasey will be in the office from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday. We are excited to have her as a part of the AOMA team!
2014 Annual Report
View the AOMA 2014 Annual Report online.
Download a PDF of the 2014 Annual Report.
GREETINGS TO YOU, MEMBER OF THE AOMA COMMUNITY!
As we usher in the 21st year of AOMA’s extraordinary contributions to our mission of transforming lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine it is appropriate to pause and reflect on the nature of our achievements. AOMA, without reservation, represents quality and discipline in the medical arts and sciences. This year, too, we achieved the highest level of regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), thereby affirming our commitment to our students and their learning experience.
Our graduates hold leadership roles in national and state associations in the development of the field. Two AOMA graduates currently serve on the board of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Another is the president of the Mississippi Oriental Medical Association, and yet another’s contribution is found in his work as president of the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Their organizational skills are changing the world that AOMA graduates will enter. Alumna Marlene Merritt is transforming the field through research and publishing in the area of nutrition while Kirsten Karchmer is engaged through her service as president of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.
Students and faculty provide services to people in need. AOMA faculty present at conferences worldwide and publish books that influence the development of the profession. Our patients keep AOMA clinics a thriving place to learn and heal.
In 2014, AOMA also experienced a changing of the guard. Anne Province, who served AOMA for nearly ten years, retired from her most recent role as the Vice President of Student Services and Operations, and both students and faculty will miss her even as we wish her a joyful and fulfilling next stage of life. We welcomed Donna Hurta as the Vice President of Finance and Operations and AOMA also gained a new governing board member with the appointment of Michelle Sierpina, PhD.
William R. Morris