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AOMA announces 2014 commencement speaker Dr. Victor Sierpina

Published Sep 10, 2014

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AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine announces 2014 commencement speaker

Victor S. Sierpina, MD to deliver keynote address to AOMA graduates on September 14

AUSTIN, Texas, September 10, 2014 — Victor S. Sierpina, MD will deliver the keynote address at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine’s 18th annual commencement ceremony on September 14. Dr. Sierpina joined University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’sDepartment of Family Medicine in 1996. He attended medical school at the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois–Chicago. He completed his internship and residency in Family Practice at the MacNeal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. After completing his residency, he did advanced study in Medical Acupuncture for Physicians at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Sierpina is board certified by both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Sierpina’s interests are in medical student education in Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Integrative Oncology. His practice includes acupuncture, nutrition, botanical medicine, and mind-body therapies. Dr. Sierpina was named one of the “Best Doctors in America” 2005-2013.

Dr. Sierpina will address an expected thirty-eight graduates of the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree program who will be attending the exercises on Sunday, September 14, at the Omni Hotel at Southpark in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Qianzhi (Jamie) Wu, VP of Faculty, will lead the procession of graduates, starting at 1:30pm. Proceedings will include the presentation of the Calvin Key Wilson Community Leadership Award, faculty speakers, awarding of degrees, and a healer's oath lead by program director Lesley Hamilton, followed by a reception in the lobby.

Completing a rigorous four-year master’s degree program which includes more than 900 hours of clinical internship, AOMA graduates are at the forefront of their field, integrating Eastern and Western medicine in clinics and hospitals. Upon graduation, these thirty-eight professionals will work in independent private practice, multi-disciplinary clinics, substance abuse treatment facilities, hospice programs, oncology centers, community acupuncture clinics, military/veterans facilities, and corporate wellness programs.

AOMA Celebrates 20 Years

Published Jan 03, 2014

With an internationally renowned faculty, strong leadership, regional accreditation, demonstrated student success, and a new campus opened in the spring of 2011, AOMA’s reputation as a national leader in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine education, healthcare and policymaking continues to grow.

Since its founding in 1993, AOMA has grown by every important quantitative and qualitative measure including its student body, faculty, accreditation, campus facilities, patients served and community outreach. 

In 1993, Dr. Stuart Watts started the Texas Acupuncture Institute (TAI), with an inaugural class of 18 students squeezed into 3,135 square feet of office space. The school later changed its name to The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA) and in 2010 the school rebranded as AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine.

As AOMA grew, so did its reputation among other schools in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine arena. In 2000, the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation honored the academy as one of four schools that provided the best clinical training in the profession. In 2002, AOMA received the same honor from TCM World for its clinical training, and an additional honor for the quality of its faculty.

Read more about AOMA including a timeline of historical events.

20th Anniversary Celebration

In Memoriam: Dr. JoyLynn Hailey Reed

Published Jun 20, 2013

Dr. Finnell presents at Linus Pauling Institute Conference on Diet and Optimum Health

Published Apr 19, 2013