Student Organizations

At AOMA, students are active participants who take part in the leadership activities and in the governance of the institution.  In so doing, the student community is able to engage in pre-professional development while still in school.  An AOMA student is trained to navigate not only the clinical encounter but also the larger profession and community.  Participation in AOMA’s governance is but one opportunity to engage that students can select.

AOMA Student Association

Please visit the ASA page on the AOMA website or like the ASA Facebook page for more information.

Chinese Language and Culture Club

Purpose: Chinese language, culture, and medicine are inherently linked. The Chinese Language and Culture Club provides students the opportunity to deepen their experience of TCM by learning to read, write, and speak conversational and medical Chinese and by participating in various aspects of Chinese culture and tradition.
Student Contact: Adam Hammick
Faculty Co-sponsor: Dr. Violet Song
Regular Meetings: Tuesdays, 5-6pm in Classroom E1

Herbs Club

Purpose:  To assist AOMA students in gaining familiarity with living Chinese herbs and to organize activities around this theme.
Student Contact: Leigh Ann Gauntt; Mary Johnson; and Paula Bruno
Staff Co-Sponsor: Sarah Bentley
Regular Meetings: Weather dependent, Please contact studentservices@aoma.edu

Ju Jutsu Club

Purpose: To teach, learn, and practice Akayama Ryu Ju Jutsu. AR Ju Jutsu is a comprehensive and traditional self-defense system that uses throws, ground controls, weapons, and joint locks to evade and control attack. Beyond the pragmatic, Ju Jutsu is also deeply concerned with personal development, mental and spiritual growth, and focus.
Student Contact: Chris Dewey
Regular Meetings: Tuesdays, 5-6pm in the Dojo

Pilates Club

Purpose: To educate AOMA students on the six fundamental principles of Pilates, and improve ability to center, concentrate, and flow while achieving efficiency of movement, precision, control, and breathing.
Student Contact: Cynthia Cooke
Regular Meetings: Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15pm in the Dojo

Platicamos! Spanish Language Club

Purpose: This club strives to bolster our skills in not only conversational Spanish but with Spanish medical terminology as well as to better be able to communicate with not only our patients but a whole other wonderful community out there that enjoys access to alternative and integrative medicines.
Student Contact: Jenn Kipp
Regular Meetings: TBA

Qigong Group

Purpose: To encourage the practice of qigong by working and practicing together for accountability and support.
Student Contact: Bret Rogers
Faculty Co-Sponsor: Dr. Xu
Regular Meetings: Mondays, 8-9am in the Dojo

Research Club

Purpose: To discuss research in the field of AOM. To plan and organize future research projects for AOMA students and faculty.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. John Finnell
Regular Meetings: TBA

Student Veteran Organization

Purpose: As the veteran population grows, so does the need for education. Our mission is to provide education to our peers, practitioners, and the community regarding the needs and challenges facing our nation's veterans. As a student organization we will commit to the student veterans and provide support and resources to ensure continued success and the wellbeing of our student veterans at AOMA.
Student Contact: Tasha Gumpert
Regular Meetings: Please contact studentservices@aoma.edu

Guidelines for Establishing a Student Organization at AOMA

How to create a student organization at AOMA - Download Application (PDF)

Rights of Student Organizations:

  • Recruit members from within the AOMA student body.
  • Hold meetings on AOMA campus.
  • Sponsor activities and invite speakers to AOMA campus.
  • Use the AOMA name properly and appropriately following the guidelines outlined within the Student Manual.
  • Submit schedule of activities and meetings to Director of Student and Career Services for posting on the AOMA website and on-campus promotion.
  • Use AOMA facilities, equipment, and resources as appropriate and available and in accordance with the student organization’s purpose.

Responsibilities of Student Organizations

  • Student organizations must adhere to all policies established for students as outlined in the Student Manual and the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Uphold AOMA’s non-discrimination policy.
  • Maintain an active status on an annual basis by maintaining yearly contact with the Director of Student and Career Services..
  • Obtain approval for all events from Julia Aziz, Director of Student and Career Services.
  • Communicate with the Director of Student and Career Services in a timely and respectful manner regarding all event promotion and publicity.
  • Notify the Director of Student and Career Services promptly and in writing of any changes to the group’s leadership, purpose, or guidelines for membership.
  • Respond promptly and respectfully to all inquiries from the AOMA administration.
  • Represent the purpose of the organization accurately and ethically in accordance with AOMA’s mission and core values.

For more information, email studentservices@aoma.edu

AOMA understands the role that student organizations play in developing student leadership skills and in creating a vibrant campus environment. To that end, AOMA has created the following guidelines for establishing student organizations at AOMA. For questions, please contact Julia Aziz, Director of Student and Career Services, at jaziz@aoma.edu.

1. All organizations must complete the Application for Student Organizations and submit their completed application to the Director of Student and Career Services. AOMA reserves the right to deny the application of organization whose purpose is in conflict with AOMA’s vision, mission, and core values. Organizations will receive word of approval from the Director of Student and Career Services within two weeks of submission of their completed application.

2. All organizations must include the following:

  • A name
  • A purpose that is clearly correlated to AOMA’s mission of “Transforming Lives and Communities through Graduate Education in Oriental Medicine”
  • One member serving as the head of the organization
  • Defined activities (including any use of school resources/property or involvement of school staff)

3. All organizations receive the benefits outlined in the “Rights of Student Organizations” and must uphold the “Responsibilities of Student Organizations.” (see below)

Rights of Student Organizations

Student organizations have the authority to:

  • Recruit members from within the AOMA student body.
  • Hold meetings on AOMA campus.
  • Sponsor activities and invite speakers to AOMA campus.
  • Use the AOMA name properly and appropriately following the guidelines outlined within the Student Manual
  • Submit schedule of activities and meetings to Director of Student and Career Services for posting on the AOMA website and on-campus promotion.
  • Use AOMA facilities, equipment, and resources as appropriate and available and in accordance with the student organization’s purpose.

Responsibilities of Student Organizations

Student organizations must:

  • Adhere to all policies established for students as outlined in the Student Manual and the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Uphold AOMA’s non-discrimination policy. 
  • Maintain an active status on an annual basis by maintaining yearly contact with the Director of Student and Career Services..
  • Obtain approval for all events from Julia Aziz, Director of Student and Career Services.
  • Communicate with the Director of Student and Career Services in a timely and respectful manner regarding all event promotion and publicity.
  • Notify the Director of Student and Career Services promptly and in writing of any changes to the group’s leadership, purpose, or guidelines for membership.
  • Respond promptly and respectfully to all inquiries from the AOMA administration.
  • Represent the purpose of the organization accurately and ethically in accordance with AOMA’s mission and core values.

For more information, contact Julia Aziz, Director of Student and Career Services, at jaziz@aoma.edu