YSU Community Supports Our Furry Friends

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:04+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Bulletin, News|

“The greatness of a nation and its
moral progress can be judged by the
way its animals are treated.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

YSU’s core values of compassion and care are distinguishable qualities of the student body. For years now, YSUSA put this compassion in action during its annual Holiday Charity Drive to give back and better our community. This year, the students provided aid to homeless animals by supporting a local Los Angeles shelter. For the month of December, students accepted donations from the YSU Community in the form of food,treats, blankets, and other invaluable goods for our furry friends. Before long, boxes were overflowing with gifts from those willing to help.

YSUSA President Shannon Lawrence who spearheaded the effort said, “Thank you to the entire YSU Community. We received $2000 in donations, which were kindly and graciously accepted by the West LA
Animal Shelter. A special thank you to my fellow 2015 YSUSA Officers, Lana Johnson, Kia Yang, Stephanie Yu, Tara Priya Das, Teresa Calloway, Borna Ilic and Amy Messer plus YSU staff Erika Morris, Nick Eckhart, and President Green for making this happen!”

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President Green Announces Concentrations

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Bulletin|

A Letter to the Yo San University Community
From the Office of the President
July 1, 2015

Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends of YSU,

Today, after months of careful assessment and planning, I am pleased to announce the establishment of three advanced concentrations that will be available for our MATCM students, beginning with the Fall 2015 trimester. This timely curriculum update reflects our recognition of the rapid evolution of healthcare towards a more holistic and integrative model. It also underscores YSU’s commitment to provide our students with an exceptional acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine education, and the skills and knowledge necessary for success.

The three new concentrations are:
Taoism & Qi Cultivation
Women’s & Children’s Health
Acupuncture Orthopedics & Pain Management

We chose these areas of focus with intention. First, we requested input from our core constituents: students, alumni faculty, staff, board, patients and strategic partners, many of whom are recognized leaders in the field. Then, through our strategic planning efforts, we delved into their feedback and analyzed internal and external data regarding market and healthcare trends. In our selection of concentrations, it is important for all to understand the imperative to stay true to the founding principles of the University, while enhancing the body of relevant educational instruction. I am confident that this change in curriculum will ensure students are even better prepared to improve the health and wellness of their patients and communities. The enhanced course offerings also will enable them to move more confidently into an increasingly interdisciplinary and integrative care environment.

We are pleased that this fundamental update is being accomplished without adding to the length or cost of our program. Historically, students have been required to take 12 Qi units as part of their MATCM curriculum, and the new curriculum will remain true to our founding Taoist principles. It will maintain our market-distinctive Qi program, in that all students will continue to take six units of Qi Cultivation, in addition to three units of Taoist studies. However, each student will now be able to select a six-unit advanced concentration in Women’s and Children’s Health, Acupuncture Orthopedics& Pain Management or Taoism & Qi Cultivation. For even greater flexibility, it will be possible to create a unique interdisciplinary course combination.

The demand for integrative TCM is growing. Yo San University is excited to be stepping up to meet this demand with meaningful curriculum innovation, and we will be further expanding on these efforts in the months ahead. I am confident that our students and graduates will continue to distinguish themselves for their deep commitment to personal growth and professional excellence. We are honored to be educating the next generation of healthcare.

To learn more about each concentration you may click here.

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Acupuncture Orthopedics Lecture Series at Yo San

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Bulletin|

Close up of someone getting acupuncture treatment on their wrist.

Acupuncture Continuing Education Series in Los Angeles

Acupuncture School in Los Angeles, California

Yo San University features experts in the field of acupuncture for both its Masters and Doctorate programs, as well as continuing education. Yo San strives to bring in exemplary guest lecturers. This February don’t miss your chance to learn from a recognized innovator and engaging teacher, Don Lee.

This acupuncture orthopedics series will help familiarize course participants in Western orthopedic and neurological concepts, principles, and techniques in the examination and treatment of the whole body. Additionally, the course will increase an acupuncturist’s understanding of Western biomedical knowledge to improve their ability to enhance treatment and perform effectively as a primary care provider. Space is limited so register early to reserve your place!

Regular Registration: $350 (per weekend)
YSU Alumni, Faculty & Students $300 (per weekend)

Feb 18 & 19, 2017
The Lower Limbs
Saturday and Sunday
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sign up online here:

Learn More About Yo San University

Yo San offers a clinical Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine! In this program you could specialize in 2 areas of concentration:

  • Women’s Health & Reproductive Medicine
  • Healthy Aging & Longevity

In the DAOM Program, classes are offered once a month, over three day weekends. This schedule allows candidates to earn a doctorate degree in 24 months while simultaneously maintaining a private practice. Clinical training at the University’s clinic, at externship clinics, and in China, is flexible and will be arranged separately from the weekend intensives according to the needs and schedules of candidates.

Join Yo San, and continue the breadth of your understanding and practice today!

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Dean of DAOM Program Appointment

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Bulletin, DAOM, News, Student Life, Students & Faculty, University Advancement|

Yo San University is pleased to announce the appointment of

Dr. Laraine Crampton, DAOM, L.Ac as Dean of the University’s DAOM Program.

Dr. Crampton received her MATCM and DAOM degrees from Yo San University, where she has served as a faculty member for the past 22 years. She has been the Chair of the MATCM Qi Cultivation department from 2007, and has been the interim Dean in the DAOM program since April 2016

A seasoned clinician with special interest in Longevity and Internal Medicine, Dr. Crampton has had a private acupuncture practice in Santa Monica, CA for 18 years, where she enjoys caring for multi-generations families. She came to TCM from a background in professional writing, media production and education, including serving as adjunct professor in the USC School of Business Administration.

Dr. Crampton can be reached at 310.577.3000 ext 115, or via email at lcrampton@yosan.edu.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Crampton to the YSU team.

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No Tuition Increase at YSU

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Bulletin, News|

July 18, 2017- During this trimester’s President’s Tea on July 13 and in an open letter to all current MATCM students, President Green formally announced the decision to not increase tuition for the coming year. Bucking the trend of ever-escalating tuition and fees in higher education, President Green cited YSU’s  philanthropic success and prudent spending policies as the foundation for the Board’s decision.

This decision follows last year in which fees were cut and the rate of tuition was decreased. President Green went on to state, “this pattern of fiscal responsibility and responsiveness to the reality students face best illustrates our commitment to providing affordable, quality education that bolsters our students’ aspirations without saddling them with unnecessary debt.” She went on to add, “this is just one of many examples of how our non-profit status allows us to invest in our people and mission without the sway of competing interests.”

Read more about our financial aid and scholarships.

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YSU Announces Latest Clinical Partnership

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), Bulletin, DAOM, Integrative Clinical Education Program, MATCM, News, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

Putting People and Prevention First: Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital Announce Partnership

Yo San University is proud to announce a new externship partnership for the benefit of our students and broader community! The Wellness Center at LAC+USC Historic General Hospital is joining with YSU to bring Traditional Chinese Medicine health and wellness services to residents of the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Wellness Center (TWC) strives to expand access to services, encourage collaboration among non-profit groups, and attract community development and investment in largely underserved areas. Since opening the doors of its 30,000 square feet ‘one-stop’ multi-services facility in 2014, TWC has become a key component of an East Los Angeles regional integrated health care delivery system.
According to TWC Executive Director Rosa Soto, the mission of The Wellness Center is to “inspire and empower residents and patients to take control of their own health and wellbeing by providing culturally sensitive wellness and prevention services and resources that enable prevention, address the root cause of disease and improve health outcomes. In that regard,” she said, “Yo San University’s holistic, person-centered approach makes them a perfect partner for us.”
“Our externship program is a distinctive mark of a YSU education, and our partnership with TWC is an ideal complement to our already premier list of externship sites,” President Lois Green stated. “At TWC our students have a unique opportunity to gain new ideas and approaches for expanding access to culturally-competent care and to serve the health and wellness concerns of a diverse, primarily Spanish-speaking population.”
The agreement will place YSU student interns at TWC’s facility, housed in the original downtown historic site of LA County + USC Medical Center. To kick off the partnership, YSU will take part in TWC’s “Keep Moving, Feel Strong” outreach event on February 25. Further planning is in the works for additional outreach projects and other opportunities for collaboration.
You can read more about TWC here. Learn more about our externships here.
For more information on how you can take part, you may contact Brian Lee, Dean of Clinical Education at blee@yosan.edu.

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Acupuncture Today Profiles YSU Community Service and Clinical Education

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Achievements, Bulletin, News, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier

(reprinted from February 2016 edition of Acupuncture Today)

An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide. AOM schools across the country are committed not only to educating exceptional practitioners, but also to working in partnership with local organizations to serve the evolving healthcare needs of their communities.

In Los Angeles, Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (YSU) collaborates with healthcare and social service providers throughout Southern California to meet what it determines to be an essential element of its commitment to its students’ comprehensive educational needs, and to forward its mission as a premier integrative healthcare provider in the community.
Yo San University has many different community projects, including partnerships with Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles for a pediatric pain clinic, Being Alive Los Angeles Wellness Center for HIV/AIDS patients in West Hollywood, and the Venice Family Clinic and Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, which is the largest free clinic system in the nation and serves underrepresented populations. Each of these sites offers students an opportunity to learn about population health management, health disparities, and the delivery of culturally-competent care from unique vantage points.

The Spirit of Community Partnerships

WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, Calif., is a powerful example of YSU’s community partnerships. A nationally-recognized leader on aging, the organization is dedicated to enhancing the independence, dignity and quality of life of older adults through leadership, advocacy and a wide array of innovative services.

Now in its fourth year, the acupuncture clinic at WISE & Healthy Aging is the result of an exclusive relationship forged between Yo San and WISE & Healthy Aging. YSU provides medical supervision and graduate students who provide the acupuncture treatments, while the agency provides the marketing, space and administrative infrastructure. “It’s a win-win for both organizations,” said Grace Cheng Braun, WISE & Healthy Aging’s President & CEO. “In addition, students gain specialized training and experience in working with older adults. Seniors receive relief from chronic pain and other conditions, while caregivers are less stressed and more energetic when they receive treatments.”

Fourth-year master’s degree student extern Emily Keaty not only gained the focused training the externship is designed to provide, but an appreciation for the necessity of the service. “I gained a much deeper understanding of the unique needs of aging adults that simply reading about had not prepared me for. With this experience, I can see myself sooner in my practice being able to help aging adults live longer, more active lives. With our aging population this is an area of real need.”

Through her externship, Emily observed that the elderly respond very well to acupuncture and that much of what they experience may be related to side effects of medication. “Adding acupuncture to their wellness plan,” she said, “can make a huge impact on seniors’ quality of life. It can keep their blood pressure in check, help with shortness of breath, memory, motor skills and smoothness of their gait which are all important to this fragile community.” Of particular note, Emily worked with a gentleman who had such severe dementia that while signing in for the treatment, he would forget which letter he was writing in the middle of his name. His handwriting looked no more legible than that of a small child. “One morning,” she said, “we forgot to ask him sign in before the treatment and asked him to sign in afterwards. His signature was the elegant cursive with the flow he had previously been able to sign with. Acupuncture gave him longer moments of cohesiveness to complete something as simple as signing his name. To see these once valiant heroes of our society able to grasp simple tasks to keep their dignity was one of the most radiant, touching, and humbling experiences of my internship. This could never come from a book and this experience is rare in a regular clinical setting.”

According to YSU Co-Founder and WISE & Healthy Aging Board Vice Chair, Dr. Daoshing Ni, “Working with seniors requires special sensitivity. You have to be gentle; some are very frail, some bruise easily. At the same time, seniors are resilient and dedicated. If they want to get care, they’ll be there.”

In practical terms, this means that, especially at the beginning, elderly patients may begin treatment with as few as six or eight of the ultra-fine, sterilized acupuncture needles, whereas a more aggressive treatment might utilize 30 or more, explained Lawrence Lau, the University’s Vice President for Academic & Clinical Affairs. The number of needles can be increased as the individual feels more comfortable and the condition warrants it. “People who get treated have enjoyed getting acupuncture,” Dr. Lau said. “They may not get up off the table and start dancing, but they feel good. And improving overall quality of life is an important aspect of any AOM treatment.” He and his colleagues have found that seniors’ initial reaction to the idea of needles is about the same as in the general population.

When patients arrive at WISE & Healthy Aging for their treatments, they are escorted to one of three treatment rooms set up in the organization’s flexible space and modern facilities. Here, two to three Yo San interns (master’s and doctoral degree candidates) provide the approximately hour-long treatments. They consist of a detailed history or current status interview, followed by careful placement of the acupuncture needles, and then 20 to 30 minutes of very deep relaxation for the patient before the needles are removed.

“The practitioners are very efficient, very gentle, and very kind,” President Braun stated. According to Brady Chin, an experienced acupuncturist and YSU faculty member, “There is no downside to acupuncture, and the benefit is enormous.”

In addition to acupuncture treatments, Qigong, a form of Tai Chi stretching, is sometimes offered and is movement especially well-suited for seniors. Chin, a martial artist who has a special rapport with both the interns and the seniors they treat, not only supervises the clinical care, he also provides Qigong lessons. “YSU has offered special Qigong classes for seniors and agency staff,” says Chin. “The classes have been very popular and add to the treatment experience, as well as engage patients and staff in this centuries old form of gentle exercise.”

Expanding Opportunities to Serve

The acupuncture clinic at WISE & Healthy Aging has provided more than 1,000 treatments to seniors thus far. Response to the partnership has been so positive that President Braun announced several months ago, “We have a 3-4 week waiting list of seniors wanting to get in! To fill the need, we recently agreed with our colleagues at Yo San to add an additional clinic session on Thursday mornings, effectively doubling the capacity to provide this valuable care for the elderly in our community.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people 65+ represented 14.1% of the population in the year 2013, but are expected to grow to 21.7% of the population by 2040. The 85+ population is projected to triple from 6 million in 2013, to 14.6 million in 2040. “As the senior population continues to grow in Los Angeles and nationwide, Yo San University and WISE & Healthy Aging continue to look for avenues to introduce the benefits of acupuncture to older adults,” says YSU President Green. “Today’s seniors value cost-effective, holistic, patient-centered care, and that is what AOM can offer.”

Annually, Yo San’s master’s and doctoral degree interns provide more than 21,000 patient treatments through the University’s clinical education program, which includes the Yo San Community Clinic and specialty clinics, as well as structured externships and outreach services. The diversity of experience this offers aspiring acupuncturists is invaluable, as are the health and wellness services underserved members of the community are able to access as a result.

In fact, those 21,000 free or subsidized treatments are made possible through the support of loyal Yo San University donors. YSU is particularly motivated by its donors’ wishes and student needs to ensure patients have a trusted resource for care. However, as University President Lois Green observes, “without our partners, who serve children to adults with a range of health conditions, we would not be able to reach as many in the community, or provide the high level of clinical education our students expect.”

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Westside Readers Choose YSU Community Clinic as “Best Acupuncture Center”

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Achievements, Bulletin, Community, News, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

In September, the Yo San University Community Clinic was awarded “Best Acupuncture Center” in The Argonaut’s annual “Best of the Westside” edition. Each year, Yo San University Community Clinic provides more than 20,000 treatments with proactive and collaborative approaches to our patients care. Thank you to everyone who voted! And a special thank you  for the concerned care provided by our student interns, experienced clinical faculty, and our team of licensed acupuncturists. We’ll continue providing the same high level of service you’ve come to expect.

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Yo San University Receives Its Largest Charitable Gift

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Achievements, Bulletin, News, University Advancement, YSU in the Community|

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine welcomed a gift of $1 million dollars from the Thomas S. Blount Trust on September 9, 2015. Mr. Blount was a retired Naval Officer, Aerospace Consultant, and philanthropist. He dedicated his life to being a friend and mentor to many including Yo San University. He was a long-time supporter of the University’s efforts to provide quality instruction to students while serving the broader community through its community clinic with an integrative healthcare model and services.

University President, Lois Green accepted the gift on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the University community stating, “The extent of Thomas’s support has been greater than many knew through the years. However, this gift is a truly transformational moment for our university. It will allow us to build on our established legacy, continue educational excellence in the classroom, enhance our already distinctive clinical offerings, and respond to the rapidly changing landscape of our profession. As the only non-profit acupuncture school in Los Angeles, our mission and approach is special and this gift further underscores our unique values, commitment to our students, and responsibility as a healthcare provider to the broader community.”

Yo San University, a non-profit organization, educates students to become exceptional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Taoist healing arts. The school facilitates the development of students’ spiritual and professional growth, and provides the community with an integrative medical care model and services. Yo San University offers two fully accredited degree programs: Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (MATCM) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). Both are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized national accrediting body for programs educating acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

Since 2000 through our clinical internship program, the University Community Clinic along with its externship site partners have provided more than 255,000 free or subsidized acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments to the underserved communities of Los Angeles.


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