Yo San Master’s Students Achieve a Milestone: White Coat Ceremony

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Achievements, MATCM, News, YSU Community Clinic|

Yo San Master’s Students Achieve a Milestone: White Coat Ceremony

President, Dr. Lawrence Lau, MATCM Dean, Brady Chin, Clinic Dean, John Fang and DAOM Dean Laraine Crampton proudly honored the newest group of White Coat recipients Tuesday, January 16th in a short ceremony held on campus and attended by members of the student body, faculty, and staff.

Below, are our newest group of Blount Community Clinic interns, who are also known as Level 1. They’ve passed their pre-Clinical exam and other didactic requirements and can now see patients in the Clinic under supervision.

The White Coat Ceremony is a Yo San University rite of passage and is also commonly practiced in Medical Schools across the nation.

Please join us in congratulating our White Coat recipients on their milestone achievement!

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New MATCM Assistant Academic Dean Named

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Administrative Staff, Alumni, Community, MATCM, News, Students & Faculty|

The Yo San University Administration is pleased to announce that Ashley Wren, L.Ac. will assume the position of Assistant Academic Dean effective immediately.

Ashley graduated from Yo San in 2013 and has served as a Clinical Teaching Assistant in our clinic since her licensure.

Please join us in a warm welcome to Ashley!

Brady Chin, L.Ac., Dipl.OM
Dean, MATCM Program

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Yo San Master’s Students Achieve a Milestone: White Coat Ceremony

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Achievements, MATCM, News, Occasions|

Yo San Master’s Students Attain Their White Coats

President, Dr. Lawrence Lau, MATCM Dean, Brady Chin, and Clinic Dean, Melissa Estrada proudly honored the newest group of White Coat recipients Thursday, June 8th in a short ceremony held on campus and attended by members of the student body, faculty, and staff.

Below, are our newest group of Blount Community Clinic interns, who are also known as Level 1. They’ve passed their pre-Clinical exam and other didactic requirements and can now see patients in the Clinic under supervision.

The White Coat Ceremony is a Yo San University rite of passage and is also commonly practiced in Medical Schools across the nation.

Please join us in congratulating our White Coat recipients on their milestone achievement!

Back row, left to right : Nelson Rex Hung, Itorye Silver, Y Thuan La, Brian Glashow, Jake Cohen

Front row, left to right: Mandi Trimas, Brady Chin (Dean, MATCM), Dr. Lawrence Lau (President), Melissa Estrada (Clinic Dean), Wendy Olvera Rivera. Not pictured: Patrick Fleck.

If you’re interested in becoming an Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, check out our programs or give us a call at [phone-link location=””].

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Dean of MATCM Program Appointment

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Achievements, Administrative Staff, MATCM, News|

Dr. Brady Chin, PhD, L.Ac Appointed Dean of Yo San’s MATCM program

Yo San University is pleased to announce the appointment of  Dr. Brady Chin, PhD, L.Ac as Dean of the University’s MATCM program.

Prior to his appointment, Brady was the Interim Dean of the MATCM program, and has served in various administrative and faculty positions at Yo San University including that of Dean of Clinical Education and a member of both the academic and clinic faculty in the MATCM program.

Brady’s appointment is with immediate effect.

In taking on this appointment, Brady is among a very short list of people who could bring with him years of dedicated service and knowledge of the YSU MATCM program and the acupuncture/Oriental Medicine profession, and lead the MATCM Program to the next level of academic excellence.

I am confident that under Brady’s academic leadership, the YSU MATCM program will be ready and able to meet the needs of the current and future students who place their trust in our expertise and professionalism.

Please join us in welcoming Brady to the YSU senior leadership team.

If you’re interested in becoming an Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, check out our programs or give us a call at [phone-link location=””].

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Yo San University Partners with Kaiser Permanente on National Cancer Survivor Day

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Achievements, Alumni, Integrative Clinical Education Program, MATCM, News, Students & Faculty, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

Cancer offers a unique insight into how individuals, families, and even communities rally together for life during what can be the most uncertain roller coaster we might ever ride. Fittingly, June 7 each year, National Cancer Survivor Day, is not only about the struggle to defeat cancer but is a true celebration of life.

That’s why this year YSU was invited to join Kaiser West LA in raising awareness of the benefits of healthy living and what TCM has to offer all of us in the prevention and combatting of Cancer.  YSU alumni and students participated by staffing a booth for patients and families to visit, and Dr. Lawrence Lao was a featured speaker during the annual event.  His presentation on acupuncture’s effectiveness in integrative cancer care was well-attended and received by all taking advantage of the insight and tips on offer.

At the YSU table, student-interns Pam Murphy and Tara Das were busy providing ear seed treatments and demonstrations to the many attendees who curiously stopped. They also took the opportunity to pass along information on the benefits of acupuncture as a treatment for both cancer and the neurotoxicity caused by cancer treatments. Plus, all were invited to the YSU Blount Community Clinic to review their options for integrative care. By the end of the event, we reached more than 250 people and each left with a flyer or brochure!

For those who were unable to make it to Yo San University, or who wanted a provider that accepted Kaiser Insurance, we were joined by professors John Barber and Ed Sullivan. Professor Sullivan provided information on support groups and medical Qi Gong groups that could take care of patients in the San Fernando Valley while Professor Barber offered his services as an approved acupuncturist for Kaiser’s insurance program.

While this event was a success for YSU and attendees, it is just another example of how the YSU Community and our partners are cultivating understanding and transforming lives by providing the community with information and integrative medical services.

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Spring 2016 Dean’s Prize Winner

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Achievements, MATCM, News, Occasions, Students & Faculty|

Congratulations to Lisa Gridley, the Spring 2016 recipient of the Yo San University Dean’s Prize. The Dean’s Prize is awarded to the student achieving the highest score on the MATCM Graduation Exam. Below Lisa shares tips, tricks and wise words about getting through the program.

What are your tips for achieving high test scores?

To start, I think it is important to not miss any classes.  Pay attention, take notes, and stay current with the material.  Then when it is time to start thinking about the big exams like preclinical, grad, nationals, and CALE…START EARLY.  There is simply no way around it.  You must study.  Again and again.  Review the material.  Read the books.  Write out notes and charts.  Find patterns in the material.  Take review courses.  Take sample tests.  And when the time comes and you take the test, there won’t be any more stress because you are ready.  You have put in the time to earn the knowledge.  Nothing of great value should come easily.  This is life long study and practice.  While we are in the Master’s program, this is our foundation for our own journey into the practice of the medicine, which will continue to evolve in our understanding.  It is important to have the best foundation laid in order to build a great and strong house.  So, take the time to study.

What are your success habits?

Whatever I do, I try and do it well and with my whole heart and attention.  Through many years of practicing yoga and meditation, I feel that has helped build the ability to focus and have sustained concentration. So, I highly recommend Qi cultivation and meditation.

Do you have an ideal place to study?

Yes!  For the first few years at Yo San, I really enjoyed spending long hours at various coffee shops within a 10 mile radius.  There are many cute little places that made it “exciting” to try something new, yet also comforting since I knew that I could stay for hours without feeling awkward.  I like the coffee shops because they often have the energy of people studying or working on something they find interesting.  I also like to people watch, and this also makes it a good place for me because it is important to take frequent short breaks, yet be able to get back on track quickly.  The last year I have changed my habits to mostly studying at home which I used to find very difficult because for some reason the moment I would sit down to study, 10 minutes would go by and my mind and then body would go to task on deep cleaning or organizing the house…hours would go by and the house would be clean and files meticulously put away, but not much studying accomplished.  So home study only worked for me much later in the program.

Do you utilize study groups?

Occasionally yes, and they have been helpful.  For heavy duty study periods, like preparing for the preclinical, I studied 6 to 8 hours a day for 3 weeks over Christmas break in coffee shops with the amazing Sandra Hung.  For us, that worked out well because we reviewed on our own, writing out notes and charts next to each other, and then would summarize to the other out loud explaining what we learned.  It also made it quicker to clarify depending on who understood or remembered a particular aspect better.  It made it more fun and easier to put in long dedicated hours.  So yes, I think study groups are very helpful, but it does NOT take the place of all of the individual work one has to take the time to dedicate.  Start studying, reading, reviewing, and organizing the material early, like starting the trimester BEFORE the big test you want to take (that would equal roughly 6 to 7 months of regular review before the test), and then for the extra boost get in with your study buddy or small group.

Any tips regarding achieving a school/life balance?

Haha.  Good luck!  This has been challenging for me! I worked 20 to 30 hours a week for the first 3 years of school, have a wonderful boyfriend and full-time school.  This made it hardest to find time for me.  But, I guess in a way the whole program is something I am doing for me so I can help others and have a career doing just that.  So with that logic, in a strange way, school has been a lot of “me” time, and I have really enjoyed being a student.

I think I went up and down with periods where I felt overwhelmed and frazzled, sometimes letting the pressure I put on myself to get the best of me.  To get and keep me grounded, I found refuge in always going back to the basics…healthy routines of getting to sleep at a reasonable hour so I could wake up early enough to have time to exercise in the morning.  Exercise has really helped bring in more energy throughout the day, especially because of all of the time spent sitting in classes and studying.  So whatever kind you enjoy, I highly suggest finding the time to keep it up.  While I enjoyed learning different Qi exercises in the program, my main Qi cultivation practice continues to be an at-home practice of Sivananda Yoga, so when I also made time to do the asanas and breathing exercises, I noticed a big difference.  Also eating healthily so I had the proper fuel for my mind and body…however, I have to admit I made it a point to indulge when I needed to ease the stress.  And making sure to make my loved ones the priority by taking time at the end of each day where I could set the studies aside and enjoy time with just them.  A happy home has been a great support through all of the school stresses.  And I always found peace when spending time outside, breathing fresh air and taking a nice walk whether it was in the neighborhood, on the beach, or on a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Oh, and I can’t forget the benefit of weekly acupuncture treatments!  While I kept this practice on and off throughout, I highly recommend it regularly. Not only has it helped keep me in balance, but before I was even in the clinic portion, I gained understanding through getting treatments from many different interns under different supervisors and experiencing it through a patient’s eyes.  I consider this part of my education, but it has also helped my overall health tremendously.

I also think while being a dedicated and serious student is necessary, it is equally as important to relax and smile and enjoy this beautiful journey and gift of learning the Tao of Chinese medicine, in all its infinite simplicity, diversity, and complexity.  And don’t worry, some of the material will come naturally and other parts take time to marinade…in the famous words of the ole 1988 song by Bobby McFerrin, “In every life we have some trouble, but when we worry we make it double. Don’t worry, be happy now.”  So, enjoy the ride and know mistakes, missteps, and life challenges are bound to come up, but keep your smile and dedication. Everyone’s journey will have their own unique approach, so always check in with yourself and your spirit and see if you are feeling connected and fulfilled. Be honest with yourself with what is working and what needs adjusting.  Yo San is a great community with wonderful students and staff, so if you need help there will certainly be some support to guide you if you need.

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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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Alumni Spotlight: Cari Schaefer, L.Ac

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:06+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Alumni, Alumni Acupuncturist, Community, MATCM, News|

Yo San University is proud to produce alumni that are movers and shakers in the healthcare field. We recently had the opportunity to interview YSU alumna Cari Schaefer, L.Ac., author of the The Food Solution, Amazon’s #1 New Release in its Genetically Engineered Food Nutrition department. Cari shared her insights on TCM and nutrition, her experience at YSU, and tips for becoming a successful practitioner.

Could you tell us what inspired you to write The Food Solution

I have been in practice for 16 years. Over those years, I saw time and again that if people were eating a diet that was low in nutrition and high in chemicals, they healed slowly, if at all, and that they were more likely to develop another health problem in the future.

And likewise if they ate a nutrient-dense, low in chemicals diet, they healed more quickly and the results lasted.

It has been a requirement in my practice for many years that each client do a diet consult with me. After years of my clients requesting that I write a book so they could share this information with their family and friends, I decided to listen. The Food Solution is my way of sharing

A central theme of your work is using nutrition as a healing tool.  How did your education in Traditional Chinese Medicine inform your views about food and nutrition?  

It informs everything I do. Chinese nutrition identifies the affect a food will have on the body; whether is warming or cooling, whether it is moistening or drying, which organs will benefit from eating it. This takes the mystery out of eating. Although my book is not about Chinese medical nutrition specifically, I am unable to view any substance we eat or take without these principles as the foundation. I think every nutritionist and/or herbalist would benefit from learning the principles of Chinese Medical Nutrition. I cannot imagine practicing without this foundational understanding.

You have been a successful natural health practitioner for over sixteen years.  What advice do you have for our students and alumni who wish to successfully bring the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to a broader audience?

It is all about practice management. I have watched so many really talented practitioners fail to thrive because they did not know how to properly structure a practice. Some of the big mistakes I see practitioners making is that they do not properly educate their clients.

I find that doing a report of findings (ROF) with a patient is an essential key to success. ROF’s do several things: they give the client a clear understanding of how you see their case; what markers you will be using to follow-up on their progress; they educate clients as to what is expected from them, and how long will be needed until a follow-up revaluation of their case can be expected. When a client knows what is expected of them, and that the practitioner has a clear plan, they can relax into the healing process.

I also think it is essential that practitioners have a system of monitoring a client’s progress other than symptoms. Sometimes by monitoring symptoms for progress it sets an expectation in the client that symptoms should be changing.  It is my experience that symptoms can be the last thing to change. It is important that the practitioner informs the client of how they are doing on a regular basis based on the markers they use.

I believe in the initial healing phase, it is inappropriate for a practitioner to ask a client when they would like to come back. I have seen this happen so many times. Clients do not know what is necessary for their success.  That is the practitioner’s job.  It is for the practitioner to guide the client as to what is needed for them, the practitioner, to help the client to heal, not the client’s job. Every practitioner has a different style: some see clients several times a week others once a week, some even once a month. It is the job of the practitioner to know and communicate what is needed in order to help the client.

I have watched time and again as practitioners implement simple changes like these and their practices completely change for the positive.

How did attending Yo San University shape your views on natural health? 

I believe Chinese medicine is a fantastic foundation for understanding how the body works. I remember, as I learned the medicine, my view of health, and life itself changed and broadened. Without this understanding, I cannot imagine what it would be like to attempt to unravel the complexities of human health.

Why did you choose YSU? 

I chose YSU because of the Qi program. It is what made it stand out from the other educational programs I researched.

What are the benefits of attending YSU?

YSU did an excellent job at combining a strong Western foundation with an exceptional Chinese medical program. I transferred to YSU from another school that thought teaching Western medicine was not necessary. YSU’s program integrated the two, which felt more complete to me. Also, the nutrition program at YSU is what initiated my love of nutrition as a healing modality.

How do you feel your training at YSU has given you an edge?

Having a strong medical background allows me to easily interface with other healthcare providers in a way that helps build mutual respect and provide a better level of integrated care.

What is your overall feeling about your experience at YSU? 

YSU provided me the solid foundational understanding of Chinese medicine that I needed to succeed, not only at passing my Boards, but also to continue to succeed and grow as a successful healthcare provider.

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