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Yo San DAOM Achieves Maximum 7-years Re-accreditation with ACAOM

By | 2018-09-12T17:50:30+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Achievements, Blog, DAOM, News, Occasions|

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) granted Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program (in English) continuing accreditation for a period of seven (7) years, effective 11 August 2018. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/.

ACAOM is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; www.acaom.org

A big thank you to all staff, faculty, students and alumni who participated in the self-study and reaccreditation site visit. Your continued commitment and dedication has contributed to our success, and together we will elevate the University and our DAOM program to the next level of educational excellence.

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Celebration of Caring with WISE & Healthy Aging

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 May 14th, 2018|News, Occasions, YSU in the Community|

On Saturday May 12, 2018,  Dr. Daoshing Ni, Dr. Lawrence Lau and Daouia Amrir attended the annual fundraising event of our long-time clinical partnership, WISE & Healthy Aging.

WISE & Healthy Aging, a nonprofit social services organization, is the result of a merger in November 2007 of WISE Senior Services and Center for Healthy Aging (formerly Senior Health & Peer Counseling). Each organization served the community for more than three decades, earning national reputations for innovative and effective programs and services.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, WISE & Healthy Aging continues the long tradition of service and outreach, with focus on the Los Angeles Westside as well as the surrounding communities within the greater City and County of Los Angeles.

Dr. Daoshing Ni, Co-Founder of Yo San University serves as a Board member at WISE & Healthy Aging. Yo San Clinic Interns have been providing free acupuncture treatments and Tai Chi sessions at WISE & Healthy Aging since 2011.

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The 2018 YSU Integrative Medicine Symposium was a great success!

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Achievements, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), Community, DAOM, Life-long Learning, News, Occasions|

Over 80 attendees filled the Event Hall at YSU for the one-day symposium on January 28, 2018. The symposium theme, “Current Advances in Integrative Reproductive Medicine”, proved to be of tremendous interest to conference attendees, who said they thoroughly enjoyed the selection of topics, as well as the immense knowledge and passion of the speakers.

Presenters included a distinguished list of experts from both western biomedicine and TCM, as well as a panel comprising graduates from the YSU DAOM program highlighting their respective capstone research in Integrative Reproductive Medicine.

A big THANK YOU to the staff, volunteers, speakers/presenters, sponsors and everyone else involved in making this event the huge success that it was!!!

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Year of the Dog

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Community, News, Occasions, Taoism & Qi Cultivation, YSU in the Community|

The Chinese New Year Celebration at YSU on Sunday Feb 18th, 2018 was a great success! Thanks to Yo San University Student Association, volunteers, performers, students, alumni, staff and all the guests!

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2017 Robert Graham Visionary Awards A Success

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Achievements, Community, News, Occasions, YSU in the Community|

Yo San’s Annual Fundraising Gala Supports University’s Community Outreach Programs

On Thursday, September 14th, Yo San University held its annual fundraising gala known as the Robert Graham Visionary Award (RGVA), at the scenic Bel-Air Bay Club. With the goal of raising necessary funding in support of the University’s Community Outreach programs, the successful evening’s theme was Celebrating Pioneers in Women’s Health, and honored Dr. Kristi Funk, a long-time friend of Yo San, for her dedication and philanthropic work through her Pink Lotus Foundation.

If you’re interested in becoming an acupuncture practitioner and gaining experience at Yo San’s community outreach programs, check out our programs or give us a call at [phone-link location=””].

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YSU Blount: All-New Pediatric Specialty Clinic Beginning August 30, 2017

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), News, Occasions, YSU Community Clinic, YSU in the Community|

Pediatric Specialty Clinic Beginning August 30, 2017

Now, along with our existing Women’s & Reproductive Medicine Specialty Clinic, and our Healthy Aging & Longevity Specialty Clinic, we will offer a Pediatric Specialty Clinic that utilizes the needle-less Japanese style acupuncture known as Shoni-Shin (Pediatric Acupuncture).
Administered by Dr. Atsuki Maeda, DAOM, L.Ac., this treatment offering is widely used in Japan, and is ideal for infants and young children. Shoni-Shin is a non-insertion technique that stimulates the meridians and points using gentle tools. The technique involves rhythmic plucking, stroking and brushing of the skin to harmonize and fortify the child’s immune system.  This will lead to a healthier and happier child, and a less stressed parent!
Shoni-Shin is effective in the treatment of varying childhood conditions, including:
  • Common colds, fever, allergies, asthma, and ear infections
  • Skin disorders such as Eczema, Psoriasis, and Rashes
  • GI conditions, including colic, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Sleep disorders: Excessive night crying, bed wetting, and night terrors
  • Behavioral conditions such as temper tantrums and  hyper activity
For more information or to schedule an appointment for your child,
contact the YSU Blount Community Clinic at 310-577-3006!

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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YSU President Speaks at UCLA Chinese Herbal Medicine Summit

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Achievements, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AOM), Occasions, TCM Today, University Advancement|

YSU President Dr. Lawrence Lau Shares His Expertise at UCLA Chinese Herbal Medicine Summit

YSU President Dr. Lawrence Lau was among a select group of 60 professional and industry experts at the recent Chinese Herbal Medicine summit held at UCLA. Organized by the UCLA Center for East West Medicine, the one-day event on July 15, 2017 involved specialists from the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and the UK. The theme of the summit was ‘Safe and Effective Use of Chinese Herbal Medicine’. The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Zhang Qi, Director of Traditional and Complementary Medicine at the World Health Organization. In his presentation on ‘Chinese Herbal Medicine Educational Programs for Health Professionals and Consumers’, Dr. Lau outlined the strategies from an educational perspective in an inter-professional effort to demonstrate effectiveness and ensure safety on the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

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 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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Yo San Participates in National Cancer Survivors Day

By | 2018-06-14T23:54:05+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Achievements, Community, News, Occasions, Students & Faculty|

Students, Alumni and Faculty Participate in National Cancer Survivors Day

Yo San Students, Alumni, and Faculty took part in the ‘National Cancer Survivors Day’, hosted by Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center.

The daylong wellness event that attracted more than 350 attendees, took place Tuesday, June 6th. and was focused on support services for cancer patients and cancer survivors.

The YSU booth provided information on Blount Community Clinic offerings, and attendees were offered mini treatments via ear seeds as an introduction to our services.

Patients and their families, caregivers, and Kaiser staff expressed deep interest in our Acupuncture & TCM offerings and are enthusiastic about scheduling treatments at the Clinic.

Yo San participants included Melissa Estrada (Dean, Clinic), Brady Chin (Dean, MATCM), Shannon Lawrence (MATCM, ’16, a current YSU Admissions Department staff member), recent Yo San graduate, Allen Liu (MATCM, ’17), and Clinic Intern, Jennifer Haroun.

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

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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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