President’s Greeting

Dear Prospective Students:

Thank you for your interest in Southern California University School of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (“SCUSOMA”). You have taken the first step in pursuing a fulfilling and satisfying career in the wonderful field of oriental medicine and acupuncture. Though this field is nascent in the United States, it has a long and storied history spanning thousands of years in Asia and hundreds of years in Europe.

No matter where you are, healthcare always takes front stage. You are joining thousands of entrepreneurial graduates in the oriental medicine and acupuncture field who choose to propagate the virtues of natural oriental medicine and health in the United States.  The vast majority of these graduates go on to start successful private practices or choose to become leaders in the field by teaching or enhancing the credibility of acupuncturists.

It is an exciting time for the industry because of the increasing public awareness of the benefits received from oriental medicine and acupuncture.  More and more people are sharing anecdotal testimonials of how acupuncture helped relieve serious health issues without the use of surgery or synthetic drugs.  Some of these serious health problems include, but are not limited to, vertigo, sciatica, pinched nerve, osteoarthritis, back pain, migraines, nausea, hot flashes, anxiety, addiction, insomnia, eczema, psoriasis, and infertility, just to name a few symptoms.  Maybe your decision to come to SCUSOMA was influenced by witnessing first-hand the success of acupuncture on yourself or a loved one.

Thanks to celebrities like Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gwen Stefani, people who normally would not have been exposed to acupuncture are now learning about what it is and why it is used.  And thanks to respected western medical doctors like Dr. Mehmet Oz who care about getting people healthy, the western medical community is slowly accepting that acupuncture is often a safer and less invasive option to resolving a serious or chronic health problem.  

More and more hospitals and medical clinics are hiring acupuncturists on staff to help support cancer and orthopedic wards. In the last ten years, there has been an explosion of studies on the bio-mechanics of acupuncture because western medical doctors want to know exactly how acupuncture works. The results have shown complex, verifiable responses in the brain, nervous system, and connective tissue.  Mounting scientific evidence supports the assertion that acupuncture is a form of medical practice.  In many Asian countries, acupuncturists are tantamount to medical doctors. 

At SCUSOMA, we are committed to the highest ideals in oriental medical education. We nurture graduates to be amongst the most professional and competent healthcare providers in the medical field while still exemplifying the virtues of a mature and compassionate human being.  SCUSOMA graduates are prepared for leadership in oriental medical education and in public service.

As a graduate of SCUSOMA, you join a community that fosters excellence in teaching and learning.  You become part of a family that promotes fellowship and collaboration with colleagues, the community, and other health professions. We welcome diversity in people, ideas, and experiences.  We promote effective and compassionate communication.  We demand respect for one another and ethical behavior.  And most of all, we are committed to the health and well-being of society.

Welcome to the SCUSOMA community!

With sincere gratitude,

Judy Kim Oh, Esq. 
President

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