The National Oriental Medicine Accreditation Agency (NOMAA) posted its
curriculum standards for the Doctor of Oriental Medicine program to its website
( www.nomaa.org ) for further public review.
NOMAA's programmatic criteria for a professional primary care Doctor of
Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.) degree have been modeled on the clinical training
programs of China and Korea and further refined in collaboration with the
Oriental medical profession and potential candidate institutions.
The program consists of a 4,000-hour core curriculum -- including 2,500 hours
of didactic (classroom and laboratory) biomedicine, Oriental medical science and
clinical medicine -- and a 1,500-hour clinical clerkship (supervised observation
The NOMAA OMD program was developed in response to the growing public and
professional demands for standards of education and practice for a primary care
and physiologically-based program in Oriental medicine.
The NOMAA OMD standards provide for training that is consistent with the
known physiological basis of Oriental and standard medicine with an emphasis on
evidenced based medicine methodology and competency based training. Graduates
should be qualified to work in private practice or within established medical
clinics and institutions.
NOMAA has gained the endorsement of the Council of Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine Associations and the Council on Oriental Medicine Education for the
4,000-hour curriculum, and plans to hold more public meetings in the near
future, in order to further review and refine our standards.
NOMAA is requesting that all interested parties visit
www.nomaa.org, review the proposal and submit