Students and faculty from the School of Acupuncture host special programming on the Worcester and Newton campuses to recognize National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day

New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS Celebrates National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day

  • On October 24, students and faculty from the New England School of Acupuncture at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) hosted special programming on the Worcester and Newton campuses to recognize National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day.

    The event was free and was hosted by NESA faculty, current students, and staff, and included mini-Acupuncture treatments, a QiGong workshop, and education about the world of acupuncture and oriental medicine.

    A survey by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option. That's a figure that can be increased through awareness events like this one, said Sue Gorman, Executive Director of NESA.

    "AOM Day is a great opportunity for us to share our knowledge," said Gorman. "We are hoping to teach more people about acupuncture and Oriental medicine. It’s a great opportunity to have fun and learn about Chinese medicine at the same time."

    The event was an opportunity for interprofessional collaboration, as students from a variety of academic programs attended to learn more about the therapy, and even experience acupuncture treatments for themselves.

    "I am thrilled that students from other programs joined us," said Gorman. "The students met and mingled with each other, and had short treatments by NESA students who were overseen by one of our fabulous professors, CJ Allen."

    That exposure to acupuncture and oriental medicine can shape the care future PAs and nurses, among other professionals, provide to their patients, explains Gorman.

    "A goal for interprofessional collaboration is that students from a range of disciplines – nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, et cetera – learn about other modalities for treating patients," said Gorman. "Through this collaboration comes a greater understanding and respect for one another – all with the same goal of caring for a patient in need. What a great way to learn from each other!"