I recently had the opportunity to interview Erika and Carlin.
Erika is currently an NUHS AOM student. She is in her final
trimester at NUHS. She has already successfully passed one of her
boards, and is currently in the process of taking her national AOM
boards. Erika shares with us how this experience feels for her.
Carlin is an alumna of NUHS. She graduated with her MSOM last
trimester. She has completed all her licensing boards and is in the
process of preparing for her herbal board. To become a licensed
acupuncturist in Illinois, practitioners are required to pass 3
boards: Foundations, Acupuncture Points, and Biomedicine. To
receive herbal certification, an herbal board must also be
I hope this video helps you have an idea of how it feels to
reach the desired goals as an AOM student. If you are considering
becoming an AOM student, hopefully this video conveys how
gratifying it feels to begin attaining graduate and professional
Congratulations, Miravone, on your pregnancy!!! What an exciting
time for you and your family! I am very happy for you! As Miravone
is going through an amazing time of transition and change right
now, it appears many people are also going through a time of
transition and change in different ways. In AOM, this is understood
as a very healthy and natural process with the coming of
I have been noticing many of my friends, colleagues, and family
members experiencing a rapid amount of transitions right now--some
regarding health, others relationships and others school. Some are
experiencing transitions in all three. I think we are all faced
with transitions in life; it's as factual as the flow of yin and
yang in AOM. But, I think what makes a transition easy or difficult
is our willingness and ability to move and change as the transition
enters our life. I think sometimes we can get lost or stuck in the
transition and never take the jump to make the change. I think the
fear of the jump is usually bigger than the actual leap of
I know countless students have expressed feeling this way trying
to decide whether to begin the AOM program. Since it is so
different from what many people have grown up to understand in a
conventional medical society, jumping full force into AOM can be a
big decision. I know it was for me. I finally just had to jump and
see what happened. I think that holds true for me in most areas of
my life. I can spend all day philosophizing on the "what ifs", and
thinking about all the possible outcomes, but that's where it's so
easy to get stuck and never take a leap of faith. I've learned that
jumping, after a healthy level of transition and decision-making,
is the only way for me to follow my dreams.
In the past I have jumped and realized it was a path to lead me
to another path. This time, with AOM, I have realized this jump was
the one that lead me to where I belong. I think had I kept thinking
about all my fears and "what ifs" a few years ago, I would still be
living the life I had then and missed out on so much.
In acupuncture, we have a treatment called the Buddha's
triangle. It is a set of three triangles that create a very
grounding effect. This treatment is often used in clinic when a
patient is in a place of transition and seeking help with
direction. Through the acupuncture energetic response, patients
tend to gain more clarity in the paths they seek to take. One of
the triangles is shown in picture above.
Years ago, a mentor of mine constantly told me "change is good"
during a very difficult time of my life. The optimist in me desired
to believe her, but at that time, those words were very hollow. I
was also young and had little proof of this reality. She explained
to me how everything had to change in order for new growth to come.
She showed me just as new buds must sprout out of the ground to
someday make flowers, we, too, must have the courage to allow
ourselves to blossom into who we are meant to become. Little did I
know then, how true her words were and how much I would grow to
believe them. They are also a core belief in AOM, showing the
ever-flowing change of yin into yang, and yang into yin. They are
the Universal and internal changes that move us into new
This week was an exciting week for AOM students. For the first
time since the AOM program began, acupuncture and oriental medicine
students were given a pinning ceremony.
From my perception, the pinning ceremony is much like a rite of
passage acknowledging the students' advancement into the NUHS
clinic. To me, it signified the authenticity of our medicine and
the honor we must hold in it while administering it to our
patients. I felt very fortunate to be a part of this ceremony.
My dad came to watch the ceremony, which meant a great deal to
me. As I mentioned in previous blogs, I am very close with my
family and having my dad there was very special. My mom was at a
conference in Hawaii so she was enjoying sun and sandy beaches
I think it is beneficial when NUHS holds these types of events.
These ceremonies allow us to include our family in the development
of our education, which helps bridge understanding in what we are
learning and accomplishing.
The ceremony was very nice. There were three speakers, James
Winterstein, DC, president of the university, Frank Yurasek, PhD
(China), assistant dean of AOM, and Bruce Hodges, DC, associate
professor of clinical sciences. Hyundo Kim, PhD, the chief AOM
clinician, and several professors including Hui Yan Cai, MD
(China), PhD (China), and Jia Xu, MSOM, LAc, were also at the
ceremony. It was a privilege having these faculty members at the
ceremony on behalf of us and our program.
I felt very motivated when I received my pin, shook the
president's hand, and then wore the pin on my lab coat for my dad
to see. I felt motivated to continue to study hard, honor my
patients and their well being, apply myself to AOM, and apply AOM
to my patients in the best possible way. I am not sure how to
explain how a pin can help enhance these feelings, but somehow, the
pin is filled with inspiration.
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