Why is SIOM unique?

SIOM represents a modern take on the ages old model of apprenticeship training: one experienced teacher working with a small group of students focused on the clinical interaction with a patient. Using this approach not only allows us to provide the highest level of clinical training available today, it also grounds our program in the traditional methodologies used for centuries in the training of medical practitioners. Coming to SIOM means that you are accepting the challenges of a demanding medical school program. It means that you are willing to put your own needs and desires aside for the good of your patients. It means that you recognize that East Asian medicine is a varied tradition and that there are many paths that lead to effective patient care. And finally, it means that you are committed to being an active, self-motivated participant in your own learning process. 

Here are some key differences between SIOM and other programs:

  • Real clinical training begins within weeks of entering the program. 
  • Our small size means that faculty know you personally. 
  • The SIOM curriculum includes a variety of approaches to qi cultivation, channel and point palpation, diagnosis, acupuncture techniques and herbal therapies from China, Japan, Europe and American medical systems.  
  • A minimum of ten years of experience treating patients is required for our faculty. 
  • SIOM students learn medical Chinese. 
  • Our graduates succeed in clinical practice and stay in practice. 


Foundations/Fundamental Theory: 
SIOM mean score = 83
Pass rate = 100% 
                                                     National average  = 76
Pass rate = 78%

Acupuncture and Point Location: 
SIOM mean score = 80
Pass rate = 96% 
                                                     National average  = 75
Pass rate = 76%

Herbology/Chinese Herbal: 
SIOM mean score = 85
Pass rate = 100% 
                                                     National average  = 78
Pass rate = 78%