After graduation on March 23rd, 2014, the members of Cohort 3 in Yo San’s Doctoral Program were not quite finished; they still had one very important thing to do. The DAOM Thesis presentations took place several weeks later, from April 4th to 6th, on Yo San University’s campus. The event represented a culmination of research, time and dedication for each of the nine cohort members.
There was a large turn out to the event, with seats full of Yo San students and faculty, as well as community members and guests. Each cohort member was given one hour to present their dissertation, which included a question and answer period with the Thesis Evaluation Committee, as well as audience members. The Thesis Evaluation Committee consisted of a Chinese Medicine expert, Dr. Meredith Chunyi Qian, MD, L.Ac., and a Western Medicine expert, Dr. Eric Tamrazian, MD. Cohort members fielded questions pertaining to their arena of research specialization, demonstrating a broad understanding of both Chinese and Western Medicine, as well as integration possibilities for future care.
As the Thesis Presentations event came to a close, cohort members still lingered in the presentation room. They hugged, snapped pictures, and planned their group dinner for that evening. After two years spent working together so closely, they were now, officially, graduates. A level of sadness is only expected at the end of such a meaningful two year program, but there was also the undeniable understanding that this was an exciting beginning, full of possibilities, for this new group of doctors. The medical community has never been more accepting of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, or more open to the possibilities of Integrative Care; Yo San’s graduating cohort of 2014 proved, one thesis presentation after the next, to be on the brink of this new and exciting time.