What to Expect in your First Year at ICOM

Part 1 – Chinese Medicine

This first year of Chinese Medicine will be your gateway into traditional Chinese medical thinking. We’ll put acupuncture into a historical and cultural context for you and begin to introduce you to some of the philosophy, theory and practice of Chinese Medicine and provide a theoretical framework and a firm foundation for your continued training as an acupuncturist. We’ll prepare you for clinical observation days in the on site college Acupuncture clinic through an introduction to traditional diagnosis. Your imagination and intellect will be stretched and you’ll be encouraged to reflect on the holistic approach of Chinese medicine.

As the course unfolds, you’ll move from core philosophical constructs onto exploring the traditional East Asian model of physiology, including the organ-channel networks and bodily substances. Towards the end of the year you’ll be given an introduction to diagnosis and aetiology of illness from an East Asian perspective.

Sessions will be delivered according to a blended modality which combines live sessions and pre-recorded podcasts. Some of the online sessions are designed to give you the opportunity of asking questions to clarify and generally consolidate the material you’ve been given in the podcasts.

Through the interactive tutorial sessions, you will have the opportunity to draw together your experiences from this course, from Point Location 1 and from Anatomy, in order to begin to link your theoretical learning with your practical. You will collaborate in small groups, participating and interacting with group members on specified tasks.

You’ll also be developing your research and essay writing skills. You’ll be using standard referencing protocols in project writing and employing a variety of sources in presenting subject matter for written projects. We will build your confidence in presenting Chinese medical ideas to a wider audience.

Following this course in a timely fashion is key, as it is designed to provide you with the essential theoretical and philosophical foundations needed to develop an informed clinical practice in the second year.

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the holistic paradigm of traditional Chinese thought reflecting on its wider application and relationship to western thought. You’ll be able to show how the traditional Chinese world view and major philosophical theories underpin the medical model that dominates acupuncture to this day. You’ll have a basic understanding of the functioning of the body in traditional Chinese organ-channel terms and be able to use simple combinations of signs and symptoms for traditional Chinese diagnosis with particular reference to facial, abdominal and pulse diagnosis.

Most of all, you’ll find your view of the world enriched and you will start to see both the practicality as well as the beauty of this system of thought.