fourth year
(D.A.H.M. Program)


The fourth year of SIEAM training is for students who have a particular vision for how they would like to refine and deepen their clinical skills and be awarded the Doctor of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (D.A.H.M.) degree. This means that each enrolled student needs to have a personal vision for the additional skills they seek in order to be a physician. Working with faculty advisors, students will form individualized programs that hone their clinical skills, their capacity to effectively critique their outcomes in patient care, their ability to communicate and teach others, their capacity for collaboration with other health care providers, and their skills in accessing appropriate resources for life-long learning in the field. Matched with mentors selected by the student and approved by the school, students will dedicate this year to attaining their chosen unique capacities to enhance patient care and their contributions to the profession and health care in general.


Doctoral Seminar Topics

Although the doctoral program as designed will have rotating faculty and specialty topics unique to different cohorts, a core set of topics have emerged from the inaugural year and will likely be incorporated to subsequent years. 

These are: Death and Dying, Nutrition, ObGyn, Yang Sheng, Difficult to Treat Diseases, Public Health, and Cancer & Autoimmune.  

Each year there will be three weekends allocated to topics requested by that year’s student cohort. 

If you are a SIEAM Alumni and interested in our doctoral completion program, please contact Kathy Taromina, Academic Dean for more information: