ACAOM’s letter to the Department of Education regarding the proposed gainful employment rules begins —
On behalf of the Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and in partnership with the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (AAAOM), we write to offer comments…. Collectively, we represent over 33,000 students and graduate acupuncturists in the United States, and 56 colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
Are there 33,000 students and graduate acupuncturists? Where did they get that number? Do they represent me? Reading the rest of the ACAOM gainful employment letter confirmed it – their letter doesn’t reflect my position on the proposed rules, or on the state of the profession.
ACAOM‘s existence depends on the schools and a steady flow of students, CCAOM represents the schools, and the NCCAOM‘s income depends primarily upon new graduates taking credentialing exams. Once these groups get their money the future of acupuncture school grads is of little consequence to them.
Of course they would make the case for maintaining the status quo, but they should not be telling the DOE that they represent me.
I’ve just sent this email to the ED of ACAOM (firstname.lastname@example.org) with CC’s to the leaders of NCCAOM, CCAOM, and AAAOM (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; DonLeelac@gmail.com), and to email@example.com (of the DOE) and firstname.lastname@example.org (of Acupuncture Today) —
ACAOM’s May 23rd letter to the DOE regarding the proposed gainful employment rules includes this phrase —
“Collectively, we represent over 33,000 students and graduate acupuncturists in the United States.”
Neither ACAOM nor any of the other organizations mentioned represents me.
The only organization listed that even pretends to serve graduate acupuncturists is the AAAOM. Their professional and student membership is a thousand or so, optimistically, and they were not in partnership with you for this letter.
I am not surprised that organizations that profit off students and new graduates would write a self-serving letter avoiding responsibility for the number of acupuncturists struggling to pay off huge educational debt.
I am not even surprised that you would claim to represent me. But I am angry that you did so.
Unless you can provide documentation that you do represent 33,000 students and graduate acupuncturists please retract your statement to the Department of Education and make clear that you are speaking on behalf of your organization, which depends on schools and a steady flow of students to survive.
Speaking for myself,
Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc
In coming weeks I’ll explore more of the distortions and spin in the ACAOM letter. But for now I hope you agree that standing by while these organizations claim to speak for us is a mistake.
Borrow my text or use your own, but, let ACAOM and the other alphabets know they don’t represent you — and make sure the Department of Education knows that too.