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The COM Foundation and Dragon Rises College

The Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation acquired Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine (DRCOM) in 2014 as a significant part of its mission to preserve and disseminate the work of Dr. Leon Hammer, and to educate the next generation of acupuncturists.

Located in Gainesville, Florida, the College was founded as a small, private school in 2001, named Dragon Rises School of Oriental Medicine, after Dr. Hammer’s book Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies. From its inception, it was committed to teaching a new, updated form of Chinese medicine; it’s this medicine that has now come to be known as Contemporary Oriental Medicine, or COM. Dr. Hammer developed the curriculum, which he taught, alongside some of his most-committed students, until his retirement.

In subsequent years, the School received full accreditation from ACAOM, and college status from the State of Florida Department of Education. It was at this time that the name was changed to its present form: Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine.

In 2014, the Foundation converted DRCOM into a not-for-profit institution. This change has had considerable positive implications for the long-term strength and stability of the College, and its curriculum.

The College prides itself on its commitment to COM and the works of Dr. Hammer, but also on its dedication to its students. As Dr. Hammer himself said, “The goal of a COM education is to provide, in addition to skills and knowledge, a nourishing personal experience that graduate practitioners can later transmit organically to their patients.” Each student, like each patient, is an individual, and at DRCOM, each student is recognized and celebrated.

The Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation is proud to be associated with such a remarkable educational institution. It is our hope that DRCOM will continue to contribute to our vision for a better future, where medicine is truly a force for healing.

  • DRCOM is the only college in the world that teaches 165 hours of pulse diagnosis (Shen-Hammer Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis [CCPD]), over a period of seven semesters.
  • DRCOM is the only college in the world that teaches COM in its entirety, or where the majority of faculty members have had the unique privilege of being taught by Dr. Hammer himself.

Why Pulse?

Dao gives birth to the One One gives birth to the Two Two gives birth to the Three Three gives birth to the ten-thousand things Dao De Jing Chapter 42  Patients coming in to our clinics often present with manifestations of the ten-thousand things. Years and often...

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Pulse Classes in China

We at the Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation would like to share some wonderful news. Dr. Hammer’s Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis has been translated into Chinese by Dr. Wen-Huai Chang, and has been very well-received. With a preface by Dr....

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The Ben and the Biao

Dr. Shen spoke of three levels of doctor, referencing the classical concept of the upper, mid, and low-level physicians. The first, and lowest, does not understand the disease or the cause, but treats only the symptoms, and the results are not very good. In Dr. Shen’s...

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Get Started with COM

If you would like to embark upon a rewarding journey into the fascinating world of COM, please subscribe to Dr. Hammer’s series of twelve Lessons. They are completely free of charge and are a compelling and informative education on the wonders of this healing system.


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