Course Title: Professional Development 3
Course Code: DC 230
Course Units/Hours 0.6 units / 6 hours
Quarter: Winter 2019 (4th quarter)
Course Schedule: 9am to 4pm
Cohorts: C16
Location: Emperor’s College
Room: Room E/F
Revision 2/26/2019


Lecture 1- Wed 9/5/18: Capstone Proposal Presentation

Instructor: Patrick Downie, DC

Faculty Contact: docdownie.emperors@gmail.com

Lecture Description:

This Capstone Proposal presentation is your introduction to the Faculty and Administration of your topic of interest. This will be the initial event showcasing your researching, presentation and public speaking skills.

Lecture Objectives:

  • Presenting a professional medical lecture
  • Answering questions about the content and applicability to acupuncture
  • Defending your choice of resources as well as the topic itself
  • Displaying an understanding of standard research methodology
  • Showcasing your critical evaluation of the research

Pre-Lecture Assignment: 

  • Submit your written CAPSTONE PROPOSAL to your capstone advisor by the deadline (please check with your advisor regarding all your deadlines).
  • You may continue to make corrections and updates to your presentation until the date of the presentations.


  • 9:00: Introduction by faculty and staff
    • Rufus Fuller (C16) – The Role of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease – A Literature Review
  • 10:00: Break announced by faculty
    • Rachael Garcia (C16) – Acupuncture and Moxibustion: Regulation of Immune System in Treatment of Dermatologic Conditions — A Literature Review
    • Bruce Gustafson (C16) – ACUPUNCTURE AND TCM HERBAL TREATMENT in IDIOPATHIC MALE INFERTILITY:  A CASE SERIES & Clinical Evaluation of Treatment Modality Efficacy
  • 12:00 to 1:00: Lunch Break
  • 1:00:
    • Kyle Lupo (C16) – Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis and/or Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: A Literature Review
    • Tammy Pak (C16) – Through the Use of Discernible Biomarkers,  Finding a Connection between the use of Acupuncture and Moxibustion to Improve Longevity – A Literature Review
  • 2:00: Break announced by faculty
    • Stanislava Uhlarova (C16) – Drug Addiction and Chinese medicine in addiction recovery – a literature review
    • Kathy Veon (C16) – The biological effects of non-native electromagnetic frequencies (nnEMFs) in health and disease patterns
  • 3:00: Closing remarks from faculty and staff

Post-Lecture Assignment: 

  • Review written feedback for your written capstone proposal from your capstone advisor.
  • Review written feedback from you capstone advsisor for your Capstone Proposal Presentations.  
  • You may continue to make corrections and updates to your Capstone Project until the date of the written final towards the end of Year 2.


Capstone Proposal Instructions

The Presentations will be in ROOM E/F on Wednesday, 3/20/18.  Please arrive by 8:45 for check in. The presentations will start promptly at 9 am.  The presentations will go till 4 pm or until completion of all presentations. Do not arrive late or leave early.

Presentation time will be 15 MINUTES AND STRICTLY TIMED to make sure we get everyone in.  Practice and rehearse your presentation everyday and time yourselves.  The time to review your notes or memorize your key points should not be the day before!  (Don’t use your PowerPoint for notes, prepare notecards to review and use for preparation.)

Structure and format will be similar to the Medical Presentations with extended presentation time.  Here is the breakdown:

  • Presentation 15 minutes
  • Q & A:  5-10 minutes
  • Evaluations (Verbal):  5-10 minutes
    • Self:  “i.e. What I did well today … and what I can make improvements on by next year.”
    • Peer:  “i.e. What did the presenter do well today … and what can the presenter do differently by the next presentation next year.”
    • Faculty:  “i.e. What did the presenter do well today … and what can the presenter do differently by the next presentation next year.”

Follow-up with you Capstone advisor to make sure that he has received your proposals and will be getting back to you shortly.  You should have begin to work on your Capstone Proposal Presentation, and incorporate any feedback and updates from your Advisor once they are received.

Your Capstone Proposal Presentation is a required element of the DAOM program, and is an opportunity to update your Cohort, Faculty, and other ECTOM guests to what is occurring with your Capstone Project.  In no way is this your final or completed capstone project, but a waypoint to report what you have discovered and hope to continue to work on into Year 2. Part presentation and part academic product, the goal is to educate us on your topic of interest and to receive peer and faculty feedback.

The guidelines for the presentation are on Google Drive, but below is the direct link for you reference:


Past Capstone Proposal Presentations can be made available upon request.

Be sure to start making your presentation in Google Drive in your Medical Presentation folders, “Your Name (MP).”  GOOGLE SLIDES FORMAT ONLY.

Please make sure you save the date and make appropriate travel arrangements.  I’ve been informed that some of you may have had different dates for this presentation.  If you miss this presentation you will have to present with Cohort 17 in 6 months!

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Students must meet the following Prerequisites and Corequisites:

  • Completed DC520 Capstone Project 2
  • Submission of Capstone Proposal by deadline
Capstone Timeline (C16)

Please visit https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oExGGM61DBklUOoVsOR688jZD-PT2aYZnqZ7Rf-6SOQ/edit?usp=sharing for the most up-to-date capstone related deadlines.


Course Description

In this class, doctoral students will conduct a professional medical presentation and peer review commentary of the capstone proposal.  This class is scheduled at the end of the first academic year, and doctoral students will create and present a Google Slides (PowerPoint) presentation to introduce their research project proposal

Course Content

In this class, doctoral students will conduct a professional medical presentation and peer review commentary of the capstone proposal. This class is scheduled at the end of the first academic year, and doctoral students will create and present a Google Slides (PowerPoint) presentation to introduce their research project proposal.

Course Objectives

The educational objectives of this course are for doctoral students to reinforce the following competencies (2016 Revision):

  • EDUCATE others in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM)
  • COMBINE and SYNTHESIZE concepts and ideas for professional growth
  • ANALYZE and EMPLOY research findings for clinical use


Course Requirements

Students must be on time and not leave before the end of class meeting time. Students are responsible for all material presented in class as well as the reading assignments.

  • Class attendance and participation
  • Submission of course product on time
Methods of Presentation
  • Reading assignments
  • Powerpoint slides
  • Classroom lectures
  • Group discussion
Required Readings and Texts

Required Readings

  • No required readings for this event – other than you OWN presentation
Recommended Readings and Texts

Recommended Readings

  • None
Required Recordings and Lectures

Required Recordings and Lectures

  • None
Recommended Recordings and Lectures

Required Readings

  • None
Required Materials and Attire

Equipment Requirements

  • Professional attire and dress required.
  • Computer, laptop, or tablet with internet connection
  • Student ID with barcodes

Software Requirements

Provided Materials

Individual faculty materials found in lecture outlines


Method of Evaluation
Grading System
  • A course product will be used to evaluate the learning progress of this course.  The quality of course product will be determined by the guidelines given by the course faculty and letter grades (A, B, C, or F) will be assigned to students.  An entire letter grade will be deducted if the final course product is turned in later than the deadline.100-90% A, 89-80% B, 79-70% C, 69% and below F
Course Products
  • Submit your written capstone proposal to your capstone advisor by the deadline.
  • Upload you Capstone Proposal Presentations (Google Slides format ONLY) by the deadline.  
    • You may continue to make corrections and updates to your Google Slides presentation until the date of the presentations.
  • Deliver your presentation in a thorough and convincing manner


Attendance Policy

Professionalism and Full and Prompt Attendance:  To pass any course (separate from academic performance) all students must meet requirements for professionalism in coursework.

Students may be absent up to 8 days (no more than 4 consecutive days) per year (12-month period from start date).  Students are required to inform the DAOM Office of forthcoming absences prior to the occurrence. If a student exceeds 16 days of absence in the program, the student will be automatically withdrawn. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.

In addition, all clinical course products and clinical training hours must be completed to pass the clinical courses.  If a student accumulates more than four (4) consecutive absences due to an extenuating circumstance such as an illness or emergency, he or she must submit an appeal with supporting documentation of the circumstance to the Doctoral Committee for review.  Upon approval, the student will be considered to be meeting SAP.

Students are required to attend the proposal and final capstone presentations. If a student misses the proposal or the final capstone presentation, he or she will receive a “Fail” for the course and will be required to complete the presentation at the next scheduled date.

Please visit https://www.emperors.edu/publications/ for more details.

Tardiness Policy

A student is tardy if they arrive more than 30 minutes late to class.  Three (3) tardy per quarter equals 1 absence. If a student misses more than half of a class, or leaves early, will count as an absence.

A student enrolled in a course is responsible for all course assignments or requirements that are due regardless of whether the student is present or absent from the scheduled course.  Students are responsible for being aware of their own attendance for each course in which they are enrolled in order not to exceed the maximum absences allowed.

Please visit https://www.emperors.edu/publications/ for more details.

Academic and Professional Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times. Professionalism includes adhering to all policies and regulations. The college reserves the right to amend any portions to the handbook. Students are expected to read and adhere to the new policies with each revision.

Please visit https://www.emperors.edu/publications/ for more details.

General Regulations
  • Emperor’s College uses the “Honor System”. The college trusts each student to be honest, observe a high level of integrity and not resort to cheating, plagiarism or any such conduct. It is the obligation of any party with knowledge of such conduct to come forward with a verbal and/or written report to the Academic Dean’s office.
  • Punctuality is very important. Please arrive on time for all courses. Late arrivals disturb the instructor and fellow students.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off or placed on silent mode during courses. Do not disrupt the course by entering or exiting to answer your phone. Please wait until there is a break to return calls.
  • All PDA, cell phones and wireless headsets must be placed in a purse or bookbag during examinations.
  • Texting during class is prohibited.
  • Food is never permitted in the intern room or dispensary.
  • Cooking is not permitted.
  • Food and beverages are never permitted in clinic treatment rooms.
  • Food is not permitted in classrooms. Exceptions may be made only with the instructor’s permission.
  • Pets are not permitted on campus or building premises with the exception of medically necessary dogs or assistance animals. Documents must be provided to the college before assistance animals can be brought on campus.
  • Children are not permitted in the class or in clinic shifts.
  • Smoking is not permitted within the building premises or within 20 feet of any entrance to the building.
Copyright and Plagiarism Policy

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the copyright and plagiarism policies set forth by the institution.  Please visit https://www.emperors.edu/publications/ to review the policies in the current student handbook.

Reasonable Accommodations

Emperor’s College will provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities and those with health impairments. Students are encouraged to meet with the Academic Dean to discuss these issues as early as possible. Suitable adjustments and accommodations will be worked out on a case-by-case basis. The student is required to submit up-to-date documentation of disabilities when the disability is an issue.

Please visit https://www.emperors.edu/publications/ for more details.


Library Resources

Online databases are available at http://search.ebscohost.com/.  To access the database, please email the librarian for access.

Please visit https://www.emperors.edu/masters-program/student-life/acupuncture-school-library/ for more information.