The Big News in the School of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) was approval of a different sort: After several years of diligent work, Dean Laurie Regan heard in April that a new four-year Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine program had been approved. The new program, which began this fall, continues the scholar-practitioner model with a focus on the roots of ancient Chinese medicine, the hallmark of the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program. Doctoral students will dive deeper into the ancient texts as the basis of training in acupuncture and herbal medicine, but with additional focus on integration with modern biomedicine. Speaking of China, faculty members Brenda Hood, PhD, LAc; Brandt Stickley, LAc; and nine students visited Shanghai in August for 15 days of classes in acupuncture, herbal medicine and pulse-taking at the clinic of Dr. Li Xin, the noted Chinese medicine practitioner, consultant and teacher. Dr. Li visited NCNM earlier in the year as part of CCM’s continuing effort to forge ties with Chinese medical practitioners and teachers.