Maranatha High School Students Attend Holistic Medical Conference

Last month, 28 Maranatha High School students attended the 4th Annual UCLA-SIM (Students for Integrative Medicine) Conference. This day-long conference was held at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA. The field trip was organized by Maranatha Science Faculty Dr. Allen Jang and attended by fellow Science Faculty Ms. Janessa Ocan. The purpose of the UCLA-SIM Conference was to present/explore evidence-based clinical studies on holistic medicine, such as acupuncture. Conference presenters were medical doctors who were also licensed acupuncturists and/or certified in Nutrition, Yoga, Tai-Chi, and Ayurvedic medicine. Maranatha students were the only high school students in attendance.

Three years ago, Dr. Jang started the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) club on Maranatha’s campus. The UCLA College of East-West Medicine (CEWM, part of the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine) recently became a partner of Southern California HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). Dr. Jang applied and was accepted as an Advisory Board member for the new UCLA-CEWM & HOSA partnership for Southern California. He spoke twice at their SIM (Students for Integrative Medicine) organization. To reciprocate, he then invited SIM to speak at Maranatha High School this January. Sharon Ho, the President of SIM, was so impressed with Maranatha’s students that she offered them 30 complimentary admission tickets to the 4th Annual UCLA-SIM Conference.

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