We celebrated the Summer Solstice this week at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. According to the laws of nature, summer has officially begun, ushering in the season of the Fire element. And so we celebrate the warmth, the joy, and the connections that summer and fire represent. Additionally, we are also celebrating our one year blog anniversary.

When I first started posting at this time last year, the Academy was preparing for Class 24/25’s commencement. I’m happy to report that the members of that class have passed their board exams  and have started their practices. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since they were here, treating and studying. Now, they’re treating patients all over the country, ranging from Florida to Kentucky, to New Mexico and Alaska. Oh the places that Five Element Acupuncture will take you.

And in the past year, Class 26 has also graduated. They’re in the midst of passing their NCCAOM exams. Yes, I have heard from many corners of the country that the members of Class 26 are passing their exams on the first take.  A few are already in practice. If you’re reading this and asking yourself how long it takes to start practicing after graduation, take this to heart: it can take as little as three months to pass your exams, apply for your license, and start treating on your own. While that’s the fast track, it is possible. I’m adding to the celebration list the inclusion of newly licensed Five Element Acupuncturists. The medicine is spreading and reaching more people. That is something to celebrate indeed.

We’re also celebrating Class 27’s Third Year point location. I am happy to say it is the last test I will have to proctor for them. They did an amazing job, even through their nerves!

To round out the list, Class 28 finished Year Two, Class 29 finished Year One and started the Chinese Herbal Studies program.

It has been a busy year. I want to take the opportunity to congratulate all of our students for their accomplishments this year. As an administrator, it’s a pleasure to support the goals of our students. I also want to take the opportunity to thank my colleagues in the administration for their support as this blog got off the ground, and for their consistent efforts in developing our acupuncture and herbal studies programs. We may not all be acupuncturists, but we believe in what we’re doing.

And so, at the sun’s high point, I offer thanks to everyone whom I have had the pleasure of working with this past year. May our paths cross again soon and often.