A Letter from Sam

Hello,

As many of you already know, I am now attending school to get my Masters of Science in acupuncture and Oriental medicine (MSAOM) and acupuncture license.

This has been a very long road that started over 30 years ago when I first made a decision to go back into the military and become a Special Forces Medic, as opposed to studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine at that time. There have also been several side paths along the way that led me toward medical school. I love what I am studying and learning now, and am very happy with my decision to expand and integrate Chinese herbalism and acupuncture into my existing medical knowledge and experience.

My own goals that I am considering include a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), with an emphasis on learning and integrating the latest methods of pain management and chronic inflammatory disease management both in the clinic and in the field.

I have further goals that may or may not come to fruition, but that I have always wanted to be able to add to The Human Path curriculum and Herbal Medics’ mission. These include veterinary medicine, along a full spectrum from surgical care to holistic herbal and acupuncture care. I see all of these aspects of medicine adding to our curriculum in austere medicine, as well as our Herbal Medics mission here in the USA and abroad.

We have some incredible teachers are on our faculty now. Many of them have come through our classes and programs, and it is so wonderful to be able to step back, breathe, and look toward expanding the vision of The Human Path, and Herbal Medics Academy for my own piece of that giant, wonderful puzzle.

The Human Path has always been a concept of creating a community that continually sustains and expands, and then recreates itself because of the amazing students, interns and faculty we are so fortunate to have as part of our community and family.

I have always had a sort of plant metaphor in my head about The Human Path, which I would describe as each person or group of people being another seed that falls near by the main tree or shrub … or maybe a rhizome that branches off. Except to make that metaphor more complete, I guess each new plant is almost like a new species of plant as it adds its own unique flower, idea and energy to the community that is based around a solid structure and a vision to help both the human condition and our planet.

Suchil and I have both been bouncing off of burnout phase over the past few years, as we have neared exhaustion at times from the amount of work we have put into the school. Stepping back and being able to continue our own educational goals as well as looking forward to an exciting vision of adding these goals back into the school has given both of us a huge burst of inspiration and motivation.

Thank you all as well for being a part of that, too.

-Sam Coffman

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