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COVID-19 Updates


On orders of Governor Wolf, the Won Institute school building is closed until further notice. Administrators, faculty and staff are still reachable by email and working remotely. For immediate acupuncture clinic treatment options please click here to find an acupuncturist nearest you. Admissions Counselors continue to be available via email Monday-Friday at [email protected] To support you during this challenging time, join us daily for virtual live evening chanting and enjoy our meditation and tai chi videos here.

Dear Won Institute community,

I hope this finds you well and safe during these most unusual times. Governor Thomas Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education have directed educational institutions to close all physical facilities until June 30th. The Won Institute will comply. The building is closed until further notice. This saddens us, as I’m sure it saddens all of you. But we must act to protect the health and well being of everyone concerned.

All AOM didactic classes through spring and summer have been brought wholly online while clinical coursework will be completed, in part, with telemedical support. We are waiting for additional guidance from our accreditors and from NCCAOM before finalizing our plans for AOM-related clinical education but please know that we will keep you updated on a regular basis.

In the areas of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine we are working directly with ACAOM, NCCAOM and CCAOM to ensure that there will be no interruption to your studies. Please watch for additional details from your Chairs and Directors.

We are in the process of applying to the Middle States Commission on HIgher Education for approval to offer our Won Buddhist Studies M.A. program entirely online in the fall and then after the lifting of the quarantine. By securing ongoing Middle States approval for a second online program (in addition to our D.Ac.), the Institute will be able to offer any of its current or future degree programs in both wholly online or hybrid formats. This will give the Institute the flexibility we need to deliver our distinctive degree programs in any delivery modality we choose.

Our Institute Librarian assures us that students, faculty and staff will have access to the digital resources you will need to prepare for courses and conduct research. Please visit the Institute Library’s web page at: https://bit.ly/2xnEQ9Z. There you will find a link to Populi’s Library Portal.

Regretfully, we have decided to delay this year’s August Commencement Exercises. This was a painful decision for us and I am sure that it will bring our third year students and their families much sadness. However, Dr. Kim and members of faculty and staff are preparing to share congratulatory video messages with the graduating members of the third year class.  All students who are in good standing and scheduled to graduate this coming August will receive their final transcripts and diplomas through the mail.

Graduates of the 2020 Class are invited to join your peers for a combined 2020 and 2021 Commencement (August 5, 2021 and location TBD).

Thank you for your attention to these announcements. We will keep you updated as time goes by.  You are all in my prayers for continuing health and safety during this outbreak.

Sincerely,
Gerry O’Sullivan

Dear Won Institute Faculty and Staff,

As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward. 

As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the US is still small. However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. 

In the meantime, we ask you to follow basic health practices here at the Institute, as recommended by the CDC and public health sources, to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease, including: 

  • Practicing great hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly and covering up coughs/sneezes

  • Wiping surfaces frequently touched by hands, such as door handles, light switches, keyboards, railings and so forth

  • Staying home when feeling ill until you recover – symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

In addition to these practices, we are prepared to further alter our procedures and plans should the situation change. We are also thinking ahead regarding the potential impact of the virus on the annual summer trip to South Korea, as well as any non-typical school activities, such as conferences on-site. 

We will communicate any changes affirmatively when the time is appropriate. Our clinic director is also working on a policy towards patients and will communicate that soon. Separate letters will be sent to students by the dean and to patients by the clinic director.

We want to reassure you that faculty and staff, other than Dr. Kim, have had no recent trips to South Korea nor have they been in close physical contact with any travellers. Dr. Kim returned from South Korea in January and has been asymptomatic.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. We have listed a series of frequently asked questions and responses from the Pennsylvania Department of Health at the end of this letter.

In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of this community. Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter.

Sincerely,
Bokin Kim, PhD
President

Now Offering Telehealth Visits

Won Institute of Graduate Studies is currently closed following government regulations concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. We are not able to provide acupuncture or herbal medicine services in our student clinics but we can provide telehealth visits that may help you navigate our current world.  

In general, telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It can facilitate patient and clinician interactions and provide care, advice, reminders, education, monitoring, and remote admissions when face-to-face contact is prohibitive.


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Beginning Insurance Billing Examination & Bulletproof Documentation

MARCH 7 - 8, 2020 | 9am- 5pm

A two-day weekend workshop that teaches practitioners how to bill insurance, understand what is involved with network participation and the advantages and disadvantages of going “in-network” with a carrier, create treatment plans and goals that guarantee payment. 

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Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran3:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Join us October 12-14 2018 for The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Workshop with Virginia Doran. With this highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, you may simultaneously benefit your patient’s appearance and overall health. Click here to Learn More [...]
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran3:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Join us October 12-14 2018 for The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Workshop with Virginia Doran. With this highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, you may simultaneously benefit your patient’s appearance and overall health. Click here to Learn More [...]
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran3:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Join us October 12-14 2018 for The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Workshop with Virginia Doran. With this highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, you may simultaneously benefit your patient’s appearance and overall health. Click here to Learn More [...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
AOM DAY11:30 am
AOM DAY
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
AOM DAY
Join Us Oct. 23 | 11:30am-1:30pm for AOM Day This day is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. To RSVP and[...]
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
K Now: Celebrating Korean Voice in Art & Culture7:00 pm
K Now: Celebrating Korean Voice in Art & Culture
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Us for the 8th Annual K Now, celebrating the Korean voice in art and culture and promoting the interconnectedness of people and cultures. Electric komungo pioneer Jin Hi Kim and renowned percussionist Gerry Hemingway[...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
I chose the Won for the small class size, the community feel and the meditation component is wonderful!
Margaret Haff
ACS Class of 2016

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