AKOM - The Association of Korean Medicine


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Oct. 1898Foundation of the General Assembly of the Korean medical doctors

Mar. 1899Establishment of the governmental medical school

Jan. 1900Declaration of Medical Doctor's Rule by Ministry of the Interior

May. 1904Establishment of the Dong-jae medical school

Jan. 1908Establishment of the Academy for Eastern medicine

Aug. 1909Gathering for Korean Medicine activist called 'pal-ga-il-ji-hoe'

Oct. 1909Restructured the General Assembly of the Korean medical doctors

Nov. 1917Establishment of the East-West Medical Research Society

Oct. 1934Academic conference of East-West Medical Research Society held

Apr. 1939Foundation of the Eastern Medicine Association


Nov. 1945Organized “Joseon Medicine Doctors Association”

Dec. 1947Established the “University of Oriental Medicine”

Sep. 1951Medical Law (Korean Medicine was incorporated into national
medical system) passed the National Assembly

Dec. 1952Authorized by the Ministry of Health

Jun. 1955Published the first magazine “Oriental Medicine”

Sep. 1962Established the “Korean Oriental Medical Society”

Mar. 1965Established KyungHee Univ. & integrated “University of Oriental Medicine”

Dec. 1967Published AKOM News

Oct. 1974Held the first national symposium of KM

Aug. 1975Established the dept. of KM in the Ministry of Health and Welfare

Oct. 1975Held the first“International Congress of Oriental Medicine (ICOM)” Found
the “International Society of Oriental Medicine(ISOM)”

Dec. 1984Enforced medical insurance of KM as a model

Feb. 1987Enforced the medical insurance of KM on a national basis


Mar. 1990Operated KM treatment in the public health center as a model

May. 1991Opened the dept. of KM in the National Medical Center

Oct. 1994Opened the “Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine”

Nov. 1996Established the Bureau of Korean Oriental Medicine in MOHW

Dec. 1998Established the Korean Medicine Service Team Abroad

Oct. 1999Established the KM clinic in the National Assembly

Dec. 1999Promulgated the provisions on Specialist System of KM


Sep. 2001Enacted Korean Classification of Procedures in KM

Jan. 2002Administered the first examination of Medical Specialist of KM

Sep. 2002Found the “Korean Oriental Medicine Practitioners Association”

Mar. 2003Established the attending doctor of KM for the President of the country

Aug. 2003Promulgated the “Korean Medicine and Pharmaceutics Promotion Act”

Aug. 2003Assumed the medical adviser of traditional medicine of a KM doctor in

Oct. 2003Held the Seminar of national medicine between AKOM and North Korean

May. 2005Moved to the new building

Jul. 2005Established the Korean Medicine Education and Evaluation Institute

Oct. 2005Held the 13rd ICOM and the 2nd Government Forum

Dec. 2005Announced the 5-Years Plan for Promotion of Korean Medicine by MOHW

Aug. 2006Decided to place “Professional Graduate School of Korean Medicine” at
a national university

Dec. 2006Held the 2nd Seminar of national medicine between AKOM and North
Korean counterpart

May. 2007Promoting the project of the 400th anniversary(2013) of Dong Ui Bo Gam
by Government

Feb. 2008Open “Graduate School of Korean Medicine”in Pusan National Univ.

Jul. 2008Starting KM Long-term Care Insurance for old people

Nov. 2008Including KM Physiotherapy in Medical Insurance coverage

Jul. 2009Donguibogam registered on the list of UNESCO's Memory of the World

Jan. 2009Started pilot project from Traceability System for Herbal Medicine

Jan. 2010The Korean Standard Classification of Diseases-Korean Medicine

Jul. 2010Engaged the Standardization of KM by KATS

Mar. 2011Announced the second 5-year plan(2011-2015) for Promotion of KM by

Jun. 2011Revised Korean Medicine and Pharmaceutics Promotion Act

Mar. 2012“Korean Medicine” was decided to be the officially used

Sep. 2012Held the 16th ICOM and the 3rd Government Forum

Dec. 2012Published the History of AKOM(1889-2011)

Dec. 2012AKOM Held the 16th ICOM and the 3rd Government Forum

Apr. 2014Opened Eurasia Medical Center

Dec. 2014The International Forum For Korean Medicine was held

Jun. 2016Announced the third 5-year plan(2016-2020) for Promotion of KM by

Feb. 2017Started pilot project of health insurance coverage for Chuna

Apr. 2019Chuna therapy included in national medical insurance coverage

Nov. 2020Started pilot project for Herbal medicine insurance