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April 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents - April 2017

AAMA Annual Symposium: Professional Development with a Pediatric Focus

As a pediatrician and adolescent medicine subspecialist, I found this year’s AAMA Annual Symposium, held in Pittsburgh at the beginning of April, to be particularly exciting because of the number of robust topics on assessing and treating children and adolescents. Amongst the diverse offerings at the Symposium were pediatric topics presented at pre-conference, plenary, workshop, and Sunday Research sessions, all of which were particularly appealing to pediatricians and pediatric health care providers.   

The pre-conference sessions included a well-attended, interactive, full-day workshop on Shonishin pediatric acupuncture, presented by Raven Lang, OMD, LAc. Shonishin (sho=little, ni=children, shin=needle) is a traditional Japanese-style treatment for infants and children using simple, gentle, brief, and effective, mostly non-penetrating, techniques. Shonishin prevents and treats common childhood conditions. Children of all ages find Shonishin treatments relaxing and enjoyable. Shonishin involves using small tools to stroke, tap, rub, and press areas of the back, head, legs, and arms over channels and acupuncture points, without penetrating the skin, to harmonize and invigorate a child’s Qi and strengthen his or her constitution. Lang is a knowledgeable and engaging educator and the workshop was both instructive and energizing.   

Stephen Cowan, MD, a board-certified pediatrician with a subspecialty in developmental pediatrics, gave a fabulous plenary session followed by a half-day workshop on his unique and holistic approach to evaluating and treating children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Using a Five Element framework, Cowan integrates assessing and treating children from a strength-based approach, combining acupuncture and other integrative health modalities to promote health. The workshop was very well attended—standing room only— attesting to his dynamic and engaging teaching style. The session highlighted numerous salient and interesting clinical cases and examples. A word of advice: Make sure to attend any sessions he teaches at future AAMA Symposia!   

Best, Melanie A. Gold, DO, DABMA, DMQ
AAMA Board Member, 2015-2017

Welcome New AAMA Members

As the practice of medical acupuncture continues to grow, so too does the AAMA's membership. Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the the AAMA in March 2017:

  • Brian Meyer, MD, MPH, Philadelphia, PA
  • Saeeduddin Khan, MD, Owings Mills, MD
  • Andrew Stuntz McCampbell, PA-C, Aberdeen, NC
  • Kathleen N Mueller, MD, Windsor, CT
  • M. Christine OBrien, DO, Fort Collins, CO
  • Nina Katherine McCampbell, MD, Lebanon, NH   

If you have peers or colleagues who aren’t currently members of the AAMA, please encourage them to learn more about the benefits of membership by visiting the website or contacting Thomas Etges, MD, the membership committee chair.   

Congrats to Our Newly-elected AAMA Board Members

Ballots for the election of Officers, Board Members and new fellows were sent out to voting members ahead of the Pittsburgh meeting. Voting occurred electronically so that all voting members could participate. If they could not attend the meeting in Pittsburgh, an electronic proxy form was provided so they could designate someone else to act in their stead at the meeting. The results were ratified during the membership meeting on April 8, 2017.

Newly elected to the Board:   

  • Doug Powell, MD, FAAMA 
  • Montiel Rosenthal, MD, DABMA 
  • Susan Sorenson, MD, FAAMA   

Retiring from the Board:   

  • Melanie Gold, DO, DABMA   

New AAMA Board Officers: Election Results

  • President: Jerry LeGlue, MD, DABMA 
  • Vice President: Sandi Amoils, MD 
  • Secretary: Freda Dreher, MD, FAAMA 
  • Treasurer: Anna Kelly, MD, FAAMA 
  • Immediate Past President: Tom Burgoon, MD   

New AAMA Fellows Elected

An election of new Fellows happens prior to the AAMA Annual Symposium. This year's results were announced at the Anaheim meeting. Our congratulations to the following new Fellows, who have earned the FAAMA distinction:  

  • Lisa Benson, MD, FAAMA 
  • Jinping Fan, MD, FAAMA 
  • John C. Reed, MD, MDiv, FAAMA 
  • Iliana Robinson, MD, FAAMA   

AAMA Research Paper Competition Winner

"Traditional and Auricular Battlefield Acupuncture for Pain in the Pediatric Emergency Department"
Shiu-Lin Tsai, MD; Da Wi Shin, BS; James W. Tsung, MD
The paper was presented at the Annual Symposium by Shiu-LinTsai, MD, and was very well received. 

The research "arm" of the Academy, Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF,) actively supports work on research projects and facilitates this Research Competition each year with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Submissions must be original work, in either clinical research or basic biochemical or physiological research pertaining to acupuncture. The work must not have been previously published, and must be completed and accepted for publication during the 2016-'17 year period. The First Place is a $1,500 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and three night's hotel lodging for the presenting author. The winning paper is presented at AAMA Symposium.

AAMA Poster Competition Winners Announced

Each year, a three-member Review Committee judges the posters prior to the reception and determines the winning posters, which were announced during the reception at the AAMA's Annual Symposium. The winners this year were: 

1st Place, $500 – "Acupuncture or Massage Therapy for Cancer-Related Pain" – Ronald Glick, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

2nd Place, $250 – "Integrating Acupuncture for the Management of Costochondritis in Adolescents" - Katerina Lin and Cynthia Tung, MD Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

3rd Place (tie), $100

  • "The Regulation of the Practice of Acupuncture by Physicians in the United States." Katerina Lin and Cynthia Tung, MD Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • "Employer Sponsored Acupuncture: Financial Benefits" – Abraham Kuruvilla, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, Phoenix, AZ

Congratulations to the Poster Competition winners – the AAMA values their poster competition submissions and participation. 

Important Dry-Needling Decision in New Jersey 

A nearly decade-long debate over who can provide "dry needling" treatments may have reached a new plateau with a legal opinion that held the technique is not within the scope of practice for physical therapists in New Jersey, some of whom have been providing the service for years. Read more in NJ Spotlight article: Legal Opinion Could Curb ‘Dry Needling’ Practice By Physical Therapists   

Physician Completes 10-year ABMA Recertification Process 

The following physician completed the process ( set by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture Board of Trustees to be recertified as a Diplomate for another 10 years: Tom E. Archie, MD, DABMA, of Hailey, ID.   

Social Media Tips for Your Practice

Why should you bother to get involved with social media? Great question! Here are eight good reasons: 

  • Keep yourself informed
  • Prep yourself for patient questions
  • Keep abreast of news-worthy events
  • Weigh in: engage, participate, vote, have a voice
  • Promote yourself as a professional by being a vocal, engaged member of your professional organization
  • Younger patients expect this
  • Another way to show who you are and what you are about/demonstrate your values
  • FREE marketing and advertising!! 

We will be scheduling a short webinar soon to go over how to use social media to build your practice. Watch for emails from the AAMA and posts on the AAMA Facebook and Twitter feeds for times and participation information.  

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AAMA Member News: Leslie Smith, MD

Chicago Healing Center, office of Dr. Leslie Smith and colleagues, announces the opening of a low-cost community acupuncture clinic in the space (Suite 812) adjacent to their current location at 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 810, Chicago, IL. Beginning May 8, 2017, the clinic will be offering low cost treatments with steep discounts for Medicare, Medicaid, and VA patients. Please see or call 773-609-3520 for details on operating hours, appointment times, and other FAQs.   

Acupuncture “Marathon” in Europe Raises Awareness — and Funds for Charity

The unique fundraising event — an “acuthon” held in Norwich/Norfolk, United Kingdom — shows the potential for creative public outreach to introduce audiences to the practice of acupuncture. Is your practice employing any “out of the box” promotional thinking? Please share with the AAMA so we can highlight your ideas in a future newsletter.    

ICYMI – Quick Reminders from AAMA

Call for Research Articles: Contribute to the Journal of Medical Acupuncture
Medical Acupuncture can only continue to mature and maximize in quality if you, the readers, come forth with articles. Your input brings enhancements, improvements, and credibility to the journal. Your contribution adds to our collective experience; it unleashes the power of Medical Acupuncture. Please contact Richard C. Niemtzow directly if you have an interesting article to submit or an idea for the journal. E-MAIL: N5EVMD@GMAIL.COM      

Last Call! SAR's 2017 International Research Conference
April 27-29, 2107, in San Francisco, CA, USA   

The First World Congress ICMART-FILASMA Mexico 2017 entitled “The Role of Acupuncture on the World’s Health Integration,” will take place in Mexico City, June 2-4, 2017. For the first time, ICMART and FILASMA, two umbrella associations representing medical acupuncture, have come together to create one of the biggest acupuncture scientific events in the world.   

Integrative Medicine for Military Injuries – Call for Papers
Deadline extended to May 1, 2017
Medical Acupuncture is planning another Special Issue on Integrative Medicine for Military Injuries.   

Save the Date!
AAMA 2018 Annual Symposium
Kansas City, April 12-15, 2018 

New Scientific Research

CME Article: Laser Acupuncture Before and After Embryo Transfer Improves In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes: A Four-Armed Randomized Controlled Trial Conclusions: LA at the time of embryo transfer improves IR.
This was the first trial evaluating the use of LA in the context of IVF. Utilization of LA allowed the unique opportunity to examine the benefits of acupuncture in IVF against a truly inert control group.    

A randomized double-blind controlled study assessing electro-acupuncture for the management of post-operative pain after percutaneous nephrolithotomy Electro-acupuncture significantly reduces acute post-operative pain and narcotic usage without any adverse effects.
This promising adjunct for post-operative pain control warrants further validation.    

Impact of acupuncture on stress levels of professionals working with maltreated children
Our findings suggest that 10 sessions of traditional acupuncture attenuate high levels of stress in professionals working with maltreated children. However, given the lack of an appropriate control group, we cannot exclude the potential contribution of the placebo effect, non-specific needling effects or even the natural history of stress or regression to the mean. This is a preliminary study and its findings will need to be confirmed through future controlled studies.   

Needle Acupuncture for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) A Systematic Review
RAND researchers conducted a systematic review that synthesized evidence from trials of needle acupuncture to provide estimates of its efficacy and safety for treating posttraumatic stress disorder.    

Journal CME

Medical Acupuncture, the Official Journal of the AAMA, now contains selected articles that are approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™Mary Ann Liebert, Inc publishers anticipates that 6 articles per year will carry CME credit. 

CME credit is available for free to AAMA members and available to other subscribers and readers for a small fee. 

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