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April 2018 Newsletter

Table of Contents - April 2018

Are We Ready for an Explosion of Acupuncture in the U.S.?

We’re a couple weeks removed from a most successful annual symposium in Kansas City, and there is still a whirlwind of activity going on behind the scenes at the AAMA. This is in anticipation of another year of growth for our organization and the advancement of medical acupuncture.  

The venue in Kansas City was wonderful. Jim and Tracey Dowden and their crew did another excellent job in assuring a smoothly run meeting. The Symposium Committee, co-chaired by Laura Bowman and David Miller, with help from vice chair Freda Dreher, put together another outstanding program with quality speakers from clinical and academic backgrounds from the U.S. and around the world. 

For those of us that were able to attend, it is redundant to speak of the energy and enthusiasm that was present at, and came out of, the symposium. In my several years on the board, and even more as a member of the AAMA, I have never seen or felt such a level of energy that has emerged from this symposium. With that renewed energy, the various committees of our organization are in the process of coming together to orient new members to the important tasks and functions of their work. We’re grateful to have had more volunteers step up to the plate this year for those committees. You know who you are — and we say “thank you!” to each and every one of you. (Learn more about volunteering for AAMA committees.) 

The Symposium Committee for 2019 — with co-chairs David Miller and Freda Dreher, and vice chair Ann Esparham — is already organizing the line-up for next year’s symposium in Phoenix, AZ. We, as your representatives on the AAMA Board, are listening to you. We are dedicated to delivering the best line-up of speakers from varied clinical and research backgrounds — to bringing the best in our field to advance the cause of medical acupuncture to our patients and our health care system.  

The Membership Committee, headed by Sue Sorensen, has a multitude of new committee members to assist and grow the membership, which has stabilized in numbers following several years of slow decline. She and her group have put together an excellent strategy of dividing our country into different “regions” with a champion in each region as a contact person for that particular area. Tom Etges, who has previously held this position, has continued to assist Sue with implementation of her vision. We offer a huge thank-you to Tom for his years of dedicated service to this committee. Tom has moved into a larger role in the AAMA and is now treasurer on the board. 

The Education Committee, headed by Montiel Rosenthal, has put together an excellent proposal for future education opportunities. Recent initiatives have included: Multiple CME credits are now available from recordings of previous symposia from 2012-2016. There was a most successful webinar taught by Tom Burgoon, immediate past AAMA President.A weekend workshop taught by Jay Sandweiss in Las Vegas. In coming months, the committee will roll out additional webinars and weekend workshops. The Education and Symposium Committees are working together to bring the best educational resources for your continued professional development.  

The CME Committee, previously headed by Mike Green, has recently received reaccreditation by ACCME for four more years to continue to deliver our educational needs. After many years of dedicated services to this committee, we humbly thank Mike for his countless hours of service. Tammy Lindsey has accepted the position of CME Committee Chair, and we thank her and the committee volunteers for their work in this most important area.  

The Legislative Committee has had more new members sign up in Kansas City than any other committee — and none too soon. These wonderful up-and-coming leaders have signed up to assist with the many legislative issues as they arise, both at the state and the national level.

There is one last committee I would like to reference: the Social Media Committee. While it’s not yet a formal committee per se, social media has become an integral part of our organization as we grow, communicate among ourselves, and collaborate with evolving lay and medical acupuncture communities. Jeevan Sekhar has graciously stepped up to chair this new, “to be formed” committee. We look forward to the new committee’s accomplishments and are confident that Jeevan will surround himself with committee members who can effectively convey our messages.  

As I began to write this message, it was my intent to convey more information about the year’s “accomplishments” and “facts,” but I was engulfed again by the energy that came out of the Kansas City Symposium, and I’ve been able to only superficially touch on the surface of issues with each committee. In a later newsletter, I will provide follow-up with more specific information.  

For now, I will leave you with this: I believe we are on the cusp of an explosion of acupuncture in our culture and health care system. The AAMA is positioning itself and its members to be a major part of this process. We need volunteers to bring medical acupuncture to the forefront of care for our most beloved patients. This is an “all hands-on deck” situation. We need YOU.  

Warmly,
Gerald J Leglue, Jr., MD, FAAMA, FAAPMR
AAMA President 

 PS: Save the date! AAMA 31st Annual Symposium, April 11-14, 2019, Phoenix, AZ. 

Welcome New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the the AAMA in March 2018:

  • Andrew KSE Liem, MD, LAc of Apeldoorn, Netherlands 
  • David W. Cole, MD of Madison, AL 
  • Kimberly Kay Mongeau, DO of Kansas City, MO 

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 Sue Sorensen, MD,FAAMA, the membership committee chair. 

Congrats to Our Newly-elected AAMA Board Members & Officers

Ballots for the election of Officers, Board Members and new fellows were sent out to voting members ahead of the Kansas City meeting. Voting occurred electronically so that all voting members could participate. If they could not attend the meeting in Kansas City, an electronic proxy form was provided so they could designate someone else to act in their stead at the meeting. The result results were ratified during the membership meeting on April 14, 2018. 

Newly Elected Board Officers:       

  • President, Jerry Leglue, Jr. MD, FAAMA
  • Vice President, Freda L. Dreher, MD, FAAMA
  • Treasurer, Thomas J. Etges, MD           
  • Secretary, Doug Powell, MD, FAAMA                
  • Immediate Past President, Tom Burgoon, MD 

Newly Elected to the Board:           

  • Joseph F. Audette, MD                             
  • Tapan Chaudhuri, MD, FAAMA
  • Anna Esparham, MD, DABMA                  
  • Tammy Lindsay, MD, DABMA
  • Narda Robinson, DO, DVM, FAAMA 

Please help us in thanking two members who are stepping down from the board after making excellent contributions to the AAMA.  

Retiring Board Members:

  • Sandi Amoils, MD                  
  • Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA     

New AAMA Fellows Elected

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

  • Edmund C. Boese, MD, FAAMA                        
  • Michael J. Corcoran, MD, FAAMA
  • Bart G. Denys, MD, FAAMA                                
  • John Laird, MD, FAAMA
  • Gerald J. Leglue, Jr., MD, FAAMA                    
  • Montiel T. Rosenthal, MD, FAAMA
  • Priscilla Tu, DO, FAAMA                                
  • Steven A. Walkowski, DO, FAAMA           

AAMA Poster Competition Winners Announced

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

  • 1st Place – “Pediatric Acupuncture Program Development at a Children’s Hospital” - Anna Esparham, MD; Mark Connelly, PhD; Madeline Boorigie, BA; Jennifer Dilts, DO; Jennifer Bickel, MD, Headache Section, Neurology Division at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
  • 2nd Place – “Evaluation of an Educational Workshop on Acupuncture for Children” - Shiu-Lin Tsai, MD, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine; Elena Reynosa, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY; Da Wi Shin, City College of New York; Samuel Quiah, MSW, Center for Education Research and Evaluation, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY 
  • 3rd Place – “Battlefield Acupuncture for Pain Management in VA Geriatric Extended Care” - Xiangrong Shao, MD, Nana Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, MD, MPH, Michael Corcoran, MD, DABMA, VA Maryland Health Care System 

Congratulations to the Poster Competition winners! The AAMA values the poster competition submissions and participation in our organization.  

2018 Annual Symposium Recordings Available

Did you miss the 2018 Symposium in Kansas City, MO? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving? The 30th Annual Symposium in Kansas City received rave reviews! If you weren’t able to attend this year – or if there was a specific session you missed – Symposium recordings are available for purchase either as individual sessions or for the Symposium as a whole.   

Types of Recordings Available: 

  • Audio - a voice recording only 
  • Video - a video recording
  • Sync PP - a video recording synchronized with a PowerPoint  
For a copy of the order form and additional information, click here.    

REMINDER: Legislative Alerts about Acupuncture

If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed (like the recent dry needling issues) in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, please let the AAMA know. The Academy is following and actively engaged in several state-level legislative issues pertaining to acupuncture, but we need your help to alert us if you hear of anything pending. The sooner we know, the sooner we can review and possibly engage if necessary. Feel free to reach out to the Academy by emailing info@medicalacupuncture.org or calling 310-379-8261.  

Getting to the Point – New Acupuncture Documentary

The nonprofit, all volunteer Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF) recently announced the completion of the first episode of its “Getting to the Point” documentary series. Episode 1, “The Children’s Hospital of Orange Country,” showcases the work being done by Ruth McCarty, Lac, in one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. This 30-minute documentary was produced by the ANF and funded by more than 200 donors from around the world. It was directed and co-produced by Doug Dearth, the filmmaker who made the award-winning 2009 documentary “9000 Needles.”  

What Happens During an Acupuncture Session? (New Video)

The NCCIH recently released a new video on its YouTube channel. The video provides a general overview of a routine acupuncture session. View now.  

Practical Ways to Incorporate Acupuncture Into Clinical Practice

This article from Medscape Oncology was one of the most-shared posts of all time on the AAMA Facebook page. In case you missed it …  "With the national crisis of opioid abuse focusing attention on nonpharmaceutical pain relief, new data on acupuncture has oncologists taking a deeper look at this complementary therapy." Read the full article.

Deadline Extended! Special Issue: Use of Acupuncture in the Veterans Health Administration

Medical Acupuncture is organizing a critical special issue on the use of acupuncture and integrative health in the Veterans Health Administration. The Guest Editors encourage the submission of papers on original research and clinical management exploring the use of acupuncture with Veterans for the following conditions, among others:

  • Pain from an injury
  • PTSD, depression, and other mental health issues
  • Knee pain from osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Substance dependence and abuse
  • Nausea and vomiting

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline for manuscript submission is May 10, 2018.  

Professional Development Opportunities

AAMA Website: Education Listings 
The AAMA maintains an ongoing calendar of educational events and professional development opportunities related to medical acupuncture. The calendar is accessible on the AAMA website. Members are encouraged to share events and calendar items from their regions and about educational topics that may be of wider interest among peers and fellow AAMA members.  

International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health
May 8-11, 2018, Baltimore, MD
The 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health theme, "Collaboration in Action: Advancing Integrative Health through Research, Education, Clinical Practice and Policy," reflects both the collaborative nature of the field and the scope of the scientific program.  

REMINDER: Earn Free CME Reading Journal Articles
Don’t forget that the AAMA’s partner journal, Medical Acupuncture, now offers CME to AAMA members for select articles. Here’s a recap of recent eligible articles in case you missed them: 

New Scientific Research

New CME Article: Neuroembryology of the Acupuncture Principal Meridians: Part 3. The Head and Neck
[Medical Acupuncture]
Anatomical data support the conceptualization of acupuncture Principal meridians in the head and neck as connecting branches of the cranial and/or cervical spinal nerves and are consistent with neuroembryologic development. Overall, the acupuncture Principal meridians can be conceptualized to have a neuroanatomical substrate that is corroborated by developmental neuroembryology.

Evaluating Acupuncture and Standard carE for pregnant women with Back pain (EASE Back): a feasibility study and pilot randomized
[Health Technology Assessment]
This study was designed: "to assess the feasibility of a future large randomised controlled trial (RCT) testing the additional benefit of adding acupuncture to standard care (SC) for pregnancy-related back pain ... Patient-reported outcomes (pain, function and quality of life) favoured the addition of acupuncture. There was no evidence of serious adverse events on mothers or birth and neonatal outcomes. ... A future main RCT is feasible and would be welcomed by women and clinicians. Longer-term follow-up and further follow-up efforts are recommended for a main trial."

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study in Pediatric Inpatients
[Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine]
Complementary and alternative medicine is commonly used even in acutely sick children. Younger age, female gender, and father being employed are the factors associated with higher complementary and alternative medicine use in acute illness. 

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. 

Click here to access current and past issues of Medical Acupuncture.

Email Group Sign-up

This email group will allow members to communicate, ask questions, and share ideas with each other. 

Invitations were sent by email, but you can also ask to be added directly to the group. Request Email Group

Scientific Research

Read more evidence-based research on acupuncture and its applications in medical practice.

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