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August 2016 Newsletter

Table of Contents - August 2016

Online Video CME at the AAMA 

I am pleased to announce that online video CME is now available at our AAMA website!  There are currently two videos of 1 hour CME each posted and free to members.  Neurologist Gary Stanton who specializes in pain medicine, sleep medicine and balance disorders gives an excellent presentation “French Auricular Acupuncture for Neurologic Disorders." Dr. Stanton is a neurologist at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. He studied this approach at University of Paris XIII in Bobigny, France. He begins his presentation with a quote from his teacher David Alimi, MD: “Auricular therapy is applied neurophysiology.” This presentation, which was recorded at the 2014 AAMA annual symposium in Denver, CO, includes a number of scientific studies as well as protocols from University of Paris for pain, cancer pain, headache, pathologies of taste and smell, hiccups, trigeminal neuralgia, acute cerebral ischemia, Parkinson’s, peripheral neuropathy, and dyslexia.             

Also now available is Dr Steven Aung’s presentation “Medical Acupuncture: From Physical to Spiritual Practice.” Dr Aung, from the University of Alberta, is well known to many in North America as a gifted physician and teacher and it is a pleasure to have this recording of him from the 2014 AAMA symposium in Denver.             

To access these CME videos, you need to log on to the academy website as a member. Go to "CMEs" on the homepage menu bar, then "Available CME Courses." There you will find both Journal and Video CME available. Follow the instructions there on "How to access if you are a member." Use the appropriate promo code (JOURNALFREE or VIDEOFREE) and go all the way through the checkout process. View the video, take the CME post test and download your certificate!                        

These two are simply the first two videos approved for CME. Our goal is to add a new one every month. The plan is to have 15 hours of free CME video available to members every year. This is in addition to the free journal CME also available to members.             


I want to express my gratitude to those members whose efforts are making this goal of online CME a reality. We owe our thanks to members of the Education Committee and the CME Committee. Please remember that these members all have "day jobs" like you and me; despite this, they are devoting the great amount of time required to make this project go forward. The education committee members are: 

  • Nancy Cotter (chair)
  • Lisa Benson
  • John Kohler
  • Donna Pitmann
  • Heather Pickett
  • Montiel Rosenthal 
  • Sue Sorenson
  • Joseph Walker

The CME committee members are:

  • Michael Green (chair)
  • Jingduan Yang
  • Tammy Lindsay
  • Iman Majd
  • Murtaza Amir
  • Shiroko Sokitch

Special thanks also to Tracey and Jim Dowden and their team. I also want to express my appreciation to Alison Lee, MD, for her advice and inspiration on this project.   

Thomas Burgoon, MD
President
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Patient Education Information Brochure:  "Doctor, What's This Acupuncture All About?"

Members can use this handy brochure as an introduction for patients new to acupuncture. It's perfect for an office reception area or general information mailings and can be ordered in bulk from the Academy. Download this form and return it to AAMA headquarters to order brochures. You can also order through the AAMA's online Store.   

Employment Opportunity at Walter Reed 

Medical Acupuncture / Integrative Physician needed in Bethesda, MD — opportunity for a civilian board certified integrative medicine physician with acupuncture experience to provide medical services to military family members at Walter Reed Medical Center. Read detailed job posting.    

Recordings of Annual Symposium 

Did you miss the 2016 Annual Symposium in Anaheim? Or did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving? You can still purchase recordings: Synched PowerPoint recordings, Audio MP3 and or video MP4. Download Order Form or order online

Membership Renewal Reminder!

AAMA Membership Renewal season is here. Need a reminder about the many perks of being a member? Read through the list of membership benefits. Please take a moment to submit your renewal information and your annual dues. To renew, log in to your member account on the website and either (1) visit the Store to find renewal products or (2) proceed directly to the membership renewal page.       

AAMA Chapter News   

Tentative OHIO Chapter AAMA Meeting
October 15-16, 2016
Venue: Alliance Integrative Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
New! Approved for 12 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Presenter: Poney Chiang Ph.D, R.TCMP, R.Ac, Dipl.OM (NCCAOM)
Title: Integrative Acupuncture for Neuro-Rehabilitation  
In China, the demand for acupuncture by stroke patients is second only to pain.  In this workshop, Chiang will teach various popular methods used in China to treat central nervous system disorders. Evidence-based research will be presented along with Traditional Chinese medical strategy on treating Wind-related diseases.   Details forthcoming in the next few months. If you are interested, please email Steve Amoils, MD, President, Ohio Chapter AAMA: Steve.Amoils@myhealingpartner.com   

Pittsburgh Sees Acupuncture in New Light

Art news from Next Pittsburgh showcases an addition to the Steel City’s skyline, named after one of the world’s oldest medical practices: “The newest public art installation at the Mattress Factory, Acupuncture, is made up of several large light rods that appear to pierce through the top floor of the popular museum. Designed by Hans Peter Kuhn, the permanent light sculpture has been 10 years in the making. http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/new-mattress-factory-sculpture/   

CME Article from Medical ‎Acupuncture Journal

Dry Needling Is One Type of Acupuncture
Conclusions: "Acupuncture is more inclusive and dry needling is one type of acupuncture when acupuncture needles are used. Collaboration and integration should be strengthened between dry needling practitioners who are not physicians and acupuncturists so that the patients can receive safe and high-quality acupuncture treatment. Five suggestions were proposed for solutions to solve the conflict and debate between dry needling and acupuncture." http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acu.2016.1187   

New Funding Announcements from NIH/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health 

This list of active funding announcements (PAs, RFAs, RFPs) provides links to NCCIH-supported funding opportunities in the online NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Search for specific keywords to find a good match with your research interests. https://nccih.nih.gov/grants/funding   

Save the Date: 2017 Annual Symposium

Calendar reminder: The Symposium will be heading east to Pittsburgh next April. Put it on your calendars! Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, April 6-9, 2017.


Membership Renewal Time!

The membership year ends June 30, 2016. Renewal dues invoices have been mailed to all members earlier this month. If you have not yet paid your membership dues for 2016-17, you can pay online through the website. Log into your member account and go to the Store to find renewal products or to this page.

Symposium Recordings

Did you miss the 2016 Symposium in Anaheim? or forget to purchase recordings before leaving? You can STILL purchase recordings - Synched PowerPoint recordings, Audio MP3 and or video MP4.

Download the order form or order online today!.

Resourceful Recordings

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 availble for free to AAMA members and available to other subscribers and readers for small fee. 

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