Table of Contents - December 2016
AAMA: Legal Year in Review
As we look forward to the upcoming holiday season and the end of the calendar year, I can’t help but look back on the previous 12 months and the many activities involving the AAMA: six executive board meetings, several committee meetings and a successful annual meeting in Anaheim, California.
Highlights of the legislative committee’s actions this year include addressing issues both at the state and national level as they arose. For example, the committee addressed H.R.3849: Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2015. With significant help and input from Drs. Freda Dreher, John Reed and Tom Burgoon, the AAMA drafted a response representing physician acupuncturist inclusion as alternative medicine is implemented into the care of our nation’s heroic active-duty military and veterans. The final draft of this response is presently undergoing final review by the AAMA board prior to releasing it to the authors of the bill and those on the committees addressing the bill in Washington, DC.
Another 2016 milestone was the identification of all state-level MD and DO organizations, as well as state licensing agencies and the contact individuals representing those agencies. A final draft letter is presently being reviewed and amended by the president of AAMA prior to sending it out to all relevant contacts. The letter identifies the AAMA as the “go to” organization to assist with any and all issues that may arise regarding the practice of medical acupuncture as it applies to the licensees.
The legislative committee continues to be involved with the issue of dry needling, too, as that practice is pursued on a larger scale by physical therapists in their efforts to treat musculoskeletal patients that are not resolved with PT mobilities alone. The AAMA formal position on dry needling can be found on our website and may be accessed when necessary to address issues that arise in the states where AAMA members practice.
In closing, it is with much enthusiasm that we look forward to the upcoming changes in healthcare to be addressed by the new administration in Washington, DC. One can rest assured the AAMA will keep its eyes on the direction of the new administration and how we may best include and implement medical acupuncture not only for our nation’s heroes, but for the ever-changing landscapes of private healthcare patients, as well.
We hope to see all of you on the AAMA Facebook page and/or Google email groups for AAMA members, as well as at the annual meeting to be held in April 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A very merry and blessed holiday season to you all, from all of us at the AAMA board and staff.
Gerald J. Leglue, Jr., MD, FAAPMR, DABMA
Secretary, AAMA Board of Directors
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 November 2016:
- Qingdi Geng, MD, Princeton, NJ
- Sofia Elisa Matta, MD, Watertown, NY
- Jason Oreskovich, DO, Fairmont, WV
- Alice Van Alstine, MD, Davis, CA
If you have peers or colleagues who aren’t members of the AAMA, please encourage them to learn more about the benefits of membership by visiting the website.
2017 Annual Symposium Program Now Available!
The theme of the AAMA’s next Annual Symposium is: “Deepen your theory. Sharpen your practice.” The program-at-a-glance is now online! The 29th Annual AAMA Symposium will be held April 6-9, 2017 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We also have hotel information for the Symposium on the website now for early-bird pricing.
Pre-Symposium Workshops Announced
Register now for an extra day of professional development during your stay in Pittsburgh for the Annual Symposium. The following optional workshops are available for an added fee:
- Principles and Applications of Osteopathic Manipulation for Medical Acupuncturists: A Dozen and more treatment techniques to use Monday Morning — presented by Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA
- Auricular Causative Diagnosis: Approach for the Treatment of Acute and Chronic Locomotor Conditions — presented by Nadia Volf, MD, PhD and Leonid Ferdman, MD
- Master Tung's Magic Points — presented by Susan Johnson, Lac
- Pediatric Acupuncture and Shonishin — presented by Raven Lang, OMD, Lac
Time is Running Out: Submit Your Entry Now for the AAMA’s Annual Acupuncture Research Paper Competition
Entries for the annual Acupuncture Research Paper competition are now being accepted. The application deadline to present a Research Paper at the 2017 AAMA Annual Symposium at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, is January 27, 2017. Submissions must be original work, in either clinical research or basic biochemical or physiological research pertaining to acupuncture. We are pleased to offer:
- First Place: $1,500 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and three night's hotel lodging for the presenting author. Paper to be presented at AAMA Symposium in Pittsburgh, April 2017.
- Second Place: $750 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500.
- Third Place: $350 stipend and Symposium Registration.
Time is Running Out: Submit Your Entry Now for the AAMA’s Annual Poster Presentation
Members are invited to submit an abstract to present a Poster Presentation at the AAMA 2017 Symposium, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA, April 6-9, 2017. Please follow all instructions carefully to allow your application to be fully considered. Space and time are limited. Poster Presentations must be submitted in English. Deadline for submissions: January 27, 2017. If your poster application is accepted, you will be notified by February 17, 2017. Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 8th reception. While there is no organized or moderated discussion over posters, you should be available to offer your explanation to interested colleagues during the reception. In order to be eligible to win an award, you must be present to present your poster during the reception.
2017 Medical Acupuncture Review Course
The Medical Acupuncture Review Course has been developed to provide a broad-based refresher course on the major subject matter areas with which a well-trained physician should be familiar. The Review Course is especially useful as a refresher for those who obtained their acupuncture training some time ago and for those who are seeking an organized review prior to taking the ABMA Board Certification Examination. The overall objectives of the Review Course are to: Review and solidify previously acquired knowledge and experience in medical acupuncture. Reinforce understanding of the basic material appropriate for a physician practicing acupuncture in North America. Refresh the participant’s exposure and awareness of certain specialized aspects of acupuncture not always utilized in traditional practice settings.
Publicize Regional and Local Events/Conferences
Are you hosting or attending a medical acupuncture (or related) conference that would be of interest to AAMA members? Please reach out to Social Committee Chair Leslie Smith (LeslieTCM@gmail.com) and let her know about it. We would love to share this information with followers on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
Serve on the AAMA Board of Directors
The Academy is a member driven organization. Members of the Academy, serving on the Board of Directors or on Committees advising the Board, are making the decisions regarding programs and activities that set the future for the Academy. All members are invited to take part in this volunteer governance process. You can take on a small task that is important but where the time commitment is clearly defined, or you can take on a more significant role by becoming involved as a member of a standing committee or Board where your activities will be more varied and spread over multiple months. In the spring each year, the Academy has an election of Directors and Officers to guide the Academy for the following year. If you are interested in being considered for a seat on the Board of Directors or if you are interested in working on one of the Academy committees, send an email to Executive Administrator James Dowden at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Nominations Committee Chair Sandi Amoils at email@example.com.
New CME Article from Medical Acupuncture Journal
Study on Cerebral Blood Flow Regulatory Features of Acupuncture Stimulation at Various Acupoints.
"Conclusions: Stimulation at acupoints on the head could more improve the cerebral blood flow remarkably, more so than acupoints on the legs, and the systematical specificity of the Gallbladder Meridian and Bladder Meridian was indefinite."