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February 2016 Newsletter

Table of Contents - February 2016

AAMA: Behind the Scenes of the Continuing Education Committee

The purpose of the AAMA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) is to provide and promote educational opportunities for members of the AAMA. These opportunities may include: 

  • Selected lectures from past AAMA Symposia
  • Webinars by members and guests
  • Live local weekend workshops 

Each month, CEC members meet by phone to discuss continuing education opportunities for you, our members. Agenda and action items include the continuing education needs of our members, continuing education policy, and strategies for providing opportunities. After discussion, recommendations are made to the AAMA Advisory Board. This past year, the priority was on vetting videos for uploading to the AAMA website. Some exciting topics that have been reviewed include: auricular acupuncture for neurological conditions, acupuncture as a connection between the physical and spiritual, and acupuncture for tonsillectomy pain, among others. 

One of the exciting new offerings being prepared for members is the opportunity to earn free CME credits from online videos. The Board voted to avail members of up to 15 free CME credits per year, with additional credits available at a rate of $12.50/ credit thereafter. Non-members are also allowed to access CME credits, but at substantially higher cost. The target date for this new benefit for members is June 1, 2016, or before. 

A big shout out to the current 2015-2016 committee members! They are a dedicated, enthusiastic group of physicians who have generously given their time to review lectures and prepare CME for you. They are:

  • Lisa Benson MD
  • John Kohler, MD
  • Heather Pickett MD
  • Donna Pitmann MD
  • Montiel Rosenthal, MD
  • C. Leslie Smith, MD
  • Joseph Walker MD   

If this information has piqued your interest, we’d love you to join us. We ask a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours per month: 1 hour (or less!) for a meeting, and 1-2 hours of video review or workshop planning. Please contact Tom Burgoon, MD, or myself   

Nancy Cotter, MD
AAMA Board of Directors   

AAMA Electro-acupuncture Survey Report Published

In 2014, the AAMA facilitated a survey of its members focusing on their use of electroacupuncture. The results of the survey have now been published by the BMJ journal Acupuncture in Medicine in an original paper by David Mayor and Mark Bovey. You can find the paper online, at   

“Find an Acupuncturist” Is Most Popular on AAMA Website

Second in traffic to the home page only, the “find an acupuncturist” page on the AAMA website attracted nearly 1,000 new visitors in January. That’s a lot of potential business! Make sure your member listing is correct and complete so you don’t miss out on referrals. Check here: 

AAMA Annual Symposium Deadlines Coming Soon! 

Review Course: Deadline February 26
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. See more:   

Annual Symposium Hotel Reservations: Deadline March 4
The Academy has negotiated a block of rooms at the specially discounted rate of $172/night (single/double). To reserve a room at that rate, call 877-776-4932 and be sure to mention the AAMA Symposium. You must make your reservation by March 4, 2016 (or when our block of rooms sells out, whichever comes first) in order to get that discounted rate. The Hilton also has set up a special web page you can use to book rooms online. 

Advanced-level Pre-symposium Workshop: Deadline March 7
At this year’s Annual Symposium, experienced providers can register to attend a special advanced-level workshop — “Extraordinary Vessels and Spirit Points to Alleviate Trauma Spectrum Symptoms.” It is not for beginners or physicians not intimately experienced with this patient population.  Acceptance is not automatic with application; board certification or eligibility is preferred but not required.   

Pre-symposium Workshop Preview 

On Thursday, April 26, optional pre-symposium workshops offer Annual Symposium attendees three opportunities for focused, practical learning and 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits:

  • An Integrated Neuroanatomical Approach to Acupuncture Using the Very Point Technique and Trigger Point Needling
  • Channel Palpation: Science and Art in Acupuncture
  • Integrative Medicine and TCM Acupuncture-Moxibustion for Common Diseases   

See more details:   

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 or to President Tom Burgoon at   

Call for Research Articles – Medical Acupuncture Journal

For nearly two decades the AAMA’s journal, Medical Acupuncture, has brought you the latest acupuncture information. You might say that the journal is the window to the very soul of Medical Acupuncture information. Publisher Mary Ann Liebert has promulgated the journal to the very four corners of the world and as a digital “storm” on the internet; it gets noticed and the impressive downloads of articles number in the thousands per month!   Originally the journal was published twice yearly and has grown now to every other month. The Special Editions propel us into specialized acupuncture technology. Our latest continuing education credit program has produced staggering interest from our readers.   

The journal only can continue to mature and maximize in quality if you, the readers, come forth with articles. They are the “electricity” that powers the journal and the “spark” that illuminates our knowledge. Most important, 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 me directly if you have an interesting article to submit or an idea for the journal.   Richard C. Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH E-MAIL: N5EVMD@GMAIL.COM   

Attend the World Acupuncture Congress

The XVIII ICMART World Acupuncture Congress will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, June 10-12, 2016, with the theme “Acupuncture and Well-being.” The goal of the 2016 ICMART Congress will be to bring forth and discuss the most recent developments in acupuncture, revealing its significance to the world through scientific discourse.   

AAMA Chapter & Member News

AAMA member Narda G. Robinson, MD, has published a new book and DVD set, Interactive Medical Acupuncture Anatomy. The publisher, Teton New Media, describes the combo in this way: “This presentation uses anatomically precise, computer-generated reconstructed images of the human body for three-dimensional presentation of acupuncture points and channels. The CD/DVD component is fully interactive and allows the user to see through tissue layers, remove tissue layers, and rotate structures so that specific acupuncture points can be visualized in relation to their surrounding nerves, organs, and vessels. The accompanying book provides full color anatomic drawings and detailed information regarding the physiologic basis for acupuncture, which will be useful in conjunction with the CD/DVD.” See more:   

AAMA Board President Thomas Burgoon, MD, is presenting at the Interdisciplinary Acupuncture Symposium IV in Athens, Greece, in June 2016. The conference, which takes place June 4-6, focuses on how acupuncture interacts with neuroscientists, physicians, researchers, biologists and psychologists. See more:   

New Scientific Research

The Effects Of Acupuncture On Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis
(European Journal Of Integrative Medicine)
Acupuncture appears to significantly improve the recovery of the menstrual cycles and decrease the levels of BMI and LH in women with PCOS. However, the findings should be interpreted with caution due to the limited methodological quality of included RCTs.

Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Of Acupuncture To Reduce Cancer-Related Pain
(European Journal of Cancer Care)
Acupuncture is effective in relieving cancer-related pain, particularly malignancy-related and surgery-induced pain. Our findings suggest that acupuncture can be adopted as part of a multimodal approach for reducing cancer-related pain. 

Effect of Acupuncture on the Motor and Non-motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease—A Review of Clinical Studies
(CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics)
Although the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating Parkinson's is inconclusive, therapeutic potential of acupuncture seems quite promising. More studies, either comparative effectiveness research or high-quality placebo-controlled clinical studies are warranted. 

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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