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February 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents - February 2016

AAMA Annual Symposium: Don’t Miss this Opportunity

Every year the AAMA hosts a remarkable symposium that is diligently planned by our Symposium Committee and well executed by our administrative team. This year, the symposium is entitled "Deepen Your Theory. Sharpen Your Practice". It will be held in Pittsburgh from April 6-9. Take a look at the brochure and the wide array of pre-symposium and plenary lectures and workshops. You are guaranteed to learn some new techniques that you can take home and put to practical use right after this event: “tools to use!”   

In addition, you’ll meet and learn from your peers who are like-minded and enjoy utilizing acupuncture as a healing modality in their medical practices. It is a rewarding and reinforcing experience to meet these colleagues in this kind of forum. It is also the only time that we have a membership meeting to update members and share what's happening in our organization.   

As a member of the AAMA, the cost of the symposium is discounted — just one of the many good and worthwhile reasons to become and stay a member of this unique organization! And if you cannot attend, members can purchase taped recordings of the sessions from our website after the event.   

One endeavor that I have tried to pursue over the past several years is to have the Society for Acupuncture (SAR) do some form of a combined meeting with our annual symposium. SAR is an organization focused on research and evidence-based approaches to acupuncture. We always have a SAR representative lecture at our annual symposium to broaden our knowledge base in this important arena. Thus far, logistical reasons have hampered a combined effort, but we will continue to pursue this for the future!   

I hope to see and meet you in Pittsburgh.   

Sandi Amoils, MD
Past President AAMA   

PS: Save the date for the next symposium in Kansas City, April 12-15, 2018!   

American College of Physicians Recommends Acupuncture 

A significant national physicians organization has concluded that non-pharmacologic approaches, including acupuncture, should be the first line of attack in treating acute and chronic low back pain. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians (from Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians) recommends: "Given that most patients with acute or sub-acute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select non-pharmacologic treatment with superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation." 

Integrative Medicine for Military Injuries – Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline extended to May 1, 2017
Medical Acupuncture is planning another Special Issue on Integrative Medicine for Military Injuries. Acupuncture has received a high degree of acceptance in the military, with the battlefield acupuncture protocol being adopted by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Trauma Reset Residential Program at Fort Hood featuring acupuncture as a key integrative modality, and a unique acupuncture  training program at Nellis Air Force Base. This special issue of Medical Acupuncture will address some innovative approaches to the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and phantom limb pain (PLP). Several of the techniques to be considered are solidly proven and well accepted, while others are more speculative in nature and have not yet been thoroughly validated and widely accepted. Nevertheless, all are presented here under one roof in the hopes of stimulating the development of a sound integrative protocol for the most effective treatment of TBI, PTSD, and PLP whether in civilian or military populations. Original articles, review articles, and case reports on the following modalities for the treatment of TBI, PTSD, and PLP are encouraged:

  • Acupuncture
  • Energy psychology
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Functional medicine 

The extended deadline for manuscript submission is May 1, 2017. Please submit your papers online to our web-based manuscript submission and peer-review system. Visit website to read about the journal and to view a sample issue. 

REMINDER: AAMA’s New “Expert Video” Project

At the 2017 Annual Symposium, the AAMA will be creating short videos on the utility of acupuncture showcasing members' clinical expertise. As members, you will be able to use the videos to populate your own websites, advertise for any talks/lectures you might be giving, as educational components during a talk, or as advertising for potential patients. We will produce, edit, and finalize the video at the meeting. And you will have access to all the videos created and can use them at your discretion for as long as your AAMA membership is active. Here's more information about how to participate (please!).   

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 January 2017: 

  • Timothy W. Kaczmar, MD, Santa Rosa, CA 
  • Kathryn M Peeden, MD, Cincinnati, OH 
  • Jane Zendarski, DO, Lebanon, PA 
  • Uyen Vu Duong, MD, Cincinnati, OH 
  • Lorenzo Davide Botto, MD, Salt Lake City, UT 
  • Keli Lynne Beck, MD, Winston Salem, NC 
  • Jennifer Eunju Lee, MD, New York, NY 
  • Valentin Ioan Tureanu, MD, Chicago, IL 
  • Cathryn Louise Russell, MD, Brooklyn, NY 
  • Robert Koffman, MD, Silver Spring, MD 
  • Sandra Koffman, FNP, LAc, Silver Spring, MD 

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 or contacting Thomas Etges, MD, the membership committee chair.   

AAMA President Speaks in Nanjing, China

AAMA President, Thomas Burgoon, MD, was a keynote speaker at the BIT's 3rd Annual World Congress of High-Tech Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine in Nanjing, China in November 2016. His presentation was entitled "Recent Advances in Research on Acupuncture Mechanisms of Action Confirm Some Fundamental Principles of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture." Burgoon also chaired a session on Clinical Application of Acupuncture.   

Caption: Center: Thomas Burgoon, MD; Right: conference chair, Gerhard Litscher, MD, Medical University Graz, President of International Society for Medical Laser Acupuncture Applications (ISLA); Left: Dr. Zhongren Sun, President, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine; Second from Right: Konstantina Theodoratu, MD, President of International Congress of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART)   

Physicians Earn ABMA Certification

The following physicians recently met the stringent requirements of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) and have achieved Board Certification in medical acupuncture. These doctors have earned the designation DABMA (Diplomate, American Board of Medical Acupuncture): 

  • Susan V. Clemens, MD, Barrington, RI 
  • Luke K. Robinson, DO, Athens, OH 
  • Anil N. Shah, MD, San Diego, CA 
  • Joseph Tokaruk, MD, Cookeville, TN 
  • Keith J. Wright, MD, Christiana, PA   

2017 Annual Symposium Program 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. (The hotel deadline is March 12, 2017, or when the block sells out. Book your room early to avoid having to stay at a different hotel.)

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.      

ICMART 2017: Opportunities for Awards and Professional Development

Leading up to the June 2-4, 2017 ICMART Congress in Mexico City, entitled "The Role of Acupuncture on the World’s Health Integration," several professional awards competitions are accepting entries. Awards include:   

  • ICMART Science Award in Acupuncture and Related Techniques 2017 Presented at each ICMART Symposium, this award recognizes an important scientific contribution in the field of acupuncture and related techniques. Submission requires innovative and excellent scientific projects either in basic research or in clinical research. Deadline: February 20, 2017.   
  • ICMART 3 B Young Scientists Travel Award 2017 The Young Investigator Travel Award encourages and recognizes young scientific researcher of promise, upon whom progress in the field of acupuncture and related techniques is dependent. Interested candidates should submit an abstract summarizing any problem that relates to acupuncture techniques and their use whether it is in etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, or therapy of symptoms or diseases. Deadline: February 20, 2017.     

Download additional information about these awards and more. 

SAR 2017 Conference Details

The theme for Society for Acupuncture Research's 2017 conference will explore how personalized medicine influences, and is informed by, research on acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine. The conference is designed to be a high-quality innovative event that attracts an international audience. The conference program will contain multiple plenary lectures that will directly address current basic, clinical, and translational research in acupuncture. The program will also include workshops and presentations of original research, in acupuncture and allied traditional East Asian modalities, including clinical trials; basic science; and research methodology, which will be presented by members of the national and international research communities in the form or oral and poster presentations. 

CME Article - Free to AAMA Members: Neuroembryology of the Acupuncture Principal Meridians: Part 1. The Extremities

Background: There is accumulating evidence from anatomical, physiologic, and neuroimaging research that demonstrate Classical acupuncture points stimulate nerve trunks or their branches in the head, trunk, and extremities. Conclusions: The marked similarities of the distributions of the Principal meridians and the peripheral nerves in the extremities advance the anatomical and physiologic evidence that acupuncture's clinical effects arise from nerve stimulation at Classical acupuncture points.”

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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