Think Acupuncture – and the AAMA – First!
Dear Past, Present and Future AAMA members,
I am both humbled and excited to join our exceptionally talented and devoted AAMA board members with their dedicated service to this fine organization. Many of you know I have been continuously affiliated with the AAMA since attending the 1990 UCLA Helms course in Santa Monica. I have attended every Symposium and Pre-symposium since that time. For many years I helped bring speakers to our annual meetings as a member of the Symposium Committee. It was always a great honor to teach my own diagnosis and treatment approaches at many of those past meetings.
Clearly, the AAMA has evolved in many positive ways since its inception. Having witnessed countless expressions of the ever-improving quality, productivity and importance of our organization in the health care sphere, I feel compelled to shout out a clarion call to all truly, caring physician-acupuncturists:
Now is the time for all good medical acupuncturists to come to the aid of their organization… the AAMA! Join us! Rejoin us! Do it now!
In this election year, we are witnessing powerful energies arising toward change and transformation. Despite the considerable skepticism and apathy toward our government institutions and presidential candidates, a groundswell of activism is blanketing the headlines in all directions. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent voter, the cliché goes that you should vote because we are a democracy. Many have died so that we could have the right to vote. Physicians who went to medical school to become healers and doctors should feel a similar obligation and put their support towards what is real and right for their patients. Joining an organization like the AAMA makes a statement to the medical world that you believe in and support the practice of medical acupuncture. If you, your family, friends or patients have personally benefitted from acupuncture treatment, why not support that by joining our AAMA?
I am so impressed by the “THINK ACUPUNCTURE FIRST” campaign and all the other wonderful programs that have developed because of the legitimization of medical acupuncture as a cost-efficient, effective, evidence-based healing modality. Tom Etges gave a fine update about membership benefits and the direction of our membership drive in last month’s June newsletter. Please take just a moment to think about what is happening with our health care system today. And think about the excitement you experienced learning and practicing acupuncture.
Now, I hope you decide to support us and encourage your friends and colleagues to support the AAMA!
Enjoy your summer,
Jay Sandweiss, DO, C-NMM/OMM, FAAMA
AAMA Board of Directors
Branding with AAMA/DABMA Certification
If you are a Full Member or Fellow of the AAMA with DABMA certification, you should be printing the Medical Acupuncture certification mark on your stationery, business cards or other listings to promote your special accomplishments in medical acupuncture. The certification mark is available only to Full Members and Fellows of the AAMA who are currently Board Certified by the ABMA. The mark has been registered with the U.S. Patent Office as a Certification Mark that is available for the exclusive use of those who meet the specified credentials. See Certification Mark Guidelines (http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/Portals/2/PDFs/Certification_Mark_Guidelines.pdf) for standards on how the mark should be used in printed materials including acceptable typeface, size, color, etc. For an electronic copy of a reproducible jpg file of the logo to provide your printer, Full Members and Fellows who are currently Board Certified through the ABMA may send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon verification of your status, a jpg file will be sent to you.
Recordings of the Annual Symposium in Anaheim
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
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
Physicians Earn DABMA Certifications
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): Donna Baldwin, DO, of Aurora, CO; Andrew Gallo, DO, of Kaneohe, HI; Anas Hana, MD, of Berkeley, CA; and Levi Zimmerman, MD, of Pittsburgh, PA.
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.
New Scientific Research
The effects of acupuncture on serotonin metabolism
[European Journal of Integrative Medicine]
Acupuncture improves symptoms and conditions such as pain, obesity, and depression. Those symptoms might be associated with changes in 5-HT.