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June 2015 Newsletter

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President’s Letter: Member Survey Email – Coming Soon!   

Greetings fellow AAMA members,      

The Academy is in its 28th year and going strong. We are seeking your opinions to keep us on point in serving the membership and the mission of the Academy. Membership committee chair Tom Etges and I have put together this survey to get your feedback and assistance. We are interested to know what, in your opinion and experience, the academy is ‘doing right’ and what we need to do better or are failing to do. This survey will be arriving to you soon via e-mail. Please take time to answer its questions and share you’re your thoughts and experience. (Or complete the survey right now!

The Academy’s purpose as expressed in our mission statement is to promote the integration of acupuncture, both traditional and modern forms, with western medical training in order to synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care. In very practical terms, this means to support the whole spectrum of needs of physician acupuncturists in a young but growing medical specialty that has a unique potential to improve the understanding and practice of medicine. In achieving this, we will also support and nurture the growth and establishment of medical acupuncture in our country.               

Our goal is to help our members provide the best of integrated acupuncture and western medicine to our patients. At the heart of our organization are respect and compassion for the needs of our patients and recognition that physician training and skill in acupuncture have vitally important roles in quality modern medical care.   This effort involves many aspects: communication and organization, commitment of time despite busy medical practices, continuing medical education, legislative oversight, practice management and reimbursement issues, promoting understanding of our specialty among our colleagues in modern medicine and amongst the public, and staying abreast of and supporting continued research and scientific advancement in acupuncture.    

All of us together are the Academy and together we will determine if the Academy is able to achieve and sustain our mission. Thank you so much for your membership in the Academy, your interest and dedication to this field!   

Thomas Burgoon, MD
President, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture  

New Scientific Research 

The AAMA website has a section devoted to current scientific research that may be relevant to your medical acupuncture practice. (The AAMA Facebook page highlights new research and articles even more often.) Check back frequently to read about these and other industry developments, such as the following recently posted topics:  

Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.  (Hindawi)
Conclusions show significant promise, but more research is needed. 

Actigraph Evaluation of Acupuncture for Treating Restless Legs Syndrome(Hindawi)
Results indicate that standard acupuncture might improve the abnormal leg activity in RLS patients and thus is a potentially suitable integrative treatment for long-term use. 

The short-term effects of acupuncture on patients with diabetic gastroparesis: a randomised crossover study (Acupuncture in Medicine)
In patients with diabetic gastroparesis, one week of short-term manual acupuncture reduces gastric retention and improves gastroparesis symptoms. 

Physicians Earn Board 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): Stacy A. Holberg, DO, of Saint Cloud, MN; Tammy J. Lindsay, MD, of Van Buren, MO; Tiquella S. King-Whitby, MD, of Macon, GA; Danny G. Whu, MD, of Loxhatchee, FL; and Winifred P. Wu, MD, of Croton on Hudson, NY.   

More details on the Board Certification process are posted here (http://www.dabma.org/).   

AAMA Twitter and Facebook Are Going Strong 

Join the conversation today on Twitter or Facebook – or both! – to keep in touch with your peers and stay abreast of current acupuncture news and research findings. We look forward to your perspectives, posts and tweets! 

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AAMA Has a New Address!

Please make a note in your contacts files. The new address is: 

2512 Artesia Blvd, Ste. 
200 Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Ph: (310) 379-8261
Fax: (310) 379-8283  

Save the Date: Annual Symposium, April 8-10, 2016 

Symposium Chair Narda Robinson, DO, DVM, FAAMA, has announced the theme of next year's symposium in Anaheim, California: "Converging Networks in Medical Acupuncture — The Synergy of Science and Tradition."  

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Did you miss the 2018 Symposium in Kansas City, MO? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving?  You can STILL purchase recordings - Stream or download videos.

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