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June 2016 Newsletter

Table of Contents - June 2016    

Looking to the Future, AAMA Seeks to Build Membership 

AAMA Membership Presentations have been recently given both at the Helms Medical Institute's course recently completed in Tempe, AZ, in May 2016, and the Harvard Medical School's Structural Acupuncture Program's course, given by director, Joe Audette, MD, in June of 2016.  Most recently, discussion of membership in the AAMA and was also presented at the conclusion of the Nellis Project Family Practice Residency training program on June 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base.

In order to increase the number of presentations regarding benefits of joining the AAMA, production is currently underway to produce a lively Membership Presentation DVD.  Six active members of the AAMA were interviewed during the 2016 Anaheim Symposium. That video footage will be incorporated and used along with an interview-style presentation conveying the benefits of joining the AAMA.  The goal  is to have a completed DVD available by mid July 2016.  At that time, copies will be made available to many of the current approved medical acupuncture training programs across the country, as well as those in Canada and Puerto Rico.

Plans are to expand our visibility by also presenting information regarding the AAMA to integrative medicine programs, targeting medical schools and Fellowship programs that offer training in integrative medicine.  Allowing those program directors to utilize the Membership Presentation DVD to their respective classes will allow an increased audience to learn about the AAMA earlier in their training, and hopefully thereby creating future members.

In the coming months, increasing the AAMA's visibility will also include directed emails and phone calls to these same program directors. Generating interest in the AAMA by targeting new students in medical acupuncture training, and thereby increasing their awareness of other physicians including acupuncture in their practice settings, will help bring "new blood" to the AAMA.

The Membership Committee would like to remind current members to please renew your annual membership.  By receiving the Journal of the AAMA (a $237 value), being eligible for discounts taking online CME activities (a $450 value in free CME) and discounts on attending the annual Symposium, the annual membership dues pay for themselves.  Maintaining your Active Membership with the AAMA continues to be a great value for the benefits available to you. Thank you for renewing your membership with the AAMA!

Tom Etges, MD 
AAMA Membership Committee Chairman   

Check Out the AAMA Website’s Most Popular Pages   

The homepage of the AAMA site is usually the most popular page on the website, but in May, the “Find an Acupuncturist” search function surged past to grab the top spot. Keep reading for details about how to update your profile in the patient referral database.   

Of note, each of these pages in the consumer-facing “Patient Information” section of the website had more than 900 visitors last month: 

  • Acupuncture and Seasonal Allergies 
  • Acupuncture in Stroke Treatment 
  • Doctor, What’s this Acupuncture All About? 
  • Acupuncture in Cancer Treatment   

The list is a reminder that patients have genuine curiosity about the potential benefits of acupuncture as part of their health care plan.   

AAMA Featured in Acupuncture Today Magazine 

Marilyn Allen, Acupuncture Today’s Editor-at-Large, gave an unexpected and much appreciated shout-out to the AAMA in her column last month. Her praise for the Annual Symposium in April, paired with her support of the AAMA’s mission, underscored the Association’s relevance in the field of medical acupuncture. If you’re hesitating about membership renewal at all, read her column for an unbiased summary of you’re your AAMA membership means — to you and to our industry.    

Promote Acupuncture Education Events to AAMA Members 

The AAMA maintains a calendar of professional development and educational opportunities that may be of interest to its membership. We need your help to make the calendar as comprehensive as possible. If you know of events — local, regional, national or international — that may benefit members and/or their practices, please share. And don’t forget to check the calendar frequently to find opportunities that meet your needs.   

To submit a calendar entry for AAMA's website, please send the following details via email to info@medicalacupuncture.org in this format:   

  • Name of event:  
  • Dates:  
  • Location:  
  • Instructors or faculty:  
  • Sponsor:  
  • Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit?  
  • Accrediting organization:  
  • Credit hours:  
  • Phone: 
  • Website: 
  • E-mail:    

AMA Considers Dry Needling Position 

On June 12, 2016, representatives of the American Medical Association met to consider two important resolutions relative to the practice of "dry needling" in the United States. Comments from AMA members and AAMA were solicited in advance of the meeting to encourage the AMA to support a position that aligns with the AAMA's standing position, which asserts that dry needling should only be practiced by licensed, trained professionals: "It is critical to understand that dry needling, in the hands of minimally educated practitioners can cause extreme harm. Any invasive procedure has associated and potentially serious medical risks and is safe only if performed by a properly educated, trained and experienced health professional." Read the AAMA position statement in full. 

Update Your Profile in the AAMA's Patient Referral Program 

The Academy offers a complete, state-by-state Referral list online for patients seeking medical acupuncturists. Participation is open only to Fellows and Full Members of the AAMA. Referrals via the internet have been on a steady rise. Typically, 1,000-1,200 requests are fulfilled each month on the Academy's website. In May 2016, that number topped 2,400. 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: http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/Find-an-Acupuncturist    

Membership Renewal Reminder — Dues are Due! 

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

Integrative Physician (MD, DO) Needed at Walter Reed

Caduceus Healthcare has an immediate need for a civilian Board Certified Physician to provide Integrative, Complementary and Alternative medical services to military members and families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on a long-term (multi-year) contract. This is an outstanding opportunity for an Integrative Physician to support the military in a professional atmosphere all while enjoying the many attractions of the Washington, DC, area. Read full description. 

AAMA Chapter News  

Tentative OHIO Chapter AAMA Meeting
October 15-16, 2016
Venue: Alliance Integrative Medicine, Cincinnati, OH 45236  
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): Kathleen Amyot, MD, of Hastings, NE; Rafael Cortes-Moran, MD, of Kenner, LA;  Barry D. Glasser, MD, of Mays Landing, NJ; John Laird, MD, of Jacksonville, NC; Robin Lowitz, MD, of Sebastopol, CA; Trevor Nogueira, MD, of Las Vegas, NV; Francisco J. Sanchez, MD, of Chicago, IL; and Kannupillai Vinayakom, MD, of Fairfax, VA.   

Physicians Complete 10-year ABMA Recertification Process

The following physicians have completed the process (http://www.dabma.org/recertification.asp) set by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture Board of Trustees to be recertified as a Diplomate for another 10 years: Mary P. Guerrera, MD, FAAMA, of Hartford, CT; Nick S. Kouchis, MD, DABMA, of Woodridge, IL; Eric H. Schindler, MD, FAAMA, of Lebanon, NH.   

Dates for the 2017 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 

Effect of heating and cooling combination therapy on patients with chronic low back pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
(Trials, 2016)
Discussion:  This research will determine the efficacy and safety of heating and cooling combination therapy on chronic low back pain. The results of this trial may have important implications for the more widespread use of heating and cooling combination therapy for treatment of musculoskeletal pain.

Membership Renewal Time!

The membership year ends June 30, 2016. Renewal dues invoices have been mailed to all members earlier this month. If you have not yet paid your membership dues for 2016-17, you can pay online through the website. Log into your member account and go to the Store to find renewal products or to this page.

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 availble for free to AAMA members and available to other subscribers and readers for small fee. 

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