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June 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents - June 2017

AAMA President’s Message: Committee Update

As we are over two months out from a most successful symposium in Pittsburgh, your board leadership and various AAMA committees are in full force preparing for our next annual symposium.   

The Membership Committee, led by Dr. Tom Etges, has been planning strategies to both improve membership numbers, as well as conveying the many benefits of membership. Kudos to Tom! Our numbers are rising for the first time in several years. New recruitment and advertising literature is now completed to assist all of us in speaking to and conveying information regarding value of membership to our colleagues who are not yet members. A big thank you to all his committee members that assisted.

Our Education Committee, led by Dr. Montiel Rosenthal, is in the process of increasing the numbers of available articles on the website for CME credits. She and her team are also in the process of setting up weekend seminars, which will be available for CME credit. Topics of interest are to be presented based on polling of membership determining their area of interest. Plans at present are to have two weekend seminars prior to next year’s symposium. Thanks to Dr. Rosenthal and her committee for their extraordinary energy in increasing the number of CME opportunities available for our members.    

Our CME Committee, led by Dr. Michael Green, is presently in overdrive in preparation for the re-accreditation process with ACCME. He and his committee members are also busy reviewing and approving those courses and activities for CME credit as they are being presented to his colleagues. A behind-the-scenes activity that often goes unnoticed … but it is extremely important and greatly appreciated.   

Our Symposium Committee, led by Dr. Laura Bowman and Dr. David Miller, along with vice chair Dr. Freda Dreher, are diligently preparing both the lineup of speakers and the organization of the next symposium in Kansas City. (April 2018! Mark you calendars now!) Being privileged to know some of the speakers who have already committed, as well as those for whom the committee is finalizing commitments and topic details, I can tell you I’m most excited for what I know will be the best symposium lineup to-date. I know that sounds like an incredible statement, after the outstanding success of Pittsburgh, but given the significant exposure and experience of their committee, I assure you that will be the case.   

Lastly, the Legislature Committee, led by myself, with the selfless help of Drs. Freda Dreher, Jay Sandweiss, John Reed, Gary Howerton, Sandi Amoils and Marshall Sager, has been busy with the multiple ongoing legal issues in several states. These issues are too numerous to list here, but they will be addressed and communicated to all at a later date. 

In conclusion, I want to thank all who have become involved with our academy over the past couple of months, since the Pittsburgh Symposium. Our AAMA booth was extremely successful in communicating information and, as a result, many of our members have volunteered to become more involved. It is because of you — those of you who have volunteered — that our organization is moving forward, with membership numbers and with an increase in the value of membership. A heartfelt thanks to all. It is only through your involvement as members that we can and will continue to grow. We, your AAMA Leadership, are here for your advancement and for the advancement of medical acupuncture. As we grow, learn and increase our knowledge of medical acupuncture, we increase the quality of lives for our most beloved patients.    

Gerald J. Leglue, Jr., M.D., DABMA, FAAPMR
AAMA President   

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 May 2017: 

  • Sheri Poznanovic, MD, of Greenwood Village, CO 
  • Terence B. Mitchell, MD, of Niceville, FL 
  • Brian Jenkins, MD, of Fort Wayne, IN
  • Jennifer Jarrett Dilts, DO, of Liberty, MO 
  • Paula Abington Burgess, MD, of Decautur, GA 
  • Yvette Janine Degazon, MD, of Houston, TX 
  • Michael Aaron Chipman, DO, of Murpheysboro, IL 
  • Saifei Wu, MD, of Glendale, CA 
  • Nadezhda I. Volsky, MD, of Bellingham, WA 
  • Kerri Fitzgerald, MD, of Bellingham, WA 
  • Jay S Harms, MD, of Peoria, IL  
  • Sonja Annette Wilkey, MD, of Midlothian, VA 
  • Caitlin Day Bump, MD, of Butler, PA 
  • Artie Ann Bates, MD, of Blackey, KY 
  • Patricia Lynn Johnson, MD, of Indianapolis, IN 
  • Cynthia Jane Ferrier, MD, of Lake Oswego, OR 
  • Rebecca Joe Gee, MD, of San Antonio, TX 
  • Roy Tingley, MD, of Moncton, NB Canada 
  • Rosemarie Filart, MD, of McLean, VA 
  • Howard Salvay, MD, of Soquel, CA 
  • Sandra Dean Shriner, MD of San Antonio, TX 
  •  M. Brittany Bales Marshall, MD, of Terrytown, LA 
  •  Andrea Karen Dickerson, MD, of Fayetteville, NC   

If you have peers or colleagues who aren’t currently 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.   

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’s FREE Social Media Webinar – Available On Demand

If you missed the AAMA’s first social media webinar last week, don’t worry: We recorded it so you can watch it when it’s convenient for you. Members can log in with their passwords and find the webinar here. http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/For-Physicians/Webinars-for-Members   

Professional Development Opportunity: Auriculotherapy

9th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy
August 10-12, 2017 Novotel, Clarke Quay, Singapore
www.auriculotherapysymposium.com   

You’re Invited to Join the AAMA’s Social Media Committee

Duties of the committee are to scan the Internet a few times a week (we can divide up nights so that this only takes 5-10 minutes once or twice a week) and email me URLs/websites with respectable articles on acupuncture and related topics. Leslie Smith, the committee chair, will then take care of posting them on our social media pages. Smith has also set the goal of getting the AAMA LinkedIn page updated and is starting to post there, too. Joining this committee will make you more aware of what is happening in the acupuncture community at large and help you address questions your patients have about acupuncture from articles in the popular press. For information, please email Leslie Smith: leslietcm@gmail.com.   

ICYMI – Quick Reminders from AAMA

2017 Annual Symposium Recordings Available
The 29th Annual Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA received rave reviews! If you weren’t able to attend this year – or if there was a specific session you missed – Symposium recordings are available for purchase either as individual sessions or for the Symposium as a whole.   2017 Annual Symposium Photos See program highlights and view photos of your industry peers in our online photo gallery, featuring nearly 300 images of professional development, peer networking and social gatherings. http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/2017-Symposium-Photos   

Academy-wide Outreach about Pain/Opioids
The Board of Directors sent to every state medical board and to every state medical society a letter introducing them to the Academy and offering to be available to them should they need our expertise as they consider changes to their laws and regulations regarding alternative approaches to the treatment of pain which avoid drugs where possible. Please email the AAMA if you would like a copy of the letter sent to you again.    

Call for Research Articles: Contribute to the Journal of Medical Acupuncture
Medical Acupuncture can only continue to mature and maximize in quality if you, the readers, come forth with articles. 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 Richard C. Niemtzow directly if you have an interesting article to submit or an idea for the journal. E-MAIL: N5EVMD@GMAIL.COM      

Save the Date!
AAMA 2018 Annual Symposium - Kansas City
April 12-15, 2018   
http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/For-Physicians/Symposium

AAMA Members: Free CME Article from Medical Acupuncture

The Regulation of the Practice of Acupuncture by Physicians in the United States
The authors comprehensively examined the regulation of the practice of acupuncture by licensed physicians in the United States. Current statutes were evaluated with respect to those from past decades. Requirements were compared with the World Health Organization's recommendations for acupuncture basic training and safety. (AAMA member and subscriber access only.) 

New Scientific Research

Acupuncture Reverts Heart Arrhythmias To Normal
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) researchers find acupuncture effective for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. In a meta-analysis of eight independent investigations, acupuncture had an 87%-100% success rate for converting patients to a “normal sinus rhythm after acupuncture.”  

Pain Management and Acupuncture After Vertebral Fractures
(Chapter: Non-Pharmacological Management of Osteoporosis)
Vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis are a significant cause of decreased function as well as pain. Care of this population sometimes requires a multimodal approach including referrals to pain clinics.  … Acupuncture has gained in popularity as a valid treatment option for many different types of pain conditions including back pain.    

Comparative Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain and Co-morbid Conditions in Veterans
(Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research)
Building on identified scientific gaps in the literature and our promising preliminary data, we will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Electro-acupuncture (EA) vs. Battle Field Acupuncture (BFA) vs. Waitlist Control usual care (WLC) on 360 patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Specific Aim 1: To compare the effects of Electro-acupuncture (EA) vs. Battle Field Acupuncture (BFA) vs. Waitlist Control usual care (WLC) on patient-reported pain (primary outcome), physical functions, and co-morbid symptoms [fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)] among patients experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain for three months or greater.  

The Japanese Version of the Massachusetts General Hospital Acupuncture Sensation Scale: A Validation Study
(Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
The Massachusetts General Hospital Acupuncture Sensation Scale (MASS) is a frequently used scale in acupuncture research to measure acupuncture sensations. We translated the MASS into Japanese (Japanese MASS) based on Beaton’s guidelines. …  This study demonstrated that the Japanese MASS has good reliability, content validity, criterion-related validity, and construct validity. Therefore, the Japanese MASS is a valid and reliable instrument for use with Japanese populations.   

Membership Renewal Time!

The membership year ends June 30, 2017. Renewal dues invoices have been mailed to all members earlier this month. If you have not yet paid your membership dues for 2017-18, 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.

Symposium Recordings

Did you miss the 2017 Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving?  You can STILL purchase recordings - Synched PowerPoint recordings, audio MP3 and video MP4.

Order online today!

Resourceful Recordings

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. 

Click here to access current and past issues of Medical Acupuncture.

Save the Date!

2018 Annual Symposium
April 13-15, 2018
Kansas City, MO

Mark Your Calendars Today!

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