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March 2016 Newsletter

Table of Contents - March 2016

The AAMA and Collaboration with the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)   

SAR is an acupuncture community of academic researchers, largely PhDs and LAcs who focus on the research of acupuncture in both clinical and basic science environments. If you have attended any of our annual symposiums over the past several years, a member of the SAR community has always given a lecture, which has been a key component of our symposium.   

Recent lectures I recall vividly were done by Rick Harris, Vitaly Napadow and Hugh MacPherson. They shared valid information regarding their research topics that have a direct correlation with the work that many of us do in our clinics. This year, Helene Langevin will present an inspiring lecture entitled, “Acupuncture, Connective Tissue and Peripheral Sensory Modulation.” Her work in basic science is key to understanding what actually happens to the cells that our needles touch on a daily basis. If you’re not attending the symposium and don’t know about her work, I encourage you to find out about it on your own. It’s pretty awesome news. Better yet, make plans to come to the symposium to learn something new!   

This information can help us to improve our understanding of why acupuncture works from a scientific perspective. It helps us to promote our field of work to patients, colleagues and the public. In my opinion, this is vital information as the field of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine is gaining momentum in today’s health care arena.   To improve this aspect of our learning, it has been the intention of the AAMA Board to somehow combine a future annual symposium of the AAMA with some form of joint collaboration with SAR. We think it could be a win-win for both organizations. We were hoping to make this happen in 2017 (we have to plan in advance for these kinds of ventures), but unfortunately it was not feasible. We will try again for either 2018 or 2019. In the meanwhile, we will continue our current arrangement of having a SAR member present at least one lecture at our symposium.   Hope to see you soon in Anaheim at our April Annual Symposium!   

Sandi Amoils, MD
Past President AAMA   

Annual Symposium – Event Highlights Include Sessions and Social Activities 

Time to finish up travel plans and start gearing up for the AAMA Annual Symposium! You've come to expect excellent Pre-Symposium Workshops and educational sessions during the symposium, but don't forget the many opportunities for networking and socializing with peers.

  • Welcome Reception, 6-7pm, to honor Diplomats of ABMA
  • Friday Symposium Dinner and Celebration, 6:15-10pm
  • Wine & Cheese Reception with Poster Presentations, 6:15-7:30pm
  • Plus, a crowd favorite ... Tai Chi, 6:30am on Saturday and Sunday mornings

Speaking of social, we're pleased to announce a big social first for AAMA — our very first hashtag: #AAMASymp2016. Be sure to follow and post on Twitter and Instagram if you are online.  

Join the AAMA Google Group and Learn More from Your Peers 

Have you got a question you would like to ask your colleagues? We get calls in the Academy office all the time asking about how members do different things: What CPT code do they use for this treatment or that? Does anyone have a particularly good patient release form for acupuncture? We also hear from physicians seeking answers to a variety of treatment-related queries. Wouldn't it be great if you could just ask your fellow members? Surely someone has an answer.     

If you want to ask you colleagues what they are doing or how they are doing something, sign up for the AAMA Google Group. Members who sign up for the Academy Google group are able to pose any practice-related question to the group. Those with an answer or a suggestion respond back. It is amazing to watch and to participate. Don't be stumped; just reach out through the Google Group to see if you can get the answer you are looking for.   

To participate in the Academy's Google Group, sign in to the Member Login section of the AAMA website, then go to the "For Physicians" tab.  Scroll down to "member Exchange" for instructions on how you can sign on to the group. It’s easy to do.    

Serve on the AAMA Board of Directors 

Members of the Academy, serving on the Board of Directors or on Committees advising the Board, are making the decisions regarding programs and activities that set the future for the Academy. All members are invited to take part in this volunteer governance process. If you are interested in being considered for a seat on the Board of Directors or if you are interested in working on one of the Academy committees, send an email to Executive Administrator James Dowden at or to President Tom Burgoon at   

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): Eric C. Ehle, DO, of Amarillo, TX; and Juan Qiu, MD, PhD, of State College, PA.   

Symposium 2017: A Sneak Peek 

Even as we meet in Anaheim, we are looking forward to the 2017 Symposium! Laura Bowman has agreed to continue on the planning committee as Chair, with David Miller joining as Vice Chair. The committee will convene for the first planning meeting in Anaheim, so please bring your ideas and share your suggestions with Laura and David. The Symposium will be heading east to Pittsburgh next April. Put it on your calendars! Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, April 6-9, 2017.

Attend the World Acupuncture Congress 

The XVIII ICMART World Acupuncture Congress will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, June 10-12, 2016, with the theme “Acupuncture and Well-being.” The goal of the 2016 ICMART Congress will be to bring forth and discuss the most recent developments in acupuncture, revealing its significance to the world through scientific discourse.   

New Scientific Research

Physical Therapists' Views and Experiences of Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain and the Role of Acupuncture: Qualitative Exploration.
(Physical Therapy)
Low back pain is often accepted as a "normal" part of pregnancy. Despite research suggesting that quality of life for women who are pregnant is adversely affected, most are advised to self-manage. Although the use of acupuncture for the management of persistent nonspecific low back pain has been recommended in recent UK national guidelines, its use in the management of pregnancy-related low back pain remains limited. 

Acupuncture for recovery after surgery in patients undergoing colorectal cancer resection: a systematic review and meta-analysis
(Acupuncture in Medicine)
Conclusions We found low-to moderate-quality evidence for the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for recovery after surgery in colorectal cancer patients. Future trials with adequate allocation concealment, blinding of outcome assessors, and measurement of post-discharge outcomes including QoL or functional recovery are warranted. 

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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