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May 2015 Newsletter

Table of Contents - May 2015 

President’s Letter   

Greetings, everyone. 

I am honored to be the new president of the academy. Over the past year, as our president, Sandi Amoils successfully organized and improved our ability to serve the membership of the academy and the academy’s mission. I am grateful to her and the past presidents and our board for their hard work on behalf of the academy. I feel that the academy is well set to further improve and continue in our mission of serving the needs of medical acupuncturists in the United States. 

We are fortunate to have an excellent board of directors* and officers: 

  • Sandi Amoils, MD, Immediate Past President 
  • Anna Kelly, MD, Vice President 
  • Marshall Sager, DO, Treasurer 
  • Gerry LeGlue MD, Secretary 

And board members: 

  • Rey Ximenes, MD 
  • Nancy Ann Cotter, MD 
  • Tom Etges, MD 
  • Leslie Smith, MD 
  • Melanie Gold, DO 

This year, the emphasis of our efforts to serve you, our fellow members, is on our goal of enhancing the value of academy membership. We are working on creating an upgraded educational service online linked with smoothly accessible CME and rich with valuable content. We are making a renewed effort to engage in oversight of legislative issues related to acupuncture and to address the complex issue of insurance coverage.  

Anna Kelly, our vice president, is taking a fresh look at the process of creating state chapters, which is at present too complicated, and exploring what the academy can do to support members in their own states and communities. We will also address creating a more robust social media presence. In general, we are working on improving membership services for you and for all of our future as medical acupuncturists. If you have ideas, suggestions or comments or would like to help work on any of the above projects, please contact me or another board member. We want to hear from you. 

Thank you for being a member of the academy and for sharing my appreciation of medical acupuncture. Together we can help the academy to continue to grow and to thrive. 

Thomas Burgoon, MD   

*Changes to the AAMA Board of Directors

During the Annual membership meeting in St. Louis, new leadership was elected: 
  • President - Thomas Burgoon, MD, DABMA
  • Vice President - Anna C. Kelly, MD, FAAMA
  • Secretary - Gerald J. Leglue, MD, DABMA
  • Treasurer - Marshall Sager, DO, FAAMA
Newly elected to the Board were Leslie Smith, MD and Melanie Gold, DO. Directors continuing to serve on the Board include Drs. Ann (Nancy) Cotter; Thomas J. Etges; Rey Ximenes; and Sandi Amoils, immediate past president. Retiring from the Board and thanked for their service were Drs. Claudia Harsh and Kit Lee. Richard Niemtzow, MD, editor of Medical Acupuncture, and Joseph Helms, MD, FAAMA, serve as ex officio members of the Board. 

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: 

Acupuncture for post-tonsillectomy pain in children: a randomized, controlled study (Pediatric Anesthesia)
Conclusion: Acupuncture, in addition to conventional analgesic treatment, is an effective treatment for post-tonsillectomy pain. Acupuncture is safe and well received by children and their parents.  

Efficacy of Acupuncture in Itch: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Clinical Randomized Controlled Trials (Hindawi)
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this systematic review, we cautiously suggest that acupuncture therapy could improve the clinical efficacy of itch. However, this conclusion needs more studies on various ethnic samples to confirm our final conclusion. 

Electroacupuncture inhibits weight gain in diet-induced obese rats by activating hypothalamic LKB1-AMPK signaling (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Conclustion: This study suggests that hypothalamic LKB1-AMPK-ACC signaling plays an important role in EA treatment for obesity. 

2016 AAMA Annual Symposium Dates Announced

Mark Your Calendar! The 2016 AAMA Symposium will be held at the Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim, CA. Narda Robinson, MD, FAAMA, is the Symposium Chair. She and her committee are fast at work on next year's program. Details will be available soon. The Review Course will be April 5-6, the Pre-Symposium Workshops April 7, the Symposium April 8-10, and the Board Certification Exam April 10, 2016.

AAMA Poster Competition Winners Announced 

A total of 14 abstracts were accepted for competition and presentation as part of this year’s competition and awards reception at the Annual Symposium.

  • First place: “Employer Sponsored Acupuncture for Employees: 2014 Experience” Abraham C. Kuruvilla, MD, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), Phoenix, AZ ($500 prize)   
  • Second place: “Safety and feasibility of auricular acupuncture in neonatal abstinence syndrome” Laura Weathers, MD, University of South Florida, Department of Pediatrics, Tampa, FL ($250 prize) 
  • Third place: “Pain and Demographic Factors Associated with Perceived Benefits from Acupuncture Therapy” Rohan Jain, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, Department of Anesthesiology ($100 prize)   

New Fellows Elected

An election of new Fellows happens prior to the AAMA Annual Symposium. This year’s results were announced at the St. Louis meeting. Our congratulations to the following new Fellows, who have earned the FAAMA distinction.
  • Felix Chang, MD, FAAMA, Worcester, MA
  • Gregory Chernyak, MD, FAAMA, Edmond, OK
  • Elaine Chu. MD, FAAMA, La Canada, CA
  • Freda L. Dreher, MD, FAAMA, Lebanon, NH
  • Robert Friedman, MD, FAAMA, Sullivan’s Island, SC
  • Yvette C. Ross Hebron, MD, FAAMA, Burtonsville, MD
  • Randall H. James, DO, FAAMA, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Karen Lin, MD, FAAMA, Philadelphia, PA
  • Meiying Liang, MD, FAAMA, Mequon, WI
  • James D. Ochi, MD, FAAMA, Encinitas, CA
  • Kristine Oleson, MD, FAAMA, Omaha, NE
  • Donna Pittman, MD, FAAMA, Hudson, WI
  • Kishore Ranade, MD, FAAMA, Carmel, NY   

World Tai and Qigong Day Celebrated in St. Louis 

In addition to the early morning "Gong with Aung: Early Morning Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Exercises" led by Drs. Steven Aung and Rey Ximenes at the Annual Sympoisum in St. Louis, a group met at 10am on Saturday morning, April 25, 2015, to celebrate World Tai and Qigong Day (the last Saturday of April each year.) According to Ximenes, at 10 am on that day each year, people around the world in their time zones do their form. This results in a wave of Qi that starts in Australia and goes around the world ending in Hawaii. To learn more, visit the website www.worldtaichiday.org

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