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May 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents - May 2017

The Start of a Big Year for AAMA

As the annual AAMA membership renewal date nears, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome those new to the Academy as well as those renewing their membership for the upcoming 2017-2018 year, which will certainly be one of growth, renewed momentum and increased AAMA visibility across the country. Much time and effort have gone into assuring that membership in the AAMA carries a high degree of value. 

Compared to other organizations, AAMA membership remains very cost-effective. Membership includes receiving the Journal of Medical Acupuncture, newsletters, discounts on attending the annual Symposium, discounts on taking the Board exam review course, and free online CME opportunities which continue to increase in availability. With the growing awareness of opioid addiction, associated dangers of opioid prescribing for chronic pain and the efforts in reducing the prescribing habits of physicians, the AAMA is perfectly positioned to assist our colleagues in helping manage their patients’ acute and chronic pain needs with medical acupuncture.  A recent recommendation by the FDA to encourage more physicians to learn acupuncture is a perfect segue in getting the word out to increase physician acupuncture training around the country.  

But increasing membership in the AAMA requires your help. Like you, members of the AAMA Board are full-time physicians doing what we can to keep the AAMA as strong and viable of an organization as possible. But marketing, increasing our academy’s visibility among our colleagues depends on you, our active members, helping to preserve the practice of physician acupuncture training and protecting our rights as physician acupuncturists to continue to do what we love for our patients. The AAMA Membership Committee is currently working on increasing our visibility among physician acupuncture training programs, and also with medical schools, integrative medicine fellowships across the country. The AAMA continues to be the largest physician acupuncture group in the United States, having the longest track record to help provide seasoned experienced practitioners support and guidance, not only in starting up their own acupuncture practices, but also by helping to serve on committees invested in keeping physician acupuncture alive and well. 

You may have recently received a letter from the AAMA president, Dr. Jerry Leglue, MD, with a copy of the letter from AAMA that was sent to your local and state medical societies. For your convenience, a link to a copy of the letter is here. Please take a moment and contact the leadership of the state medical board and the state medical societies to reinforce the message that medical acupuncture is an acceptable alternative in these situations. You can reference the AAMA letter and reinforce the message.  

Work is currently underway for having an AAMA booth at selected conferences where one or several of us would be present to help spread the word about what the AAMA offers, and where we, as an organization, can help. But for these projects to succeed, we need your help!  I personally want to thank each of you who added your comments and recommendations to the sign-in ledger at the AAMA booth at the recent Pittsburgh Symposium. Input like that is invaluable, the type of information that we on the Board need to help better serve your interests.  

Should you or other colleagues be interested in being involved in any one of the various committees, we urge you to contact the committee Chair listed on the AAMA website. More people invested, involved and working as a robust organization will propel our Academy forward into 2018. With sincere appreciation and thanks,   

Tom Etges, MD
AAMA Membership Committee Chairman  

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 April 2017: 

  • Paula Abington Burgess, MD, Decatur, GA 
  • Paul Choi, MD, Eugene OR 
  • Laura DeBenedetti, MD, Toledo, OH 
  • Yvette Janine Degazon, MD, Houston, TX 
  • Harsha Duvvi, MD, MPH, Cortlandt Manor, NY 
  • Elder Feltrim, MD, Araguaina, Brazil 
  • Gregory Finnoff, DO, Longmont, CO 
  • Katie Hill, MD, Morgantown, WV 
  • Xianfeng Jiang, MD, Beijing, China 
  • Ruth Lagman, MD, Cleveland, OH 
  • Kimberly A. Levitt, MD, Princeton, NJ 
  • Chantell McKee, MD, North Charleston, SC 
  • Deborah Malka Pacik, Storrs Mansfield, CT 
  • Shu-Ming Wang, MD, North Haven, CT 
  • Bireen Whitten, MD, Salt Lake City, UT 
  • Ying Ying Wood, MD, Houston, TX 

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.   

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.   

Types of Recordings Available: 

  1. Audio - a voice recording only 
  2. Video - a video recording
  3. Sync PP - a video recording synchronized with a PowerPoint   

Types of Media Available: 

  1. Audio CD 
  2. Video DVD 
  3. Internet Stream & Download   

For more information, click here.   

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.   

From Consumer Reports: Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture and Other Nondrug Therapies?

Encourage your patients to try these “smart strategies” from Consumer Reports to help get coverage for back treatments.   

FREE Social Media Webinar 

We will be scheduling a short webinar for AAMA members entitled "Using Facebook and Twitter to Grow your Acupuncture Practice." The webinar is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 11th. The webinar will go over how to use social media to build your practice. Watch for emails from the AAMA and posts on the AAMA Facebook and Twitter feeds for times and participation information.  

Physicians Earn ABMA Certification

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):  

  • Theresa A. Benchoff, MD, DABMA, of Arlington, VA 
  • Winona D. Chua, MD, DABMA, of Gladwyne, PA
  • Stephen Godar, MD, DABMA, of Eagle, CO
  • Chelsea D. Hamilton, MD, DABMA, of Arlington, VA
  • Timothy W. Kaczmar, MD, DABMA, of Santa Rosa, CA
  • Afsaneh Karimi, MD, DABMA, Beverly Hills, CA  
  • Michael D. Martin, MD, DABMA, Austin, TX
  • Priscilla Tu, DO, DABMA, of Roanoke, VA
  • Francis Yoo, DO, DABMA, Southampton, NY    

Join the AAMA’s Growing 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:   

ICYMI – Quick Reminders from AAMA

Academy-wide Outreach about Pain/Opioids  
With the heightened awareness of the opioid crisis in patient treatment, there is increasing attention being given to alternative treatment options. The Board of Directors of the AAMA wants to be sure that officials at the state medical boards and with the state medical associations are aware of the Academy and the substantive assistance we can provide in their consideration of medical acupuncture as an alternative treatment for pain. As we announced at the Pittsburgh Symposium, we are sending 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. You can make a big difference in the reception our letter gets if you would contact the leadership of the state medical board and the state medical societies to reinforce the message that medical acupuncture is an acceptable alternative in these situations. Hearing from someone in their own state always carries a lot of weight. Click here for a copy of the letter.   

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      

The First World Congress ICMART-FILASMA Mexico 2017 entitled “The Role of Acupuncture on the World’s Health Integration,” will take place in Mexico City, June 2-4, 2017. For the first time, ICMART and FILASMA, two umbrella associations representing medical acupuncture, have come together to create one of the biggest acupuncture scientific events in the world. FILASMA2017   

Save the Date!
AAMA 2018 Annual Symposium - Kansas City, April 12-15, 2018 

New Scientific Research

Acupuncture May Be Effective for Long-term Migraine Prophylaxis
Acupuncture significantly reduced the frequency and severity of migraines without aura, according to a Chinese trial that compared true acupuncture (TA) with 2 control groups—sham acupuncture (SA) and no intervention. The authors of the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, report that the clinical benefit persisted over the 24-week trial.  

Acupuncture Controls Tourette’s Syndrome Over Drugs
In a controlled clinical trial, Heilongjiang Traditional Chinese Medicine University researchers conclude that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of Tourette’s syndrome.     

Patients’ And Physiotherapists’ Belief In And Use Of Acupuncture For Cancer-Related Symptoms
More than two thirds of patients with cancer were interested in receiving acupuncture during therapy. Patients and oncological physiotherapists believed that acupuncture was effective for cancer pain, nausea and vasomotor symptoms.     

Acupuncture Stops Urinary Bladder Leakage Over Drugs
Acupuncture outperforms drug therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate female stress urinary incontinence (FSUI). Researchers from Weihai City Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine conclude that electroacupuncture is effective for the control of FSUI.

Symposium Recordings

Did you miss the 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving?  You can STILL purchase recordings - Stream or download videos.

Order today!

Resourceful Recordings

2017 Symposium Photos

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.

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