Table of Contents - November 2016
Serve on the AAMA Board of Directors
The Academy is a member driven organization. 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. You can take on a small task that is important but where the time commitment is clearly defined, or you can take on a more significant role by becoming involved as a member of a standing committee or Board where your activities will be more varied and spread over multiple months. In the spring each year, the Academy has an election of Directors and Officers to guide the Academy for the following year. 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 email@example.com or to Nominations Committee Chair Sandi Amoils at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details about 2017 Annual Symposium
The theme of the AAMA’s next Annual Symposium is: “Deepen your theory. Sharpen your practice.” The 29th Annual AAMA Symposium will be held April 6-9, 2017 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Laura Bowman, MD, DABMA, is Program Chair, assisted by David Miller, MD, LAc and several committee members who are hard at work designing an exceptional program. This conference will offer a multi-tiered approach for the understanding and clinical relevance of acupuncture in daily practice. It will expand our awareness of scientific research into the effects of acupuncture, and provide participants with information about different approaches for the treatment of common conditions seen in clinical practice. Clinicians will learn multi-faceted ways to tailor acupuncture treatments for their individual patients. This conference will focus on clinically relevant treatment approaches that can easily be integrated into clinical practice. We have hotel information for the Symposium on the website now for early-bird pricing.
Call for Entries! Acupuncture Research Paper Competition
Entries for the annual Acupuncture Research Paper competition are now being accepted. The application deadline to present a Research Paper at the 2017 AAMA Annual Symposium at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, is January 27, 2017. Submissions must be original work, in either clinical research or basic biochemical or physiological research pertaining to acupuncture. The work must not have been previously published. Work completed and accepted for publication during the 2016-2017 year period will be considered, if the publishing journal will allow presentation at AAMA Symposium. First, Second and Third Place awards will be presented at the AAMA Symposium in Anaheim. The First Place paper is to be presented in a 30-minute Plenary Session at the Symposium. Papers for Second and Third place are to be announced at the Symposium.
If your paper is selected as one of the winners, you will be notified by February 17, 2017.
We are pleased to offer:
- First Place: $1,500 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and three night's hotel lodging for the presenting author. Paper to be presented at AAMA Symposium in Pittsburgh, April 2017.
- Second Place: $750 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500.
- Third Place: $350 stipend and Symposium Registration.
Call for Entries! Annual Poster Presentation
Members are invited to submit an abstract to present a Poster Presentation at the AAMA 2017 Symposium, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA, April 6-9, 2017. Please follow all instructions carefully to allow your application to be fully considered. Space and time is limited. Poster Presentations must be submitted in English. Deadline for submissions: January 27, 2017. If your poster application is accepted, you will be notified by February 17, 2017. Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 8th Reception. While there is no organized or moderated discussion over posters, you should be available to offer your explanation to interested colleagues during the reception. In order to be eligible to win an award, you must be present to present your poster during the reception.
2017 Medical Acupuncture Review Course
The Medical Acupuncture Review Course has been developed to provide a broad-based refresher course on the major subject matter areas with which a well-trained physician should be familiar. The Review Course is especially useful as a refresher for those who obtained their acupuncture training some time ago and for those who are seeking an organized review prior to taking the ABMA Board Certification Examination. The overall objectives of the Review Course are to: Review and solidify previously acquired knowledge and experience in medical acupuncture. Reinforce understanding of the basic material appropriate for a physician practicing acupuncture in North America. Refresh the participant’s exposure and awareness of certain specialized aspects of acupuncture not always utilized in traditional practice settings.
Chapter & Member News
The Ohio Chapter hosted the Integrative Acupuncture for Neuro-Rehabilitation, presented by Poney Chiang PhD, R.Ac R.TCMP, Dipl OM (NCCAOM) on October 15-16, 2016, at Alliance Integrative Medicine in Cincinnati. Dr. Chiang did an excellent job as a presenter and teacher, covering stroke rehabilitation as well as approaches to chronic neurological diseases. He utilized a broad review of the acupuncture literature together with his extensive acupuncture and neuro-anatomical expertise to create effective and teachable acupuncture approaches. The seminar was well attended and extremely well received.
Physicians Complete 10-year ABMA Recertification Process
Congratulations to the following physicians who 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: Jordan Goetz, MD, FAAMA, of Farmington, CT, and Lily Moon, MD, DABMA, of Hinsdale, IL.
Save the Date: 2017 Annual 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 Acupuncture-related Research
Antagonism of cannabinoid receptor 1 attenuates the anti-inflammatory effects of electroacupuncture in a rodent model of migraine
[Acupuncture in Medicine]
Conclusion: CB1 receptors appear to mediate anti-inflammatory effects of EA in a rat model of migraine.
Effect of acupuncture treatment on smoking cessation in smokers from Hong Kong
[Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine]
Conclusion: Acupuncture for smoking cessation was more popular in female smokers, especially those aged 31-40 years. The effectiveness of acupuncture-smoking cessation was most significant in the smokers over 60.