October 2015 Newsletter

Table of Contents - October 2015

  • Why Volunteer with Your State's AAMA Chapter?
  • New! Earn Free CME for Reading Journal Articles
  • New Scientific Research
  • Dry-Needling News
  • Chapter & Member News
  • Physicians Complete Re-certification Process
  • Physician Earns Board Certification 
  • Dates & Reminders   

    Why Volunteer with Your State's AAMA Chapter?  

    In the midst of a busy practice, family and professional obligations, and time for self-care and development, many of us perhaps wonder, "Why would I volunteer to start or to run a State Chapter for Medical Acupuncturists?"   

    Well, I can answer that!  With a small group of interested physicians and acupuncturists, I ran the Georgia Chapter of the AAMA for 10 years until a couple of years ago. The rewards were many, but I would declare that the greatest gift was meeting like-minded practitioners, as well as wonderful teachers along the way.    

    Each year, our primary goal was to bring together physicians and acupuncturists who were interested in quality continuing education, right here to our home state. We all learned together the beautiful art and science of acupuncture, and while the engagement was intense at times, the sense of fellowship and common purpose were profound.    

    I navigated in real time hotel contracts, wondered about the qualities of an excellent speaker, learned to delegate tasks that were not my strength, and worked closely with the AAMA staff to meet ACCME requirements for our meetings.    

    So whether your state chapter is interested in monthly or quarterly grand rounds with topics related to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, or an annual weekend workshop with world renowned teachers and speakers, establishing and running a state chapter can be a way to be involved and learn at the same time. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, and I will gladly share my experience with you.        

    Anna Kelly, MD, FAAMA
    AAMA Vice-President 

    Reminder! Earn Free CME for Reading Journal Articles 

    We’re pleased to announce a new member benefit. Journal-based CME credit for AAMA members is now available through the store system on the AAMA website. Just add the course to your cart and "purchase" it for free. You will not be charged. Visit http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/cme/AvailableCMECourses/tabid/3614/c/journal-articles-members/Default.aspx and log in as a member. You’ll receive a coupon for the free CME.   

    New Scientific Research  

    Effects of acupressure on anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    (Acupuncture in Medicine)
    Conclusion: Acupressure seems to be effective in providing immediate relief of pretreatment anxiety among adults, and has a medium effect size.    

    A Systematic and Narrative Review of Acupuncture Point Application Therapies in the Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma during Dog Days
    (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
    Conclusion: This systematic and narrative review shows that acupuncture point application therapies have been extensively applied in the treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma with advantages of favorable treatment effect, convenient operation, receiving patients’ good acceptability and compliance, and few side effects. 

    Dry-Needling News

    News from North Carolina that echoes the AAMA position on dry-needling: The N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board has filed suit to end dry needling by physical therapists. 

     

    Chapter & Member News    

    Dr. David Miller, Pacific College, Chicago, will present “Exploring Informed Consent in Vaccination:  An Independent Physician's Evidence-Based Perspective for Parents and Professionals” at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, January 10, 2016. Dr. Miller will spotlight these vaccines: pneumococcus, varicella, smallpox, Gardasil/HPV, Hepatitis B, polio, HIB, rotavirus, MMR, pertussis and meningococcal. He will address both the positive potential of vaccination, as well as conflicts of interest in vaccine sales and study, adjuvants, how vaccine schedules have changed and the rise in chronic disease. Registration info: http://ilaaom.org/events-2/   

    Ohio Chapter (Submitted by Steve Amoils, MD, Chapter President) Dr. Joe Audette, director of the Harvard-based International Structural Acupuncture course for physicians, will be presenting an acupuncture seminar to the Ohio AAMA chapter on Saturday November 7, and Sunday, November 8, at Alliance Integrative Medicine, Cincinnati. The seminar is titled: An Acupuncture Tensegrity approach to Myofascial Trigger Points. Audette is a clinical assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and chief of pain medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He attended the Tristate Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York and is a recognized authority in palpation based Japanese acupuncture, as well as the utilization of dry needling techniques for the treatment of pain. For more information, contact Steve Amoils, MD, President, Ohio Chapter, AAMA, at Steve.Amoils@myhealingpartner.com   

    The New England Society of Medical Acupuncture presents "Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine in Cancer Management and Prevention" by Jeffrey C. Yuen on October 31 and November 1, in Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham. Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10am-5:30pm, and Sunday, November 1, 2015, 9am-3:30pm at Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham, 9 Hope Avenue, Waltham, Massachusetts. For complete program information and registration, visit http://www.NEMedAcupuncture.org.   

    Physicians Complete 10-year ABMA Recertification Process 

    The following physicians 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: Ofelia M. Balmaseda, MD, DABMA, of Terre Haute, IN; Ravinder Mamtani, MD, FAAMA, of New York, NY; Kamlesh B. Shah, MD, DABMA, of Downers Grove, IL.   

    Physician Earns Board Certifications 

    The following physician recently met the stringent requirements of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) and has achieved Board Certification in medical acupuncture. This doctor has earned the designation DABMA (Diplomate, American Board of Medical Acupuncture): Matthew S. Hing, MD, of Fort Carson, CO.   

    Dates & Reminders  

    Reminder: Save the Date – Annual Symposium, April 7-10, 2016  Symposium Chair Narda Robinson, DO, DVM, FAAMA, has announced the theme of next year's symposium in Anaheim, California: "Converging Networks in Medical Acupuncture — The Synergy of Science and Tradition." As information is available, it will be posted on the AAMA website.   

    Reminder: SAR Conference in November The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) is holding its next conference in Boston, MA, USA November 12-14, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.acupunctureresearch.org/2015conf or email Laura Triplett, Executive Director: ltriplett@acupunctureresearch.org.

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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