Table of Contents - October 2016
AAMA Staff and Members: An Artful Arising
I have been involved with the AAMA since 1999, when I first started practicing acupuncture. In those early years, I reached out regularly to the AAMA executive staff with questions ranging from Board Exam details to how to organize the Georgia State chapter, and even how to market our annual chapter CME events. (A special thanks to Tracey Dowden for her contributions to the successes of our Georgia chapter for over 10 years!) The steadfastness and helpfulness of our executive staff continue to impress me. In case I have not said it lately, let me clear: I am grateful for all you have done to advance the cause of acupuncture and for your support of my professional endeavors along the way. Thank you to our wonderful AAMA Headquarters!
More recently I have been involved with volunteering for committees and on the Board of Directors. During this time, I have worked closely with other physicians who share a passion for this beautiful medicine that we practice. I have grown close to several colleagues along the way and have an immense respect for the way they care for others in the practice of medicine. They inspire me with the art of medicine! Together as members, we express the many ways to integrate acupuncture into the modern Western Medical practice. The possibilities are many and the opportunities for transformation of modern medicine are immense. Working for the past couple of months on the inpatient service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I’ve provided daily treatments for inpatients on the Acute Psychiatric Service, the perioperative Pain Service, and in Palliative Care. A fellow AAMA member on the service and I never have enough time to share all of the gifts that such an opportunity affords.
The AAMA as an organization continues to grow, expand, change, as the forces in health care demand, and yet we maintain a constancy and stability that is necessary for longevity. Join us — as a member and a committee volunteer — as we continue to engage with the beauty of the ancient art of acupuncture in our modern medical practice.
Anna Kelly, MD, FAAMA
AMA Board of Directors
Update on AAMA Website Traffic Trends
A quick glance at the AAMA's website analytics points to a growing interest in acupuncture. In August 2016, the site had highest number of new visitors so far this year. A strong majority of visitors were from the United States, followed by visitors from India. As we've seen in the past, the Find an Acupuncturist landing page was the most popular. What’s this Acupuncture All About? was a close second, showing that patient-facing articles far outpace member articles in visits. All the more reason to keep your AAMA member directory up-to-date and to focus on patient outreach and education in your practice and in your community.
The Search for International Consensus on Auricular Acupuncture Nomenclature
ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization (WHO) has held multiple international meetings to establish a standardized nomenclature for body acupuncture, but a global consensus for auricular acupuncture nomenclature has not yet been fully accepted. An international symposium on auriculotherapy that will meet in Singapore in 2017 will strive to finalize a standardized auricular nomenclature. A series of meetings sponsored by the WHO led to a standard nomenclature for body acupuncture points. This system consisted of an alphanumeric code, the Pinyin Chinese phonetic name, and the Han character for each acupuncture point, and the English translation of the Chinese names for acupuncture meridians. A two-letter rather than a one-letter abbreviation was adopted for each meridian. A 1990 international meeting held in Lyon, France, also sponsored by the WHO, was not able to arrive at a collective consensus regarding differences in the ear acupuncture maps used by acupuncturists from Asia in contrast to the somatotopic system developed by European doctors. The importance of facilitating an international nomenclature standard for the purposes of research, teaching, and clinical findings for the field of auriculotherapy remains a high priority. Read the full paper.
Reminder: Indexing and Other News from the Medical Acupuncture Journal
In case you missed it last month, we share a reminder here about new goings on at Medical Acupuncture. Current Editor-in-Chief of the journal and former AAMA Board President, Richard C. Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, wrote: “I am pleased to report that the past year has been a productive and exciting one for Medical Acupuncture, with a 200% increase in downloads over last year. In addition, the journal has just been accepted by an important indexing service—the Emerging Sources Citation Index in Web of Science, which will further enhance the exposure of papers in the journal.”
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 re-certified as a Diplomate for another 10 years: David J. Bilstrom, MD, FAAMA, of Blackfoot, ID; Pamela J.S. Chapin, MD, DABMA, of Corvallis, OR; Joan Ordman, MD, FAAMA, of Lutherville, MD; Montiel T. Rosenthal, MD, DABMA, of Cincinnati, OH; and Richard D. Serano, MD, FAAMA, of Fayetteville, NC.
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. More details.
New CME Article from Medical Acupuncture Journal
Standards for Reporting Electroacupuncture Parameters
Reporting of electronic and other key experimental parameters in published experiments using electroacupuncture (EA) may be insufficient to enable reliable clinical and research replication. A proposal for more-vigorous electronic-stimulation parameters is described in this article. These parameters can enable more-accurate reporting on electric stimulation for accurate reproduction of EA procedures. This may influence reporting favorably with respect to accurate clinical electrical dosages, leading to more effective patient therapeutic protocols and reproducible results. Read the full article to earn FREE CME.
Acupuncture Featured in Vogue Magazine
Vogue.com recently ran an article about the beauty benefits of acupuncture. If more patients start asking about tightening and toning, as well as acne and rosacea, you'll know why. Read the article.