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October 2018 Newsletter

Table of Contents - October 2018

AAMA: The More You Put In, The More You Get Out 

I have had the privilege of being a member of the AAMA since the early 1990’s. I also had the honor of serving as its President for two years (2001-2003). It has been the most significant and meaningful association of my life (aside from my wonderful marriage, of course). 

I want you all to know what the AAMA offers. First is the knowledge-based camaraderie. I have found that AAMA members are more than willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you have a perplexing problem with a patient or you are having difficulty with some aspect of your practice, you can reach out to member-experts and benefit from their advice. It is comforting, especially at the beginning of your medical acupuncture practice, to have the support of the “safety net” your academy provides. 

The next benefit is education. Yes, you can get CME credits from generic providers in your state, but only through the AAMA can you obtain continuing education that is specific to your practice of Medical Acupuncture. Our annual Symposium is the perfect setting to acquire new skills, stimulate curiosity and increase proficiency. In addition, AAMA-sponsored courses offer the opportunity to brush up on paradigms you have already mastered — and to explore and learn exciting new techniques. AAMA courses also introduce you to numerous “fellow travelers,” opening new doors for friendships and knowledge exchange. 

I have greatly enjoyed the time I’ve spent on work for the AAMA. I found it, and continue to find it, immensely rewarding and stimulating. Please engage with the Academy as a member or as part of the organization’s leadership. Like me, I think you’ll find that the more you invest, the more you’ll be rewarded.

Marshall Sager, DO, FAAMA
AAMA Board of Directors
AAMA Past President 

Welcome New AAMA Member

Please join us in welcoming the following new member who became part of the AAMA in September 2018:

  • Susan Mary Morgan, MBBCh of Blackmill, Bridgend, United Kingdom

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 Sue Sorensen, MD, FAAMA, the membership committee chair. 

Save the Date: 2019 AAMA Annual Symposium

April 11-14, 2019

The AAMA Symposium Committee has been hard at work, planning for the 2019 conference in Phoenix, AZ, which will include sessions on: myofascial pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, care for acute conditions, integrative support for oncology patients, qi gong and classical Chinese calligraphy. Attendees will delve into the Luo Vessels with internationally renowned teacher Yvonne Farrell, as well as to consider the San Jiao and in its role throughout the lifespan and autism with Dr. Stephen Cowan. A presentation on acupuncture in the U.S. Airforce will be highlighted in our Founder's Lecture with top military leadership, and we will also provide an opportunity to grow your business with a "to-the-point" practice management pre-symposium. Please mark your calendars now, reserve your hotel room, and look for announcements about event registration – coming soon!  

Call for Entries: Annual Symposium Poster Presentations & Free Paper (oral) Presentations

The deadline is January 25, 2019 to submit an abstract for the poster session on Saturday evening and/or paper (oral) presentation (cash awards for the winning papers) at the AAMA 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. The Free Paper session will take place Saturday, April 13, in the afternoon. Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 13, reception. All papers and posters must be submitted in English. Information-sharing between AAMA peers is critical to the life and growth of our industry. Make plans to submit your work!  

Call for Entries: Annual Research Paper Competition

The cut-off is February 15, 2019 to apply to present a Research Paper at the AAMA 2019 Symposium at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, in Phoenix, AZ, on April 12-14, 2019. While space and time are limited, we do expect a hearty number of great submissions from our international colleagues. Further, international submissions have won awards for our Poster Presentations and Research Papers at our Symposia for many years. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place awards will be presented at the AAMA Symposium. The deadline for submission of research papers for the competition is February 15, 2019. If your paper is selected as one of the winners, you will be notified by February 26, 2019. We are pleased to offer: 
  • First Place: $1,500 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and three nights hotel lodging for the presenting author. Paper to be presented at the AAMA Symposium in Phoenix, April 2019.
  • Second Place: $750 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500.
  • Third Place: $350 stipend and Symposium Registration.

The First Place winning paper is to be presented in a 30-minute Plenary Session at the Symposium. Papers for second and third place to be announced at the Symposium. Authors will be acknowledged there. Find more information on the AAMA website.

Announcing: AAMA Winter Workshop

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is pleased to announce another exciting educational opportunity — a workshop focused on manual medicine treatments derived from osteopathic manipulative medicine. "Treating Acupuncture Points and Their Associated Channels with Manual Manipulation Techniques to Enhance Pre-and/or Post-Acupuncture Treatments" will be held at Tampa Marriott Westshore in Tampa, FL on January 26-27, 2019. Please register and join us! 

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the role of fascia and how it directly influences acupuncture Qi flow through the meridian channels and specific acupuncture points;
  2. Evaluate and treat myofascial restrictions that adversely affect meridian Qi flow;
  3. Appreciate how to manually muscle test numerous major muscles throughout the body that if inhibited are directly related to pain and dysfunction in multiple body regions (eg shoulder, knee, low back, etc.);
  4. Demonstrate at least one manipulation procedure for treating each of the 12 distinct meridians and additionally the Ren and Du channels.

New NCCIH e-Book on Complementary Approaches to Pain

A new free e-book from the NCCIH helps patients think about alternative treatments to reduce pain. The book, Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches, can be downloaded for iPad, iPhone, Nook and Kindle. 

October is Breast Awareness Month

Share your healthcare expertise and offer support to breast cancer patients and survivors. Create posters for your office. Post on social media. Call your local TV news station and pitch a segment on medical acupuncture. Here are some resources to consider: 

October is (also) Depression Awareness Month

Depression awareness month offers another high-profile way to showcase your experiences with medical acupuncture. Here’s just some of the research supporting acupuncture’s beneficial effects: 

Review Course: Sign Up Now

April 9-10, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

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.    

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It Last Month

Help Build the AAMA and Earn $$
We're excited to announce a new member-recruiting program designed to reward current members for referring their peers to the AAMA for membership. If you nominate someone who joins as a full member, you'll earn a $50 credit to use on future AAMA events, including the annual symposium, workshops, or apply to your own future membership dues. You can read more on the AAMA website.  

Legislative Alerts about Acupuncture
If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, please let the AAMA know. The Academy is actively engaged in several state-level legislative issues pertaining to acupuncture, but we need your help to alert us if you hear of anything pending. The sooner we know, the sooner we can review and possibly engage if necessary. Feel free to reach out to the Academy by emailing info@medicalacupuncture.org or calling 310-379-8261.   

Help! Hilfe! Aidez-moi! The AAMA Needs Your Language Skills 
Do you know how to read and understand German, Japanese, French or Chinese? Your AAMA peers sometimes have great interest in scientific research that has been published in other languages. Would you be willing to translate acupuncture articles now and then when requested by fellow members? If so, please contact aamastaff@gmail.com so we can add you to a list of volunteer translators.  

Order Now: 2018 Annual Symposium Recordings Available
The 30th Annual Symposium in Kansas City received rave reviews. If you weren’t able to attend this year – or if there was a specific session you missed – Symposium recordings are still available for purchase either as individual sessions or for the Symposium as a whole.

Professional Development Opportunities

2nd International Symposium on Research in Acupuncture
October 20-21, 2018, in Bologna, Italy
Organized by: The Association of Medical Acupuncturists of Bologna (A.M.A.B.) and the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)

AAMA 31st Annual Symposium
April 11-14, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ

AAMA Website: Education Listings 
The AAMA maintains an ongoing calendar of educational events and professional development opportunities related to medical acupuncture. The calendar is accessible on the AAMA website. Members are encouraged to share events and calendar items from their regions and about educational topics that may be of wider interest among peers and fellow AAMA members.  

New Scientific Research 

Coverage of Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Low Back Pain Among US Public and Private Insurers
[JAMA Health Policy] 
Wide variation in coverage of nonpharmacologic treatments for low back pain may be driven by the absence of best practices, the administrative complexities of developing and revising coverage policies, and payers’ economic incentives. Such variation suggests an important opportunity to improve the accessibility of services, reduce opioid use, and ultimately improve the quality of care for individuals with chronic, noncancer pain while alleviating the burden of opioid addiction and overdose.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis: A Systematic Review
[JAMA Dermatology]
The CAM therapies with the most robust evidence of efficacy for treatment of psoriasis are indigo naturalis, curcumin, dietary modification, fish oil, meditation, and acupuncture. This review will aid practitioners in advising patients seeking unconventional approaches for treatment of psoriasis.

Assessing the Impact of Acupuncture Therapy on Medical Resident Well-being: A Feasibility and Acceptance Study
[Obstetrics & Gynecology]
Auricular acupuncture therapy was accepted by residents and can be a feasible intervention for reducing burnout in medical residents as measured by the ProQOL instrument.

Earn $50 for New Member!

Know someone who could - and should - become an AAMA member? Earn $50 for yourself by getting them to join the Academy!

Send their contact info to the Academy - if they submit a membership application and are found to be eligible for Full membership, pay the application fee and one year's dues, the Academy will provide you a $50 credit to use on Academy items such as future Dues, Symposium or Workshop registration.

Find all the Details about this offer! (Member login required)

Membership Information

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.

Scientific Research

Read more evidence-based research on acupuncture and its applications in medical practice.

Email Group Sign-up

This email group will allow members to communicate, ask questions, and share ideas with each other. 

Invitations were sent by email, but you can also ask to be added directly to the group. Request Email Group

Make Plans Now

2019 Annual Symposium
April 12-14, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Mark Your Calendars Today!