September 2017 Newsletter

Table of Contents - September 2017

AAMA Message from the Board: Listen to Your Heart

In this month of September, we are humbled by recent events that re-demonstrate the powerful strength of Mother Nature. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma serve as useful reminders that despite our modern technology we are still vulnerable to energies greater than ourselves. The Ancients respected the external forces of Heat, Cold, Wind, Dampness, and Dryness. They felt that excessive exposure to these virulent influences could induce symptoms, and even disease, in their victims. Today we benefit from many modern comforts that protect us from the excesses of these external factors, yet every once in a while we look in awe at the destructive and powerful forces that nature can produce: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, blizzards, and floods. Perhaps more worrisome than natural disasters are the reality of man-made disasters. In the 16 years that have passed since the attack on the World Trade Centers in New York City, we have witnessed countless other acts of terrorism around the world. The recent jousting with North Korea surrounding nuclear weapons is yet another source of concern.   

For many of us, September represents the end of summer and the return to school and seriousness. For others it means: FOOTBALL! We enter the beginning of the Metal season, Lung/Large Intestine, "the Judge." In the Midwest, we know that soon the leaves will begin to turn from their usual green into a burst of bright colors. It is a time of discernment, creativity, and transformation before the leaves will fall to bring on winter.   

When we treat our patients as whole people — listening with ears that hear, touching with hands that feel, looking with eyes that see — a wonder appears. Acupuncture and related techniques are wonderful ways to connect with our patients in a truly human way. The current climate of modern allopathic medicine and insurance coverage has eroded the amount of time a physician can spend with their patients. Patients are frequently told they may only discuss one issue per visit. But we know that often a constellation of symptoms can lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.   

I urge all doctor and healers to remember what led them to seek a medical degree. If you listen to your heart and use your great skills, it will be a “win-win” situation. May we all use this time to reflect on our vision and purpose toward the betterment of our planet and its inhabitants.    

Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA
AAMA Board of Directors, Membership Committee
  

Welcome New AAMA Members

We’re excited about the organization’s continued growth! Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the the AAMA in August 2017: 

  • Karen Ann Kinkel, MD, of Newark, DE 
  • Kwei-Min Pan, MD, of Santa Ana, CA 
  • Victoria Karen Lin, MD, of Los Angeles, CA 
  • Osvaldo E. Font, MD, of San Juan, PR   

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.   

Legislative Alert: Acupuncture, the Law and Your Practice

We need to hear from Academy members! If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, we want to hear from you. The Academy is following and 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 or calling: 310-379-8261. Thank you!   

2018 Review Course: Sign Up Now

April 10-11, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri 

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.   

Last Chance: Membership Renewal Reminder!

AAMA Membership Renewal season is officially over. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to submit your renewal information and your annual dues. We value your contributions to our organization! Don’t risk losing your membership benefits — or access to your dedicated and talented peers in the AAMA.  

Professional Development Opportunities

Herbalism in Action: Annual Symposium
October 5-9, 2017
Silverton, OR 
The 28th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine. Sessions will also be streamed live for those who can’t attend the Symposium.   

Treating Musculoskeletal Pain and Dysfunction Without Drugs and Surgery
Nov 11-12, 2017
Ypsilanti, MI
Join Jay Sandweiss, DO, and Paul Shapiro, MD, as they share many diagnosis and treatment pearls and protocols from their combined 76 years of clinical experience. 

Special Winter Workshop for AAMA Members
January 27-28, 2018, Las Vegas, NV 
Integrating Osteopathic Manipulations and Functional Medicine with Medical Acupuncture:  Techniques to Release Channels and Clinical Pearls Presented by Jay Sandweiss, DO, C-NMM/OMM, DABMA, FAAMA. Save the date: additional details will be available soon!    

International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health
May 8-11, 2018
Baltimore, MD
The 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health theme, "Collaboration in Action: Advancing Integrative Health through Research, Education, Clinical Practice and Policy," reflects both the collaborative nature of the field and the scope of the scientific program. 

ICYMI – Quick Reminders from AAMA

JAMA – Recent Coverage of Acupuncture 
The June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association included three pieces on acupuncture. 

UPDATE - 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 AAMA has sent letters 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. We are pleased to report that we have already been contacted by a couple of organizations about setting up meetings. Please contact the leadership of your state medical board and state medical societies to reinforce the message that medical acupuncture is an acceptable alternative. Hearing from someone in their own state always carries a lot of weight. Email the AAMA if you would like a copy of the letter sent to you again.   

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

New Scientific Research

Pediatric Integrative Medicine
(Pediatrics/AAP)
“There is promise for the use of acupuncture in pediatric pain, nocturnal enuresis, tic disorders, amblyopia, and cerebral palsy, with few adverse events reported.” 

Acupuncture Painkiller Postoperative Narcotic Boost Found
(HealthCMi)
Researchers conclude that acupuncture increases the total effective rate of the drug sufentanil citrate for the relief of pain after thoracic surgery.  

Randomized Single-Blind Multicenter Trial Comparing The Effects Of Standard And Augmented Acupuncture Protocols On Sleep Quality And Depressive Symptoms In Patients With Depression
(Journal of Psychology, Health & Medicine)
Compared with the standard protocol, the augmented acupuncture protocol had a better efficacy to treat depression and to improve sleep quality of patients with depression. 

Save the Date!

2018 Annual Symposium
April 13-15, 2018
Kansas City, MO

Mark Your Calendars Today!

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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Symposium Recordings

Did you miss the 2017 Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving?  You can STILL purchase recordings - Synched PowerPoint recordings, audio MP3 and video MP4.

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Resourceful Recordings

SAVE THE DATE

AAMA WORKSHOP


"Manual Medicine and Functional Medicine Pearls for Medical Acupuncturists: Improving Patient Outcomes Monday morning with simple effective interventions"
Presented by: Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA  
January 27-28, 2018
The Signature at MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV

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