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September 2019 Newsletter

Table of Contents – September 2019

Crowd Sourcing to the Rescue

The curbside consult is a mainstay of medical practice, but when the nearest medical acupuncturist is miles away instead of down the hall, curbsides are tough to obtain. Enter the 21st century solution to many problems: crowd sourcing. We are proud to announce the creation of the AAMA’s members-only Facebook group, AAMA Members Information & Interaction

This is a private, member-to-member forum for posing and answering questions about interesting and/or difficult cases, sharing successes, keeping in touch, and posting announcements of interest to medical acupuncturists.   

The key to crowd sourcing is a crowd, so we need you. Once you request to join the group, there is an approval process of verifying your AAMA membership status. The turnaround time for acceptance is rapid during the work week. Requests to join the group received over the weekends, will be handled on the following Monday.  

Hope to see you there.

Sue Sorensen, MD FAAMA
AAMA Treasurer
Chairman, Membership Committee

Welcome New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new member who became part of the Academy in August 2019: Luciano Oquendo III, MD, of Mascotte, FL

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. 

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 (ABMA) to be re-certified as a Diplomate for another 10 years:   

  • Ivan Figueroa, MD, DABMA, of San Juan, PR 
  • Diane Foley, MD, DABMA, of Culver City, CA 
  • Ida Leong, MD, DABMA, of Santa Cruz, CA 
  • Susan Sorensen, MD, FAAMA, of Los Altos, CA 

Legislative Advocacy Updates

Legislative advocacy is arguably one of the least visible activities the AAMA board of directors undertakes on behalf of Academy members — and it’s also one of its most important functions. Over the past year, the AAMA board has been working to strengthen the organization’s monitoring of and response to state and national legislation that may affect physician acupuncturists. This investment of time and money to develop monitor-and-response systems will help the Academy discover and track relevant legislation so the organization can work with members to influence outcomes and encourage results that favor medical acupuncture. There are three things you should know about the AAMA’s legislative advocacy:  

  • A new section of this monthly newsletter will highlight ongoing trends and emerging legislation at state and national levels. The section may include a call to action for AAMA members in affected states. 
  • Co-chairs Donna Pittman, MD, FAAMA and Gavin Elliott, MD, DABMA were recently appointed to lead a new Legislative Committee, which is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the work of monitoring and advocacy. This committee will assist members who want to respond appropriately in their home states. Learn more.
  • If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, we encourage you to let us know by email (info@medicalacupuncture.org) or phone (310-379-8261).      

New! Private AAMA Group on Facebook

A new private Facebook group for AAMA members was created recently to provide a closed forum where physician acupuncturists can ask one another for advice, share their successes, and network with each other professionally and socially. Only current AAMA members are eligible to participate in this private group. 

While the main AAMA Facebook page is open to the public and primarily features new research and AAMA announcements (join us now if you're not already following the AAMA page!), this new closed group will allow for more robust back and forth between medical professionals who are seeking advice and peer perspective. We hope you’ll join the conversation. 

At this time, the only rules on the group page are: "Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed." To request access to the closed group, click the blue + Join Group button under the header image on the main AAMA Facebook page. Check it out today!  

New! The AAMA YouTube Channel

At a recent Annual Symposium, several AAMA members volunteered to create short videos in which they discussed various aspects of medical acupuncture. Those videos are now available for public viewing on a new AAMA YouTube Channel. The page also features playlists of curated videos from AAMA members and trusted medical and health care institutions. Please let us know if you have additional videos about acupuncture that you’d like to share or if you find links to videos you’d suggest for the AAMA playlists.  

Committee News – New Communications Committee Formed

In a recent announcement, Freda L. Dreher, MD, FAAMA, the AAMA’s president welcomed the co-chairs of the Academy’s newly formed Communications Committee: “I'm pleased to announce that Kendra Unger, MD, FAAMA, and Narda Robinson, DO, DVM, FAAMA, have agreed to co-chair the new Communications Committee. They have both impressed me with their innovative ideas and ambitious actions toward forward-thinking communications strategies, including social media.” If you’re interested in serving on this or any other committee, please visit the AAMA website.    

Member News – Narda Robinson Featured in Local News

AAMA member, Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, FAAMA, was recently interviewed for a local news segment focused on CBD products that are marketed to pets. “From what we know so far, something like CBD is going to be far safer than many of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed in veterinary offices,” said Robinson. (Have you also been featured by your local news? Please share the clip with us!)  

Employment Opportunity – TCM Practitioner/Acupuncturist

The Center for Family Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is seeking a licensed Traditional East Asian medicine practitioner/acupuncturist (LAc) to work in an integrative care clinic, which is a federally qualified health center and family medicine residency training program. The acupuncturist will have the opportunity to practice within the full scope of their training (including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, etc.) and will have access to the Center's Chinese herbal and nutraceutical pharmacy for prescribing and dispensing medicinal herbs. This position will treat patients with a variety of physical and psychological issues and/or for maintenance of general health. In addition, this position will develop treatment plans based on symptoms and diagnosis and build relationships with primary care and specialty providers to enhance their understanding and utilization of acupuncture. Opportunities will exist to teach family medicine residents in training and other medical providers about acupuncture, medicinal herbs, and other aspects of traditional Asian medicine. Qualified applicants must be licensed, or eligible to be licensed, as an Acupuncturist in the State of Illinois with minimum of 2 years of experience in practice. Competitive salary and fringe benefits. See job description. For more position-specific information, and to complete the on-line application materials, visit our website at: www.siumed.edu/hr (Employment > apply for a job > NP/PA/Other providers > keyword search "SMS-2805").   

Final Reminder: AAMA Membership Dues

AAMA members who have not yet renewed and paid their annual dues are now in arrears and their memberships will be terminated on October 1. We encourage those members to renew right away. Don’t let your membership lapse! The organization relies on each and every member to help in our work to advance the evidence-based integration of the practice of medicine and acupuncture. To renew now, log in to your member account on the website and either (1) visit the Store to find renewal products or (2) proceed directly to the membership renewal page

Plan Your Orlando Trip Now! Attend AAMA’s 32nd Annual Symposium

The 32nd Annual AAMA Symposium will be held April 23-26, 2020, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Symposium program Chair Anna Esparham, MD, DABMA, along with Vice-Chair Nancy Lorenzini, MD, DABMA, and several committee members are hard at work designing an exceptional program. The theme is "One Root, Many Branches: Acupuncture Science for Our Modern Practices.” 

Save the date and book your hotel room today. We know this meeting will be a popular one for members who might want to extend their time to explore and enjoy Orlando in the spring. Don’t risk losing out on our hotel block!    

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It Last Month

Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant
AAMA members are encouraged to submit pragmatic clinical trial proposals (not placebo comparisons). One grant (up to $30,000) will be awarded each year. Submission deadline is January 30, 2020. Grant award will be announced at the 2020 Annual Symposium, April 24-26, 2020, in Orlando, FL. Read more on the AAMA website or contact Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA, for more information.    

Boost Your Branding with AAMA and DABMA Certification
If you are a Full Member or Fellow of the AAMA with DABMA certification, you are eligible to print the Medical Acupuncture certification mark on your stationary, business cards or other listings to promote your special accomplishments in medical acupuncture. Full Members and Fellows who are currently Board Certified through the ABMA may send a request an electronic file of the logo by email. Upon verification of your status, a jpg file will be sent to you.  

Serve on the AAMA Board of Directors or Committees
Want to learn more about how you might contribute your expertise to the AAMA’s Board of Directors or to one of the Academy’s committees? You’ll find details on the AAMA website pages (Board and Committees), or you can email us to set up a phone call.        

Register now! 2020 Medical Acupuncture Review Course
The Medical Acupuncture 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 course is offered each year during the week prior to the Annual Symposium (this year: April 21-22, 2020) in the same hotel as the Symposium.    

Call for Papers: Integrative Palliative Care (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) 
In February 2020, JACM: Paradigm, Practice and Policy Advancing Integrative Health (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) will publish a Special Focus Issue on Integrative Palliative Care. The goal will be to enhance the natural synergy between integrative health and palliative medicine by drawing research and commentary that examine integrative palliative care. Deadline October 31, 2019.  

Professional Development Opportunities

AAMA Extraordinary Vessels and Curious Meridians Webinar Series
Recordings of all 4 parts will be available on the AAMA website. 

AAMA Acupuncture & Opioids Webinar Series
Recordings of all 4 parts will be available on the AAMA website.

5th American TCM Congress
October 5-6, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

ICMART Congress 2019
October 25-27, 2019 
Gold Coast, Australia

Medical Acupuncture Review Course
April 21-22, 2020
Orlando, FL

AAMA Annual Symposium
April 23-26, 2020
Orlando, FL

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. 

Medical Acupuncture Journal Updates

Fast-Track Articles, Ahead of Print: https://www.liebertpub.com/toc/acu/0/0 

Most Recent Issue: Special Issue – Basic Science of Acupuncture (August 2019)   

Most-recent CME Articles: 

New Scientific Research

Acupuncture Improves both Comorbidity and Pain in Chronic Neuropathic Pain Mice
[Frontiers in Neuroscience]
“Results suggest that acupuncture can enhance hippocampal long-term action through the regulation of the synaptic efficacy and that acupuncture may provide a viable option for managing both pain and cognitive functions associated with chronic neuropathic pain.”  

Acupuncture attenuates alcohol dependence through activation of endorphinergic input to the nucleus accumbens from the arcuate nucleus
[Science Advances]
“In conclusion, we found that acupuncture inhibited tremor, anxiety-like behavior, and alcohol drinking behavior by restoring decreased β-endorphin levels in the NAc in physically ethanol-dependent rats. However, determination of the specific mechanisms involved in the neuronal links between acupuncture-induced sensory stimulation and hypothalamic β-endorphin neurons will require future study. Last, acupuncture may be an effective therapeutic intervention to treat AUD by direct activation of brain pathways.” 

Efficacy Comparison of Different Acupuncture Treatments for Primary Insomnia: A Bayesian Analysis
[Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine]
“The finding indicated that five acupuncture methods may be all effective in the treatment of primary insomnia, and scalp acupuncture seems to be the best treatment. However, the overall quality of the included trials could only be ranked as medium to low quality, and higher quality RCTs are warranted for sufficient evidence.” 

Acupuncture in Adult and Pediatric Headache: A Narrative Review
“Despite scientific evaluative limitations, based on our review of the literature earlier, acupuncture appears to have added value in the treatment of pediatric headache and provides a reasonable alternative to standard drug therapies.”

Scientific Research

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

New Member Recruitment - Earn $50!

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Journal CME

Medical Acupuncture, the Official Journal of the AAMA, 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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