FROM THE LIAISON COMMITTEE
the AAMA Board Meeting in June, 1989. the Board responded to the
need for increased liaison activities for Medical Acupuncture
practice at the local, state. and regional levels. We are in the
process of creating, with the help of the membership, a number
of state and regional Academy !iaison persons who will serve as
information gatherers and resource persons for dealing with acupuncture
concerns as they come up at the state legislature, medical society
or hospital practice levels. Dr. Robert Roalfe will be the coordinator
cf these local liaison representatives. Dr. Gary Kaplan, who has
performed an excellent job in initiating Academy contacts with
the medical boards (AMA, AOA, and AAAOM), will concentrate his
efforts in the next year on further work at the national level.
An immediate tactic that is recommended
to bring Medical Acupuncture to the attention of local and state
medical organizations, is for Academy members to request that
they be listed as physician referral sources for acupuncture with
their local medical society referral services.
AAMA members who are not members of the
local and state medical or osteopathic societies are strongly
encouraged to join at this time and take the above steps to increase
the visibility of acupuncture at the local level. The existence
of a core of well-trained physician acupuncturists within the
medical system across the country is a crucial element in achieving
the long range goals of the Academy.
If your local medical society declines
to list you as a source for Medical Acupuncture services, please
contact your state or regional liaison coordinator or W. Robert
Roalfe, M.D., 156 Alpine Terrace, Oakland, California, 94610.