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Serving the American Academy of Medical
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the Academy grow
By Gene Hong,
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR
The Academy's Membership Committee would like to thank members who have
responded to the call to help increase AAMA membership. Special recognition
goes to Dr. Yuan-Chi Lin, the Membership Committee member who forwarded
names of interested physicians to the committee, and to Dr. Lilly Lei,
who offered to help contact graduates of the International College of
Acupuncture in New York.
These are the most effective methods for this organization to grow and
prosper. Nothing is more compelling than a direct appeal to your colleagues
from you, the AAMA member.
As always, the Membership Committee welcomes any members with ideas, strategies
and criticisms for AAMA growth and improvement. If you have any questions,
please send me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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sought for AAMA Board
in being nominated to the Board of Directors are encouraged to submit
a letter indicating their interest, along with a resume. Full members
are eligible to serve on the Board, which is responsible for developing
AAMA policies and overseeing operations. The Nominations Committee will
look most favorably on candidates who have had prior service with the
Academy (i.e., on committees, Chapter work, etc.). Address your letter
to the Chairman of the Nominations Committee, c/o AAMA, 4929 Wilshire
Blvd., Ste. 428, Los Angeles, CA 90010.
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AAMA Board Director
Gene Hong, MD, DABMA, was busy in November, having an appendectomy on
the 11th and a son, Maxwell Ethan (with help from his wife), on the 13th.
Richard Niemtzow, MD, editor of AAMA's journal Medical Acupuncture, was
recently chosen as executive editor of the Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine over candidates from around the country. That publication
is considered to be the number-one journal in the field. It's put together
by Liebert Publishing, which produces close to 70 medical and scientific
journals. Mailed free to members, AAMA's journal has increased frequency
from two to three issues annually. Dr. Niemtzow (email@example.com)
seeks articles; see submission guidelines on any journal inside cover.
Drs. Charles Moss and Ron Puhky are offering Five Element Acupuncture
Clinical Review (offering 25 hours CEU) Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2002 in Solana
Beach, CA; and Five Element Acupuncture for Physicians (offering 50 hours
CEU) Oct. 20-25, 2002 in San Diego. For more information, call 858/457-1314.
L.B. Grotte, MD, presented an introductory conference, Oriental Medicine
for Treatment of Pain and in Rehabilitation, for residents and others
at MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation, MetroHealth Hospital, Cleveland,
Ohio, in November. The physician expects to again teach Introduction to
Japanese Acupuncture and Tribal Medicine electives to students at Case
Medical School. Dr. Grotte has a page at: www.drgrotte.com by a guest
author on Balinese medicine. This is the first time information of this
type has been published anywhere.
Drs. Robert Schulman and Nancy Cotter highly recommend Introduction to
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine for Medical Acupuncturists taught
by Anastacia White, a practitioner of Chinese medicine for 19 years. Her
next course will be Jan. 26-28, 2002 in the Education Room at Kaiser Clinic
in Falls Church, VA. For more information or to register, call 510/420-0904
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maryland Society of Medical Acupuncture will sponsor a weekend Korean
Hand Acupuncture seminar with Roberto Jodorkovsky, MD, DABMA, on March
2-3, 2002 in Baltimore, MD. For information, call Nader Soliman, MD, DABMA
Members participating in AAMA's referral program will be happy to hear
that 307 calls came into headquarters in September (2,401 website hits
to the referral page) and 334 calls in October (2,627 hits) from patients
seeking medical acupuncturists. The toll-free number patients are calling
Practice members (associate and full) who are not participating in the
patient referral program but would like to, need to notify AAMA by mail
(4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 428, Los Angeles, CA 90010) or by e-mail (email@example.com).
If you are not sure whether or not you are already signed up for this
program, check the patient
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture for Health Professionals is offered by
the Continuing Education and Anesthesia Departments, Faculty of Health
Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Program director
is Dr. Angelica Fargas-Babjak, professor of anesthesia. Five units, plus
home study, offer 300 CME hours. Also, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
for Sports Injuries Summer 2002 Session will be from June 21-23, 2002.
or call Administrator Val Cannon (905/521-2100, x75175).
Neil Kirschen, MD, was asked to lecture to the Orthopaedics Section of
Nassau County Medical Society (http://nacmed.org)
regarding interventional pain management services. He presented the role
of acupuncture and PENS for musculoskeletal pain, in addition to the use
of spinal injections for diagnosis and treatment.
If you have acupuncture privileges at a hospital and have not notified
AAMA, fax your name, hospital, city and state to 323/937-0959 to be added
to our list. You can see if you're already listed here.
If you need a hospital privileges credentialing package, call 323/937-5514
(or download from website).
Physicians Seeking Hospital Privileges
for Hospital Privileges
Jeffrey Kauffman, MD, is offering a five-day tutorial (Monday to Friday)
for MD's who have taken introductory courses in Five Element Acupuncture.
Participants will work with patients in his Sacramento, CA clinic. Learn
how to diagnose color, sound, odor and emotion, pulse diagnosis and formulate
treatment plans. Call 916/488-8454.
International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques and
British Medical Acupuncture Society will host ICMART 10th World Congress
2002, May 3-6. Advances in Acupuncture Mechanisms and Clinical Practice
will be presented in Edinburgh Conference Center on Heriot-Watt University
in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some speakers include Brian Berman of Maryland,
Chan Gunn of Vancouver, Canada and Peter Baldry of Worcester, UK. The
conference will incorporate a further meeting of the International Acupuncture
Research Forum to debate pressing research issues. Deadline to submit
an abstract is Feb. 1, and deadline to register for the conference is
March 8. For faculty, program and full details, log on to: www.icmart.org
and click on Congresses or call (011) (44) (0) 161 427 7057 or click here.
Drs. Bryan Frank and Nader Soliman will present Advanced Auricular Therapy:
A Comprehensive Approach Jan. 19-20 in San Francisco, and Auricular Medicine:
The Final Frontier Feb. 2-3 at the University of Miami School of Medicine
in Florida. Call Integrated Medicine Seminars (972/489-4286).
Alison Lee, MD, DABMA, reports that the University of Michigan continues
to send students to observe her practice as part of a formal rotation
in alternative medicine, and as fourth-year students arranging a one-month
elective in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She is involved with an
alternative medicine curriculum development program there that just won
Course Director Anita Cignolini, MD, along with faculty Drs. Joan B. Martin,
Louisa M. Silva and Thomas S. Burgoon, have scheduled four two-session
courses of Chinese Acupuncture for Physicians: Scientific Basis and Practice,
all in Santa Barbara, CA. Sponsored by St. Luke Medical Center, Tenet
Health System, the programs are presented by the USC Department of Family
Medicine, Keck School of Medicine and Cignolini Education Associates.
Each two-week course offers up to 258 hours of Category 1 CME. To ask
questions or register, call 323/442-1313 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physicians, please be aware that every three years after you're approved
as a practice member (associate or full), you need to earn 50 CME/CEU
credit hours or more of acupuncture-related training to maintain your
AAMA practice membership status.
Please send your
news to: email@example.com.
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