American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
A look at '99
and what lies ahead
L. Frank, MD
am privileged to wish all members a happy and prosperous New Year 2000,
on behalf of the AAMA Board of Directors! Your Academy and Board have
indeed been busy since the 1999 AAMA gathering in Chicago, where we
enjoyed the largest AAMA Symposium to date.
As education is one of the key missions of
the Academy, we were able to get back on track, offering two intensive
Chinese Pulse Workshops with Robert Heffron, MD; two fall Acupuncture
Review courses, and a Craig Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
(PENS) Seminar with Bill Craig, MD, and Stephen Taylor, DO.
Hiroshi Nakazawa, MD, assisted me in leading
the AAMA Japan Delegation in November 1999 with great success. (See
the article to the left on this page.) Still to come is a Korean Hand
Acupuncture course with Roberto Jodorkovski, MD, and others. Year 2000
will also be rewarded with the 12th Annual Symposium, “Unveiling the
Mysteries of Acupuncture: Energetics, Myofascia and Neurophysiology,”
at the Hyatt Orlando Hotel in April. In addition, there will be the
Pan-Pacific Acupuncture Forum at the new Paris Hotel in Las Vegas in
October, where we will meet with our “Anglo-phonic” Pacific friends
from Canada, Australia and New Zealand for professional presentations
from each of the four nations.
You should be receiving your membership survey
soon. Please be sure to take a little time to fill it out and return
it. This survey informs your Board of your interests and preferences
and is used in making many decisions throughout the year.
The AAMA journal, Medical Acupuncture, is developing
in its new full-sized format. We hope that you will take the opportunity
to send in original basic or clinical research and case reports to Editor
Richard Niemtzow, MD, for consideration of publication.
Under the direction of webmaster James Rotchford,
MD, the AAMA website continues to be actively updated to meet your needs.
Please visit the website at www.medicalacupuncture.org,
and give us your feedback to know how to make this more useful to you.
In each AAMA Newsletter, Marshall Sager, DO,
announces more new state and regional Chapters. If you don’t have one
in your region, consider forming a Chapter. This is often the best way
to address legislative and practice issues that come up, as well as
for regional educational opportunities.
AAMA will soon complete and offer a packaged
acupuncture talk, which may be adapted to the type of audience and length
of time for talk. Thank you to Wendy Page-Echols, DO, and her talented
son, Ian, who have made this available either in a CD-ROM Power Point
format or as a slide presentation.
You will also soon see Academy logo products
for purchase, that will allow you to share your pride and association
with your fellow medical acupuncturists.
This is only a small sampling of the many projects
that the AAMA Board is pursuing on your behalf. We wish you well in
all your endeavors in 2000. Please participate with us so we can continue
to see medical acupuncture, the best of both worlds, continue to flourish.
enjoys 1999 Japan Tour
1999 AAMA Japan Tour enjoyed tremendous success with the recent trip,
Twelve delegates visited acupuncture clinics,
schools and research centers. While in Tokyo, the group discussed US
and Japanese acupuncture management of low back pain with acupuncturists
from the Tokyo Women’s Medical University. There, medical students are
introduced to acupuncture through licensed acupuncturists.
The group also toured Goto College of Medical
Arts and Sciences, which trains acupuncturists, nurses and physical
therapists. Discussions described the methods of training and licensure
of acupuncture in Japan, where non-physicians are licensed nationally
after three to four years of acupuncture school and physicians generally
self-train or receive no training. There is little opportunity for continuing
education for either group of practitioners.
Toshikatsu Yamamoto, MD, received the group
at his clinics in Nichinan and Miyazaki. Numerous patient treatments
were observed while delegates asked questions regarding the YNSA scalp
acupuncture approach. Dr. Yamamoto’s sessions on this subject at AAMA’s
Symposia are always in high demand. The delegation also toured Meiji
University of Oriental Medicine, which trains acupuncturists in a four-year
program. Additional studies are available for three years, which will
confer a Masters degree, and two more years for a PhD degree. Teaching
facilities, clinics, the hospital and rehabilitation areas were all
Cultural sights included many temples, shrines
and castles of Tokyo and Kyoto. Appearances of the Crown Prince and
Princess and also the Emperor were special occasions for the group.
Led by AAMA President Bryan L. Frank, MD, group
members enjoyed language interpretation by Dr. Nakazawa.
The group included Sunanda Apte-Kakade, MD,
Julie Asch, MD, Pamela Avery, MD, Schue-Yuan Liao, MD, Mrs. Su-Chin
Liao, Drs. Samuel and Fabiola Perez, John Poag, MD, Michael E. Tofteland,
MD, and Scott J. Zuckerman, MD. Drs. Apte-Kakade and Tofteland were
also delegates on the 1998 AAMA China Tour, led by Dr. Frank.
AAMA 1999 Japan Tour
delegates, from left, include
Fabiola Perez, MD, Samuel Perez, MD, Mrs. Su-Chin Liao, John Poag, MD,
Schue-Yuan Liao, MD,
Sunanda Apte-Kakade, MD, Pamela Avery, MD, Scott Zuckerman, MD, Michael
Bryan Frank, MD, Julie Asch, MD, and Hiroshi Nakazawa, MD.
study contest awards
cash, prints winning entries
encourage AAMA members to write up their case studies, MARF is introducing
a contest that publishes winning entries and awards cash prizes. Having
just started on Jan. 1, 2000, the purpose of this contest is to increase
the number of formal case studies for publication. All submitted cases
will be considered for publication in Medical Acupuncture, AAMA’s
Each month, three cases will be selected and
posted on AAMA’s website (www.medicalacupuncture.org).
There will be a form available to cast your vote for the best of these
three studies. The winner will receive $50 from MARF.
Votes for the three best cases submitted in
January will be tallied on Feb. 1. The AAMA Newsletter will list contributors
and announce winners for each month. An e-mail broadcast to all members
who have submitted their e-mail address will also announce monthly winners.
Access to the Internet is required to vote.
Directions for submitting case studies are found on the web site.
One criteria for selection will be formal presentation
of information. A guide to submitting cases studies, prepared by Patrick
J. LaRiccia, MD, is available on the AAMA Website at: http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/members/cases/casesguide.html.
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