In this issue
Serving the American Academy of Medical
your skills as a medical acupuncturist
12th Annual Symposium, “Unveiling the Mysteries of Acupuncture: Energetics,
Myofascia and Neurophysiology,” at the Hyatt Orlando Hotel in April,
will offer Symposium and Pre-Symposium workshops specifically formulated
to meet the needs and requests of members, based on evaluations and
These workshops include:
Pearls of Medical Acupuncture, Steven Aung, MD
Evaluation of Patients, Joseph Helms, MD
of Malignant and Non-malignant Pain, Steven Aung, MD
Kinesiology for the Physician-Acupuncturist, Jay Sandweiss, DO
of Disease (“Dis-ease”): Practical Applications of Five Phase and
Mind-Body Medicine, John Motl, MD
PENS Treatment Principles and Patient Applications, Stephen Taylor,
Therapy and Auricular Medicine, Nader Soliman, MD
and Nutritional Oncology in Cancer Treatment, Kenneth Conklin, MD
Eight Extra Meridian Diagnosis, Palpation, and Treatment, Butch Levy,
Adjuncts to Acupuncture, Jan Hendryx, DO
will be receiving your 12th Annual Symposium brochure in the mail soon.
The brochure is reproduced in full on this website.
Vice Chair Nader Soliman, MD, is issuing a call for poster presentations
for the 12th Annual AAMA Symposium in April 2000 in Orlando.
Cash awards will be given to the top three
posters. All winning presentations will be published in the Academy’s
Medical Acupuncture journal.
For more details, call Dr. Soliman (301/251-2335)
or go .
By Marshall H. Sager, DO
Advisory Committee Chair
Chapter Liaison Sub-Committee
William Rutenberg, MD, has been appointed
Chairperson of this very important sub-committee.
The description and duties of this position
are as follows: Coordination, Education CME/CEU issues, Academy/Chapter
efforts, Development and New Chapter formation (which includes transmiting
template packets and assisting set-up, status of Chapters-in-formation,
membership promotion, oversee Chapter obligations to Academy, and supervise
the establishment and maintenance of a communications tree).
Please contact Dr. Rutenberg at Grove Medical
Center, Box 4160, Ste. 107, Long Grove, IL 60047 (fax 847/634-2200,
with any pertinent questions.
Target Outreach Sub-Committee
letter from Joseph Helms, MD, explaining and describing the training
involved with the UCLA acupuncture program was well received. However,
a change in the law is necessary to accommodate unrestricted physician
acupuncture in Louisiana. This undertaking is currently underway.
2. Montana–As you will recall, the Montana Attorney General finally
agreed that, “a physician licensed (in Montana) may, as part of his
or her practice of medicine, use solid needles to perform therapeutic
modalities without first acquiring a license to practice acupuncture.”
Consequently, physicians are now “legally” practicing acupuncture in
Montana. Oliver Cooperman, MD reports no further action is needed or
3. Rhode Island–Through efforts of Robert O’Neill, MD, AAMA and
others, the problems in Rhode Island are in the process of being favorably
resolved. Following is the letter on proposed regulation changes sent
by Vice President Marshall Sager, DO, on behalf of the Academy, to Patricia
A. Nolan, MD, MPH, director of health, Rhode Island Department of Health
in Providence, RI:
The AAMA strongly endorses the proposed
changes which state in Section 2.2 of the November 1999, published Rhode
Island Proposed Regulations, that a properly licensed physician (MD,
DO) upon successfully completing a course offering a minimum of three
hundred (300) hours of formal instruction including a supervised clinical
practicum shall be authorized to practice Medical Acupuncture as a therapy
in the State of Rhode Island.
The AAMA applauds the Director of Health and
the Rhode Island Medical Board in recognizing the unique status of licensed
Rhode Island physicians who have been trained in Medical Acupuncture
as outstanding qualified providers of this unique medical modality which
compliments their Western medical training. By so doing, Rhode Island
joins the flourishing international movement which recognizes that it
is a combination of medical modalities which provide the best, most
effective and cost efficient health care services to its citizenry.
AAMA still endorses the standards established
by the WFAS of 200 hours for physician acupuncturist training and will
endeavor to appropriately urge adoption of this position whenever possible.
4. Federal House Bill 1890–No activity
This Chapter has formed an advertising cooperative,
Valley Medical Acupuncture, which to date, includes 11 physicians. Members
are purchasing an ad in the Yellow Pages directory. For the entire year,
the ad costs just more than $6,000, but with that many participants,
Chapter members said the cost becomes reasonable. The directory will
come out in March 2000. Visit Chapter
Chapter President for 2000 will be Nader Soliman,
Upcoming activities include:
15, lecture, “Acupuncture Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome;”
18–19, weekend seminar with Kiiko Matsumoto, “Japanese Acupuncture,”
18, lecture, “Auricular Therapy and Herbal Treatment of ADDH;”
June 20, lecture, “Use of Micro-Current Therapy in Acupuncture.”
Call Dr. Soliman
(301/251-2335) for details.
This Chapter will hold a statewide symposium,
“Acupuncture Reimbursement and Compliance for the Millennium,” at 6:30
pm on Jan. 20, 2000 at Ramada Inn in East Brunswick, NJ. Call Ann Cotter,
MD (973/971-4575) for reservations.
Chapter President-elect Gene Hong, MD, has
been selected to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Oregon Health
Sciences University-NIH grant to study alternative therapies for neurological
disorders. He also serves on a similar board for the Kaiser-NIH grant
to study alternative therapies for craniofacial disorders.
Richard Hammerslag, PhD, president of the Society
for Acupuncture Research, is now research director for the Oregon College
of Oriental Medicine. Some of the leaders who formed the Society for
Acupuncture Research were also members of the NIH conference that resulted
in the 1997 Consensus statement regarding acupuncture. Dr. Hammerschlag
worked with AAMA member Yuan-Chi Lin, MD, to bring the fifth SAR Acupuncture
Research Symposium to Stanford University in 1998.
The NW Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine of Seattle, WA selected Robert Gross, MD, to serve on its Advisory
Committee. The Institute’s new president is Robert Shook, former medical
staff administrator at Legacy Hospitals in Portland.
The Chapter is currently looking for a secretary-treasurer.
After suffering a setback, the Education Committee is looking for a
suitable speaker for the Chapter’s 2000 educational meeting. Visit Chapter
Nader Soliman, MD, presented an excellent educational
program on auriculotherapy and auricular medicine Dec. 1. Members were
intrigued by his presentation, and some are looking forward to attending
a more comprehensive weekend program. He will return to Philadelphia
to present it in March 2000.
The Chapter’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m.
March 1, 2000 at Presbyterian Hospital. Pat Lariccia, MD, will present
the educational program detailing his ground-breaking work on imaging
the neurophysiological effects of acupuncture treatment. This Chapter
wants to expand its membership to include all AAMA members in Delaware
Valley and all qualified physician acupuncturists. AAMA members interested
in joining or at least attending the next meeting should contact Secretary-Treasurer
Mitchell Krause, DO, at: email@example.com.
Visit Chapter Webpage.
This Chapter will hold the Maurice Mussat, MD,
conference on Energetics and the Curious Meridians on March 17–19, 2000
at the Edgewater Hotel (800/624-0670) in Seattle.
Registration forms and brochures are available
from Chapter President James Rotchford, MD (360/385-4843, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Visit Chapter Webpage.