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awarded grant for database
AAMA has awarded MARF a $5,000 grant to expand the database of acupuncture
citations. The database will hopefully be the most complete and useful
database on medical acupuncture in the English language. There are already
more than 8,000 citations. The abstract/review work of Russ Erickson,
MD, will be part of the database as well.
The citations are all part of a reference database
program called Reference Manager. If an NIH grant goes through in June,
the Academy will be able to regularly update the database, but more
importantly, it will be available online. Meanwhile, if there is a specific
search you would like help with, contact Richard Friedericks at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will help you find a list of relatively up-to-date references.
Website staff also is asking for help. We are
reviewing what databases to review regularly. The current list includes:
Medline, Allied and Alternative Medicine, MANTIS, EMBASE, ACULAR, Cochrane
Collaborative and FP-IM database. Other suggestions? Please give your
Another issue is what journals to review and
enter regularly that are not generally part of the above databases.
AAMA’s journal is a case in point. Please include your justifications
when sending suggestions.
Also, members with reference lists in a digital
format are asked to put them into a standard format and send them in
so they can be easily incorporated into the main database. We can have
an instrument that’s invaluable to future researchers and clinicians.
Write to James Rotchford, MD, MPH, MARF President,
1334 Lawrence St., Port Townsend, WA 98368 (email@example.com).
Schulman, MD, is asking members to respond to the following: “It appears
that many insurance companies are writing policies that include coverage
for acupuncture, if provided by an MD, in lieu of surgical anethesia.
Is anyone aware of this as a use of acupuncture anywhere in the US
or Canada?” To respond, please fax (323/937-0959) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
the following: Your name, the date, hospital allowing acupuncture
in lieu of surgical anesthesia, city, state, surgeon involved, MD
performing acupuncture and insurance company paying for the procedure.
participating in AAMA’s referral program will be happy to hear that
1,879 inquiries came into national headquarters in December from patients
seeking medical acupuncturists in their area. In 1999, there were
15,385 inquiries (averaging 1,282 per month). The toll-free phone
number patients are calling for physician referrals is 800/521-2262.
Practice members not participating in the referral program but who
would like to, can contact Stephen Chan at Academy offices (323/937-5514,
got a lot of coverage in press like Modern Medicine
(January 2000) and on the Internet after Drs. Huey-Jen Lee and Wen-Ching
Liu presented their study in December at the 85th Scientific Assembly
and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in
Chicago. Using a new form of brain imaging, the pair confirmed that
acupuncture relieves pain. President Bryan Frank, MD, promoted AAMA
in an article about this study on the front page of a January issue
of Investor’s Business Daily. Visit InteliHealth.com
Lee, MD, has joined Alison Lee, MD, in practice at Barefoot Doctors.
Based in Ann Arbor, MI, Kevin has privileges at several area hospitals.
He completed residency in neurosurgery with fellowship training in
pain management, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.
He focuses on offering his patients the latest surgical innovations
combined with modalities from Chinese medicine and acupuncture. His
presence in the local neurosurgical community is leading to some interesting
conversations and brings a new element of open-mindedness to his colleagues.
was mentioned in Cleveland Magazine when Steven Scheer, MD, took out
an ad in the publication’s 64-page Medical Guide supplement in February.
Nakazawa, MD, is giving a lecture in March entitled, “Arthritis: Alternative
Treatment Options,” at the Community Education Seminar, Relief from
Arthritis and Joint Pain: Know your Options, on the East Coast.
announces the availability of a new, free 16-page publication, “Acupuncture
Information and Resources Package.” Call 888/644-6226 or e-mail: email@example.com.
December, Ann Cotter, MD, was featured in the New York Times article,
“Dancing With Doubters,” talking about acupuncture and complementary
medicine. Her comments about bodywork, including acupuncture, were
published (along with AAMA’s referral number) in the February issue
of Dance Teacher magazine.
Anatomical Acupuncture Approach to Management of Pain and Musculoskeletal
Dysfunction is offered (with CME) by Acupuncture Foundation of Canada
Institute March 18-19, Sept. 23-24 and Nov. 24-26. Call 416/752-3988
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fargas-Babjak, MD, is among directors instructing Medical Acupuncture
and Related Techniques for the Treatment of Pain: A Practical Integrated
Approach, Unit 2, April 7–9, 2000 at McMaster University in Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada (where Joseph Helms, MD, is faculty developer). Dates
for Units 3–5 can be found at http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/anaesthesia.
Sponsor is McMaster University Continuing Education. The course has
been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for
110 MAINPRO-M1 Credits and by the AMA PRA Category 1 for 110 hours
in Category 1 credit towards AMA’s Physician’s Recognition Award.
To register, call 905/521-2100, x75175 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Medical Qigong Seminar will be taught by Anita Cignolini, MD, May
5–7, 2000 in Santa Barbara, CA. For those without prerequisite prior
experience with medical qigong exercise, there will be a pre-seminar
introduction to qigong workshop on May 4. Sponsor is Cignolini Education
Associates. For more information, call 805/560-6770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burgoon, MD, announces that a Traditional Chinese Acupuncture for
Physicians Course will be held May 15–20, 2000 followed by part two
Sept. 11–16 in Santa Barbara, CA. Taught by Anita Cignolini, MD, the
course will grant 120 hours AAFP CME. Sponsors are USC School of Medicine
and St. Lukes Medical Center. Call 323/442-1313 (email@example.com).
Helms, MD, will be giving lectures and demonstrations at Practical
Applications of Integrative Medicine: Applicable Alternative Therapy
Solutions, presented by the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine,
May 17–19, 2000 at Omni Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, accredited by ACCME,
designates this educational activity for a maximum of 21 hours of
Category 1 CME. For information, call 888/640-CARE, 513/791-5521 or
Therapy courses will be offered on May 20-21, 2000 in Philadelphia
and on Aug. 19-20 in San Francisco, and Auricular Medicine Seminar
will be offered Nov. 4-5 in Philadelphia by Drs. Bryan Frank and Nader
Soliman. For more information, call Integrated Medicine Seminars (972/489-4286).
Nakazawa, MD, sent in news about Oriental Medicine 2000: Integrity
and Integration, Sept. 15-17. Sponsored by Four Gates Communications,
Inc. and the New England School of Acupuncture, the event will be
held at the Convention Center in Providence, RI. Call 888/798-0630.
Acupuncture Society of Michigan will host May Loo, MD, for a two-day
course, Oct. 7–8, 2000. She will devote one day to Pearls of Chinese
Medicine, and one day expanding on these concepts as they apply to
pediatric acupuncture. Call 734/665-8313.
MBA, MD, UCLA/Helms’ acupuncture graduate. Reiki Master,
emergency medicine by trade, seeking an administrative or clinical
position in an alternative clinic, health spa or CAM department. Send
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior UCLA/GLAHS PM&R resident and a UCLA medical
acupuncture graduate looking for a post-residency job in California
with an emphasis on pain management, general rehab and sports medicine.
If you have advice concerning job hunting or know of any positions,
please contact Peggy Chen, MD (213/400-3338, email@example.com