In this issue
By Marshall H.
Regional Chapter Liaison Sub-Committee
Chair William Rutenberg, MD, has been assisting Donald Counts, MD, of Texas and Dr. Susan Spadberg of Wisconsin, who are actively working on establishing chapters in their states. Also, welcome to AAMA’s newest Chapter in Florida (see page 6).
Training and Presentation Sub-Committee
Chair John Kohler, MD, is currently in conference with several Chapters for the purpose of scheduling training sessions for the video presentation.
Target Outreach Sub-Committee
1. Hawaii–The recent news here is the attempt to allow “advanced trained” non-physician acupuncturists to use the term “Doctor of Acupuncture” or a similar appellation. This matter was brought to the Academy’s attention by Ira Zunin, MD, a state resident and AAMA member. AAMA is preparing a response to this issue.
2. Pennsylvania–Through the tenacious efforts of John Kohler, MD, the recent House bill was defeated at the governor’s level. Essentially, the bill, would have allowed non-physician acupuncturists to become licensed and to be regulated by a new Acupuncture Board.
3. Virginia–An attempt was made to limit the acupuncture practice rights of physicians in this Commonwealth. However, Drs. Harriet Schanzer and Marie Steinmetz report that AAMA members Drs. Philip Schlobauhm and Inja Chang are protecting physician acupuncturist practice rights through their position as Virginia Medical Board members.
4. Federal House Bill 1890–No activity. The Academy had a false alarm concerning a proposed sub-committee vote that never transpired. However, the event gave AAMA a chance to test its Federal Communications Tree (which needs work).
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•Board-certified OB-GYN experienced in acupuncture is sought to join a private practice that’s developing a Women’s Health Center incorporating principals of traditional Western and Asian medicine in Monterey, CA. Contact Stephanie Taylor, MD, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org, 831/655-1995).
•MD/Board Certified acupuncturist seeking position in a clinical or research integrative medicine setting. Call 505/890-3474.
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•A medical acupuncturist position has become available in Fort Madison, Iowa; contact family physician David C. Wenger-Keller (email@example.com).
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