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Members are invited to submit abstracts of research projects or case reports for consideration for presentation as a Poster at AAMA’s 13th Annual Symposium in New Orleans, March 23-24, 2001.
Abstracts should be a 200-250 word description of the research project and findings or be a summary of the case, treatment approach and outcomes. They will be reviewed for presentation by the Poster Committee, chaired by Richard Niemtzow, MD. Authors of Abstracts selected by the Committee will be invited to present their work in Poster format at the Symposium. Poster presenters will get 50% off their Symposium registration fee.
Posters will be presented Friday afternoon, March 23, 2001 at the Wine and Cheese Reception and remain up the next day. Poster presenters will be invited to submit their abstracts for publication in the journal, Medical Acupuncture.
Abstracts should be submitted to Dr. Niemtzow, c/o AAMA offices, no later than Dec. 31, 2000 to be considered for Poster presentation. You may also submit the abstract via e-mail, in Microsoft Word or text format, to the Academy c/o firstname.lastname@example.org. We will forward all abstracts on to Dr. Niemtzow and his Committee. The final announcement of which abstracts are selected will be made by mid-January.
Contact AAMA Executive Administrator Jim Dowden (323/937-5514, email@example.com) for further information.
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Medical Acupuncture Publishers has agreed to collaborate with the HMI/AAMA 20,000 By 2010 campaign to substantially increase the number of physicians practicing acupuncture in this country. They have agreed to provide assistance with lecture material if you are invited to present a program that will promote medical acupuncture to physicians who are likely to be predisposed to a serious training program, specifically, the UCLA/HMI course.
What does this mean? Medical Acupuncture Publishers will make available, at no cost, notes for up to two hours of lecture material that can be cut and pasted for any occasion, and slides to accompany those notes. In academic environments where several exposure sessions are programmed, videotapes of lectures by Joseph Helms, MD, in the Medical Acupuncture Education Series, can also be made available.
The offer is not geared for casual information noontime lunch-and-nap conferences at the community hospital. Rather, it is geared to physicians in the context of specialty society meetings or academic environments predisposed to CAM techniques.
Address requests to Medical Acupuncture Publishers, Box 815, Berkeley, CA 94701. Include a description of the program you’re planning, its date and location, and the number, composition, and predisposition of the audience.
By now, “Medical Acupuncture for Physicians” graduates will have received three course brochures for the program starting in November. If you need more brochures for promotional efforts, call AAMA (323/937-5514) or the HMI office (510/649-8488).
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AAMA’s PR firm, Fleishman-Hillard, is hard at work promoting the Academy and its members. Below are just some of the results:
•Marshall Sager, DO, hosted a month-long "Ask the Expert" message board on iVillage's popular women's site, allHealth.com. He also was interviewed on iVillage's online radio station Aug. 4.
•Dr. Sager's story on cancer-related pain, "Acupuncture: Managing Cancer Pain With a Pinprick," appeared on the highly-rated health site, CBSHealthwatch.com in August. Jeff Baird, DO, will be quoted in a story on migraines in September. Also, Drs. Bryan Frank and Nader Soliman were interviewed for a story on treating learning disabilities to appear in the fall.
•Robert Schulman, MD, appeared on NYC news broadcasts to discuss medical acupuncture. He also is the source of the article, “Doctors Pinpoint a Solution to Stress-Related Aches and Pains” and was quoted in the Fox News online feature, “Doctors use Acupuncture to ‘Spring Clean’ the Body.”
•Judith Peterson, MD, was quoted in the August Redbook article, “Seven Alternative Remedies Even Doctors Use."
•In the spring, Dr. Frank was quoted in Washington Post's alternative medicine column “Treatment of Choice.”
•Dr. Soliman is scheduled to appear on several TV broadcasts on local DC news affiliates this fall to discuss treating ADHD with auricular acupuncture.
•Drs. Schulman, Baird and Hiroshi Nakazawa have hosted web chats (which are posted on AAMA’s site) on HealthAtoZ.com. The site is also developing a "Headache Diary," to which Dr. Baird will be contributing information.
•Drs. Frank and Baird were quoted in a September story on treating headaches with medical acupuncture at Vicus.com.
•The July 3 issue of First for Women included the AAMA's 800 number in, "How Good is Your Doctor?"
•Russ Corcoran, MD, of Rhode Island spoke on WALE-AM's "Pathways to Healing," an alternative health radio program. Drs. Frank and Mike Arnold appeared on the show in spring.
•Dr. Nakazawa is scheduled to be interviewed for a piece on swimmers suffering with asthma in Swimmer's World.
•Michael Coomes, MD, appeared on a health segment on KMSP-TV (UPN 9 Minneapolis) to discuss treating sports injuries.
•William Rutenberg, MD, was featured on the HealthWatch segment of NBC News 5 Chicago on July 28, 2000. He discussed acupuncture on children. The patient whom he was treating had Osgood Schlatter's disease, and the knee pain that had not been responsive to anti-inflammatory medication, responded very well to acupuncture. His treatment saved his athletic career. The text is available at http://nbc5.com/ and then click on HealthWatch and go to the July 28 story. Furthermore, telephone calls from friends revealed that the story was broadcast in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston markets as well.
•Ronald Stern, MD, will appear on a live radio program on WMMB-AM in Melbourne, FL.
•Glenn Rothfeld, MD, and a patient will be appearing in on the Providence, RI-based PBS program, “Healthcare Directions.”
If you read or hear about AAMA in the media, contact PR rep Lisa Duszak (202/828-8830) to get the item noted.