AAMA 23rd Annual Symposium
Twenty-third Anniversary Symposium of
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
March 31 -- April 3, 2011
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
San Diego, CA
2011 Symposium brochure
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is pleased to present a symposium
which meets an expressed need to examine the mechanisms of acupuncture
from several different perspectives and for more information on scientific studies and
research findings regarding acupuncture. This meeting addresses topics suggested by
practitioners and stresses the different acupuncture approaches to dealing with every
day practical clinical problems with an emphasis on the scientific evidence for those
approaches. Surveys and evaluations from previous symposia have indicated the
desire for exposure to alternative approaches to common clinical challenges. The different
disciplines of acupuncture to be reviewed include Neuro-Anatomic, French
Energetics, Auricular, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acu punc ture Related
Therapies. We will look at the different ways of treating the same clinical problems
using these different disciplines, thus giving practitioners not only a choice for treatment but also the sophistication of combining two or more disciplines to strengthen
the efficacy of their treatment.
The thrust of this conference is to offer a multi-tiered approach to the understanding
and clinical significance of acupuncture in daily practice, and to expand
awareness of scientific research in its examination of the effects of acupuncture and
acupuncture efficacy. It is designed to provide participants with information on different
approaches to the treatment of common conditions seen in clinical practice so
that they may tailor acupuncture treatments to the needs of their individual patients.
The conference focuses on clinically relevant treatment approaches and techniques
which the acu puncture practitioner can put to immediate use.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Symposium is designed for instruction and training of health care professionals
interested in or already practicing acupuncture. Medical practitioners with no
experience and those with extensive background in medical acupuncture will find
the program useful to their medical practices.
The Pre-symposium Workshops are intended to provide a more concentrated
learning experience where the faculty can spend the entire day focused on a topic in
greater depth and with more time for practical examples from clinical experiences.
Physicians with over 200 hours of formal medical acupuncture training and more
than two years experience may choose the workshops that best suit their interest.
The AAMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The AAMA designates this live activity (Symposium) for a maxi mum of 22 AMA
PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture® designates this live activity (each Pre-Symposium workshop) for a maximum of 7.5 AMA
PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit
that he/she actually spends in each of the above activities.
Physicians attending the Symposium will be able to:
- Integrate acupuncture with other energy-based healing modalities.
- Utilize an approach for self-care for practitioners based on Qi Gong and meditation.
- Learn specific practices in acupuncture which take into account holistic principles and thereby promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
- Distinguish valid vs invalid research methodology in acupuncture research.
- Translate clinical research findings into practical applications.
- Identify how government agencies, academic institutions, clinicians and basic scientists are partnering in research.
- Distinguish among acupuncture related therapies to use when acupuncture fails including but not limited to moxibustion, cupping and tuina.
- Assess childhood development in terms of Five Elements Theory.
- Apply specific acupuncture techniques for treating ADHD in children.
- Assess Japanese-style acupuncture as compared and contrasted with TCM and other, more familiar, modalities.
- Refine Five Elements Theory skills with assessments and treatment plans.
- Develop a sense as to clinical applications of ultrasound as a means for stimulating acupuncture points.
- Apply specific techniques of combining manual medicine and acupuncture.
- Apply integrative medicine principles in the management of PTSD.
PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOPS (Click here for more details)
Chair: Anna C. Kelly, MD, FAAMA
Pre-Symposium Workshop I – “Classical Acupuncture Made Easy ”
Instructor Richard Tan, OMD, LAc, San Diego, CA
Pre-Symposium Workshop II – “Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture in Orthopedic Medicine ”
Instructor Joseph Wong, MD, FAAMA, Toronto, Canada
Pre-Symposium Workshop III – "Combining, Integrating Western and Chinese Nutritional Therapies ”
Instructor Uwe Siedentopp, MD, Kassel, Germany
Pre-Symposium Workshop IV – “Auricular Acupuncture ”
Instructor Terry Oleson, PhD, Los Angeles, CA