January 2018 Newsletter

Table of Contents - January 2018

From the AAMA Board: Good Things Are Worth Waiting For 

We spend so much of our lives waiting. Where I live, some people are awaiting the next snowfall for more great skiing, while others can hardly wait for their upcoming Florida vacation. As medical acupuncturists, we wait for many things. Some of us are paying off loans and waiting for board exam scores. Others are waiting for accounts receivable to be paid or looking forward to a promotion. Researchers await word that they will receive a supportive grant. Nearing the end of a career, some are waiting for that long planned retirement. We treat patients and wait for results. We wait and hope that our pediatric oncology patient achieves the next developmental milestone. Some of us sit at a dying patient’s bedside, offering support and awaiting their final breath.   

Acupuncture medicine honors the five elements and reminds us to wait. Midwinter is the season for hibernation and holds the promise and potential for new growth. Although it has been -20° where I live, I can see buds on trees that are just waiting for the warmth of spring. We are in the dead of winter, but it is anything but dead out there! Every day provides us with a little more sunlight. As yin dominates yang in winter, it is a time to rest and gather strength. You may want to use this time of darkness and quiet to honor yourself with solitude, practice self-acceptance, and fill your reserves.   

Are you waiting for the AAMA to provide you with more CME opportunities? To support you legislatively in your state? To provide you with a diverse network of colleagues with whom you can network? I can assure you – the resources are there for you. The annual symposium is right around the corner. The Symposium Committee and the AAMA administrative staff have been working hard all year to assure you that our April 12-15 meeting will exceed all of your expectations. Kansas City will be a fabulous and affordable venue. Have you registered and planned your travel yet? What are you waiting for?   

At the AAMA, we are waiting for you, as well. Our group of AAMA members includes some of the most talented, compassionate, and creative practitioners I have met. It is through your ideas, suggestions, and critiques that we achieve excellence. We want to continue to field your questions, hear your concerns, and listen to your ideas. If you can help us to be better – don’t wait – volunteer now to work on a committee, or put in a bid to work with the Board of Directors. You may even want to encourage one of your colleagues to join the AAMA.   

I encourage you to use this winter to pause and reflect. Take some time to browse the AAMA website and all of its resources.  Nourish yourself, and consider your potential for 2018. As you do so, keep the AAMA in mind as an organization that nourishes your medical acupuncture practice throughout the year.   

With warmest winter regards,
Freda L. Dreher, MD, FAAMA
Secretary, AAMA Board of Directors
Member of the 2018 AAMA Symposium Committee   

Welcome New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the the AAMA in December 2017: 

  • Andrea Ingrid Karl, MD of Tualatin, OR 
  • Samuel Eli Mathis, MD of Galveston, TX 
  • Laurette Aea Chang, MD of El Paso, TX 
  • Renee M Miranda, MD of Columbus, OH 

If you have peers or colleagues who aren’t currently members of the AAMA, please encourage them to learn more about the benefits of membership by visiting the website or contacting Thomas Etges, MD, the membership committee chair.   

AAMA Mourns the Passing of NADA Founder, Michael O. Smith, MD, DAc

Dr. Michael O. Smith was a psychiatrist, acupuncturist, addiction specialist and public health planner who was the Director of Lincoln Hospital Recovery Center from 1974 to 2011 when he retired. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. He was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell Medical School and was certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He was internationally known for developing the use of acupuncture in the field of chemical dependency. More than 2,000 treatment programs worldwide use the Lincoln Hospital model. As Chairperson of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), Dr. Smith provided consultation to city, county, state, federal, and United Nations agencies in more than one hundred settings. He was the first person selected for the national drug court Hall of fame. Smith passed away on December 24, 2017. Register here for the public memorial service March 24, 2018, in New York City. Read more:  

Plan Now to Attend the 30th Annual AAMA Annual Symposium

Kansas City, April 12-15, 2018 

Make your plans for the 2018 Symposium today. The theme of the Symposium is "Across Time and Continents - The Integration of Ancient and Modern in 21st Century Acupuncture." The 30th Annual AAMA Symposium will be held April 12-15, 2018 at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  Symposium program Vice-Chair Freda Dreher, MD, FAAMA, Co-Chairs Laura Bowman, MD, DABMA, and David Miller, MD, LAc and several other committee members are already hard at work designing an exceptional program. This conference will offer a multi-tiered approach for the understanding and clinical relevance of acupuncture in daily practice. It will expand our awareness of scientific research into the effects of acupuncture, and provide participants with information about different approaches for the treatment of common conditions seen in clinical practice. Clinicians will learn multi-faceted ways to tailor acupuncture treatments for their individual patients. This conference will focus on clinically relevant treatment approaches that can easily be integrated into clinical practice.   

Hotel Information
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
1 East Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Room rate $179 (sgl/dbl)
Cut-off: March 19, 2018 (or when our block of rooms sells out, whichever comes first)
Call 816-474-4400 or book online.   

Register Now for Optional Pre-Symposium Workshops

Register now for an extra day of professional development during your stay in Kansas City for the Annual Symposium. The following optional workshops are available for an added fee:  

  1. Pediatric Acupuncture in Classical Chinese Medicine — presented by Jeffrey Yuen  
  2. Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture — presented by Darrell Wallace, Lac 
  3. Korean Hand Therapy: Introductory and Intermediate Workshop — presented by Lowell E. Kobrin, MD, PhD, FAAMA 
  4. Advanced Acupuncture for Mental and Emotional Health  — presented by Susie Hayes, Lac   

Serve on the AAMA Board of Directors

The Academy is a member driven organization. Members of the Academy, serving on the Board of Directors or on Committees advising the Board, are making the decisions regarding programs and activities that set the future for the Academy. All members are invited to take part in this volunteer governance process. You can take on a small task that is important but where the time commitment is clearly defined, or you can take on a more significant role by becoming involved as a member of a standing committee or Board where your activities will be more varied and spread over multiple months. In the spring each year, the Academy has an election of Directors and Officers to guide the Academy for the following year. If you are interested in being considered for a seat on the Board of Directors or if you are interested in working on one of the Academy committees, send an email to Executive Administrator James Dowden at jdowden@prodigy.net or to Nominations Committee Chair Tom Burgoon at tburgoonmd@gmail.com.      

Professional Development Opportunities

Last Chance to Register! Manual Medicine and Functional Medicine Pearls
Presented by Jay Sandweiss, DO, C-NMM/OMM, DABMA, FAAMA 
January 27-28, 2018
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is pleased to announce another offering of an exciting education opportunity — a workshop focused on manual medicine treatments derived from osteopathic manipulative medicine. Participants will learn new diagnostic and treatment strategies for increasing competency and improving patient outcomes when treating pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Diagnostic techniques include: manual muscle testing, tissue palpation, motion testing, visual anatomical landmark assessment, tender point analysis, and somatic listening. Additionally, attendees will learn evidence-based nutritional/herbal pearls for treating a variety of common patient complaints. Register now.  

2018 Review Course: Sign Up Now!
April 10-11, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
The Medical Acupuncture Review Course provides a broad-based refresher course, which is especially useful for those who obtained their acupuncture training some time ago and for those who are seeking an organized review prior to taking the ABMA Board Certification Examination. Register now.

International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health
May 8-11, 2018
Baltimore, MD
The 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health theme, "Collaboration in Action: Advancing Integrative Health through Research, Education, Clinical Practice and Policy," reflects both the collaborative nature of the field and the scope of the scientific program. More information.

In Case You Missed It …

Oprah Magazine Names Acus Founder Dr. Joseph Helms 2018 Health Hero
Pick up a copy of the January 2018 issue of O Magazine while it’s still on the stands! (Read more.)   

Call for Entries—AAMA Annual Symposium Paper & Poster Presentations
The cutoff is January 26, 2018 to submit an abstract for the poster session on Saturday evening and/or free paper (oral) presentation at the AAMA 2018 Symposium at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO on April 13-15, 2018. The Free Paper session will take place Saturday, April 14, in the afternoon. Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 14, reception. All papers and posters must be submitted in English.   

Call for Papers—Special Issue: Use of Acupuncture in the Veterans Health Administration
Medical Acupuncture is organizing a critical special issue on the use of acupuncture and integrative health in the Veterans Health Administration. The issue will be an outstanding showcase of the fine work being done at the VA in this area of integrative medicine. Work being done with Veterans outside of the VA system will also be considered. The Guest Editors encourage the submission of papers on original research and clinical management exploring the use of acupuncture with Veterans for the following conditions, among others: 

  • Pain from an injury 
  • PTSD, depression, and other mental health issues 
  • Knee pain from osteoarthritis 
  • Low back pain 
  • Substance dependence and abuse 
  • Nausea and vomiting 

The deadline for manuscript submission is April 10, 2018. Read more.

Legislative Alert about Acupuncture
If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed in your state that would affect medical acupuncturists, please let the AAMA know. The Academy is following and actively engaged in several state-level legislative issues pertaining to acupuncture, but we need your help to alert us if you hear of anything pending. The sooner we know, the sooner we can review and possibly engage if necessary. Feel free to reach out to the Academy by emailing info@medicalacupuncture.org or calling: 310-379-8261.   

New Scientific Research

Acupuncture in hospice settings: A Qualitative Exploration of Patients’ Experiences
[European Journal of Cancer Care]
Acupuncture was found to be a highly acceptable, accessible and popular treatment with positive holistic effects reported across the domains of physical, mental and spiritual health and no serious adverse effects. By enabling awareness of the holistic nature of health and well-being, acupuncture was experienced as having the potential to contribute to a better death, an emergent theory that needs testing in further studies.  

Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
[Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine]
Vasomotor symptoms (VMSs) are the most common symptoms reported during menopause. Although hormone therapy is effective for reducing VMSs, its use is restricted in some women. Many women with VMSs thus seek nonhormonal, nonpharmacologic treatment options such as acupuncture.  

Electroacupuncture Could Reduce Motion Sickness Susceptibility in Healthy Male Adults: A Double-Blinded Study
[Medical Acupuncture]
Motion sickness is the main cause of nausea-related symptoms during passive motion in transportation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) for the reduction of motion sickness symptoms.   

Register for Review Course

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April 9-10, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

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Journal CME

Medical Acupuncture, the Official Journal of the AAMA, now contains selected articles that are approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™Mary Ann Liebert, Inc publishers anticipates that 6 articles per year will carry CME credit. 

CME credit is available for free to AAMA members and available to other subscribers and readers for a small fee. 

Click here to access current and past issues of Medical Acupuncture.

Email Group Sign-up

This email group will allow members to communicate, ask questions, and share ideas with each other. 

Invitations were sent by email, but you can also ask to be added directly to the group. Request Email Group

Scientific Research

Read more evidence-based research on acupuncture and its applications in medical practice.

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