January 2019 Newsletter

Table of Contents – January 2019

Awaken Your Inner Leader and Volunteer with the AAMA

AAMA elections are coming up. Quick — before the word “election” triggers a flurry of post-national-midterm-election PTSD — keep reading. The AAMA is one place where you can really make a difference! I’m writing from New Hampshire, a special place when it comes to elections. Every four years the country looks to us for presidential primary results as if the New Hampshire populace is somehow prescient. Do we represent the country at large? Or do we just get a lot of attention due to our state motto Live Free or Die? I write to you without prescience regarding the future of the AAMA … but with some concerns. 

The AAMA is not broken, but it does need work. Membership is dropping. Speculation results in several theories, one of which is that medicine is becoming more regulated and everyone wants a piece of our well-earned pie. Physicians need to make hard choices about where money is spent and sometimes willingness to pay AAMA dues wanes. The mission of the AAMA board of directors is to make sure that your hard-earned money is well spent when you make the deliberate choice to purchase a membership. This past year has been particularly productive!

  • We have partnered with the IHPC (Integrative Health Policy Consortium) to invest in a legislative alert service called “Fiscal Note,” so we can be more responsive to the ever-changing legislative landscape for physician acupuncturists.
  • We are hosting leaders in acupuncture research and education at another annual symposium in April so you can expand your skills and knowledge while networking with friendly and influential people.
  • Our education committee has grown by leaps and bounds with pertinent and timely offerings in the form of webinars, articles, and videos.
  • Our CME committee is keeping up on the latest requirements so that we are compliant with the highest standards of physician education.  

As always, our AAMA administrative staff works very hard behind the scenes to accomplish this all smoothly. But did you know that all committee work and physician leadership in the AAMA is voluntary? The physicians who serve on our committees and on our board of directors do so for no obvious tangible reward.  

So, why do it? I believe it is because we are born leaders. We lead ourselves through years of arduous education and training. We lead our clinics, departments, and practices. We lead our families and loved ones to safety and financial security. We lead in the emergency departments and in the operating theaters when human lives are in our hands. Some of our members lead in sports and on the dance floor. Some are even prepared to lead in battle. 

Even though most medical school graduates in 2019 will become employees of a medical corporation, we still all have the autonomous spirit of leaders. Consider exercising your leadership spirit by volunteering with the AAMA. Contribute your expertise to a committee. Put in a bid for a seat on the board. Lead us to new horizons and help grow our membership. Let us know what your unique attributes are, and we’ll find a place for you within this very special organization. 

When your AAMA election ballot arrives, take a look and place a vote. Easy as that. Want to know more about the AAMA’s bylaws regarding nominations and elections? Read more. 

Dr. Thomas Burgoon is the Chair of our 2019 Nominations Committee and Mr. C. James Dowden is our Executive Administrator. Send one of them an e-mail to let them know of your interests! 

See you in Phoenix! 

Freda Dreher MD, FAAMA
AAMA Board of Directors, Vice President 

Welcome New AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new member who became part of the AAMA in December 2018:

  • Daniel G. Domjan, MD, of Jackson, MO
  • Richard D Klamm, MD, of Neenah, WI
  • Nancy Clearkin Germany, MD, of Shreveport, LA
  • Marc Adams, DO, of Fall River, MA
  • Phillip F. Panzarella, MD, of Cockeysville, MD
  • Maisa Nagi Morris, MD, of Salt Lake City, UT
  • Arthi D Senra, MD, of Tucson, AZ
  • Alexandre de Carvalho Campolina, MD, of Minas Gerais, Brazil  

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 Sue Sorensen, MD, FAAMA, the membership committee chair. 

Physicians Earn ABMA Certification

The following physicians recently met the stringent requirements of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) and have achieved Board Certification in medical acupuncture. These doctors have earned the designation DABMA (Diplomate, American Board of Medical Acupuncture): 

  • Qingdi Geng, MD, DABMA of Princeton, NJ
  • James Stahl, MD, DABMA of Norwich, VT
  • Jonathan A. Youngwirth, DO, DABMA, of Lancaster, PA 

Military Insurance Program Now Covers Acupuncture

After years of advocacy by AAMA members and officers, U.S. military insurance now covers auricular acupuncture for the first time. As reported by Military.com, “All TRICARE beneficiaries can now receive auricular acupuncture. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques, including the insertion of thin filiform metal needles through the skin. The procedure involves the treatment of the ear with very fine needles to treat conditions such as migraines, general pain, nausea, vomiting, post-operative pain and weight loss. To learn more about auricular acupuncture, visit your primary care manager (PCM).” Read more. 

Celebrating Years of CME Articles for AAMA Members!

Medical Acupuncture, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, has now been granting 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for selected articles in the Journal in collaboration with the Academy for over 2 years. To celebrate the effort put forth by our team we are opening up access to all Medical Acupuncture CME articles for the rest of the month. The CME credit is free for AAMA members but available to other subscribers and readers at a cost of $30. Read more. 

LAST CHANCE! Annual Symposium Poster Presentations & Free Paper (oral) Presentations

The deadline is January 25, 2019 to submit an abstract for the poster session on Saturday evening and/or paper (oral) presentation (cash awards for the winning papers) at the AAMA 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. The Free Paper session will take place Saturday, April 13, in the afternoon. Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 13, reception. All papers and posters must be submitted in English. Information-sharing between AAMA peers is critical to the life and growth of our industry. Make plans to submit your work! Learn more.

LAST CHANCE! Annual Research Paper Competition

Apply now to present a Research Paper at the AAMA 2019 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, on April 12-14, 2019. While space and time are limited, we do expect a hearty number of great submissions from our international colleagues. Further, international submissions have won awards for our Poster Presentations and Research Papers at our Symposia for many years. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place awards will be presented at the AAMA Symposium. The deadline for submission of research papers for the competition is February 15, 2019. 

If your paper is selected as one of the winners, you will be notified by February 26, 2019. We are pleased to offer: 

  • First Place: $1,500 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and three nights hotel lodging for the presenting author. Paper to be presented at the AAMA Symposium in Phoenix, April 2019.
  • Second Place: $750 stipend, Symposium Registration, travel reimbursement up to $500.
  • Third Place: $350 stipend and Symposium Registration.The First-Place winning paper is to be presented in a 30-minute Plenary Session at the Symposium. 

Papers for second and third place to be announced at the Symposium. Authors will be acknowledged there. Find more information on the AAMA website

New! AAMA Medical Acupuncture Research Grant Program

In last month’s AAMA newsletter, the establishment of the AAMA research committee and the Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Grant program was announced. Additional information will be forthcoming from the board. Motivated AAMA members are invited to volunteer for the research committee, which seeks to empower AAMA members to improve treatment approaches in their respective specialties by pursuing and publishing their acupuncture research. Please reach out to Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA, if you’d like more information about the grant program or the research committee.  

Register Now: 2019 AAMA Annual Symposium

The 31st Annual AAMA Symposium will be held April 11-14, 2019, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. The 2019 conference, Art of Healing:  Acupuncture Pearls in Clinical Practice, will provide you with "Monday morning" skills in workshops such as acupuncture for myofascial pain, traumatic brain injury, care for acute conditions, and integrative support for oncology patients, as well as self-cultivation workshops such as qi gong and classical Chinese calligraphy. You will have a chance to delve into the Luo Vessels with internationally renowned teacher Yvonne Farrell, as well as to consider the San Jiao and in its role throughout the lifespan and autism with Dr. Stephen Cowan. 

Please register now for this enlivening event that will bring you together with your peers from around the country, and beyond.  

Pre-Symposium Sessions: Register Before They Fill Up!  

The optional Pre-Symposium is intended to provide a concentrated learning experience in which faculty spend an entire day focused on a topic in greater depth and with more time for practical examples from clinical experiences. Workshops are scheduled concurrently on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 8:00 am-5:30 pm. (Continental breakfast and refreshment breaks are provided. Lunch is on your own.) The AAMA designates this live activity (each Pre-Symposium) for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. 

  • Workshop I – "Pediatrics – The San Jiao and Its Role in Healthy Growth and Development" presented by Stephen Cowan, MD
  • Workshop II – "The Auricular Causative Approach for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurologic Conditions" presented by Nadia Volf, MD, PhD
  • Workshop III – "Integrative Oncology: Supportive Care for Cancer Patients" presented by Butch Levy, MD
  • Workshop IV – "How to Successfully Incorporate Medical Acupuncture into Your Medical Practice" presented by Nick Kouchis, MD 

Learn more and register now! 

Review Course: Sign Up Now for a Broad-based Refresher

April 9-10, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

The Medical Acupuncture Review Course has been developed to provide a broad-based refresher course on the major subject matter areas with which a well-trained physician should be familiar. The Review Course is especially useful as a refresher 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. The overall objectives of the Review Course are to: Review and solidify previously acquired knowledge and experience in medical acupuncture. Reinforce understanding of the basic material appropriate for a physician practicing acupuncture in North America. Refresh the participant’s exposure and awareness of certain specialized aspects of acupuncture not always utilized in traditional practice settings.      

ICYMI: In Case You Missed it Last Month 

Opioid Educational Initiative and Webinar Series
The AAMA board of directors has launched a multimedia educational initiative to inform multiple audiences — consumers, physicians, journalists, and policy makers — about medical acupuncture's potential to help address the opioid crisis currently raging in the U.S. You should have received an email last month with a patient-family informational PDF developed by the board. Please consider emailing the PDF to your patient base, posting it on your website and social media channels, and printing copies to share with patients in your practice waiting room. To help prepare AAMA members to treat patients’ pain and addiction issues, we have also arranged for a series of CME-eligible webinars focused on the treatment of opioid addiction from the perspective of medical acupuncture. The series, which launches in March 2019, will provide those of you who are interested in this field or need a knowledge refresher with up-to-date information to use in your practices as you encounter patients in pain. (Missed the email? Download the PDF now.

Become a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
Fellowship in the AAMA represents superior commitment to the practice of medical acupuncture. Election of Fellows occurs each Spring during the annual election of AAMA officers and directors. The application deadline for the coming year is March 8, 2019. Learn more. 

Help Build the AAMA and Earn $$
We're excited to announce a new member-recruiting program designed to reward current members for referring their peers to the AAMA for membership. If you nominate someone who joins as a full member, you'll earn a $50 credit to use on future AAMA events, including the annual symposium, workshops, or apply to your own future membership dues. You can read more on the AAMA website

Legislative Alerts 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 engage if necessary. Reach out to the Academy by emailing info@medicalacupuncture.org or calling 310-379-8261.    

Serve on the AAMA Board of Directors
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 or to Nominations Committee Chair Tom Burgoon.       

Professional Development Opportunities 

2019 Review Course
April 9-10, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

AAMA Pre-Symposium: 4 Optional Workshops 
April 11, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

AAMA 31st Annual Symposium
April 11-14, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

AAMA Website: Education Listings 
The AAMA maintains an ongoing calendar of educational events and professional development opportunities related to medical acupuncture. The calendar is accessible on the AAMA website. Members are encouraged to share events and calendar items from their regions and about educational topics that may be of wider interest among peers and fellow AAMA members.  

Medical Acupuncture Journal Updates 

Most Recent Issue: December 2018

Most-recent CME Article
Complementary and Integrative Health Education in the Medical School Curriculum: An Interest Survey 
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acu.2018.1311 

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Medical Acupuncture — Acupuncture for Pregnancy, Fertility, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum
Deadline: 4/30/19
Our journal, Medical Acupuncture, is planning a special issue on how acupuncture helps women achieve healthy outcomes for pregnancy, infertility, labor and delivery, and postpartum.  In the interest of fostering an understanding of the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating couples with infertility and in managing pain and address adverse conditions from prenatal to postpartum, we invite submissions of original research and review articles. Please visit the Journal website for manuscript submission guidelines. We look forward to receiving your manuscripts and to your active participation in the Journal! 

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Medical Acupuncture — Acupuncture to Foster Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Deadline: 2/15/19
Our journal, Medical Acupuncture, is publishing a special issue on this topic and our colleague, Richard Niemtzow, MD, the journal’s editor-in-chief, invites you to contribute your research on the use of acupuncture in preventing disease and fostering health promotion. Visit the Medical Acupuncture website for manuscript submission guidelines.

New Scientific Research 

Acupuncture methods put to the test for a tinnitus study: A Bayesian analysis
[Complementary Therapies in Medicine]
Conclusions: Eight interventions are all effective in the treatment of neurological tinnitus, but moxibustion acupuncture seems to be a better trend treatment for tinnitus. 

A Comparison of Physical Therapy Modalities Versus Acupuncture in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Pilot Study
[The Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineAhead of Print]
To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first study comparing the effects of conventional PT modalities with acupuncture on the treatment of pain, function, and quality of life in FMS patients. The findings of this pilot study suggest that PT modalities and acupuncture can be used with clinical effectivity in the multimodal treatment of FMS. Even though one treatment method was not found to be superior to the other, it is worth bearing in mind that this pilot study only provides preliminary results.

Local effects of acupuncture on the median and ulnar nerves in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: a pilot mechanistic study protocol
[Trials] This trial is currently recruiting participants.
This works aims to capture and characterize the local effects of acupuncture on an underlying nerve and compare them to those on a neighboring nerve. Quantifying acupuncture’s effects using physiologic parameters and discrete values could standardize treatment regimens and help assess their therapeutic effect. 

Ear Acupuncture in Psychiatric Care From the Health Care Professionals’ Perspective: A Phenomenographic Analysis 
[Issues in Mental Health Nursing]
Ear acupuncture was perceived by the health care professionals to be a simple, safe and hands on complement to the participants´ other therapeutic treatment skills, promising in relieving psychiatric and somatic symptoms. Acupuncture may have a relevant place as a person-centered approach in the contemporary landscape of clinical psychiatric care. Acupuncture facilitates the communication with patient, emphasizing participation and shared decision-making.  

Putting Integrative Oncology Into Practice: Concepts and Approaches
[Journal of Oncology Practice]
This review summarizes the underlying principles of integrative oncology and how it is distinct from alternative medicine, and it provides a practical guide for the effective application of evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine interventions in patient-centered care. 

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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. 

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