May 2018 Newsletter

Table of Contents - May 2018

There is Strength in Numbers

“The more the merrier.” My mom used to say that when I was a kid. She’d also say: “Let’s have a bigger party.” “Let’s have hamburgers and chicken for the July 4th barbecue.” (Along with the pie and cake!) “Ask that new kid over to play with your friends.”  And she was right! We always had more fun. But larger groups aren’t just more fun; the synergy of more ideas and people power means greater productivity.  

And this is a major goal for the AAMA: to be larger. But it’s not just about having more people — it’s about increasing the strength of our voice for acupuncture as an alternative to opioids; it’s about promoting acupuncture safety to community, regulatory, and legislative groups; and it’s about improving our ability to serve our patients. There is most certainly strength in numbers.    

As the new chair of the Membership Committee, I plan to build on Tom Etges’ hard work over the past three years — to increase membership, to optimize communication and service, and to be a voice for AAMA members within the organization. The committee has expanded so that there is a representative from each of 10 regions. (We still need a representative for the PA-DE-MD-DC region; please contact me if you are interested.) You will be able to locate your region and contact your rep by logging into the member resources page on the AAMA website. In response to a request from our military and VA colleagues, there is also a VA/DOD “region” to address issues related to practice in those settings.      

We are looking forward to hearing from you. 

Sue Sorensen, MD, FAAMA
Chair, Membership Committee
Member at Large, Board of Directors
Sksorensen (at) Comcast (dot) net 

Welcome New AAMA Members

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

  • Scott E. Clemensen, MD, DABMA of Boulder, CO 
  • Teresa A. O'Brien, MD of Fort Leonard Wood, MO 
  • Joseph Degenhard, MD of Ephrata, PA 
  • Michael P. Dalgetty, MD of Great Mills, MD 
  • Lynnie Correll, MD, PhD of Rochester, NY
  • Jean-Paul Henri Dedam, MD of Albuquerque, NM 
  • Cary W. Lee, MD of Alameda, CA 

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):  

  • Xiaoli Dong, MD, DABMA of Manlius, NY
  • Jessica L. Haloskie, MD, DABMA of Marquette, MI
  • Whitney J. Scifres, MD, DABMA of Auburn, AL 

Friendly Faces from the AAMA’s 30th Annual Symposium

Missed the Symposium? Check out what your friends and colleagues were up to! Were you there? See if you made it into the photo gallery. Our thanks Saeeduddin Khan, MD, FACP, CMD and AAMA Staff for taking and sharing these photos with us. If you took photos at the Symposium, please share them with us! Send us an email with your images: info@medicalacupuncture.org

    

AAMA and American TCM Alumni Association Friendship 

In April, Jerry Leglue, MD, FAAMA, President of AAMA, and Thomas Burgoon, MD, Immediate Past President, signed a memo of friendship and understanding with the American TCM Alumni Association/American TCM Association (ATCMAA/ATCMA). The ATCMAA/ATCMA was represented by its president, Dr. Haihe Tian. 

The ATCMAA is an organization of university- and residency-trained Chinese physicians practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in the United States. These physicians include alumni of both Western Medicine and TCM medical schools in China who practice in the U.S. as licensed physicians and/or as licensed acupuncturists. This event recognizes our common goals of fostering the growth, understanding, appreciation and integration of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine therapies in the United States along with high standards of training and education.   

Dr Tian presented at the AAMA symposium in Kansas City in April on “Gastrointestinal Issues and Chinese Medicine.”He is an expert in TCM and gastroenterology and a distinguished alumnus of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Medical training in China follows the British format of a five year Bachelors in Medicine followed typically by a two or three year hospital-based residency program. The western medical schools in in China follow a typical modern medicine curriculum while the TCM universities provide a curriculum that integrates western medical training with heavy emphasis on traditional Chinese medicine theory, therapies and practice.   

ICYM: Congrats to Our Newly-elected AAMA Board Members & Officers

Ballots for the election of Officers, Board Members and new fellows were sent out to voting members ahead of the Kansas City meeting. Voting occurred electronically so that all voting members could participate. If they could not attend the meeting in Kansas City, an electronic proxy form was provided so they could designate someone else to act in their stead at the meeting. The results were ratified during the membership meeting on April 14, 2018. Did you miss the announcement? Learn more about the AAMA’s new Board.  

REMINDER: 2018 Annual Symposium Recordings Available

Did you miss the 2018 Symposium in Kansas City, MO? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving?  The 30th Annual Symposium in Kansas City received rave reviews! If you weren’t able to attend this year – or if there was a specific session you missed – Symposium recordings are available for purchase either as individual sessions or for the Symposium as a whole.   

Types of Recordings Available: 
Audio - a voice recording only 
Video - a video recording
Sync PP - a video recording synchronized with a PowerPoint    

Internet Stream & Download   

For more information, click here.    

REMINDER: Legislative Alerts about Acupuncture

If you become aware of legislative issues/bills being proposed (like the dry needling above!) 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.  

Professional Development Opportunities

4th American TCM Congress
August 4-5, 2018
Bellevue, Washington

This is an international conference organized by the ATCMA on Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine Classics and Clinical Applications with a focus on the topics of Gynecology, Dermatology, and Cosmetology. This congress will host an international group of featured speakers. Dan Bensky, DO, from the United States will talk about Palpation in East Asian Medicine. Professor Minru Liu from Chengdu University of TCM is one of the national experts in China on TCM and Gynecology. Professor Pingzheng Liao from Chengdu University of TCM is one of the national experts in China on TCM and ophthalmology. In addition to these highly distinguished speakers, eleven other experts will speak on subjects including pain management, post herpetic neuralgia, prevention and treatment of diabetic microvascular complications, avoiding common mistakes in TCM dermatology, treatment of sinusitis using the approaches of Shang Han Lun (Cold Damage) theory and Wen Bing (Warm Disease) theory, treatment of intractable cough and asthma. AAMA is an official friend of the American TCM Association (ATCMA). This conference is a great opportunity to hear many Chinese experts in the fields of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  

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. 

REMINDER: Earn Free CME Reading Journal Articles
Don’t forget that the AAMA’s partner journal, Medical Acupuncture, now offers CME to AAMA members for select articles. Here’s a recap of recent eligible articles in case you missed them: 

  1. Neuroembryology of the Acupuncture Principal Meridians: Part 3. The Head and Neck
  2. Acupuncture and Cutaneous Medicine: Is It Effective? 
  3. The Manual Stimulation of Acupuncture Points in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques 
  4. The Regulation of the Practice of Acupuncture by Physicians in the United States (AAMA member and subscriber access only.)    
  5. Laser Acupuncture Before and After Embryo Transfer Improves In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes: A Four-Armed Randomized Controlled Trial 

Other CME Opportunities

Are you looking for convenient opportunities to enhance your knowledge of acupuncture and earn Continuing Medical Education credit? The AAMA has a wide range of webinars and videos available that cover many areas of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as acupuncture history and treatment modalities. View them online via any computer or device including tablets and smart phones. For more information go to http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/ click on and to choose from the available selection. Courses are open to members and non-members who register on the site.

New Scientific Research

A Qualitative Study of the Communication Process for Medical Acupuncture in Family Medicine
[Family Medicine]
As evidence establishes the efficacy of medical acupuncture, more family physicians and family medicine residents may receive medical acupuncture training and need to know how to effectively communicate about the treatment option with patients.  

Efficacy of Acupuncture Treatment for Improving the Respiratory Status in Patients Receiving Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation in Intensive Care Units: A Retrospective Observational Study
[The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print]
Acupuncture treatment might have beneficial effects on the respiratory status of ICU patients receiving MV and may help in weaning from prolonged MV. Further large prospective cohort studies are warranted. 

Acupuncture for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: a randomized, sham acupuncture-controlled trial
[The Journal of Urology]
Conclusion: Acupuncture showed clinical and long-lasting benefits compared with sham acupuncture for CP/CPPS. Randomized controlled trials with larger sample sizes are needed in the future.

Optimizing acupuncture treatment for dry eye syndrome: a systematic review
[BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine]
Conclusions: Acupuncture was more effective than artificial tears in treating dry eye syndrome but showed high heterogeneity. Intervention differences did not influence the heterogeneity. 

Symposium Recordings

Did you miss the 2018 Symposium in Kansas City, MO? Did you forget to purchase recordings before leaving?  You can STILL purchase recordings - Stream or download videos.

Order online today!

Resourceful Recordings

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

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. 

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