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for Symposium posters
This is a call
for abstracts of research projects or case reports to be presented as
Posters at AAMA's 14th Annual Symposium in Los Angeles, April 19-21,
Due by Jan. 31, 2002, 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 by the Poster Committee.
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 at the Symposium's 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 AAMA offices by Jan. 31, 2002 to be
considered for Poster presentation. You are encouraged to submit the
abstract via e-mail, in Microsoft Word or text format, to:email@example.com.
Selected abstracts will be announced by late February.
Call AAMA Executive Administrator James Dowden (323/937-5514) for further
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MD, was invited to give a talk in September to a Permanente Medical
Group ER physicians' educational conference. He presented a written
brief history, physiology and research paper for all participants and
centered the talk on practical acupuncture approaches to common acute
ER problems that can be used by any such physician. It was so well received
that he sent a copy of that part of the talk to all listed AAMA ER physicians
for their use with colleagues, as desired.
Editor Richard Niemtzow, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
is seeking articles for AAMA's journal, Medical Acupuncture, which has
increased frequency from two to three issues annually. See submission
guidelines on the inside cover of any journal, which is mailed free
to Academy members.
Ivanhoe, a syndicated agency specializing in health news produced for
TV stations nationwide based in Orlando, FL, interviewed a patient of
Roberto Jodorkovsky, MD, whose asthma improved significantly
after she was treated with hand acupuncture. The interview included
a simulated treatment performed by the Academy member and a brief explanation
of his office-based integration of traditional and acupuncture treatment
for pediatric asthma. This interview is being shown on TV stations nationwide
during the 6 pm news. Viewers interested in pursuing acupuncture treatment
were advised to call AAMA's referral line.
Members participating in AAMA's referral program will be happy to hear
that 671 inquiries came into national headquarters in June (2,477 website
hits to the referral page), 604 in July (3,181 hits) and 293 in August
(3,085 hits) from patients seeking medical acupuncturists. The toll-free
number patients are calling for referrals is 800/521-2262.
Alison Lee, MD, DABMA, reports a quiet summer-"unless you
count 66 hours of labor to release the product of my past nine months
work on Aug. 15: Lydia Danielle at an amazing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and
20 inches at 7:35 pm (the treatment of De Morant for healthier, bigger,
more beautiful babies seems to have worked)." The proud mother
has returned to a busy lecture schedule, with engagements in October
that included an executive wellness center on Alternative Medicine for
Pain Management, and an Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds on Chinese
Medicine, with an emphasis on 5-Phase theory in conventional medical
practice at a local hospital.
National Cancer Institute is looking for CAM that's helping cancer patients.
Data from best cases will receive NIH funding, recommendations, increased
awareness and feedback. For a submission package, e-mail: email@example.com,
visit online: http://occam.nci.nih.gov
or call 301/435-7980.
John M. Ackerman, MD, urges members to look into benefits of
joining the International Association of Auricular Medicine ($45 annual
dues). He said IAAM is a democratic, multi-disciplinary association
that includes veterinary medicine, meetings, website chat room and peer-reviewed
Coherence-The Journal of Integrated Medicine. For more details, e-mail
Judy Krayk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To find technical articles on CAM, visit CAM on PubMed, a new subset
of a medical literature database that provides free access to more than
230,000 related journal citations. National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine has partnered with National Library of Medicine
for this service, which can be found at NCCAM's website: http://nccam.nih.gov.
Shu-Ming Wang, MD, who specializes in treating children, currently
has two clinical studies with articles published in Anesthesia and Analgesia
on auricular acupuncture for a decreased state of anxiety (February
2001 and November 2001, respectively).
John Flanagan, MD, has resigned as a director from AAMA's Board
and as chairman of the 2002 Symposium for health reasons.
Sai H. Oh, MD, was a featured speaker at the 25th annual Meeting
of American Society of Orthopedic Physical Assistants in July in Chattanooga,
TN. He presented an overview of medical acupuncture and the role of
acupuncture in musculoskeletal disorder.
AAMA Treasurer Nader Soliman, MD, DABMA, has a new e-mail address:
Joseph Helms, MD, is offering the following equipment free: Videonics
Edit Suite: A/B Roll Edit Controller, Sony Edit Studio: Video Sketch
Titler X V-T33 and 1998 Family Medicine Board Review Video Program by
George Washington University School of Medicine faculty (used only once).
British Medical Journal recently gave medical acupuncture a shot in
the arm with the editorial, "The Safety of Acupuncture: Acupuncture
is Safe in the Hands of Competent Practitioners." Two papers were
cited: "The York acupuncture safety study: prospective survey of
34,000 treatments by traditional acupuncturists" (BMJ 2001; 323:
486-487) and "Adverse events following acupuncture: prospective
survey of 32,000 consultations with doctors and physiologists"
(BMJ 2001; 323: 485-486). To read these studies (which feature data
collected by British Medical Acupuncture Society), visit: http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7311/486
William D. Rutenberg, MD, obtained media attention for the Academy
by sending out a press release announcing his election to the Board
After the ICMART/DAGfA Symposium in Berlin last summer, participants
issued a statement on the value of medical acupuncture. Joseph Helms,
MD, shared this directive for collaborative effort, in which delegates
committed to: 1) set up unified international Western quality standards
of medical acupuncture in education, practice and research according
to principles of orthodox Western medicine; 2) strengthen relationships
between national medical acupuncture societies in Europe and the rest
of the world; 3) further collaboration with the World Health Organisation
and 4) extend national cooperation with universities, national medical
and healthcare instituions, health funding and patient organizations
and other medical groups of acupuncture and TCM.
The article, "Back on Track," about using medical acupuncture
to treat chronic low back pain coauthored by John P. Kohler, MD, was
published in Practical Pain Management (July/August 2001). The piece
focused on the history and advantages of medical acupuncture, concluding
with the general surgeon's credentials and his affiliation with AAMA.
Send your news to: email@example.com.
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Research Competition announced
Competition Chair Lowell E. Kobrin, MD, PhD, announces the call for
entries for the annual MARF Acupuncture Research Award, sponsored by
Seirin-America. Submissions must be received by Jan. 31, 2002.
First-, second- and third-place awards will be given:
Paper to be presented at the AAMA Symposium in Los Angeles, April
2002, Symposium registration, travel to $500, three nights hotel lodging
for the presenting author
Symposium reg, travel to the AAMA Symposium paid to $500
- Third Place: $1,000
Symposium registration in Los Angeles
Papers for second and third
place to be announced at the 2002 AAMA Symposium, and authors to be acknowledged.
All submissions must be in English. All proprietary rights to the research
work are reserved to the author(s), including future right to publish
any and all aspects of the research.
Acknowledgement of receipt of the submission will be sent within 15 working
days. The MARF board will assign a panel of judges. Winners will be selected
at the sole discretion of the judges and the MARF board. Winners will
be notified in adequate time to attend the spring Symposium.
For a complete set of rules and more information, contact MARF Executive
Administrator Todd C. Royal (818/906-3173, firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Dr. Kobrin (email@example.com).
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House Commission on CAM Policy issues report
James S. Gordon,
MD, chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative
Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP) and Commission Executive Director Stephen
C. Groft, Pharm.D., recently presented an update to NACCAM.
The WHCCAMP, established by President Clinton in March 2000, has been
charged with making recommendations to the president on a variety of
CAM policy and legislative issues ranging from research to practitioner
licensing. During the past few months, the Commission has been finalizing
an interim report. Dr. Groft explained that the Commission is working
to reach a consensus before making policy recommendations. Final recommendations
will be sent to the president in March 2002.
A 25-page Interim Progress Report has been written and is posted on
WHCCAMP's site: http://whccamp.hhs.gov/meetings/index.cfm.
Dr. Gordon described the wide range of written communication and testimony
that the Commission has received from all over the United States. Comments
have come from conventional physicians, medical acpuncturists, herbalists,
patients and many others. AAMA representatives, such as now-President
Marshall H. Sager, DO, DABMA, have emphasized the importance of medical
acupuncture as a CAM modality to the Commission. (See December 2000
"It is clear that there is a mandate for more education about CAM
practices at every stage of training," said Dr. Gordon. He also
stressed the importance of understanding and communication among professionals
in CAM practice and those in conventional medicine.
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