Annual Symposium Schedule

The Symposium will be an in-person meeting in Dallas, TX. The Schedule-at-a-Glance times are reflected in local Dallas, TX (central) time.

COVID Safety Information

The health and safety of our meeting attendees is our highest priority, and AAMA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. AAMA is committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe environment that does not place conference attendees at undue risk.

All precautions will be taken in regards to COVID-19, but all presenters and participants acknowledge that they recognize the risks associated with attending and interacting with meeting attendees, staff, and others while participating in the AAMA Annual Symposium. Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC are prohibited from attending the meeting.

Thursday, April 13

8:00-5:30 Pre-Symposium Workshops

Workshop I – “Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Pain: Combining Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Myofascial Meridian, and Acupuncture Traditions” – Peter Dorsher, MD

Workshop II – “MU-SHU-PULSE & Other Special Points: New Concepts and Constructs for Treating Meridian and Channel Disturbances” – Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA

Workshop III – “The Western Medical Acupuncture Approach to Headache” – Mike Cummings, MD

Workshop IV – “Introduction to Neijing Nature-based Medicine” – Ed Neal, MD, MSOM

6:00-7:00pm Symposium Welcome Reception

Friday, April 14

7:45-8:00  Opening/Welcome

8:00-9:00  Plenary Session

9:00-10:00 Plenary Session

10:00-10:30 Break/Networking

10:30-11:30 Plenary Session

11:30-12:30 Plenary Session

12:30-1:30 Group Luncheon

1:30-3:30 Concurrent Workshops

3:30-4:00 Break/Networking

4:00-6:00 Concurrent Workshops Continued

6:15-10:00 Symposium Cocktails, Dinner and Celebration

Saturday, April 15

8:00-9:00 Plenary Session

9:00-9:45 Plenary Session

9:45-10:15  Break/Networking

10:15-11:15  Joseph M. Helms Founder’s Lecture

11:15-12:00  AAMA Annual Membership Meeting – Members of the Academy Only

12:00-1:30 Lunch on Your Own

1:30-3:30 Concurrent Workshops

3:30-4:00 Break/Networking

4:00-6:00 Concurrent Workshops Repeat

6:15-7:30 Poster Presentations & Cocktail Reception

Sunday, April 16

8:00-8:45am Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation session

8:45-9:30  Plenary Session

9:30-10:00 Break/Networking

10:00-11:00 Plenary Session

11:00-12:00 Plenary Session

12:00-1:00 Group Luncheon

1:00-5:00 ABMA Board Certification Exam

1:00-3:00 Concurrent Workshops

3:00-3:15 Break/Networking

3:15-5:00 Concurrent Workshops Repeat

5:00 Symposium Adjourns

Annual Symposium Details

Thursday, April 13, 2023

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Pre-Symposium Registration

7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 5:30 pm PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOPS (CONCURRENT)

  • Workshop I – “Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Pain: Combining Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Myofascial Meridian, and Acupuncture Traditions” – Peter Dorsher, MD
  • Workshop II – “MU-SHU-PULSE & Other Special Points: New Concepts and Constructs for Treating Meridian and Channel Disturbances” – Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA
  • Workshop III – “The Western Medical Acupuncture Approach to Headache” – Mike Cummings, MD
  • Workshop IV – “Introduction to Neijing Nature-based Medicine” – Ed Neal, MD, MSOM

10:00 am – 10:15 am     Refreshment Break

Noon – 1:30 pm            Lunch on Your Own

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm        Refreshment Break

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm        Welcome Reception

 

Friday, April 14, 2023

7:00 am – 5:30 pm        Annual Symposium Registration

7:00 am – 7:45 am         Continental Breakfast

7:45 am – 8:00 am         Annual Symposium Opening & Welcome

8:00 am – 9:00 am        “Languages of Healing: Bridging Healing Traditions from Prehistoric to Contemporary Times” – Peter Dorsher, MD

9:00 am – 10:00 am       “Overcoming Barriers to Acupuncture in Mainstream Medicine: A Social and Cultural History” – Barbara de la Torre, MD, FAAMA

10:00 am – 10:30 am     Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 11:30 am     “Western Medical – An Overview of Concepts and Perspectives” – Mike Cummings, MD

11:30 am – 12:30 pm    “Evidence-Informed Acupuncture During Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation: Development of a Phased Approach – Claudia Citkowitz, PhD, MS, LAc

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm      Group Luncheon

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm        Concurrent Workshops

  • “Editors’ Round Table” – David Coggin-Carr, MD, PhD, Mike Cummings, MD, Richard C Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Jennifer Stone, LAc – (REPEATING SESSION)
  • “Scalp Acupuncture” – Darrell Wallace, LAc (CONTINUING SESSION)
  • “Manualized Acupuncture During Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation: Key Techniques of Scalp, Auricular and Body Acupuncture” – Claudia Citkowitz, PhD, MS, LAc (REPEATING SESSION)
  • “A Systems Approach to Transform Acupuncture into Mainstream Medicine” – Barbara de la Torre, MD, FAAMA (REPEATING SESSION)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm        Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm       Concurrent Workshops

  • “Editors’ Round Table” – David Coggin-Carr, MD, PhD, Mike Cummings, MD, Richard C Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Jennifer Stone, LAc – (REPEATING SESSION)
  • “Scalp Acupuncture” – Darrell Wallace, LAc (CONTINUING SESSION)
  • “Manualized Acupuncture During Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation: Key Techniques of Scalp, Auricular and Body Acupuncture” – Claudia Citkowitz, PhD, MS, LAc (REPEATING SESSION)
  • “A Systems Approach to Transform Acupuncture into Mainstream Medicine” – Barbara de la Torre, MD, FAAMA (REPEATING SESSION)

6:15 pm – 10:00 pm      Symposium Cocktails, Dinner and Celebration

Saturday, April 15, 2023

6:30 am – 7:30 am        Early Morning Exercise

7:00 am – 8:00 am        Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am – 9:00 am        “Evolution and Expansion of Acupoint Therapies and Other Integrative Modalities at an Academic Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospital and School-based Health Centers in New York City” – Melanie Gold, DO, DABMA

9:00 am – 9:45 am         “Recognizing Signs of Physician in Distress and Physician Suicide Prevention” – Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA

9:45 am – 10:15 am       Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:15 am – 11:15 am     Joseph M. Helms Founder’s Lecture: “PTSD: Soldier’s Heart and Beyond” – Brad Lawrence, MD, FAAMA

11:15 am – Noon          AAMA Annual Membership Meeting – (Members of the Academy Only)

Noon – 1:30 pm            Lunch on Your Own

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm        Concurrent Workshops

  • “Chinese Medicine Acupoints of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping with Children and Adolescents” – Melanie Gold, DO, DABMA
  • “Point/Counterpoint Panel Session”
  • “Western Medical Acupuncture Protocols in Chronic Pain ” – Mike Cummings, MD
  • “Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture; 2nd generation” – Richard C Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm       Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Concurrent Workshops (Repeating)

  • “Chinese Medicine Acupoints of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping with Children and Adolescents” – Melanie Gold, DO, DABMA
  • “Point/Counterpoint Panel Session”
  • “Western Medical Acupuncture Protocols in Chronic Pain ” – Mike Cummings, MD
  • “Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture; 2nd generation” – Richard C Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH

6:15 pm – 7:30 pm        Poster Presentations & Cocktail Reception

Sunday, April 16, 2023       

6:30 am – 7:30 am        Early Morning Exercise

7:00 am – 8:00 am         Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 am – 8:45 am        Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation Session

8:45 am – 9:30 am         “Advances in Acupuncture Research – How Acupuncture Made it into the ASCO and NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines for Oncologists” – Jennifer Stone, LAc

9:30 am – 10:00 am       Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:00 am – 11:00 am     “Electroacupuncture: A Promising Treatment for Fetal Growth Restriction Due to Uteroplacental Insufficiency” – David Coggin-Carr, MD, PhD

11:00 am – Noon          “Top 10” Articles” – Tate Kauffman, MD

Noon – 1:00 pm            Group Luncheon

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        ABMA BOARD CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION (Check-in by 12:30 pm)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm       Concurrent Workshops

  • “Alienation-Inflammation Syndrome – a paradigm shift in “Relational Health” – Stephen Cowan, MD
  • “Out of the Clinic and into the Lab ” – Jennifer Stone, LAc
  • “Laser or Metal Needle Acupuncture Therapeutic Considerations ” – Peter Dorsher, MD

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm        Refreshment Break

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm        Concurrent Workshops (Repeating)

  • “Alienation-Inflammation Syndrome – a paradigm shift in “Relational Health” – Stephen Cowan, MD
  • “Out of the Clinic and into the Lab ” – Jennifer Stone, LAc
  • “Laser or Metal Needle Acupuncture Therapeutic Considerations ” – Peter Dorsher, MD

5:00 pm           Symposium Adjourns

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