Virtual Symposium

About the Symposium

AAMA’s 2021 Virtual Annual Symposium


The Annual Symposium is an educational meeting for health care professionals interested in, or already practicing acupuncture. Medical practitioners with no experience as well as those with extensive backgrounds in acupuncture will find the program useful to their medical practices.

The purpose of the Symposium is to keep AAMA Members and interested health care professionals abreast of the current status of the study of acupuncture and acupuncture research. To accomplish its purpose, the Symposium offers a program of continuing education designed to explore the mechanisms and applications of acupuncture from diverse perspectives. This meeting addresses topics specifically suggested by practitioners and expands on many different approaches for addressing practical clinical problems. An emphasis on evidence-based, scientific research is integrated with classical and modern protocols for the serious clinician. Surveys and evaluations from previous symposia have indicated that there is a strong desire for information about acupuncture techniques that honor the rich history of Asian medicine, while applying this to contemporary Western medical practice.  This symposium explores just that, while providing the preeminent opportunity for networking among medical professionals working in this rich and expanding field.

This symposium will present multi-faceted approaches for understanding, appreciating, and applying acupuncture in today’s practice. It will expand awareness of the scientific research into the effects of acupuncture, while enhancing understandings of classical wisdom.  It will help clinicians apply the medicine both towards direct patient care, and in overcoming care delivery challenges.


The Symposium is designed to provide individuals with a wide range of learning opportunities, activities, and experiences that will match their educational and professional development needs.


By the conclusion of the Symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their medical acupuncture practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care

Continuing Education Credits

The Annual Symposium will offer more than 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ that may be claimed following participation in this three-day program or through subsequent review of the recorded content.

The Pre-Symposium optional workshops altogether will offer a total of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ that may be claimed following participation in the 1 live workshop and through the review of the recorded content of the other 3 workshops. (Each workshop is a separate fee. Each is worth 3 credits. Can be purchased individually or as a package.)

NCCAOM PDA Provider # 173327
Approved for 16 PDA credits for Virtual Symposium, April 29-May 2, 2021.

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (see below for definitions).

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that AAMA manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Event Details

Symposium Dates:

April 30 – May 2, 2021

Symposium Program Chairs:

Nancy Lorenzini, MD, DABMA, Co-Chair
Anna Esparham, MD, FAAMA, Co-Chair
Demetry Papodopolous, MD, Vice Chair

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