Criteria for Fellowship in the AAMA

In April 2000, members of the Academy voted to amend the Bylaws of the AAMA for the purpose of creating a new class of membership: Fellow or FAAMA. To be a Fellow of the Academy, one must meet the following criteria and be elected by a majority of the voting members of the AAMA.

To be nominated to Fellow of the Academy one must submit an application documenting the following:

  • Possess an MD or DO degree or equivalent and possess a current state license to practice as an MD or DO in the US or Canada.
  • Be Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.
  • Be a current Full member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
  • Have a minimum of five years of Western medicine practice experience or be Board Certified in his or her medical specialty.
  • Have a minimum of four years of clinical experience in medical acupuncture since completing a basic training program in medical acupuncture.
  • Have published or have accepted for publication an acupuncture related article in a recognized medical periodical. OR Have documented ten hours or more of experience teaching medical professionals on acupuncture related topics.

Nomination and Election

Election of Fellows occurs each Spring during the Annual election of Officers and Directors. For the Spring 2024 elections, the following deadlines apply:

  • Deadline for the submission of Fellow Applications — March 15, 2024 (Applications received after the deadline will be carried over to the 2025 election.)
  • Deadline for submission of Nominations to Members — March 22, 2024
  • Annual Membership Meeting — 2024 Annual Symposium April 13, 2024


Continuing Education

At the time of annual renewal of membership, upon the three-year anniversary of election to Fellowship, Fellows shall document a minimum of 75 hours of continuing education in acupuncture related topics earned in the previous three years.


Application Fee

An application fee of $50 is to be submitted with the application for Fellowship.