Message from the AAMA Board

Sneak Peek! 2023 Annual Symposium Program

— Jennifer Dilts, DO, DABMA, AAMA Symposium Committee Co-chair

The AAMA Symposium Planning Committee has been hard at work over these past few months. We know you won’t want to miss the 2023 AAMA Symposium in Dallas, Texas! Some of our featured speakers include Dr. Claudia Citkowitz, Dr. Mike Cummings, Dr. Richard Niemtzow, and Dr. Melanie Gold. Topics include:

  • Electroacupuncture for chronic pain
  • Laser acupuncture
  • Acupuncture for stroke recovery and rehabilitation
  • Yamamoto scalp acupuncture
  • Treating toxic stress in families

Plus, start preparing your abstracts now for our AAMA poster presentation! This is a wonderful way to present your scholarly work in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. We also encourage your medical students and residents to submit abstracts so that they can gain experience presenting at a national conference.

There will be plenty of time for networking and knowledge sharing with colleagues, too. We can’t wait to see you in Dallas! (Book your hotel room early and save $$.)

NEW WEBINAR: Pneumothorax After Acupuncture: Medicolegal Consequences and Prevention

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
8:00 pm EST/ 7:00 pm CST /5:00 pm PST
1-hour live educational event from the AAMA
Presented by James W. Ochi, MD, DABMA

Pneumothorax is the most common serious complication of acupuncture. All practitioners should take advantage of simple, straightforward steps to reduce the risk to their patients. Actual cases will be presented and the medicolegal consequences discussed. Learn more and register.

Dr. Ochi has also written a paper on the same topic which is now available online ahead of print on the Medical Acupuncture journal site. AAMA members can access the journal at no charge to read the full article.

Upcoming Professional Development & Educational Opportunities

AAMA Webinar: Pneumothorax After Acupuncture: Medicolegal Consequences and Prevention
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PT
Presented by James W. Ochi, MD, DABMA

Fast and Effective Diagnosis and Treatment Techniques for the Cervical Spine Region Workshop
January 21-22, 2023 
Madison Heights, MI 
Presenter: Jay Sandweiss, DO, FAAMA

AAMA Annual Symposium
April 13-16, 2023
Dallas, TX Metro Area
Save the date!

SAR 2023 Conference
From Mechanism to Patient-Centered Care: Research in Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine
May 18-21, 2023
New York City, NY, USA

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.

AAMA News & Announcements

Welcome Our New & Returning AAMA Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members who became part of the Academy in September 2022.

  • Kai Chen, MD, of Middle River, MD
  • Carol Dellinger, MD, of Indinapolis, IN
  • Mandeep Dhilon, MD, of State College, PA
  • Frederick M. Gale, MD, of Norood, MA
  • Brian T. Nguyen, MD, of Towson, MD
  • Margaret A. Palmquest, MD, of Seattle, WA
  • Anita N. Vincent, MD, of Ashburn, VA

And a special welcome back our members who have returned to the AAMA:

  • Ronad Reimer, MD, of Jacksonville, FL

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 Janice Brown, the membership committee chair.

AAMA Legislative Committee Report

The Legislative Committee continues its work monitoring and responding to legislation relevant to our members and their practice of medical acupuncture. Currently, the committee is monitoring 39 bills regarding acupuncture, chronic pain, substance use disorder, and dry needling.

The committee is gearing up for the new legislative session. There will likely be key legislation introduced in several states in addition to current legislation that is in committee.

The Legislative Committee will continue to watch for bills that affect AAMA members and respond to the authors and co-sponsors appropriately. The committee members will contact YOU when legislation in your state may affect your ability to practice acupuncture. In that event, you are encouraged to write your representatives and senators since they prefer to hear directly from their constituents. If you learn of relevant legislative activity, please connect with the committee by email:

Physician Completes 10-Year Re-Certification Process

Congratulations to the following physician who has completed the process ( set by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) to be re-certified as a Diplomate for another 10 years:

  • Rosalie A. Bondi, DO, DABMA of Arcada, CO

Registration Open for 2023 Medical Acupuncture Review Course

The Medical Acupuncture Review Course provides a broad-based refresher course on the major subject matter areas with which a well-trained physician should be familiar. The review course is especially useful as a refresher for those who obtained their acupuncture training some time ago and for those who are seeking an organized review prior to taking the ABMA Board Certification Examination. Last year, the course was reorganized into an online/virtual product with eight pre-recorded lecture sessions that are available on certain release dates. Course participants will have 7-10 days to review the lectures at their convenience and complete short quiz after each section. There also will be a live summary/discussion session for every two sections of material. Course begins Friday, February 17. Register now!

Annual Research Paper Competition – Submit Your Work!

The deadline to apply to submit a paper for consideration for the 2023 Research Paper Competition is January 6, 2023.

We are pleased to offer the following financial awards for the winning papers:

  • First Place: $750 stipend, Symposium Registration. Paper to be presented at the 2023 AAMA Symposium.
  • Second Place: $500 stipend, Symposium Registration.
  • Third Place: $350 stipend, Symposium Registration.

If your paper is selected as one of the winners, you will be notified by February 15, 2023. As noted, the First-place winner will have the opportunity to present their paper at the AAMA 2023 Symposium at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel in Dallas, TX, April 14-16, 2023. See full submission details.

Call for Poster Presentation Abstracts

Members are invited to submit an abstract for a Poster Presentation at the AAMA 2023 Symposium to be held April 13-16, 2023 at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel in Dallas, TX. Acupuncture research of all types is welcomed, including observational studies, surveys and clinical case series. Presentation of educational or quality improvement projects is also encouraged. Submission deadline: February 17, 2023.

Posters will be displayed during the Saturday, April 15th reception. If your poster submission is accepted for presentation, you will be notified by March 3, 2023.

NEW for 2023!! If accepted for presentation, the poster presenter is expected to submit a short (no more than 3 minutes) video presentation describing the work/presentation. The videos will be made available to meeting registrants during and after the meeting to highlight the presenter’s work. More.

REMINDER: Apply for Allen McDaniels Research Grant Funding

All members who are engaged in clinical research are encouraged to apply for up to $30,000 in research support through the Allen McDaniels Grant – Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2023. The foundation encourages applicants to submit only pragmatic clinical trial proposals rather than placebo comparison trials. See full details and application.

Training Opportunity: Clinical Research Fellowship in Translational Pain Medicine

This clinical research fellowship, housed in NCCIH, will provide training in human pain research which would translate into improved diagnostic skills and targeted interventions. This fellowship draws from a wealth of knowledge and ongoing research from preclinical and human research exploring the underlying molecular, cellular, physiological, neurobiological, and psychosocial mechanisms of pain. Candidates must be residency trained and U.S. licensed physicians with an M.D. or a D.O. degree. Read more and apply.

NCCIH: Know the Science of Complementary Health Approaches

NCCIH Clinical Digest: It’s important for patients to know the science of health. As you know, there is a lot of misinformation circulating about health—from anecdotes disguised as evidence to excessive claims made by supplement manufacturers to TV doctors touting the latest “miracle cure.” Reliable health information is key to making good health decisions, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between facts and myths, particularly in the area of complementary and integrative health approaches. More.

Call for Webinar Presenters

The Education Committee invites AAMA members to propose and present an educational webinar to their AAMA peers. Share your expertise so your colleagues can gain insights and knowledge to help them take their practices and skills to the next level, while earning valuable CME credits. Learn more. Interested parties should complete the proposal form and return to the AAMA at

Are You Following Us?

Join the conversations online with fellow physician acupuncturists from around the country! You can find AAMA on:

There’s even a closed group on Facebook for discussion between members:

In Case You Missed It Last Month

Call for Abstracts: SAR 2023

SAR 2023 Conference
From Mechanism to Patient-Centered Care: Research in Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine

May 18-21, 2023
New York City, NY, USA

The SAR 2023 conference will present a platform wherein researchers from various disciplines can share, explore, and develop novel research hypotheses and strategies for Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM). Serving as a crossroads for basic, translational, and clinical research communities, the SAR 2023 conference will enhance the rigorous investigation of acupuncture and TEAM. By moving from mechanisms to clinical efficacy and optimal implementation, we will rigorously explore how these treatments can be appropriately integrated into health care to improve the health and well-being of people suffering from pain or other chronic medical conditions. Abstracts are solicited for presentations in the areas of clinical research, basic science and research methodology pertaining to acupuncture and other modalities of East Asian medicine including moxibustion, traditional herbs, Tai Chi, Tui Na (massage), Qi Gong and complex life style modification. Abstract submission deadline: January 16, 2023. See details.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture is planning a Special Issue focusing on how acupuncture and related therapies can be used for humanitarian purposes to support people affected by disasters, displacement, environmental devastation, poverty, and human conflict. In humanitarian crises, individuals, families, and entire communities are affected by traumatic events. The editors invite manuscripts from clinicians who have utilized acupuncture and related integrative medical therapies to help people cope with physical and emotional injuries stemming from traumatic experience with a focus on humanitarian service efforts. We are interested in submissions from all cultural perspectives. We also welcome submissions that focus on the impact of traumatic stress on children and animals. Case series, original research, as well as review articles with a focus on practical application, are encouraged. The deadline for manuscript submission is: February 1, 2023. Learn more.

New Scientific Research Related to Acupuncture 

Comparison of Acupuncture vs Sham Acupuncture or Waiting List Control in the Treatment of Aromatase Inhibitor–Related Joint Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial
[JAMA Open Network]
Acupuncture was associated with a statistically significant decrease in aromatase inhibitor–related joint pain that persisted at 40 weeks after discontinuation of the intervention, suggesting long-term benefits of this therapy.

Combination of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for functional constipation: A meta-analysis
[Medicine in Novel Technology and Devices]
The use of acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine can significantly improve the clinical efficacy of functional constipation, ameliorate Bristol Stool Scale, defecation difficulty, defecation symptoms, and accompanying symptoms, as well as shorten the defecation interval time, with better safety.

Randomized, sham-controlled trial of acupuncture for post-cataract surgery dry eye disease
[Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice]
Among patients with post-cataract surgery DED, acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture resulted in statistically significant benefit on tear film stability.

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