Message from the AAMA Board

Why We Do Acupuncture

— Demetrios Papadopoulos, MD, FAAMA, AAMA Board of Directors

As traditional western physicians, we have continually noted areas in our practice where the patient is not being best served. We oftentimes prescribe expensive medications with doubtful benefits and numerous dangerous side effects. Surgical procedures are performed with dubious indications at great financial costs with, again, doubtful or unproven benefits, and with potentially dangerous risks. We are given inadequate time to properly counsel our patients and to offer our healing presence to them at critically necessary times for them. We strongly recommend immunizations to patients of all ages, many of which have not been thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy. More recently, our careers, livelihoods, and reputations can be destroyed if we merely question “expert opinions” or ask that we discuss and debate their recommendations.  Are not our opinions, derived from practice and study, valid? The list goes on and on.

And everyone talks about “burnout?”

Of course, we practice modern medicine, because we believe ours is the best system in the world. And oftentimes we see remarkable results. But something is lacking … and good physicians are always looking for better ways to treat the patient.

Enter the field of ACUPUNCTURE.

We have discovered that we can treat the entire patient: the physical, the mental, the psychological, and the spiritual components. Our patients are grateful that we do this.

We can practice “Energy Medicine.” Our learning began with Qi, Prana, and Pneuma.  Now we are now learning more and more about these through modern science, especially quantum physics.

We derive positive results for our patients with minimal side effects and risks.

Even if we fail in our specific treatment for a pathologic condition, the patient usually feels better in some ways after treatment.

We have been able to take on new learning in a comprehensive treatment modality that has been around for thousands of years and to which modern techniques are continually being applied to improve healing.

We have been humbled! It is not we, ourselves, that are doing the healing. We are conduits of the healing presence of the universe.

Finally, and thankfully, we have learned that the human body has the innate power to heal if it will only be allowed to do so.

AAMA invites leadership volunteers

Serve on the AAMA Board of Directors and/or Committees

The Academy is a member-driven organization. Members of the Academy serve on the Board of Directors and on Committees advising the Board and make decisions regarding the priorities, programs and activities of our organization. They help guide the future of the Academy. All members are invited to take part in this volunteer governance process. You can take on a small task with a clearly defined time commitment, or you can play a more significant leadership role as a member of a standing committee or as a Board member. Committee volunteers are welcome year-round. The Board of Directors holds elections in the spring each year, when Directors and Officers are chosen by the members to guide the Academy for the following year. If you are interested in being considered for a seat on the Board of Directors, please reach out and let us know. We welcome your inquiry! Learn more.

Apply for Board Certification in Medical Acupuncture

If you’re interested in becoming DABMA certified, fall is the perfect time to learn more about the application process. Candidates for certification in medical acupuncture must meet minimum general requirements, education and training requirements, experience requirements and must successfully pass the Board examination in order to achieve certification. Learn more:

Upcoming Professional Development & Educational Opportunities

AAMA WEBINAR: Put Your Best Foot Forward: Acupuncture for the Foot and Ankle
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT/5:00 pm PT
Presented by Jason Oreskovich, DO, FAAMA & Kendra Unger, MD, FAAMA

LAST CHANCE: AAMA Annual Symposium
Purchase access through October 1, 2023
28+ possible credits

Treating Musculoskeletal Pain & Dysfunction Without Drugs and Surgery: Integrating Dry Needling, Osteopathic Manipulation and Manual Muscle Testing
September 30-October 1, 2023
Ann Arbor, MI

ICMART 2023 – Amsterdam
September 29-Oct. 1, 2023
AAMA Members register as ICMART Members
Early-bird deadline extended to July 29!!

Applied Kinesiology: Manual Muscle Testing Comes Alive!
October 28-29, 2023
Ann Arbor, MI

AAMA 2024 Review Course
Feb 16-March 14, 2024
Virtual lectures with weekly live sessions

AAMA Core Refresher
April 10, 2024
Minneapolis, MN

1st Croatian Congress of Acupuncture
April 19-21, 2024
Opatija, Croatia

AAMA Annual Symposium
April 11-14, 2024
Minneapolis, MN
Hotel Details – reserve room!

ABMA Certification Exam
April 14, 2024
Minneapolis, MN
Apply for certification – must be Board eligible to sit for exam.

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 August 2023.

  • Jessica P. Cadogan, MD, of Shingle Springs, CA
  • Yu Su of Newton, MA
  • Nikki Neretin, MD, of Nome, AK
  • Malina O. Neville, MD, of Portland, OR
  • Isis Sacramento Ferreira, MD, of Philadelphia, PA
  • Megan M. Bartz, MD, of Sun Prairie, WI
  • Pirahatai Chamnongvongse, MD, of Seattle, WA
  • Eric S. Carter, MD, of Gilmer, TX

And to the former members who returned to AAMA!

  • Jill Jones, MD, of Manchester, KY
  • Robert Chiaruttini, DO, of Longmeadow, MA

And to one new student member:

  • Rylee N. Tucker of North Bethesda, MD

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 Kendra Unger, the membership committee chair. DON’T FORGET: If you would like to sponsor a medical student member for $75/year, please email AAMA today and let us know.

Physicians Earn ABMA Certification

Congratulations to the following physicians who have completed the process ( set by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) to be certified as a Diplomate for 10 years:

  • Holly Kodner, MD, DABMA of St. Louis, MO
  • Sungjin Kuon, DO, DABMA of Los Angeles, CA
  • Christopher Decker, DO, DABMA of Westbrook, ME

AAMA Legislative Committee Report

The committee reports that most state legislatures are still on break for the summer. On the national level, there is no progress to report on Acupuncture for Our Seniors Act – HR3133.

The Legislative Committee watches 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:

Put Your Best Foot Forward: Acupuncture for the Foot and Ankle

Presented by Jason Oreskovich, DO, FAAMA and Kendra Unger, MD, FAAMA
1-Hour Educational Event from the AAMA
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
8:00 pm ET/ 7:00 pm CT /5:00 pm PT
** Recording available to all registrants following live webinar

This webinar is designed to review the anatomy of the foot and ankle, to highlight important acupuncture points as they relate to this anatomy, to review common medical conditions of the foot and ankle and to suggest treatment modalities for these issues.

Learn more and register. Can’t make the live webinar date? Register anyway and access the recording later at a time that works for your schedule!

2024 Medical Acupuncture Review Course – Registration Open!

The Medical Acupuncture Review Course has been developed to provide 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.

The overall objectives of the Medical Acupuncture Review Course are for a participant to be able to:

  • Analyze and solidify previously acquired knowledge and experience in medical acupuncture
  • Organize and reinforce understanding of the basic material appropriate for a physician practicing acupuncture in North America
  • Differentiate and examine participant’s previous studies of certain specialized aspects of acupuncture not always utilized in traditional practice

2024 Annual Symposium Theme Announced

The AAMA Symposium Committee has announced next year’s symposium theme: Embracing the Diversity of Acupuncture: Connecting people and paradigms. Make plans now to attend the event, April 11-14, 2024, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more.

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

Treating Musculoskeletal Pain & Dysfunction Without Drugs and Surgery: Integrating Dry Needling, Osteopathic Manipulation and Manual Muscle Testing

September 30-October 1, 2023
Ann Arbor, MI

AAMA members are invited to attend 14.5 hours of training at this workshop. Drs. Joseph Audette and Jay Sandweiss will present a highly effective approach for diagnosing and treating common musculoskeletal problems, such as: tennis elbow, golfer elbow, rotator cuff syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, ankle pain, neck, hip and back pain. Attendees will learn to integrate osteopathic manipulation, dry needling and manual muscle testing. Early registration discount ends August 31, 2023. Learn more and register.

Reminder: Student Member Sponsorship Opportunity

Young physicians represent the future of medical acupuncture. To encourage their involvement in our organization, the AAMA recently launched an initiative to invite current members to sponsor a medical student member for $75/year. Would you like to sponsor a medical student member? Or would you like more information about the option? Please email AAMA today and let us know.

New Scientific Research Related to Acupuncture 

Factors influencing the quality of acupuncture clinical trials: a qualitative interview of stakeholders
[BMC Complementary Medicines and Therapies]
The results reveal that to improve the quality of acupuncture trials, it should consider each step of trial design, trial conduction, research results reporting and publication, research evidence dissemination, and research evidence transformation and application. A guideline for quality control of the whole process of acupuncture clinical trials is needed.

Transcutaneous Electrical Acupuncture Point Stimulation Is Cardioprotective for Patients With Stable Ischemic Heart Disease
[The American Journal of Cardiology]
EA is an effective treatment method for supporting patients with stable ischemic heart disease.

Needling Point Location Used in Sham Acupuncture for Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain
[JAMA Open Network]
In this NMA, sham acupuncture needling at the same points as those in acupuncture was not a true placebo control for assessing the efficacy of acupuncture for CLBP and might underestimate the outcome of acupuncture in clinical settings.


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