• Presented By

    Mitch Elkiss, DO, FAAMA; David Groopman, MD, FAAMA; Nick Kouchis, MD, DABMA; Ali Safayan, MD


1-Hour Live Webcast

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT

The webinar will discuss the neurophysiology of extraordinary stress and the unique features of ‘Frontline Pandemic Stress’ in Healthcare Workers. We will outline a specific medical acupuncture therapy for stress mitigation which combines ‘calming and centering’(Koffman Cocktail) with the Auricular Trauma Protocol(ATP). We will discuss the specific points used and the possible application of this therapy in the current mental health crisis which confronts us. We have combined these two therapies to create the Covid19 Rapid Destress Protocol (CRDP).


This webinar will describe how COVID-19 Rapid De-Stress Protocol (CRDP) is a medical acupuncture treatment protocol based on the neuro-physiology of stress and PTSI (post-traumatic stress injury). It addresses the mental and emotional trauma exhibited in frontline healthcare workers and all people coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The personal isolation from physical contact, risks of endangering family members and friends, lack of adequate hospital equipment and PPE, and watching patients die alone, are examples of the COVID-19 ‘war’. Specific benefits of this treatment protocol include decreased sympathetic nervous system tone, a marked improvement in sleep, and a decrease in agitation and anxiety due to its calming effect.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this LIVE webcast physician participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the Post-Traumatic Stress Injury experienced by frontline healthcare workers as we care for patients with COVID-19.
  • Diagnose the symptoms & identify the neurophysiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and how this can be mitigated through acupuncture.
  • Identify the auricular points to be needled and rationale for the Auricular Trauma Protocol (ATP).
  • Identity the body & head points to be needled and rationale for the Calm & Centering Treatment.


Mitch Elkiss, DO, FAAMA
Dr. Elkiss is an Associate Professor of Neurology Michigan State University. He has been in private practice of Integrative Neurology for 38 years. He is an Associates in Neurology in Farmington Hills, MI and a Senior preceptor/Lecturer Medical Acupuncture for Physicians, HMI/ACUS.

David Groopman, MD, FAAMA
Dr. Groopman has been in private practice in Medical Acupuncture for 20 years in Richmond, Virginia. He previously practiced and taught Emergency Medicine for more than 20 years. He is a Senior Preceptor for the Helms Medical Institute / ACUS (medical acupuncture for physicians training) and is an Assistant Clinical Professor – Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia.

Nick Kouchis, MD, DABMA
Dr. Kouchis is a Family Practice physician and Medical Acupuncturist. He has been in solo private practice for more than 20 years in Woodbridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Dr. Kouchis loves to teach and has been a preceptor for the Helms Medical Institute for more than 15 years.

Ali Safayan, MD
Dr. Safayan is an internist in private practice at Restorative Health in Washington, DC. He is Adjunct faculty in CAM graduate program at Georgetown University. He is a senior instructor in medical acupuncture for HMI/ACUS foundation, as well as a senior instructor in prolotherapy with the HHP foundation at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

To Register

The fee to participate in this LIVE activity is $40/members and $70/non-members per webcast. Note: The special discounted pricing for this activity!

Use the button below to register/pay for the LIVE presentation. Once paid, access instructions will be emailed to participant. At the conclusion of the LIVE activity, an evaluation/survey must be completed with attestation of credit/participation. Certificate of completion will be emailed when completed evaluation/survey is completed.


The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The AAMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

Mitchell Elkiss, DO, FAAMA; David Groopman, MD, FAAMA; Nick Kouchis, MD, DABMA; Ali Safayan, MD have indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure Policy

AAMA requires any person in a position to control the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as those in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including those of a spouse/life partner, that could create a conflict of interest (COI). Individuals who refuse to disclose will not be permitted to contribute to this CME activity in any way.