• Presented By

    James W. Ochi, MD, DABMA


1-Hour Live Webcast

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm PT



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.

Learning objectives

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

  • Recognize the importance of informing the patient of the small but possible risk of complications from acupuncture.
  • Describe pre-existing conditions which may increase the risk of pneumothorax.
  • Implement techniques for reducing the incidence of pneumothorax by a) using shorter needles, b) grasping the skin between thumb and index finger to retract the soft tissue away from the chest wall and c) inserting the needle obliquely.
  • Manage initiation of emergency services immediately if symptoms of a pneumothorax appear so the patient can be evaluated without delay.
  • Identify important information for timely and thorough documentation in the medical record.

James W. Ochi, MD, DABMA

Dr. Ochi is board-certified in both Otolaryngology and Medical Acupuncture and has been in practice for over 30 years in San Diego.

He graduated from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, finished his Head & Neck Surgery residency at UC San Diego Health and completed a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England. He has received awards at the national, state and local levels for his clinical expertise and research.

To Register

The fee to participate in this LIVE activity is $40/members and $70/non-members.

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

James W. Ochi, MD, DABMA has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

The reviewers and 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. AAMA has policies in place that will identify and resolve COIs prior to this educational activity. AAMA also requires faculty to disclose discussions of investigational products or unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.