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One National Voice

Posted By Donnell Borash, Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Updated: Monday, November 03, 2014
We, the, need a national group that represents our profession politically.

We need strong state representation and national representation.

We need one voice to represent our profession at the national level. Every other medical profession has this voice and supports it, mostly through money, membership, and volunteerism.

Professions that have training in limited acupuncture procedures, including auricular protocols, have representation on Capitol Hill. These include nurses, physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors. If licensed acupuncturists do not add their voice to the discussions on acupuncture in Capitol Hill, it will not be heard. That is sad. That means our voice, the voice of the subject matter experts in the field of acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine, will not be heard. It means policy will be written without our voice, our feedback. It may mean we will be written out of national policy in our own field because we are not there to represent ourselves.

We are at a time in our profession where what we do is popular and growing in public interest. More licensed acupuncturists are being hired at hospitals and medical centers, both civilian and federal. It is a time to shine a spotlight on our great and thorough education, training, and accreditation standards. It is not a time to be fighting amongst ourselves. It is a time to pull together for the future our profession. Right now, a new graduate has the opportunity to choose from working in private practice as a business owner or as an employee. A recent graduate can work in hospital or medical center, if he or she chooses.

With the years of training and education we have, we should be eligible for jobs that other medical professions have access to on the federal level. This includes Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Medical Corps, Public Service Corps, working under the Department of Veterans Affairs or for the Department of Ddefense (ex. Army, Navy, Air Force) or the Indian Health Service. Being recognized as a profession on a federal level and by these groups also means our graduates would be eligible for the variety of federal student loan repayment programs these services offer. Federal recognition of our profession would not change anyone’s ability to be in private practice. It would create more options for graduates of our accredited Acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine programs that did not exist 5 or 10 years ago, such as working at a hospital or on a reservation.

But, if we do not add our voice to those on Capitol Hill who would create policy on the practice of acupuncture or any form of practice using acupuncture needles, we will lose a great and precious opportunity to support and grow our profession.

How do we add our voice to the other medical professions who advise policy makers on the Hill? We have representation through a national political group, the AAAOM. This group is only as strong as the support its members make it through donations, membership, and volunteer hours.
This group is made strong by receiving purpose, a mission, and direction by its members. May its mission be simple and may our voice be unified. Let us not squabble over little things. Let us band together, be forward thinking, and grow our profession by educating others about who we are and what we bring to the table.

May we be positive about ourselves, our training, and how we can help improve health care on a national level. We are not technicians; we are privileged providers. We are able to determine a course of treatment for our patients, know how and when to modify treatment as appropriate--make evaluations and re-evaluations, we are teachers and practitioners of Traditional Asian Medicine. Let us add our positive, forward-thinking unified voice to the voices that discuss acupuncture practice on Capitol Hill . . .

We are in danger of losing authority within our own profession. We need to “wake up” and demand what is rightfully ours. This is not a time to be passive. There is scientific evidence that backs up what we do and validates the reasoning for our choices. If it didn’t work, then the nurses, physical therapists, chiropractors and MD’s would not be so interested in how to do it and use it in their practice.

Currently the AAAOM is restructuring our association in hopes to create exactly this: one organization that can represent us politically and advance our profession with a unified voice that represents what we acupuncturists want and need.

Donnell Borash
AAAOM Board of Directors

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Director Highlight: Jane Yu

Posted By Jane Yu, Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014

It was the 2008 AAAOM Student Caucus in Chicago that showed me the expanse of this profession and the potential the future holds. I heard about the history of AOM in America and the obstacles ahead. It motivated me to volunteer with the AAAOM because I shared similar aspirations for what acupuncture’s future can be. As the presenter spoke so passionately about wanting insurance coverage, about not having a second job, and our potential to help people be healthy, they were goals that I wanted to support. Now after many years, I see that the future of our role in American healthcare is to join the movement to integrate with other modes of health for the benefit of the patient. It was certainly how I was raised.

Living in a Chinese household, Chinese medicine was naturally integrated into our daily life. My mother is a pharmacist and that meant a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Alongside the Claritin for allergies and Tylenol for pain were small boxes with Chinese characters. When I had stomach upset, I was told to take the small vial of brown pellets. When I cut myself, it was brown powder with a bandage. I still recall the earthy smell of the plasters my father used for his back pain and the expected chrysanthemum tea I was to drink as a child every summer. It took me years to realize I was using Chinese herbs and to understand why they were given to me. It was the best remedy for what ailed me, based on the knowledge my mother had. There was never a distinction between Western medicine or Chinese medicine; it was just medicine. 

Because I have always been given the best of each modality, I continue to operate by that philosophy. I want to see further integration within the existing healthcare system. More people should be able to obtain our services if it is the best option for their condition. I want to make progress for our field in educating and defining our profession so the public and other healthcare providers understand what we can contribute while paying respect to the roots of this medicine and its strengths. It it through my service on the AAAOM Board of Directors that I hope to make progress on these goals for the profession.

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AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Celebrates 20 Years

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Updated: Saturday, March 08, 2014

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine celebrated its 20th year on Friday, January 31st. More than 150 people attended the cocktail reception that also served as an occasion to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year. Dr. William Morris, president and CEO, thanked people for coming and for supporting AOMA through the years.


Distinguished guests included Marilyn Allen, who serves as editor in chief of Acupuncture Today and marketing director of the American Acupuncture Council,Rich Goldstein, managing partner of Yoga Yoga, Wally Doggett,president of the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Joshua Saul, acting president of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


"I want to thank each and every member of the AOMA community. Our history encourages us. AOMA has achieved regional accreditation, acquired a new campus, introduced a doctoral program, expanded to integrative clinics, and recruited outstanding faculty and students," said President Morris.


Over the last 20 years, AOMA has grown by every important measure including its student body, faculty, accreditation, campus facilities, patients served, and community outreach. Student enrollment has continually been on the rise, from 18 students in the inaugural class to over 200 students today.


AOMA’s reputation as a national leader in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine education, healthcare and policy-making also continues to grow. Collaboration with the Seton Family of Hospitals began in 2006 with AOMA students offering acupuncture inside of the Seton Topfer Community Clinic and expanded in 2008 with AOMA becoming a key partner in the creation of the Seton Williamson Medical Center GoodHealth Commons Integrative Wellness and Education Center.


In 2009 AOMA became the first stand-alone, single-degree granting school of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the nation to be regionally accredited, and the first school of its kind to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).


AOMA developed a new graphic identity with the tagline "Graduate School of Integrative Medicine” in 2010. In 2011, the opening of its new 19,000 square foot headquarters campus filled specific needs of the college’s growing graduate program in acupuncture and demand for additional clinic space. The AOMA campus is now more than six times the size of the original office space in 1993.


Last July the first cohort of the doctoral program began the 74-credit, two-year program. The DAOM program clinical specialty is the care and management of pain and associated psychosocial phenomena. The program also has a focus on research and leadership.


"With one of only two regionally accredited doctorates in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, AOMA stands for quality and discipline in the medical arts and sciences," said Dr. Morris.



For more information, contact:
Sarah Bentley, 512-492-3034; 512-587-2107

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers masters-level and doctoral-level programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and herbal medicine program. AOMA conducts more than 20,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics, collaborates with Western healthcare institutions including the Seton Family of Hospitals, and gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located in Austin, Texas. 

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Ensure Your Practice Information in AcuFinder

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 27, 2013

When keeping your AAAOM member information current, your name and practice information, will be available to patients seeking a practitioner through both AAAOM’s "Find a Practitioner” function and AcuFinder ( You then also:

  • Receive important emailed AAAOM updates and information pertaining to the profession
  • Receive the print issue of The American Acupuncturist (or you can select online access only if that’s your preference). Be sure your mailing address is current in the Professional Information section. Please note: AAAOM-SO members can view The American Acupuncturist online
  • Connect with your peers through links to discussion groups and blogs
  • Take advantage of our Member Rewards Program

Take the time to update your profile now by clicking here to sign into your member profile. Proceed to "Manage Profile,” click on "Edit Profile" then update your contact information, American Acupuncturist mailing preferences and bio. If you need assistance or require additional information, please email or call 866-455-7999 ext. 4.

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AAAOM Contact Info

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 27, 2013
Please update your address book AND alert your Accounting Department of our new address:
PO Box 96503 #44114, Washington, DC 20090-6503

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AAAOM-SO Students and The American Acupuncturist

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 27, 2013
As part of the Student Organization membership, (using username and password), AAAOM-SO student members can read each issue of The American Acupuncturist, AAAOM’s professional quarterly journal, online. This peer-reviewed journal, featuring scientific research, case studies, reviews of new AOM books, and much more, is a wonderful learning opportunity for master’s students to see their peers’ contributions as well as review articles by seasoned researchers. The journal publishes a variety of articles by first-time authors—a great number of them are recent DAOM degree holders whose submissions receive peer reviews from accomplished professionals in the AOM field and expert editing advice and review by the journal staff. In addition to online access, printed past issues are also available through school libraries if the school is a current AAAOM member. This is an excellent example of how the AAAOM serves students at all levels.

If you are a current AAAOM-SO member, take a look at the current issue right now.

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Patient Outcomes and Experiences of an Acupuncture and Self-Care Service for Persistent Low Back Pain: A Mixed Methods Approach

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 27, 2013

Supported self-management, acupuncture, and information can help reduce the symptoms of low back pain. These approaches are currently recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the U.K. as treatment options for patients with persistent low back pain. However, there has been no previous evaluation of a service providing them together for this common problem. The purpose of a service evaluation project by the Beating Back Pain Service (BBPS) was to report patient outcomes and experiences in a primary and community care setting, delivering acupuncture, self-management, and information to patients with chronic low back pain. The BBPS provided musculoskeletal pain management combining self-management with acupuncture, which was found to be highly effective by patients who completed a questionnaire about their back pain problems after such combined treatment. Further consideration of these methods is required regarding how to best engage patients in self-management.


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Show Us Your Meridians!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Our AAAOM online store now offers MERIDIAN T-SHIRTS

The AAAOM's Student Organization sale of these impressive T-shirts make for a perfect gift for family, friends and patients as well as an impressive way to display your dedication to the profession. All proceeds go to the Student Organization.
100% pre-shrunk cotton
Made in the USA
$20 plus $5.60 S&H

Click here to get them while they last!

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Call for Abstracts: Impact of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Research on 21st Century Global Healthcare

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Co-Sponsored by: Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) & China Association of Acupuncture - Moxibustion (CAAM)

Beijing, China | May 30 – June 1, 2014

Leading researchers will present keynote addresses, participate in symposia and panels, and lead workshops assessing recent progress, challenges, and opportunities for the field.

• Promote patient-centered comparative effectiveness research

• Improve the efficacy of acupuncture by encouraging integrative research approaches that reflect how acupuncture is used in daily practice

• Expand research on acupuncture to more diseases/conditions
• Promote the current role of acupuncture and moxibustion in human health


Abstracts are solicited for presentations in the areas of clinical research, basic science and research methodology pertaining to acupuncture, moxibustion, and other modalities of traditional medicine including herbs, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. Please upload your abstracts by November 1, 2013 to

Abstracts submitted after November 1, 2013 will not be considered.

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Erika Schultz Recipient of Standard Process Scholarship

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Erika Schultz, AAOM-SO vice president, has been awarded one of five $2,500 scholarships granted by Standard Process, a leading provider of high quality, safe dietary supplements distributed through health professionals. To be considered for an SP scholarship, students must attain a GPA greater than 2.9, provide a letter of recommendation, display contributions to the acupuncture profession and submit a 500-word essay on the topic of whole food nutrition and acupuncture.

"I am honored to be selected for this award,” said Erika, an AOM student in her final semester at AOMA-Austin. "My mission is to help as many people as possible restore and maintain health safely and naturally without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgeries. Standard Process, a company with high quality whole food and herbal products, supports me immensely in these efforts."

Those interested in learning more about this program and other scholarships offered may access the AAAOM webpage.

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