Upcoming Item Writing Events Coming to a City Near You!
Are you interested in becoming involved in the NCCAOM examination development process, while helping your profession maintain the highest standards AND at the same time earning professional development activity points, if so, then Item Writing is for you. The NCCAOM is planning to hold several Item Writing workshops at various AOM school campuses throughout the country including:
Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, NM – June 2, 2007
New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, MA – June 15, 2007
Tri-State College of Acupuncture, New York City, NY – June 16, 2007
Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, Gainesville, FL – June 23, 2007
Atlantic College of Oriental Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – June 24, 2007
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, (PCOM San Diego) CA – June 29 , 2007
Acupuncture and Massage College, Miami, FL – July 1, 2007
Participants at any of the above workshops receive one PDA point for every hour of participation towards recertification. If you would like to participate in one or more of these events or would like more information, please email Mina Larson, Director of Communications and Marketing. For additional information about the process of item writing, please go to our website for a special presentation.
We Want You! Volunteers Needed for Translation Committee
Would you like an opportunity to show your dedication to your profession? Do you want to share your knowledge and expertise? Why not volunteer with the NCCAOM? The NCCAOM Board of Commissioners is currently seeking volunteers for our Chinese and Korean Translation Taskforce who speak fluent Chinese or Korean and have the ability to translate exam items from English to Chinese or Korean.
If you are interested in obtaining more detailed information on the responsibilities and time commitment for serving on the Translation Taskforce or any of our examination committees, please contact Amanda Dawes, Director of Executive Services to request an application form and obtain a description of our volunteer opportunities.
Spotlight on New Orleans – AAAOM Annual Conference
The theme of the Spring 2007 AAAOM conference was rebuilding and reunification and that is exactly what conference attendees got at this four-day conference at the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) Reunification Conference titled “Rebuilding the Future” held at the Hampton Inn Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on May 10 to May 13, 2007.
The city of New Orleans was the perfect venue to highlight the healing power of AOM and the many efforts of AOM practitioners, such as those working through Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), that have and continue to treat individuals who have suffered greatly both physically and emotionally. NCCAOM representatives were joined by CCAOM, AOBTA, ACAOM and Federation leaders as AAAOM announced the reunification of the AOM Alliance and the AAOM at a special luncheon, also featuring heart-felt testimonies from Hurricane Katrina survivors who were treated by AWB acupuncturists with great success. The media was also invited to a press event Friday, May 11 as practitioners from Acupuncturists Without Borders and the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) treated hurricane survivors and other conference attendees. The NCCAOM would like to thank Diana Fried and her team of acupuncturists at AWB and Debra Howard and her team of Asian bodywork therapists from AOBTA who enthusiastically treated many individuals at this important media event.
The NCCAOM staff was also available to provide services to Diplomates and answer questions via the Exhibit Booth and school representatives were able to attend a very informative School Liaison Workshop with the latest information on examination administration and eligibility information. If you are a school administrator or liaison and you missed this conference and workshop, please go to our website to view the workshop PowerPoint presentation.
State Relations: Let's Talk
The State Relations Department is in the process of conducting its annual state survey. For the first time ever, this survey is being conducted by phone and we want to talk to you. If you have not been contacted, please email Betsy Smith or call 904-674-2467 to schedule a time. Our goal is to speak personally with each regulator. This survey is used to determine the accuracy of the information posted on the NCCAOM website regarding state requirements for licensure including which examinations each state requires, whether the state requires NCCAOM certification and, if so, which certification programs are required. In addition, you’ll be asked about what your state’s requirements for license renewal are and whether your state recognizes NCCAOM approved PDA courses for continuing education credits. We want the opportunity to address issues specific to your state and the effect, if any, of the changes in our examination program. Beyond these important issues, you have the opportunity to rate your experience with the State Relations department (Six is our favorite number).
State Relations: You Should Have Been There!
NCCAOM’s CEO, Kory Ward-Cook and Associate Deputy Director, Betsy Smith attended the recent meeting of the Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies (the Federation) held in New Orleans, LA on May 10-11, 2007. Members were present from Florida, New Mexico, Missouri, South Carolina, Maryland, and a number of other states. The Federation asked NCCAOM and the other professional organizations to make a presentation on changes, newsworthy events and other items of interest that will affect state regulators, NCCAOM’s presentation is attached (hyper-link to the Federation Power Point).
For those of you who are not yet members of this important organization, visit their website for membership information. Don’t miss their next meeting which will be held in Portland, OR, in conjunction with the AAAOM meeting, October 18-19, 2007. Be there, it’s not just important to make yourself heard, but it’s a fun group to join
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