|A Publication of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine|
AOM Day 2017: Shining a Light on Acupuncture
The idea of an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day was born at
the AOM leadership meeting in 2002 with an intention to educate the public and
raise awareness of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Since 2002, this national
day of observance is being celebrated annually on October 24 and recognized by
the thousands of licensed acupuncturists in the United States and around the
world as well as organizations in the field of acupuncture and Oriental
Today, 15 years later, we understand, more than ever, just how
far-reaching the effects of this type of public education can be. As a direct
result of NCCAOM’s outreach to our Diplomates, AOM schools and state
associations, in the past three years alone, there were 178 Programs and
Events registered on the AOM Day
website at www.aomday.org throughout the
United States and abroad (The AOM Day website was launched several years ago by
the NCCAOM as a hub to educate the public about AOM Day and acupuncture and
Oriental medicine).In addition to live events on October 24, some practitioners
flyers and offered discount vouchers as a way to spread the word
about acupuncture and Oriental medicine. As a result,
these practitioners enjoyed the benefit of attracting new business. In
addition, the designation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), of an
Occupational Code for Acupuncturists (SOC) has made a significant impact on public
Going forward, as news of the BLS SOC for Acupuncturists spreads,
acupuncture will be elevated to a higher level of understanding and respect by other healthcare providers
and the public. What better time than AOM Day to educate the public and showcase your practice?
education makes a difference and AOM Day is a vehicle to promote AOM to the
public and the media. It is very likely that the public will now be looking at
the profession in a different light. AOM Day events are a wonderful opportunity
to “shine a light” on your practice and the importance of this medicine in
posting success stories from your patients on the Patient Testimonial Page will provide an additional avenue for website visitors to
learn of the benefits of this remarkable medicine from the very people who have
benefitted from it.
year, the NCCAOM and its newly created NCCAOM
Academy of Diplomates are celebrating AOM
Day by promoting NCCAOM certification
programs and certified Diplomates!
are hoping that AOM Day 2017 will
see even more people and companies involved who will create new and dynamic
ideas to market and share their expertise. AOM Day 2017 has the
potential to be even bigger and more successful than ever before.
AOM Day website, sponsored by the NCCAOM, is now ready for your event postings so start
planning today how to bring AOM awareness to your town and local community.
Preparation for AOM Day 2017 begins
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NCCAOM Going Paperless: An Update
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NCCAOM announced in its Spring newsletter that in an effort to increase
efficiencies, reduce risk, and help the environment, our organization is moving
to a paperless business model for all its business and application processes.
an update to you, our valued constituents, here are some of the ways the NCCAOM
is streamlining its processes, thereby, providing better and more timely service
applications will be submitted online only.
officials will have a dedicated online portal to upload student transcripts.
verification process is now completely online enabling submission of your exam
pass/fail information to be submitted to state licensing boards more
efficiently. Please sign on to your portal to submit this request.
education evaluation review companies (ICD) will have a dedicated portal to
upload evaluation reports.
PDA providers will
have a dedicated portal to upload class attendance sheets and submit all course
Below is a
timeline of NCCAOM’s Steps going paperless:
Step 1: In
the beginning of 2017 the NCCAOM stopped accepting credit card payments on
Step 2. State
Verification requests transitioned to online process in the Spring of
Step 3. Effective November 15,
2017, paper applications for NCCAOM certification and certification
renewal (recertification) will no longer be accepted. All candidates for
initial certification and for recertification will be completing an online
application. Under exceptional circumstances paper application will be provided
at an extra charge of $100.
Stay tuned for additional updates.
NCCAOM Leadership Panel: Emerging Opportunities
The NCCAOM was pleased to co-sponsor and participate in the Florida
State Oriental Medical Association (FSOMA) annual conference in Orlando, FL from
August 10-13 by conducting a leadership panel discussion as well as holding
several media interviews throughout the weekend. In addition, Michael Taromina,
Esq., longtime NCCAOM volunteer, gave a riveting keynote address and conducted the
NCCAOM Ethics and Safety Workshop.
NCCAOM sponsored a breakfast symposium and leadership panel comprised of NCCAOM
leaders F. Afua Bromley, MSOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac, Chair,
NCCAOM Board of Commissioners; Zonglan Xu, MD(China), Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®,
Member, NCCAOM Board of Commissioners and Vice-Chair, NCCAOM Academy of
Diplomates; and Dr. Kory Ward-Cook,
Ph.D., CAE, NCCAOM CEO.
Panel discussed how NCCAOM is helping the profession benefit from the growing
appreciation of AOM medicine and the national work being done as well as future
trends in the AOM Profession.
The panel also answered questions from the audience.
The entire panel discussion can be viewed via
website. We encourage our Diplomates to watch it to
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Diplomate Benefits: Season of Sharing!
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way to showcase your practice than to be featured on a website of the newly
formed NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates?
Last year, we
asked Diplomates to send in their photos for the new website that was launched
earlier this year, and those that did gained free exposure by having their photo,
name, business and website address on the home page of the Academy. This
year, we are reaching out again to Diplomates to submit a photo of you at work
and showcase your NCCAOM credentials!
all Diplomates practicing in different settings (clinic, community acupuncture setting,
classroom, etc.) to contact us regarding this opportunity to promote our
medicine as well as your practice.
To see the guidelines
or submit your photo for consideration, click the link below. All entries will
be reviewed for appropriate content and size requirements. Deadline for
submission is December 1, 2017.
Here to Learn More
NCCAOM Official Practice Tests: Coming Soon!
are happening here at NCCAOM. We are finalizing the NCCAOM Exam Prep Center featuring the NCCAOM Official™ Practice
launch of the NCCAOM Official™ Practice Tests will take place later this Fall. These challenge
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Diplomate Spotlight: Arya Nielsen
The Diplomate Spotlight is an opportunity to highlight one of our
distinguished NCCAOM Diplomates who is making a difference in the profession
and in today’s healthcare landscape. Today we are pleased to introduce NCCAOM National
Board Certified Diplomate, Arya Nielsen, Ph.D., Dipl. Ac. & C.H. (NCCAOM).
NCCAOM Question 1: What attracted you to the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?
Answer: I was involved in the anti-war movement in college and heading to med
school. I read about the barefoot doctor’s initiative in China and was
intrigued by East Asian medicine’s evaluation filter (tongue, pulse, signs and
symptoms, waxing and waning), emphasis on prevention as well as tapping the
bodies innate healing through hands-on techniques.
was your first impression of the NCCAOM® as a certified Diplomate?
A2: I graduated in the
first class of the first acupuncture school in the US in the spring of 1977.
There was no clear path to practice, no board exam. It was jump in, sink or
swim. New York State did not allow anyone to practice who was not trained in
Asia and practicing for at least 10 years. So, we had our work cut out for us.
We needed a board process and exam developed using science-based psychometrics
and with a company expert in exam development. A psychometrically sound exam
protects against bias and unfairness, and hence, lawsuit (as was seen in a few
states back in the day, who tried to use their own exams). But proper exam
development is expensive and prohibitive for individual states even those who
wanted to regulate acupuncture. Those who worked to develop the NCCAOM
acupuncture board exam are responsible for the profession’s existence in the US
because it allowed states to establish and meet their regulation requirements on
par with other health professions. The NCCAOM exam and requirements provided
consistency for boarding and licensure of entry level practice; as states
engaged the NCCAOM, a track record of relatively safe practice was established,
encouraging other states to join. We would not be here today without the
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Promoting Acupuncture Services: Solution to the National Opioid Crisis
It is all over the news – the national opioid epidemic claims the lives of 15,000 Americans in
2015 who died from an opioid prescription. According
to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has
increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths
involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). The
addiction to opioids affects all ages from all socio-economic backgrounds, from
large metropolitan cities to small towns. This epidemic has reached such
monumental proportions that the President declared national state of emergency
earlier this year and formed a taskforce to explore methods to alleviate this
crisis. Five states to include Alaska,
Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia have
also declared the opioid crisis as a state of emergency.
thousands of NCCAOM Diplomates who regularly and successfully treat patients
for pain and addiction, it is frustrating to watch so many suffer and die
needlessly when acupuncture treatment can be a solution to this crisis with the
added bonus that it is less costly with less side effects than other therapies.
Acupuncture can treat both pain as well as addiction and even provide stress
relief to friends and family of the opioid addict.
Bringing awareness as
to the benefits of your medicine to treat pain
and addiction in front of lawmakers and healthcare policy decision makers is
paramount. The Joint Commission recently announced revised pain assessment and
management standards and noted the benefits of acupuncture services and other
integrative care for pain. Please see
NCCAOM’s Joint Commission Press Release from July
. In addition, the National
Association of Attorney Generals just
published a letter lauding non drug management options to include acupuncture
services as an important step in combating opioid addiction – please see link to their website.
Very recently, a white paper titled “Evidence,
Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary,
Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management” drafted by the
Joint Acupuncture Opioid Taskforce was released recently. This white paper
provides evidence that acupuncture services is a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment
modality to treat opioid dependence and pain. The white paper was comprised
of member organizations of the Acupuncture Foundation (ANF) and The American
Society of Acupuncturists (ASA).
We are pleased to make this report available to
you on the newly create Opioid
Crisis page via the new Academy of Diplomates website. The
NCCAOM has designed a special
section of the Academy website devoted to
ongoing projects to apprise our Diplomates and other stakeholders of our most
recent efforts: Ongoing
The NCCAOM is
also working with the Integrative Public Health Consortium (IHPC) to inform
federal agencies regarding this issue. Additionally, NCCAOM is an invited
participant for an upcoming Inaugural Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress
which will develop a policy consensus document. NCCAOM Diplomate William Reddy also published
an article titled “The FDA Recommends Acupuncture: Comments from
Key AOM Stakeholders” in Acupuncture Today.
What can each
of us do to bring additional awareness to this cause? Work with other licensed
acupuncturists to inform patients, other healthcare practitioners in your
community, local media and others about the benefits of acupuncture services
for pain and addiction. Let them know that pain is the core of what licensed
acupuncturists treat and there are many studies showing that addiction is
successfully treated by acupuncture.
By continuing to
spread the word, as evidenced by the above group efforts, we can advocate for
greater access and more federal recognition of this remarkable medicine by
providing a viable solution to a national and troubling epidemic. Finally, we look forward to hearing from you. Please submit
your state and local community initiatives related to the opioid epidemic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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