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AOM Leaders Meeting 2013

On March 2, 2013, the leaders of eight national AOM organizations met in Columbia, MD at the invitation of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This event was the ninth joint meeting the national organizations have held since 2005. The purpose of these annual meetings is to provide a forum for informal dialogue and collaboration by the organizations on subjects of mutual interest pertaining to acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

The 18 representatives who attended the meeting this year circulated organizational activity reports before the meeting, allowing the group to have a focused discussion during the meeting on the content of the reports and other issues, such as recent federal and state developments concerning the regulation of AOM, first-professional doctoral education, the status of collective strategic planning by the organizations, and the need for a standardized AOM graduate survey. The organizations decided that in lieu of formal, professionally facilitated strategic planning going forward, they would continue to allow collaborative initiatives to arise organically out of these annual meetings.

NCCAOM is seeking stakeholder feedback concerning several recent recommendations of the Commission concerning: (1) eligibility standards for oversight of international AOM training institutions; (2) phase-out of the Commission’s foreign language exams over a 4-year period; and (3) requirement of documentation of English language proficiency for an applicant to achieve final certification, which would be effective January 1, 2015. All feedback is requested by September 30, 2013. For further information concerning this request, see

The AOM leaders took special note of two major conferences that are on the horizon this year. The first of these is SAR’s International Conference: Impact of Acupuncture Research on 21st Century Health Care, which will be held in Ann Arbor, MI on April 18-21, 2013. For further information, see The second conference is the Tenth World Congress of Chinese Medicine, which will be held in the Bay Area of San Francisco on September 21-22, 2013. Both NFCTCMO and AAAOM are co-sponsors of this congress. For further information see, and

During this year’s AOM leaders meeting, Michael Jabbour, President of AAAOM, presented an award on behalf of AAAOM to CCAOM President Lixin Huang, in recognition of her efforts to protect, promote, and integrate Chinese medicine in the United States and abroad.

These annual AOM leaders meetings continue to provide an excellent opportunity for the attending organizations to assess developments affecting the AOM profession and to enhance their working relationships and collaboration. Representatives from the following national organizations attended the Columbia meeting this year (listed in alphabetical order by organization):

AAAOM   Michael Jabbour, CSP, MS, LAc (President)
ACAOM   Mark McKenzie, LAc, MSOM, Dipl.OM (Executive Director)
AOBTA   Wayne Mylin, Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA® CP (President)
    Angela McConnell, MPA, BSc, AOBTA-CP (Director of Membership)
CCAOM   Lixin Huang, MS (President)
    Valerie Hobbs, MSOM, LAc (Vice-President)
    Barbara Ellrich, MA (Treasurer)
    Stacy Gomes, EdD (Member-At-Large)
    Diane Sater, BS, LMT (Member-at-Large)
    David Sale, JD, LLM (Executive Director)
CSA   Candace Sarges, MAc, LAc, Dipl.OM (Chair)
    Tracy Soltesz, MAc, LAc (President, Maryland Acupuncture Society)
NCCAOM   David Canzone, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), DOM (Chair)
    Eugene London, DAOM, DiplAc (NCCAOM), LAc (Vice-Chair)
    Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, CAE (CEO)
NFCTCMO   Angela Tu, MD (China), Dipl.Ac. & CH (NCCAOM), LAc, OMD (President)
    Johanna Chu Yen, MD (China), AP (Board Member)
SAR   Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LAc (Co-President)
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