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Board of the Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association Meeting, October 20th, 2009

The Board Members of the Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association met on Friday, October 20th, 2009 to discuss current issues related to the Michigan acupuncture registration law. The MMAA board members were joined via conference call by out of state AMMA state chapter representatives and members of the American Health Source Advisory Board.

Key elements covered during the board meeting include:

  • A review of the activities of our associates in the state of California.
  • A review of the activities of the AMMA state chapter in Illinois.
  • A discussion of changing the designation for diplomats.
  • Setting 2010 dates for continuing education training, and practical and diplomate training schedules.
  • A discussion regarding the AMMA NBCA practical acupuncture examination, statistical evaluation, and job task analysis.
  • AMMA successes in affiliating with Western evidence based acupuncture groups and organizations.
  • A discussion regarding the upcoming public hearing on acupuncture registration.

From the previous MMAA meeting these topics were reviewed:

  • A review of the efforts of the MMAA to gain registration for its members.
  • A discussion regarding issues related to the conduct of the acupuncture board and its members.
  • Failure of the acupuncture board to consider the AMMA for registration.
  • Failure of the acupuncture boards to meet their fiduciary and fiscal responsibility to the people of Michigan.
  • Failure of the acupuncture board to educate Michigan acupuncturists regarding the medical delegation and supervisory responsibilities associated with the legal practice of acupuncture by a lay acupuncturist in Michigan.
  • A review of the information received at the last MI Board of Acupuncture meeting from the Attorney General's office and the Michigan Department of Community Health.
  • Administrative and legal avenues available to the MMAA in protections of its members' registration rights.
  • Updates on the MMAA / AMMA Practical Acupuncture training program.
  • Update on the AMMA exam psychometric analysis project and the 2009 job task analysis.
  • Continuing education program development and updates.
  • Update on AMMA efforts pertaining to affiliation with other western evidence based acupuncture groups and organizations both nationally and internationally.
  • Invitations to outside organizations with western evidence based values and ethical codes to affiliate with the AMMA as state chapters.
  • Presentation on the religious arguments surrounding traditional Asian medicine as they relate to the US First Amendment, and the occult aspects of TAM. (US Supreme Court case Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961), page 495 footnote 11 cites Taoism as a "religion,".)

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