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POCA members respond to the AAAOM survey

Ah, the survey from the AAAOM. A large number of questions made presumptions about the profession in practice and future that simply don't reflect the reality created by community acupuncturists, our clinics, and most importantly, our patients. In order to clarify that reality, several of us have chosen

POCA's Statement To ACAOM re: THE FPD

Below is the body copy of POCA's letter to ACAOM. The ACAOM website only allows a small amount of space in their public comments field, so an abbreviated version was filed there and this full statement was sent along via snail mail: 

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CAN's Complaint About ACAOM's Non-Responsiveness to CAN's Complaint

Dear ACAOM, Please consider this your final opportunity to respond to the Community Acupuncture Network’s (CAN) complaint regarding your February 2010 decision to “authorize the ACAOM Doctoral Task Force to complete its work in developing standards for accrediting first-professional doctoral programs in AOM for the Commission’s

There's This Poem by Kay Ryan...Part 2

In less than 6 months, the executive directors of two major acupuncture organizations resigned without explanation -- Dort Bigg of the ACAOM and Rebekah Christensen of the AAAOM. Both had held their positions for a number of years. Of course, I don't know exactly why they quit. But since this

CAN's official letter of complaint to ACAOM re: decision on FPD standards

ACAOM Commissioners,

Please accept this formal complaint regarding the February 2010 ACAOM Decision On First Professional Doctoral Standards.

This complaint has three parts, and we ask that the Commission consider and address each complaint separately according to its normal policies and procedures.


FPD and ACAOM for the gold!

In the new Olympic sport of Moving the Goalposts. Or is it Gaslighting? Hard to define, but it's clear we have a winner! In this blog post, a recap of a groundbreaking performance, along with some commentary from this thoroughly embittered viewer.


CAN Does Not Support The Proposed First Professional Doctorate Degree

The following is a copy of the letter sent by the CAN Board to ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) stating official opposition to the FPD. ---- To the Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, I write to you as a representative of

Problems With the ACAOM Second Resolution and Recommendations

Why did ACAOM decide at its August 2009 meeting to revisit a February 9, 2008 resolution on the development and piloting of accreditation standards for accrediting first-professional doctorate programs in acupuncture and in Oriental medicine, as stated in its Second Resolution on First-Professional Doctoral Standards?Why did it adopt

Facebook's New

Not to be outdone by our fun-loving, cyber-savvy, network of nicknamed punks, the Supporters of a First Professional Doctorate in Acupuncture have created their very own Facebook page.  In only five short sentences, the group quickly begins disseminating misinformation:

“The ACAOM is in the process of creating

GUEST BLOG: Statement of Opposition from Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine National Coalition (AOMNCC)

(AOMNCC's membership is currently around 1200, most of whom are licensed acupuncturists, with some educators and patients also.)

Having been involved in the field of AOM since 1985 as an apprentice under Dr Robert Sohn PhD LAc and as a practitioner of Oriental medicine since January 1997 and Florida Legislative

First-Professional Doctorate Action Alert!

On the weekend of February 11th to 14th, 2010, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) will hold its annual commissioners meeting.  At this meeting, the fate of the first-professional doctorate (FPD) in AOM will be decided as to whether or not ACAOM can petition