COVID-19 Considerations for
Medical Acupuncture for Physicians

Please note: the Spring-Summer 2021 class is at capacity and registration has closed. Contact HMI (mafp@hmieducation) to be put on the notification list for future course dates.

Because of current health considerations we have changed the format of the HMI courses for 2020 and 2021. Live programs will be provided via remote teaching rather than on-site gatherings. Video lectures will be used to present the core material and Zoom meetings with clinical preceptors will guide your hands-on work. In our supervised Zoom work we will concentrate on your mastering the clinical techniques most commonly used in practice by course graduates.

Participants in the course will need a partner for clinical activities. Enroll in the course and refer a local partner to enroll, and both participants will receive $1500 off course tuition.


The Remote Teaching / Distance Learning Experience

Home reading and video study provide you with the history, science, vocabulary, tradition, and acupuncture pathways you will activate with your needle patterns.  Small group Zoom meetings with HMI preceptors reinforce your growing competence in the clinical logic and skills of this new discipline. By the end of the first major remote weekend, you will have clinical skills that you can provide to your patients. By the end of August you will be solidly grounded in techniques to use creatively every day in your practice.

If COVID is cooperative, we will arrange small, regional live gatherings with preceptors, always with the goal of helping you achieve competence and confidence in these new techniques.

There is no change to the core curriculum of HMI Medical Acupuncture for Physicians with our change to remote teaching, and this version of the teaching will continue to be designated for a maximum of 300 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.


Remote Teaching Dates

The dates for the three major remote sessions are:

  • 12-14 February 2021
  • 21-23 May 2021
  • 20-22 August 2021

We will schedule small-group Zoom sessions between the February-May-August meetings for you to receive individual preceptor attention on your clinical skills, and for you to review and ask questions regarding the reading and video material of the core curriculum.

Please note: this class is at capacity and registration has closed. Contact HMI (mafp@hmieducation) to be put on the notification list for future course dates.


HMI Experience with Remote Teaching

Because of the pandemic, throughout 2020 Helms Medical Institute and its sister organization Acus Foundation have had experience with remote teaching, including Zoom meetings to conclude the final units of two courses interrupted by COVID, launching a one-day fully remote auricular acupuncture training, and coordinating a clinically intensive military program via Zoom.  Below are a few comments from recent distance learning participants:

  • “At the last two in-person sessions, I struggled a bit with everything.  So being able to pause and take my time to write my notes down, instead of feeling overwhelmed, was good.”
  • “The Zoom meetings and watching videos went a lot better than I thought it would.”
  • “The live sessions are pretty intense and overwhelming and hard to keep up, so this distance learning has been a comfortable pace.”
  • “I didn’t know what to think going into the Zoom meetings, how it was all going to work out.  But it was just a different way of doing the same thing.”


Clinical Partners

The remote teaching sessions focus on hands-on work, as they would at a live on-site course.  Hands-on work is done in small groups so that you have good supervised interaction with HMI clinical preceptors. We start the course by practicing needling on synthetic models, and then advance to needling a partner. You will, therefore, need a partner to participate in the remote teaching course.

  • The best option is to partner with someone else enrolled in the course.
  • A second option is to find a course graduate living in your area that will partner with you.  This arrangement gives you the advantage of working with a colleague already experienced with acupuncture.
  • Or, recruit a spouse, a friend, a mature child, colleague, neighbor to be your partner, making sure they understand that being needled is involved.
  • Please note that pregnant women should not be partners. HMI teaching guidelines do not allow needling pregnant women.

Students in the course can refer a local colleague to enroll in the course and be partners together, and both students will receive $1500 off their tuition.

Remote Teaching Technology

To participate in the Zoom sessions of the remote course, you will need a computer with camera (preferred) or a tablet with camera.  Additionally, you will need a smartphone with camera, and the Zoom app for the hands-on work.  We will provide you with a cell phone body mount to enable hands-free Zooming during these sessions.


The HMI teaching team and staff are unexpectedly enthusiastic about preparing and delivering our 40-year teaching experience in this new format. We look forward to your joining us.