Military Acupuncture Refresher

Military Acupuncture Refresher 2014

Military Refresher Application Form

Civilian Application Form

Date:  6 - 9 June 2014 (0830 Friday through 1300 Monday)
Location:  Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, CA

Helms Medical Institute and the National Capitol Region Pain Initiative are pleased to present the date, venue, agenda, and application for the fourth Military Acupuncture Refresher programThis year is the first time that this popular program is open to civilian as well as military physicians.


1.   This course is created for graduates of 220- to 300-hour medical acupuncture courses approved by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture for diplomate eligibility in the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.  It is intended for physicians wishing to refresh their knowledge and skills, learn new techniques, or reboot their acupuncture training to a more active, ready-to-go state.  It is not appropriate for physicians who underwent acupuncture training more than five years ago and have not been using acupuncture regularly in clinical practice.

2.   Didactics are organized according to the needs of the class.  Hands-on workshops augment the specific skill levels of the participants.

3.   Video and written preparation for the weekend training will be provided when you have been accepted into the program. You are asked to review all topics in which you feel unfamiliar or underprepared.  Thirteen DVDs are available for viewing.  The time estimated for watching the videos, completing the quizzes and doing additional reading is 21 hours.  The course itself is 29 hours. 

4.   The course is open to active duty physicians and midlevel providers, VHA physicians, and civilian physicians with appropriate training, experience, and work environment.  Class size is limited and early application is advised.

5.  For DoD physicians, the tuition and supplies for this CME program are funded by the Wounded Warrior Pain Initiative.  You are requested to work with your base command for travel and billeting expenses.  The tuition for civilian physicians is $3000.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available to civilian applicants.


1.  The general topics covered include:

  • acupuncture energetic circulation and Five Phases
  • important energetic and regional points
  • rapid treatment protocols
  • TBI / PTSD
  • your clinical challenges

2.  Clinical techniques covered are:

  • scalp acupuncture
  • auricular acupuncture
  • neuromusculoskeletal pain treatments
  • energetic circulation treatments

3.  Special PTSD workshop:

          Dr. Helms will offer a workshop on advanced approaches to PTSD and stress-related problems if requested by enough serious providers with adequate experience incorporating acupuncture into their PTSD management.

Course Objectives

This continuing medical education activity is organized to reinforce your understanding of the theoretical foundations and clinical applications of medical acupuncture techniques as performed for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and general medical problems seen in military treatment environments.

With committed participation before and during this training program, upon completion, you will be proficient to apply these acupuncture approaches to patients in your clinical setting:

  • Auricular acupuncture
  • Chinese scalp acupuncture
  • Surface release technique
  • Tendinomuscular meridian treatment
  • Trigger point deactivation
  • Two-needle technique
  • Scar deactivation
  • Interosseous needling
  • Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Periosteal stimulation
  • Augmentation points for pain treatments
  • Energetic circuitry using
  • Principal meridian subcircuits
  • Tendinomuscular meridians
  • Mu and Shu points



Dr. Joe Helms and senior Helms Medical Institute clinical preceptors will work with you in lecture format and in small groups.  Preceptors presently scheduled are Mitch Elkiss, Nick Kouchis, Brad Lawrence, Ali Safayan, and Allen McDaniels. All are in private practice. 



Helms Medical Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. HMI designates this live activity for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the video and live portions of the activity. 



Please note that there are two application forms on the HMI website, one for DoD applicants and another for civilians.  Include a statement with your application describing your work environment, clinical responsibilities, and current opportunities and intended use of acupuncture.  If you are requesting the PTSD workshop, be specific about your patient population, clinical experience, and interest.  If you are requesting partial scholarship consideration, please describe your circumstances. 


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