Military Acupuncture Refresher

Military Acupuncture Refresher 2016

Military Refresher Application Form

The National Capital Region Pain Initiative and Acus Foundation are pleased to present the date, venue, agenda, and application for the sixth Military Acupuncture Refresher Program.

Date:  1 - 4 April 2016 (1330 Friday through 1300 Monday)
Location:  Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California


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 six years ago or 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.  The time estimated for watching the videos, completing the quizzes, and doing additional reading is 21 hours.  The live course is 24 hours. 

4.   The course is open to active duty physicians and midlevel providers, and VHA physicians with appropriate training and experience.  Class size is limited, and early application is advised.   Your tuition and supplies for this CME program are centrally funded.  You are requested, however, to work with your base command for travel and billeting expenses. 


1.  The general topics covered include:

  • acupuncture energetic circulation and five phases
  • important energetic and regional points
  • rapid treatment protocols
  • TBI / PTS
  • your clinical challenges

2.  Clinical techniques covered are:

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

3.  Special PTS workshop:

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

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
  • Energetic circuitry using principal and tendinomuscular meridian subcircuits and Shu and Mu points



Dr. Joe Helms and senior Helms Medical Institute clinical preceptors will work with you in lecture/demonstration format and in small groups. 



This activity is sponsored by Acus Foundation in collaboration with Helms Medical Institute.  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of HMI and the Acus Foundation. HMI is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. HMI designates this live activity for a maximum of 45 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


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HMI uses participant information for internal purposes only.  HMI does not share or sell contact information from course participants.

Application deadline is 1 March 2016.

Include a statement (several articulate, legible paragraphs) of your military work environment, clinical responsibilities, and current opportunities and intended use of acupuncture.  If you are requesting the PTS workshop, be specific about your patient population, clinical experience, and interests.   


Please contact the HMI office with questions at or call 510.649.8488.

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