Graduate Refresher Course

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Program Description

This continuing medical education activity is designed for physicians who have completed the HMI basic training program (Medical Acupuncture for Physicians course) and have had solid experience in clinical acupuncture, whether in general medical applications, pain management, or rehabilitation medicine, and want to augment their clinical skills to address intermediate and advanced energetic and musculoskeletal pain conditions.

Topics for the workshop include:

  • Principal Meridians and N→N+1, beyond the HEMPs
  • Shu-Mu Subsystem, beyond Mega Mu Shu and Wei Qi
  • One Needle Technique, beyond KB1 and 2
  • Curious Meridians, beyond Chong Mo – Yang Ming
  • PENS, beyond classical cervical and lumbar PENS
  • Psychoemotional treatments and their indications
  • Stress treatment algorithms
  • Preceptor consultations on patient cases pre-submitted by course participants

Early application is recommended. Attendance is limited to 30 participants.

Program Objectives

With conscientious preparation and participation, at the conclusion of this training program you should be able to:

  • Expand understanding and application of Principal Meridians, the Shu-Mu subsystem, and focusing points;
  • Prioritize and incorporate psychoemotional treatments and Window of the Sky points;
  • Expand understanding and application of One-Needle Technique and their indications for musculoskeletal pain;
  • Expand understanding and application of the Curious Meridians and their indications for energetic imbalances and organ influences;
  • Expand understanding and application of PENS and their indications for musculoskeletal pain;
  • Learn an algorithmic approach to treating stress conditions;
  • Participate in preceptor-supervised needling exercises;
  • Receive preceptor consultations on challenging cases incorporating intermediate and advanced acupuncture techniques.

Course Curriculum

Pre-course readings will be assigned in the Acupuncture Energetics textbook. Dr. Nick Kouchis and senior preceptors teach the workshop.

Completion of the HMI 300-hour Medical Acupuncture for Physicians course is a prerequisite to attend this course.

Course Date

Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25, 2019 in Chicago, IL.

Registration begins at 7:45 AM.
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with an optional session from 4:00-5:00 PM

Attendance is required for both days of the workshop.

Course Location

The workshop will be held at Edward Hotel Chicago, 6600 Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.

A group rate of $112 (plus 14% occupancy tax) per night is available at Edward Hotel Chicago. This rate covers lodging, complimentary hot breakfast, WiFi, and O’Hare Airport shuttle with connection to the L transit to Chicago Loop. Reservation information will be provided upon acceptance to the course.


Course tuition:

$1250 for registration through August 1, 2019
$1400 for registration after this date
Payment can be made by check or by using this link to pay online:

Course tuition for BOTH the Graduate Refresher and CSA courses:

$1700 for registration through August 1, 2019
$1900 for registration after this date
Payment can be made by check or by using this link to pay online:


Helms Medical Institute reserves the right to cancel the course and to change the dates of venue, in which event you will receive a full refund. A minimum service charge of $50 is withheld from all other refunds. Refund requests must be in writing and postmarked by August 8, 2019, after which time there is no refund.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  Helms Medical Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Helms Medical Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure

As mandated by the ACCME, all faculty participating in this HMI program are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations, as well as any discussions of the use of unapproved/unlabelled drugs or devices. HMI faculty also has formally agreed to announce the level of evidence upon which any clinically-directed instruction is based. None of the preceptors or others in control of course content has any financial relationships to declare.