Graduate Refresher Course

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Helms Medical Institute announces a one-day graduate refresher workshop with Nick Kouchis, MD and other senior HMI preceptors.

Program Description

This continuing medical education activity is designed for physicians who have completed the 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 morning workshops include energetic treatments on the principal meridian subcircuits, use of Shu and Mu points and accessory Shu points, and treatments such as Dragons and Windows of the Sky for psychoemotional problems. In the afternoon we will cover One-Needle technique and KB points. This will be followed by preceptor recommendations for your difficult patient cases.

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 focsing points;
  • Prioritize and incorporate psychoemotional treatments and Window of the Sky points;
  • Expand understanding and application of One-Needle Technique;
  • Participate in preceptor-supervised needling exercises;
  • Receive preceptor consultations on challenging cases incorporating intermediate and advanced acupuncture techniques.


You are asked to read assignments from the Acupuncture Energetics textbook. Dr. Nick Kouchis and other HMI preceptors will teach the workshop. Completion of pre-course assignments (2.5 hours) and workshop participation (7.5 hours) will be awarded a maximum of 10.0 CME hours.

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 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Date

Sunday, August 26, 2018 in Chicago, IL

Registration begins at 7:45 AM. Instruction runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.


Course tuition:

$575 for registration through August 1, 2018
$600 for registration August 2 through 15
Payment can be made by check or by using this link to pay online:

Course tuition for BOTH the Graduate Refresher and CSA courses:

$1050 for registration through August 1, 2018
$1100 for registration August 2 through 15
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 15, 2018, after which time there is no refund.

Course Location

The workshop will be held at Edward Hotel Chicago, 6600 Mannheim Road, Rosemount, 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.

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.