HMI presents the Spring 2024 intermediate-level medical acupuncture virtual course :


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HMI is enrolling for a new VIRTUAL Medical Acupuncture course on the topic of Auricular Acupuncture. This course will be immediately useful and relevant to those currently already using auricular acupuncture in their practices, as well as those looking to re-start their auricular practice. The course will be presented in two parts:

Part I: Streaming Video Lectures
HMI teaching faculty have prepared a series of video lectures on the topic of Auricular Acupuncture. These lectures (a total of 3.5 hours) will be available for streaming online at your convenience over a period of one month (March 6 – April 6, 2024).

Part II: Live Webinar
On Saturday April 6, 2024, from 7:30-9am PT (10:30am-12pm ET), a live webinar will be presented featuring a panel of HMI faculty for additional discussion and Q&A.

This course offers 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Not able to attend the webinar live? Course enrollment is still available to you! The webinar will be recorded and full access to video lectures & webinar recording can be accessed for an additional six weeks (through May 19).


The course features the following HMI faculty presenters:

  • Mitchell Elkiss, D.O.
  • Tate Kauffman, M.D.
  • Tammy Lindsay, M.D.
  • William “Gavin” Elliott, M.D.
  • David Groopman, M.D.

Course Prerequisites

This continuing medical education activity is designed for medical providers with at least an introductory-level background in auricular acupuncture (i.e. 8-hours or more of prior training).


Course Curriculum Topics

Course topics include:

  • Review of auricular acupuncture basics: ear anatomy, somatotopic map, and master points
  • Non-percutaneous approaches to auricular acupuncture
  • The ATP (“Auricular Trauma Protocol”) and its children: the origin story and a decade of clinical experience
  • Polyvagal Theory: threat, safety, and social engagement – clinical implications and new auricular inputs
  • Metabolic Syndrome: the management of insulin resistance and T2DM
  • OUD and the neurophysiology of addiction: A 21st century approach
  • The “AGAM” protocol deconstructed
  • Auriculotherapy and mental health: highlights of the 2023 International Auricular Therapy Symposium

Course Schedule & Video Access

Pre-recorded video lectures (3.5 hours) will be available for one month beginning on March 6, 2024. You will hear directly from HMI staff on March 6 with video access if your registration is completed prior to this date. For registrations completed March 6 and later, please allow up to 48 hours after registration for HMI staff to provide video access to you.

The live webinar will take place via ZOOM on Saturday April 6 from 7:30-9am PT / 10:30am-12pm ET. The link for the webinar will be provided at the same time as Part 1 video access.

This virtual course is designed to allow for maximum flexibility for busy schedules. If you are unable to attend the Part 2 webinar portion live at the scheduled time, you can still enroll! A recording of the webinar will be available and all video materials will be accessible for six additional weeks (through May 19) to allow for full course completion.


Course tuition is $325.

Course tuition includes pre-recorded video lectures, attendance at the live webinar, CME certificate, and access to the videos & webinar recording for six weeks following the live event.



Course tuition is not refundable. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be provided.



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 online activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A CME certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the entirety of the course. No partial credit will be issued. No credits will be issued after the conclusion of the course (May 19: six weeks after the live webinar portion of the course).