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The International Structural Acupuncture for Physicians: A palpation based approach

Date: 9/26/2013 - 6/15/2014
Course #: 00342317
Physicians   $7,750.00
International Attendees   $5,750.00
Location: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134
Director(s): Joseph Audette, MA, MD|David Euler, L.AC
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September 26, 2013 ‑ June 15, 2014
Doubletree Guest Suites Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Offered by: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine

Course Directors: Joseph F. Audette, M.A., M.D, and David Euler, L.Ac.

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The Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Woman's Hospital is offering a highly regarded, comprehensive, nine-month course in acupuncture for physicians.

There is a growing interest among patients and physicians in acupuncture as a therapeutic modality. However physicians have little or no training in either the science or practice of this treatment approach. This unique course provides practical, hands-on training in acupuncture. The training program is designed to bring together Eastern and Western views of health and disease into a results-oriented acupuncture style. Strong emphasis is placed on developing a neuroanatomical understanding of pain modulation with acupuncture. You will learn to evaluate and treat patients using modern Japanese acupuncture techniques that link classical Chinese theory to pragmatic diagnostic and treatment methods.

The didactic portion of the course will focus on bridging the gap between acupuncture practice and science. The scientific basis of acupuncture and the methodological problems with acupuncture research is presented as part of the discussion of specific clinical conditions throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on comparing and contrasting research protocols with actual clinical treatment methods. This ongoing scientific discussion will provide participants the tools to better lead future research and clinical endeavors in acupuncture.

To achieve the highest level of academic and clinical teaching excellence, we have brought together distinguished members of the faculty from Harvard Medical School, the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in Germany and a leader in the field of Japanese acupuncture, David Euler, who is an internationally recognized Japanese acupuncture practitioner and an expert in translating the theoretical concepts discussed in classic Chinese acupuncture texts into a pragmatic treatment approach. Our faculty has taught acupuncture both in the United States and abroad for more than 15 years, combining their theoretical knowledge and vast clinical and teaching experience to provide our students with the highest quality instruction.


Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  •  Integrate acupuncture techniques for pain and other medical conditions into clinical practice based on traditional Chinese theories as interpreted by modern Japanese and Western practitioners.
  • Improve the quality of clinical acupuncture through a detailed understanding of the basis of acupuncture analgesia and the current status of the scientific literature
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the methodological problems with acupuncture research with a focus on developing the tools to design optimal research protocols.


Unique Access to Web-based Learning
Course participants are given access with a username and password to a secure, internet accessible website where the weekly didactic lectures, point location images, and video demonstrations are archived and available for review throughout the course.

The website is designed to allow participants to obtain CMEs for each didactic sessions viewed on the web. So whether you are local or reside at a great distance from Boston, with a high speed internet connection, you will be able to attend our online, virtual classroom each week from the comfort of your home or office." The hands on portion of the course includes 5 mandatory, live sessions held in Boston on select weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) every other month starting in October.


This course will include an introduction to traditional Chinese medicine with special emphasis on developing an understanding of its practical application to clinical care from a Western perspective. Emphasis is given to "hands-on" point location and needling techniques based upon palpatory feedback, familiarization with the meridian pathways and organ pathology. The topics of this course will include the following:

  •  Pain Control
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • OB/GYN Problems
  • GI Disorders
  • Scar Treatments
  • Structural and Orthopedic Problems
  • Cardiac and Vascular Disorders
  • Autoimmune and Autonomic Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Myofascial and Neuroanatomic Treatment
  • Electroacupuncture
  • German Microsystem approach (MAPS: Mikro-Aku-Punkt-Systeme)
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture

The course duration is 9 months, from September 26, 2013 - June 15, 2014. There are two learning components to the course -"live" or on-site and "enduring" or web-based.

On-Site Learning

Participants must come to Boston for the live, hands-on portion of the course. These live weekend sessions occur once every other month. The schedule for the first weekend in October is as follows: Friday from 8am to 8:30pm, Saturday from 8am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 8am to 4pm. The schedule for each subsequent weekend, from December-June is as follows: Friday from 1pm to 8:30pm, Saturday from 8am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 8am to 4pm. The weekend sessions will be held at the Doubletree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134. Each weekend session combines theory with clinical hands-on experience using patient volunteers. Home study is required - averaging five hours per month to support the weekend clinical sessions.

Web-based Learning

Participants are given access to a secured website to view weekly lectures, video demonstrations, point location images, articles and other support material. Course Dates - The dates for the live, clinical weekend sessions are October 4- 6, 2013, December 13-15, 2013, January 31, 2014-February 2, 2014, June 13-15, 2014.

CME credits - CME credit for the webbased, weekly didactic portion of the course are given only after completing web-based tests that are graded to assess your understanding of the online lecture material. CME credit for the live portion of the course will be based on attendance. If these weekend sessions are missed, live make-up sessions will have to be scheduled at extra cost. Harvard Medical School will only issue all 300 CME credits or none. As a result, it is critical to keep up with the web-based tests and to attend the live portion of the course.

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The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 118.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 182 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can


This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • patient care and medical knowledge
  • practice-based learning and improvement
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • professionalism
  • systems-based practice and patient care


Physicians ....................................................$7,750.00 USD
International Physicians:.............................$5,750.00 USD
Tuition for the nine-month acupuncture course is $7,750 USD and $5,750.00 USD for international physicians, which includes all session fees, syllabus materials,and access to the secure course website.

Space for this course is limited and acceptance is based on a first come first served basis once you have submitted a statement of personal intent and a copy of your medical license. For more information on registration call Kathy Marino at 857-238-4964, or email her at kmarino@partners.org or Cristina Malatesta, 857-238-4910, or email at cmalatesta@partners.org.

Registration by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) can be made online via the REGISTER NOW! link above.

Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School and mail with registration form to Harvard Medical School - Department of Continuing Education, PO Box 417476, Boston, MA 02241-7476. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration an email confirmation from the HMS-DCE office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including: registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.


By phone 617-384-8600, Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM (EST) or by email at: hms-cme@hms.harvard.edu.


Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


A handling fee of $250 is deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email or fax by September 1, 2013. No refunds will be made thereafter.


All weekend sessions for this course will be held at The Doubletree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134 (Telephone: 800-222-8733)


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the weekend sessions at The Doubletree Guest Suites Boston (Telephone: 800-222-8733). Hotel information will be sent with your confirmed registration.

Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration. For airline reservations contact the HMS Travel Desk toll free 1-877-4-HARVMD (1-877-442-7863) Monday - Friday 9 AM - 8 PM (EST). From outside the U.S., Canada and Virgin Islands, please call 617-559-3764.


Course Directors
is Clinical Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Chief of Pain Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He attended the Tristate Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York and is a recognized authority in utilizing dry needling techniques for the treatment of pain.

is a recognized authority on modern Japanese styles of acupuncture and its integration with traditional Chinese theory and Western medical practice. Mr. Euler has worked for over 20 years incorporating a palpation based system of acupuncture into clinical practice and has published seminal texts on this subject. He is experienced in the training of physicians in acupuncture and is known for his "hands-on" teaching style. Previously, Mr. Euler was a member of the faculty and a clinical supervisor at the New England School of Acupuncture.
Harvard Lecturers
Professor, Department of Anesthesia (Pediatrics), Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Director, Pain Management/Treatment Service, Children's Hospital Boston
Associate Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Radiology Residency, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School Staff Psychiatrist, Pain Management Program, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Medical Director, Osher Clinical Center, Boston
Director, Medical Acupuncture Service, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Guest Speakers
Professor, Department of History, Bentley College, Waltham, MA
Department of Anesthesia, Ludwig- Maximilians University, Munich, Germany Chief, Interdisciplinary Pain Service
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Research Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine and V.A. Boston Healthcare System
Staff Acupuncturist Osher Institute, Integrative Care Center and the Arnold Pain Management Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Staff Acupuncturist with extensive experience in palpation based and the Yamamoto systems of Acupuncture
President of German Medical Acupuncture Society, DÄ GfA Lecturer Acupuncture, Lecturer General Medicine, University of Munich
Professor of Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME
Consultant, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with an expertise in manual approaches in the management of pain

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