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Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
AMTA Board of Directors Disbands Council of Schools
By Christie Bondurant
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Council of Schools (COS) was terminated in September after a unanimous vote by the AMTA national board. After months of evaluation, the AMTA's Governance Committee recommended the association's board of directors (BOD) vote to remove sections of the bylaws that refer to the COS, effectively dissolving the COS as an AMTA organization.And on Sept. 22 at the AMTA BOD meeting, board members made a unanimous vote to end the 27-year relationship with the Council of Schools, effective Oct. 1, 2009. But while the relationship ends abruptly, mutual concerns over incompatibility between the two entities had been growing for some time.
Late last year, the AMTA had charged the AMTA/COS Workgroup of the Governance Committee with "[researching and exploring] the COS infrastructure and how COS fits into AMTA infrastructure/culture," according to a June 2009 AMTA notice to its members. The workgroup came back with two bylaw changes that effectively severed the relationship. The workgroup's reasons for removing the council include:
The sections removed in the AMTA bylaws were Section 5 "Membership in Council of Schools" of Article III which states, "Any school joining as a School member is a member of the AMTA Council of Schools," and Section 2 "Council of Schools" of Article IX, which lists the name, purpose and membership clauses of the COS.
The workgroup also suggested that the Planning Committee "consider establishing a standing committee for schools as part of its annual volunteer workforce review."
While the board voted in favor of the recommendation to end the council, plans to develop an AMTA standing committee have not been publicly disclosed. According to an AMTA press release dated Oct. 1, 2009, "the governance change for the COS Board has no effect on AMTA school and educator members and their benefits." The AMTA schools membership classification will now include "educators" and be called "Massage Therapy Schools and Educators."
Council Initiates Independence
For decades the Council of Schools had worked with the AMTA toward a common goal to "support excellence and innovation in massage therapy education and inspire new educational methods, models, and programs." Founded in 1982, the COS was an independent forum for massage therapy school owners, administrators, and faculty to communicate. While independent, the council worked closely with the AMTA, as it was the largest massage association of that time. And in 1999, the COS made the choice to officially become the AMTA Council of Schools with hopes to expand and become more effective for the massage profession as a whole. Since then, the council had expanded from a 55-member school council to a 480-member school council.
However, in late January at the COS annual meeting and leadership conference, COS members expressed a desire to retain independence from the AMTA, stating concerns of member schools being underserved and council members as ineffective under the AMTA control. In that meeting, a motion was made to establish the COS as an independent nonprofit organization. The motion made by council member Iris Burman was adopted by a majority vote of the member schools.
In March 2009, the COS board of directors submitted a proposal, requesting funding for an independent school organization, to the AMTA board. However, because the organization proposed "[did] not meet the association's granting criteria it could not receive AMTA financial support."
New Educational Organization Emerges
Recently launched, the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education is an independent organization comprised of a six-member leadership team including Iris Burman, Su Bibik, Stan Dawson, Eugenie Newton, Rick Rosen and Pete Whitridge. Still in its developmental stages, the Alliance is a nonprofit organization designed to serve as the independent voice and advocate for the entire massage education sector.
According to Rick Rosen, executive director of the leadership team for the Alliance, the need for an independent educational organization has been a long time coming. In light of the newly disbanded COS, Rosen explains the position of the Alliance in the following statement made to Massage Today on Oct. 6:
"The Leadership Team has received a number of questions regarding the position of the Alliance in relationship to the two major professional associations, ABMP and AMTA. To begin with, it is important to note that most long-established professions have an independent body that represents the educational institutions in that discipline; it's considered an essential part of the overall structure of a profession. In light of that, the Alliance has been established as a free-standing organization. This means the domain of massage therapy education finally has a champion of its own.
"For a number of years, both ABMP and AMTA have maintained membership categories for massage schools. From the stand-point of the Alliance, it is beneficial for schools to have a relationship with the associations that provide membership opportunities and insurance for their students and graduates. The Alliance views this as complementary to the fundamental services and advocacy it will provide its own members - not as competition. In fact, the Leadership Team is already in communication with ABMP and AMTA to determine how the Alliance may best operate in cooperation with them.
"While the formal announcement of the Alliance's launch just occurred on August 31, the process that led to this event has been ongoing for several years. There has been considerable dialogue among interested educators around their vision for an optimal education organization. This developmental process has been completely separate from the internal restructuring AMTA recently completed with its Council of Schools.
"The focus of the Leadership Team is clearly on the future of this new endeavor. By strengthening and improving massage education, the Alliance will bring great benefit to schools, teachers, students and practitioners, along with everyone in the general public who receives massage therapy."
The Alliance is in the process of conducting a membership recruitment campaign and planning for the initial organizational meeting in 2010. For more information on the Alliance, visit their Web site www.afmte.org.
The AMTA asserts that their decision "regarding the COS Board is not a response to the recently-announced Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. The association looks forward to learning more about the Alliance and any possible opportunities for collaboration."
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