AOM Professional

Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics Certification

Doctoral-level practical training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of sports, orthopedic and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain with integrative AOM modalities.

With Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM

Certification Program Goals and Objectives

  • Enhance the abilities of acupuncturists to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain conditions, including recognition and management of emergency medical conditions warranting referral.
  • Prepare traditionally-trained acupuncturists to work in integrative medical settings, and on a referral basis, with physician-lead medical facilities, hospitals and community clinics, and HMOs.
  • Provide the skills, knowledge and abilities for acupuncturists to meet the demands of managed care insurance networks: HMOs, Veteran's Administration, and Workers Comp systems.
  • Enhance the abilities of acupuncturists to build thriving practices, safely, sustainably, and ethically, and to both compete and coordinate successfully with other medical professionals in the fields of orthopedics, sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, and pain management.

Certification Program Content.

More than a “style,” “technique,” "points," or other mechanistic approaches to symptom management, integrative acupuncture orthopedics draws on diverse evidence-based modalities to holistically address neuro-muscular injuries, pain, suffering and disabilities, with the goal of restoring health, functioning and well-being:

Certification Requirements

  • Completion of 200 class hours (see curriculum below).
    • Classes are modular and may be taken in any order (exception: labs are only open to students who have completed the associated didactic module).
    • Most class hours are available for live hands-on or webinar CEUs or PDAs; some are also available for distance-learning. Actual mix of hands-on, webinar, and distance-learning requirements, and CEU/PDA approval, will depend on COVID safety and the associated policies and standards of the NCCAOM and California Acupuncture Board at the time of course offerings--see "Curriculum" below.
  • Participation in 45 Case Study and Mentorship Clinic hours, a unique live webinar format led by certified instructors (no CEUs or PDAs)--check back shortly for more information. This format replaces the in-person observation hours previously required by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, which has been unfortunately rendered impractical due to HIPAA and the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Presentation of one case report regarding an orthopedic presentation that meets STRICTA standards
  • Passage of written and practical Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics Certification exam. To sit for the exam, students must have completed all required class and clinic hours and have presented a passing case report, as described above.
  • Continuing education to maintain certification: 8 hours/year in acupuncture orthopedics, sports, pain management or physical rehabilitation medicine. (Courses from other providers may be accepted based on review of course content and learning objectives.)

Benefits of Certification

  • Listing in AOM Professional's Provider Directory, and representation to prospective patients, employers, insurers, and other medical professionals that you have acquired the skills and commitment to treat neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain at the highest standards of safety and competence
  • 15% discount towards all future purchases of classes through AOM Professional
  • Free on-going access to AOM Professional's extensive library of course notes, materials and videos
  • Eligibility to serve as an instructor in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics through AOM Professional (requires 2 years of post-certification clinical practice and completion of teacher training class and exam, or equivalent--contact AOM Professional for more information)
  • And the skills, knowledge, confidence and satisfaction from having completed a high standard of education and training in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

Curriculum

Please note: due to COVID19 and associated masking and social-distancing protocols, we paused offering in-person classes in 2020. We are planning to resume in-person classes in late 2021. The curriculum, certification requirements and CEU/PDA hours listed below are pre-COVID, and will be updated as we continue the transition to a hybrid of live in-person and webinar classes, as well as distance-learning/self-study courses. Thank you for your patience, and stay safe and well during this challenging time!

 

Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM specializes in sports, orthopedic and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain conditions. He became Licensed as an Acupuncturist in 2003 after completing his Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Santa Cruz, CA, and was the first graduate of the Five Branches’ Integrative Sports Medicine program. He earned his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA in 2020. He has served as a Clinical Instructor and Associate Professor at the Five Branches since 2005, and as an Instructor in the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences beginning in 2017, and in the DAOM program of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. He has taught seminars for the Sports Acupuncture Alliance, the California State Oriental Medical Association, California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Associates, and the Acupuncture Society of Virginia. He is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, and certified as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also one of few traditionally-trained acupuncturists who has also become certified as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (dry needling) through Myopain Seminars. He has over 22 years of clinical experience as a sports massage therapist, physical therapy aide, athletic training assistant, and licensed acupuncturist in multi-disciplinary clinics, including SpineMed Associates and the PRIME Pain Medicine Institute. He has also served as an Expert Witness for the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), in civil malpractice litigation, and in regulatory investigations and insurer audits. He is approved by the CAB as a provider for Continuing Education (Provider #1225).

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Treating Pain with Herbs: early-bird discount ends 6-30

The early registration discount ends Thursday, 6-30 for Module 12: Treating Pain with Herbs, Supplements, and Dietetics: An Evidence-Based, East-West Approach, July 30, 2016, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (8 CEUs) at 200 Seventh Ave. in Santa Cruz. Guest Instructors Ben Zappin L.A.c and Ingrid Bauer, M.D. are also teachers with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine, and founders, wild-crafters and formulators of Five Flavors Herbs. Together, they bring over 30 years of experience and advanced training to their dynamic team-teaching approach that integrates science, traditional knowledge and clinical experience.

Get Certified in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopdics while your earn your DAOM!

I am delighted and honored to have been invited to teach the next 2-year (2017-2018) continuing education and certification series in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics (IAO), as part of the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) being offered beginning January 2017 by the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS) in Oakland.  If you are interested in practical, hand-on clinical training to take your skills, knowledge and abilities in the treatment of sports, orthopedics and neuro-musculoskeletal pain conditions to a very advanced level, you can now simultaneously work towards both your speciality certification in IAO, while you earn your DAOM.

I’m excited to be invited to join a small but illustrious group of my seniors and betters, all highly-qualified and experienced clinicians and instructors in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who will be teaching continuously throughout what promises to be a DAOM Program of exceptional quality, value and integrity.

I look forward to participating in setting a new standard for physician-level training and certification for the acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine professions, and invite you to check out the course website, email me at info@aomprofessional, or private message me for more information. You may also contact DAOM Program Coordinator Phil Settles at ACCHS at psettles@acchs.edu for more information regarding the DAOM and reciprocity with AOM Professional’s IAO Certification Program.

--Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM, Head Instructor, AOM Professional

Myofascial Meridian Pain–Taiyang, Taiyin and Jueyin (IAPM Module 11): early registration discount ends May 25, 2016.

Module 11: Myofascial Meridian Pain–Yangming, Taiyin and Jueyin of the Integrative Acupuncture Physical Medicine program will take place Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Five Branches University of Traditional Medicine, 200 Seventh Avenue, Santa Cruz, California. Register before May 25 to ensure your place and receive a -10% discount.

Complex Pain Condition (IAPM Module 9): early registration discount ends February 26, 2016.

Module 9: Complex Pain Conditions of the Integrative Acupuncture Physical Medicine program will take place Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Five Branches University of Traditional Medicine, 200 Seventh Avenue, Santa Cruz, California. Register before March 23 to ensure your place and receive a -10% discount.

Guest instructor Dr. David Anzaldua, ABFP, ABAARM, author of “An Acupuncturist’s Guide to Medical Red Flags and Referrals” to present at Module 7, February 27-28.

Dr. Anzaldua, a family physician with over 35 years of clinical experience, will join us at Module 7 to present case studies from his practice, as well as other instruction in recognizing urgent medical conditions and making referrals.

Dr. Anzaldua is a dynamic teacher who has served as a lecturer at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Stanford University College of Medicine, the Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (Berkeley).

Dr. Anzaldua now rarely teaches publicly…don’t miss this unique opportunity to converse directly with a experienced family physician regarding how to build working relationships with other medical professionals, for the safety of patients and practitioners alike!

Medical Documentation & Report-Writing (IAPM Module 8): early registration discount ends February 26, 2016.

Module 8: Medical Documentation and Report-Writing of the Integrative Acupuncture Physical Medicine program will take place Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Five Branches University of Traditional Medicine, 200 Seventh Avenue, Santa Cruz, California. Register before February 26 to ensure your place and receive a -10% discount.