Thursday, May 04, 2006


The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the nation's only organization for certifying acupuncture and Oriental medicine, will be hosting two informative and practical events at the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance (AOMAlliance) 13th Annual Conference & Expo at the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., from May 5-7, 2006. NCCAOM's Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kory Ward-Cook; Director of Communications and Marketing Mina Larson; and Associate Deputy Director Betsy Smith will be conducting a course titled "Making the Most of Your Diplomate Certification" on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Crestone Peak, Room 3.

The course will focus on utilizing NCCAOM resources to assist in promoting the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Topics will include maximizing the value of NCCAOM certification through effective media and community outreach, working with state regulators, and utilizing NCCAOM resources to facilitate promotion of NCCAOM-certified practitioners.
NCCAOM will also have an exhibit booth at the annual conference for all those who would like to learn more about the organization and the certification process. NCCAOM representatives will be located at Booth #7. Other NCCAOM representatives attending the AOMAlliance Conference are NCCAOM Board Chair Bryn Clark, Board Vice-Chair Weiyi Ding, Board Commissioner Daisy Barquist, and Deputy Director Laura Culver Edgar.

NCCAOM will also feature an "Item Writing Workshop" for all interested Diplomates on Thursday, May 4, 2006, from 8 a.m. to noon in Crestone Peak, Room 3 of the Keystone Resort. Participating Diplomates will receive a complimentary breakfast and four Professional Development Activity (PDA) points.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. Its mission is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public. NCCAOM Certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the profession. Since its inception, the NCCAOM has certified more than 17,000 Diplomates in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Asian Bodywork Therapy and Oriental Medicine.

For more information on the NCCAOM, please visit its Web site at

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