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2020 AAC Conference

  • 18 Apr 2020
  • 7:30 AM
  • 19 Apr 2020
  • 5:30 PM
  • Marriott Westminster
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2020 AAC Conference


Michael Taromina, Esq. & Katherine Taromina, LAc

April 18th-19th, 2020 

Sponsored by the AAC


NCCAOM Provider #NCC646

Course Category One- (AOM)- 10 hours

Course Category Two- Safety (SA)- 2 hours

Course Category Three- Ethics (ET)- 2 hours


Professional Ethics, Safety & Liability

Presented by Michael Taromina, Esq.
Chair, NCCAOM Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee

In the highly-regulated, highly-competitive field of health care, an ethical misconduct complaint, safety violation/citation or lawsuit is not always a result of a practitioner's intentionally bad behavior or lapse of judgment. Experienced, diligent Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) practitioners can find themselves facing the prospect of damaging professional disciplinary actions, safety violations and/or litigation simply because they failed to receive proper training and utilize effective risk management strategies to maintain a lawful, ethical and safe practice.

This program will begin with a detailed overview of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Code of Ethics, Grounds for Professional Discipline and Procedures for Upholding Professional Conduct. From there, analysis will be conducted of the relevant state codes, laws and regulations impacting an AOM practice. Attendees will learn about common ethical, safety and legal pitfalls from real cases throughout the country and effective risk management, safety and problem prevention strategies from an expert attorney with decades of experience in the field of AOM.

Michael Taromina, Esq. takes what can be a very dry topic and brings it to life through story-telling and humor. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet your Ethics/Safety CEU requirements in a much more rich and enlightening way beyond the online curriculum.

Supportive Care for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Presented by Katherine Taromina, D.A.C.M., L.Ac.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the U.S. is listed in the top 5 of 50 industrialized countries around the world for frequency of cancer. Chances are good we will see and/or continue to patients with cancer or who have previously battled cancer. Chinese medicine can play an important role in the prevention, management and mitigation of the side effects of cancer and its treatment across the continuum of care – from diagnosis through survivorship.  This seminar will focus on treatment strategies for the most common side effects of cancer treatment and for health promotion and management of long-term side effects for patients off-therapy. 

Goals and objectives:

  • The role of Chinese medicine in the management and mitigation of side effects of cancer and its treatment
  • The role of Chinese medicine in identifying and addressing a wide range of chronic and late effects
  • Quickening the body’s recovery after treatment
  • Promoting and maintaining a healthy immune system while on-therapy
  • Understanding cancer recurrence and strategies for cancer prevention

Participants will learn about the current biomedical treatment interventions for the most common cancers.  Strategies for how to develop a treatment plan, including understanding the cancer patient’s treatment roadmap will be presented.  Participants will learn cautions and contraindications for a variety of Chinese medicine treatment interventions, including in the setting of special clinical circumstances.  Methods of treatment to manage and mitigate acute and long-term side effects of cancer and its treatment will be covered.  Participants will learn how to effectively communicate with a patient’s medical team about AOM care. 

Since cancer survivors have unique medical needs, participants will be introduced to a wide range of content related to effectively treating survivors of diverse cancers.  Strategies for treatment interventions during the time of transitioning off-therapy and into long-term survival will be covered.  Participants will learn about the challenges cancer survivors face and the role we can play as a member of their healthcare team. 

About the Speakers:

Michael Taromina, Esq., is an expert in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine law, ethics and regulations. For over two decades he has litigated, educated, advocated and authored for the advancement and protection of the AOM profession in the United States. Michael serves as the Chair of National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee. In this capacity, he co- drafted NCCAOM’s Code of Ethics and Grounds for Discipline and currently oversees the adjudication of misconduct cases from all over the country.

Michael has also served as pro bono legal counsel to many AOM state and national associations.

Katherine Taromina, D.A.C.M., L.Ac. is the Academic Dean of the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (SIEAM).  Kathy graduated Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1998.  She has advanced training and clinical experience in providing supportive care for cancer patients. Prior to joining SIEAM, Kathy served first as an acupuncturist, then as the Program Manager for the Integrative Therapies Program of Columbia University Medical Center. She is a contributing author of Integrative Strategies for Cancer Patients: A Practical Resource for Managing the Side Effects of Cancer Therapy by Elena Ladas  and Kara Kelly (2011).  In addition to clinical practice, Kathy is a clinical researcher with an interest in the conducting clinical trials that will expand patients access to East Asian Medicine.


The conference will be held at:

Marriott Westminster

7000 Church Ranch Blvd.

Westminster, CO 80021

The AAC has arranged room rates of $129/night. Please make your reservations before Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to guarantee a room and at this rate.

The Conference Schedule

Saturday April 18th, 2020

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration / Visit Exhibitors & Silent Auction Booth

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Professional Ethics, Safety & Liability

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Professional Ethics, Safety & Liability continued

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Complimentary Lunch / AAC Annual Meeting

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Safety & Liability continued

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Chinese medicine in Cancer Care: 
History and Current

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Overview of Common Cancers: Biomedical
Treatments and Side Effects

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Chinese medicine Treatment Methods for Side Effects

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Visit Exhibitors / Silent Auction Booth Closes

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Cautions and Contraindications / Special Clinical

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Case Studies for patients on-therapy (pediatric &

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Introduction to Treating Cancer Survivors

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Common Long-Term Effects and How to Treat Them

12:30 PM– 1:30 PM  Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Recognizing Symptoms of Recurrence of Common


2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Health Promotion for the Prevention of Cancer

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM  Break

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Health Promotion for the Prevention of Cancer

4:00PM – 5:00 PM Case Studies

5:00PM – 5:30 PM Q & A

Please click "Register" bottom, left-hand column

THE FINE PRINT: All requests for cancellation must be received  in writing (may be via fax or e-mail) at the AAC office no later than March 7th, 2020 to be eligible for a refund.  There will be a $25.00 processing fee deducted from your refund and all refunds will be issued after the event.  Cancellation requests between March 7th, 2020 and April 7th, 2020 will receive a 50% refund or the remainder after a $75.00 processing fee.  All cancellations received after April 7th, 2020 will not be eligible for a refund.

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