Should I go to this “medical” conference? Or, sometimes the universe laughs at me.

Sometimes, coincidence is a strange thing indeed.

Friday, I wrote this post about yet another meta-analysis whose results are completely consistent with acupuncture being nothing more than an elaborate placebo. Later that day, less than four hours after my post went live, I received this e-mail sent, not to my work account or my other Gmail account, but rather to my account for this blog:

For immediate release

Contact: Karla Shepard Rubinger, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (914) 740-2100, ext 2153, [email protected]

21st Annual Symposium of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture to Be Held April 2 -5, 2009

New Rochelle, NY, January 29, 2009–The 21st Annual Symposium of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) will take place in Fort Worth, Texas from April 2-5, 2009.  The Symposium, sponsored by AAMA, promotes the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby synthesizes a more comprehensive approach to health care.

The 21st Annual Symposium is an ideal context for physicians to foster their professional education and clinical practice in a highly respected, stimulating, collegial environment, while earning continuing medical education credits.  “It is an exciting time for the field of medical acupuncture, and no other conference can attract the outstanding evidence-based presentations which are the focus of our 21st Annual Symposium,” says Hiroshi Nakazawa, MD, President of AAMA.

The main AAMA Symposium will take place April 3 – 5 and qualifies for 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Three Pre-Symposium Workshops will take place on April 2, with 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™ available. In addition to the Symposium, the AAMA Review Course will be available March 31 – April 1, and the Board Certification Examination will be available following the Symposium on April 5.

AAMA works with its members and other leading clinicians to bring evidence-based approaches into clinical practice. AAMA’s official peer-reviewed Journal, Medical Acupuncture, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., is the leading journal providing the translational research and clinical tools needed to offer this popular and effective therapeutic option to patients in a hospital, clinic, or private office setting.  For more information on the Journal, visit

For more information, contact the AAMA at:
(310) 364.0193 (phone)
(310) 364.0196 (fax)

[email protected]

For registration and the most up-to-date program information, visit the Academy’s website at

This e-mail was sent by:
The Mary Ann Liebert Companies
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New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215, USA

What do you think? Coincidence? Probably. An acupuncturist having a little fun at my expense? Less likely but not outside the realm of probability.

But, more importantly, should I go?