Since the AAAOM is supposed to represent the entire profession I wanted to understand more clearly how they are attempting to do this. I went to this page on their website to learn more: About the AAAOM
What I found was the following MISSION/PURPOSE/VALUE statement. The original is presented here in BLACK and in the exact order that it appears on the AAAOM website.
I have re-written these statements to create those that are a more balanced reflection of the practice and practitioners, as well as the patients, and other stakeholders in the profession. My changes are in red and language that I removed appears with a strikethrough. In addition I renumbered several of the Purposes and Values to indicate a sense of priority. I’d like to submit a new Mission/Purpose/Values statement to the AAAOM for review and vote. So if you have any further input, IN PUT IT…
AAAOMMission Statement:To promote excellence and integrity in the professional practice of acupunctureand Oriental medicine, in order to enhance public health and well-being. To enhance and support the well being ofour communities and our profession through the practice of Oriental medicine that embodies both excellence and integrity.
$To establish,maintain and advance the professional field of Oriental medicine, withacupuncture and other modalities, as a distinct, primary care (ability toexercise professional judgment within the scope of practice) field of medicine.
·We believe Acupuncture and Oriental medicine comprise a distinct medical system that throughout its existence, has enabled practitioners to assess and treat illnessand disease.
Our purposes are :
·1 To integrate acupuncture and Oriental medicine into mainstream health care in the United States.
·5 combine with value below To advance the science, art and philosophy ofacupuncture and Oriental medicine…advance to where? how do you advance a philosophy?
·combine with value 5 above …and To protect thebody of knowledge acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
·3 To advance the professional welfare of our members through the promotion of financially sustainable business models.
·6 To educate legislators, regulators, healthcare interests and the public regarding acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
·4 To develop and maintain standards of ethics,education and professional competency that reflect our mission to practice AOM for the health of our patients, our communities and our profession.
·7 To promote research and inter-professional relationships, nationally and internationally that reflect our mission to practice AOM for the health of our patients, ourcommunities and our profession.
$Already stated in new #2 To insure that thepublic receives high quality AOM services
$To educate the publicredundant, this is already a part of another value listed above
·2 To serve the public effectively through improving access to (our) high quality services (it is very strange to me that this is the last purpose on the list for the AAAOM. Even if not intentionally left to the end of the list it still is significant to note where access comes as a priority…)
As a profession we value the following:
1.Integrity – that we do what we say we do
1.That our words and actions are based on achieving our stated purposes as a profession. (as listed above) and that the advancement of the profession is not at counter purposes to our highest priority of providing care and access to care to our patients, and communities.
2.Honesty – that we say what we do
2.That we are truthful in all of our statements
3.Excellence – that we seek the highest qualityin all of our efforts
4.Impeccability – that we act authentically fromour values
(Excellence and Impeccability can becombined.)
3. That we practice our medicine with tothe best of our abilities to achieve the greatest good for all involved.
5.Trust – that we are impeccable in ourcommunications and treatment of each other
4.With honesty and transparency we cultivate trust in theprofession between all practitioners, students, administrators, and educators.
6. Compassion – that we care for each other, ourcommunity and the planetThis value is inherent inthe entire Mission, Purposes, and Values.
5.7. Responsibility – that we act with integrity and honesty in the fulfillment of our purview stated Mission and Purposes as written above.
8. Consideration – that we are thoughtful of ourourselves, the leadership team, the membership, the profession, and thewellness of the public and the place where they reside.
9.Diplomacy – that we communicate in a waythat is imbued with emotional intelligence and for the greatest good
10.Transparency – that we maintain nocovert processes
6.Transparency that the planning, communication, and decisions, made by the leaders of the professionbe made public knowledge, and that any possible conflict of interest, by anymember of any board, or regulating body, be disclosed.
11.Diversity – that we respect and embrace thefull plurality of practices within the medicine
7. (This is the old #8,9,&11 combined)
Oriental medicine is a convergence of many diverse practices, and in the US has several distinct stakeholders i.e.the patients, the practitioners, the educators, and the administrators and regulators. To work with all members of this community requires diligence and a focus consistent with the stated Mission, Purposes and Values of the profession, and will require all participants to act with consideration,and diplomacy.
12. Validity of current practice standardsthis is a sentence fragment…what does it mean? Practice standards vary by state.
13. First professional doctorateHow can this even be here with transparency and honesty when more than half of the stakeholders are opposed?
14.Fully trained AOM practitioners The phrase “fully trained” is completely unqualified here.A NADA practitioner with NADA training is “fully trained.” It is ironic that many of our teachers and senior practitioners were trained before the existence of Master’s levelprograms in the U.S.Our “full training” is different than theirs.
This would better read:
8.All practitioners of the various levels and modalities of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine should be able to demonstrated proficiency in their training and practice scope.