The International Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians: A Palpation Based Approach 

Thursday, September 24, 2015 – Sunday, June 5, 2016
Doubletree Guest Suites

Boston, Massachusetts



This unique course provides a practical exposure to both the science and practice of acupuncture. With the publication of the NIH Consensus statement in 1997, there has been a growing interest in the academic and clinical arena about the potential applications of acupuncture for pain control and other medical conditions. The formation of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the growing funding opportunities that this provides researchers in the field highlights the need for physicians interested in acupuncture to have a solid grounding in both clinical methods and research design. The course is designed to bridge the gap between acupuncture practice and science. Current theories of the neuromodulatory and humeral effect of acupuncture will be discussed and the clinical literature will be presented while participants develop clinical skills in acupuncture over the course of this year-long course. Emphasis will be on pointing out the limitations of our current knowledge with the hope of training clinically skilled practitioners who also understand the need for better research design. The course will provide 300.25 hours of training in Medical Acupuncture over a 9-month period with web-based didactic sessions and demonstrations occurring one day per week and 5 live, intensive weekend workshops with hands on sessions. Of the 300 hours, 200 hours will focus on the theory and science of acupuncture and 100 hours will involve live, clinical experience.

Course Highlights

For more information contact Cristina Malatesta, MD at or at 617-329-9496

The course duration is 9-months, from September 24, 2015 — June 5, 2016. There are two learning components to the course —“live” or on-site and “enduring” or web-based.

On-Site Learning:

Participants must come to Boston for the 5 live, hands-on portion of the course.
The schedule for the first weekend in October is as follows:

  • Friday from 8am to 8:30pm
  • Saturday from 8am to 6:30pm and
  • Sunday from 8am to 4pm.

The schedule for each subsequent weekend, from December-June is as follows:

  • Friday from 1pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday from 8am to 6:30pm and
  • Sunday from 8am to 4pm.
The weekend sessions will be held at the Doubletree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134. Each weekend session combines theory with clinical hands-on experience using patient volunteers.

Course Dates:

The dates for the live, clinical weekend sessions are

  • October 2-4, 2015
  • December 4-6, 2015
  • February 5-7, 2016
  • April 1-3, 2016
  • June 3-5, 2016

Web-based Learning:

Course participants are given access with a username and password to a secure, internet accessible website where the weekly didactic lectures, point location images, and video demonstrations are archived and available for review throughout the course. The website is designed to allow participants to obtain CMEs for each didactic sessions viewed on the web. So whether you are local or reside at a great distance from Boston, with a high speed internet connection, you will be able to attend our online, virtual classroom each week from the comfort of your home or office.

Offered By

Course Director
Joseph Audette, MD

David Euler, L.Ac.

 Beth Israel wo Harvard


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