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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the online modules for The International Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians: A Palpation Based Approach will not launch on September 11, 2017. Further information will be communicated to registrants no later than Friday, September 15th. Thank you for your patience.

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

Monday, September 11, 2017 – Monday, May 21, 2018

Royal Sonesta Boston
Cambridge, 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 for physicians, dentists, chiropractors and licensed acupuncturists 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 learn the theory and practice of acupuncture for the duration of this year-long course. Emphasis will be on pointing out the limitations of our current knowledge and the need for better research design. Recent advances in understanding the basis of acupuncture neuromodulation using functional magnetic imaging will be presented as well.

The course will provide 304.50 hours of continuing education hours over a 9-month period with 6 hours per week of web-based didactic sessions and video demonstrations and 5 live, intensive weekend workshops with hands on sessions. Of the 304.50 hours, 186 hours will focus on the theory and science of acupuncture and 118.50 hours will involve live, clinical experience.

Course Highlights

The course duration is 9-months, from September 11, 2017 — May 21, 2018. 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 September is as follows:

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

The schedule for each subsequent weekend, from November - May is as follows:

  • Friday from 1pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday from 8am to 6:30pm and
  • Sunday from 8am to 4:30pm.

The weekend sessions will be held at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA. Each weekend session combines theory with clinical hands-on experience using patient volunteers.

Course Dates:

The dates for the live, clinical weekend sessions are:

  • September 22-24, 2017
  • November 3-5, 2017
  • January 19-21, 2018
  • March 2-4, 2018
  • May 4-6, 2018

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




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