I am proud to announce that I recently became a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), the first in the state of Michigan. The ABORM is a group of acupuncturists that have extensive experience in treating infertility and work together with Western medical practitioners to create a level of professionalism and excellence within the field. Many long-time ABORM members are the leaders in the community of Chinese medical reproductive medicine. The ABORM was created to set a standard of excellence in treatment of Chinese medicine and infertility. Fellows must acquire a specific amount of continuing education credits in Chinese reproductive medicine and at least 2 years of practice before being eligible to sit for the ABORM certification exam. Fellows are only inducted after passing this examination.
As a fellow, I have access to the largest compilation of TCM research, the ability to participate in research and the opportunity to interact often with my colleagues across the country! The ABORM also offers an internship in China, which is something I hope to do in the years to come. My personal goal in becoming a fellow was to substantiate my experience with infertility treatment and to keep myself current in new techniques for my practice. To maintain my accreditation, I must receive a minimum amount of CEU credits every 2 years. I have also been enjoying the ongoing discussion groups and comparing treatment standards throughout the country. As the first fellow in the state of Michigan, I hope to narrow the gap between Eastern and Western medical infertility treatment. The more I practice and study, the more I see the mutual enhancement of these modalities to support couples in achieving their goals of building a family. I hope this new accreditation will validate Chinese medicine in the eyes of Western medical doctors and allow for the integration to flourish in the state of Michigan!
To learn more about the ABORM, please visit their website at www.aborm.org.