Course Overview

Integrative Acupuncture within Medical Specialty Practices

This presentation will discuss how our utilization and implementation of acupuncture needs to change for integrative medicine to continue to transform and become part of the standard care.

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2021 Annual Conference

October 29-31, 2021

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

45 minutes

Non-CME Eligible*

CME Expired
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Course Info
Course Faculty

What you will learn

 Course Summary

Acupuncture is often known and utilized primarily for pain related conditions. Acupuncturists often operate in private practices as sole proprietors rather than in integrative groups. For integrative medicine to continue to transform and become part of the standard of care, our utilization and implementation of acupuncture needs to change. Other medical specialties can greatly benefit from the implementation of acupuncture. Having acupuncture in various practices such as cardiology, nephrology, urology, OB/Gyn and Fertility would greatly improve patient outcomes. Common diagnoses and chronic conditions can be effectively treated with acupuncture beyond pain. The strategy of this integration as well as which common conditions can be treated with this evidence-based modality will be covered.

 Course Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Identify which medical specialties could greatly benefit from adding an acupuncturist to their care team.
  • Recognize which common western medical diagnoses/conditions are effectively treated with acupuncture.
  • Develop strategies for the application of this model of integration.
See course outline below for additional information.

This course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Faculty

Nell Smircina, DAOM, LAc., Dipl. OM


Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM is an advocate, educator and practitioner with a focus on the integration of acupuncture into America's standard of care. Dr. Nell is the President of CSOMA, California's oldest state acupuncture association and serves on the Advocacy Committee for the American Society of Acupuncturists. As the Director of Development for the American Acupuncture Council, she actively works to support the profession through many strategic initiatives, including work with WHO to further develop ICD11 codes which include Traditional Medicine diagnostics.  

Clinically, Dr. Nell specializes in acupuncture for optimal post-surgical recovery, an area she researched during her doctoral program. As the Founder of PIQUE Health, an integrative concierge medical practice in Beverly Hills and Scottsdale, she provides an elevated healthcare experience for patients.  

Dr. Nell values mentorship, and has taught in many AOM schools on the topics of practice management, professional development, and messaging. She believes being able to effectively communicate our medicine's value to the public is critical to the growth of the profession. Through teaching and coaching, she assists students and practitioners looking to have thriving businesses while helping as many people as possible.

Dr. Nell has been featured as an SME on Good Day LA and Good Morning Arizona; and her work has appeared in Thrive Global and Acupuncture Today. She is a passionate international speaker on the topics of the integration of medicine and the constantly evolving healthcare industry.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

Accreditation and CME

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.