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COVID-19 Course Message

The entire AcuMed team is committed to helping you complete your acupuncture training during these challenging times. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and patient volunteers are our top priority.

  • This year’s web-based course access begins October 25, 2021, and runs through August 2022.
  • Our live, hands-on sessions are currently scheduled for April 7-10 and May 19-22, 2022. If we are unable to hold live sessions due to COVID-related restrictions, these weekends will be converted to a webinar format.
  • If you are unable to attend the live sessions due to COVID-related restrictions, the hands-on sessions will be streamed, allowing you to complete your acupuncture training.

Medical Acupuncture Training for Physicians

An Integrated Structural Acupuncture Approach


This internationally acclaimed course trains physicians to practice a results-oriented, easy-to-learn style of medical acupuncture. This web-based course includes two streamed weekend webinars, two small group Zoom meetings for individualized support, and two live 4-day sessions of hands-on training in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. The course introduces a variety of practical acupuncture techniques that use palpation to diagnose and immediately verify the efficacy of treatments.

Web-based Portion Access of the Course begins October 25, 2021 through first weekend in June 2022. Continued access to archived material through August 31, 2022.

Video: Quick Tour of Course

Acumed: Integrated Structural Acupuncture (A 2 minute Tour)

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The dates for the weekend webinars and the live, hands-on sessions are:

Streamed Webinar Sessions

  • November 20-21, 2021
  • January 29-30, 2022

Zoom Meetings

  • 2 small group meetings with the experts for individualized support
  • Group assignments will be given after each Webinar Session

Live Weekend Sessions

  • April 7-10, 2022
  • May 19-22, 2022

Web-based Portion Access of the Course Begins November 2020 through first weekend in June 2021. Continued access to archived material through August 31, 2021.

Course Overview — New Format with Less Travel

  • Earn CME Online: Over 200 hours of archived web-based lectures
  • Two Weekend Webinar Sessions (real-time) where you can learn acupuncture from the comfort of your home
  • Two live weekend sessions in the Spring of 2022 in beautiful and historic Boston, Massachusetts
  • Earn over 300 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for full course (blended web-based and live sessions)
  • Earn over 200 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for web-based course only
  • Hands-on training on actual patients
  • Learn from internationally recognized experts in acupuncture
  • Combat the opioid crisis and develop skills to offer patients effective alternatives
  • Become an expert in dry needling
  • Incorporate basic osteopathic methods of assessment and treatment into your practice
  • Acquire acupuncture techniques for rapid treatment of pain and medical conditions

Online access begins October 25, 2021 and continues through August 31, 2022.

Attendance Limited

Get Early Access to the web-based material by registering before August 1, 2021. Early Access begins on September 1, 2021.

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Course Founder

Joseph F. Audette, M.A., M.D.

  • Assistant Professor Part Time, Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Department of Spine, Physiatry and Pain Management at Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard.
  • Former Course Director of the International Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians at Harvard Medical School
  • Recognized world expert in acupuncture and the use of acupuncture point verification methods
  • Leader in the use of acupuncture needle techniques for the treatment of acute and chronic pain
  • Renowned researcher in Acupuncture

Acumed Podcast for prospective students: What to expect (podcast)

Customize your learning: Choose from a variety of Skills Advancement Workshops

Battlefield Acupuncture
Weekend Extra Session:
Date: Thursday June 3, 2021
Time: 5:30-9:30pm
Light refreshments provided
Dry Needling
Weekend Extra Session:
Date: Friday June 4, 2021
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Light refreshments provided
Integrating Manual Muscle Testing with Acupuncture Diagnosis and Treatment
Weekend Extra Sessions (two part series):
Dates: Saturday April 10, 2021 and Saturday June 5, 2021 (Two part series)
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Facial Diagnosis
Weekend Extra Session:
Dates: Thursday April 8, 2021
Time: 5:30-8:30pm


I have been doing acupuncture for free in my cardiology practice, on employees and patients, carefully selected. It is a little scary how much people both like it, and are helped by it. I am rather astonished.

Dervilla M. McCann, M.D., F.A.C.C.

This course is extremely well taught with a strong commitment to covering the scientific research but an amazing skill set for physicians to use early in the course for treating patients successfully. I now use acupuncture regularly in my practice. There are no side effects and the hands on healing is the most rewarding thing i have every done in my medical career.

K. Kroessler, M.D.

After taking the Harvard course, I am now spending half of my working clinical time applying acupuncture to my patients. They usually get better in the first acupuncture session!

V. Martinez, M.D.

The course is well organized, with excellent instructors and this style of acupuncture can be easily mastered by busy, western medicine trained physicians. The course has changed my mentality towards patient care. Now, I "think acupuncture at first" for all my patients: it works like magic and they love it.

Xiangrong Shao, M.D., F.A.C.P.

My overall experience was superb. I have incorporated acupuncture into my practice as part of a balanced approach. I believe the health and wellbeing of my current and future Patients will forever be changed for the better largely due to the high yield results obtained with this palpation based style of acupuncture. What I consider special about the Harvard course is the commitment and dedication to excellence demonstrated by the course teachers/instructors and the passion with which they share their vast knowledge. By far the best course I have attended, bar none!

A. Ikhisemojie, M.D.

The impressive team of approachable professionals are there to coach you through the process in a non-intimidating manner. With guest speakers from around the world, and hands on patient volunteers, this truly will be a unique academic adventure that will change your practice. I have taken other acupuncture courses and can say this is the one which is geared to the busy physician which desires to leave with a set of skills that can be Confidently implemented within their practice.

B. Glasser, M.D.

I really enjoy the course. Palpable evaluation and immediate feedback, clear cut method to approach each problem and neuro-anatomical and physiological correlation for most of the concepts. Most of the students there probably don't fully appreciate this yet, not having struggled for several years to make sense of five element theory.

Gary Monroe, M.D.

What is Integrated Structural Acupuncture?

Integrated Structural Acupuncture is a system of acupuncture that uses a point verification system, thus allowing the practitioner to verify the efficacy of their point selection, ensuring the optimal diagnosis and treatment. This system is effective for musculoskeletal, neurological and internal medical conditions. Treatment points are verified to demonstrate their immediate effect on patient symptoms and exam findings. In this way, both practitioner and patient actively participate in the healing process. The system also integrates modalities, such as nutrition, exercise and manual therapies, to ensure the most comprehensive treatment and best results for the patient.

"Point Verification" Acupuncture and the AcuMed Physician Course, Dominik Irnich, MD

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