On July 16th at 10am the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine held a special meeting in Santa Fe. Two NMSAAM board members attended the public meeting on behalf of NMSAAM and the profession in the state.

Steven Malins and Elene Gusch both were present at the meeting, which was open to all members of the public. The meeting started by electing officers: Barbara Maddoux was voted in as Chair, and Judith Youngman was voted in as Vice Chair.

The main decision to come out of the meeting was the final course approval for the Begining Mind Medical Arts Institute’s Expanded Practice course. This will be one of the first courses to be offered under the newly rewritten expanded practice rules, which went into effect March 2nd of this year. Much work was put in by many stakeholders to ensure that these rules allowed DOMs to best serve their patients under the Expanded Practice of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Act.

SWAC also continues to work with the BAOM to get their own Expanded Practice course ready, and they are on track to start Aug 22. SWAC is in the final stages of preparing the course for interested DOMs. Several rules changes are being worked on in committee, but nothing is ready to present at this time. In other news 9 new DOM licenses were ratified, a procedural step in the first BAOM meeting since the practical skills exam in May.

Draft minuets of the full meeting will be available 10 working days after the meeting, and may be requested from acuormedboard@state.nm.us; they will also be posted on the BAOM’s website.