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Call for Professional Members to Serve on the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners

The NCCAOM is seeking a consumer of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine who is committed to the growth of integrative medicine, with a specific interest in certification and credentialing, to serve as a Public Member of the NCCAOM® Board of Commissioners. Public Member Commissioners represent consumers served by the NCCAOM® certificants’ services.

Expertise Needed: Public Members should not be a Licensed Acupuncturist or an NCCAOM Diplomate, nor have credentials that are like those of NCCAOM Diplomates, nor a vendor. Public Members should ideally possess the following skills and experience:

  • Previous leadership experience on a Board of Directors (profit or non-profit), and/or Board Experience
  • Financial acumen
  • Regulatory and/or policy experience (state and/or federal)
  • Knowledge of Board governance
  • Participation in strategic planning activities

Preferred but not required:

  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) Certification
  • Familiarity with Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) and/or experience working in a Healthcare/Non-Profit field
  • Interest in building the Acupuncture profession

Public Member Commissioners serve for a term of three years and act as agents of the NCCAOM® with the following responsibilities:

  1. Serve on two or more standing committees. The committee work may include a monthly conference call and meeting preparation (and may involve occasional reimbursed travel).
  2. Attending the Winter, Summer, and Fall Board of Commissioners meetings. Meetings will be either virtual or in-person and will be multi-day as needed.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of and support for NCCAOM® certification standards and policies.
  4. Participate in CEO, self, peer-to-peer, and board assessments.
  5. All Board members should be able and willing to step into Board Officer positions.

The estimated average time commitment of a Commissioner is ten hours per month.

New Commissioners are expected to complete a Board orientation and become familiar with NCCAOM® standards, policies, and procedures. The application for Public Member Commissioner is available by creating an online profile through the NCCAOM Certification Portal. Please follow the Application Submission Instructions to complete the application. You will need a professional headshot, a current CV or resume, and a short biography.

Please contact Melissa Dow, Manager of Volunteer Development and Special Projects at [email protected].

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NCCAOM Board of Commissioners March 2024 meeting.

Committees, Taskforces and Panels are established by the BOC (Board of Commissioners) to assist them in governing more efficiently. The Board establishes standing committees. Committees assist the Board by investigating, deliberating, and analyzing special issues on behalf of the Board. Committee initiatives allow for the majority of the Board’s work to take place between meetings which further allows the Commissioners to focus on the strategic goals and critical decisions of the organization. Occasionally taskforces or panels are created for a very specific time-limited purpose. A Taskforce is an ad hoc committee assigned by the Board of Commissioners to research a specific initiative. A special advisory group assigned by the Board of Commissioners to research/discuss a specific topic is considered a panel.

Examination Content Development Committees (CEDC) are established to provide exam development services. Members of the NCCAOM EDCs serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who offer their professional expertise in developing the NCCAOM Examination Item Banks and may assist with determining the minimum passing score for all examinations the NCCAOM offers.

Please contact the NCCAOM Executive Office for more information on becoming an NCCAOM volunteer.

Committees, Task Forces and Panels


NCCAOM committees, task forces and panels are appointed by the Board of Commissioners to assist them in governing more efficiently by investigating, deliberating, and analyzing special issues on behalf of the Board. Committee initiatives allow for the majority of the Board’s work to take place between meetings which allows the Commissioners to focus on the strategic goals and critical decisions of the organization.

  • Executive Committee
  • Finance/ Audit Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
  • Eligibility Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Council of Examination Development Committees
  • Acupuncture and Point Location Exam Development Committee
  • Chinese Herbology Exam Development Committee
  • Foundation of Oriental Medicine Exam Development Committee
  • Biomedicine Exam Development Committee
  • Artificial Intelligence Task Force
  • Reinstatement Taskforce
  • Advocacy and Regulatory Response Team


Adaptation is essential to survival, a concept that encapsulates our ascent to becoming the dominant species on Earth. Our capacity for adaptation sets us apart, especially now as we navigate the rapid advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI). These advancements present both opportunities and challenges across various facets of life. To navigate these waters effectively, we at NCCAOM must assess the risks and benefits associated with AI. It’s crucial to develop guidelines for its safe and ethical application, aiming to prevent any potential adverse effects. We are forming a task force focused on enhancing professional growth, practitioner efficiency, educational quality, and patient safety through understanding AI. We invite you to join our effort and collaborate on pioneering solutions.

Welcome to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force webpage! As we stand on the brink of a transformative era driven by technological innovation, it is imperative that we harness the power of AI to navigate and shape the future. The AI Task Force is a dynamic coalition of experts, innovators, and thought leaders dedicated to leveraging AI technologies to drive progress, innovation, and sustainable development across all sectors.

Our Mission is to enhance patient care, practitioner education, and research while mitigating associated risks. Through collaboration, we establish guidelines and resources to empower students and practitioners, ensuring AI aligns with our profession’s integrity and values, ultimately promoting health and well-being.

The NCCAOM will pioneer the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies within the realm of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, fostering innovation while upholding the highest standards of safety, ethics, and efficacy.

  1. Develop Ethical Guidelines: Create comprehensive ethical guidelines that address the integration of AI in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, emphasizing safety, efficacy and user accountability.
  2. Risk Assessment Framework: Establish a robust framework for assessing the potential risks associated with AI applications in healthcare, including data security, algorithm biases, and patient safety concerns, and develop strategies to mitigate these risks.
  3. Educational Resources: Design and implement educational resources and training programs to equip acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively utilize AI technologies in clinical practice while adhering to ethical standards.
  4. Continuous Evaluation and Improvement: Implement mechanisms for continuous evaluation and improvement of AI applications in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, including ongoing monitoring of patient outcomes, feedback from practitioners, and updates to guidelines and protocols as new evidence and technologies emerge.
  5. Collaborative Research Initiatives: Foster collaboration between researchers, practitioners, and AI developers to conduct rigorous research on the efficacy, safety, and implementation of AI-driven approaches in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, with a focus on generating evidence-based recommendations for practice.

Are you passionate about the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Do you possess expertise, vision, and a drive to shape the future of the AHM profession? If so, we invite you to join our AI Task Force and be a part of pioneering initiatives that will drive innovation and change.

The AI Task Force is seeking dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds, including technology, business, academia, and beyond, to contribute their skills and insights to our collaborative efforts.  Together, we can unlock the full potential of AI for the benefit of all.

If you’re interested in joining our AI Task Force, please submit an online volunteer application before the deadline of June 30, 2024.

Application Submission Instructions

Qualification Requirements for TCM Practitioners

TCM Skills for Potential Members:

  • Professional Credentials: NCCAOM Certification in Acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine, indicating a deep understanding of TCM principles and practices.
  • Clinical Experience: Several years of clinical experience in TCM, showcasing the ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.
  • Research Background: Experience in TCM research, including familiarity with research methodologies, data analysis, and evidence-based practice.
  • Education and Training: Experience in educational roles within TCM, such as teaching, curriculum development, or continuing education program creation.
  • Ethical Practice: A strong commitment to ethical practice in TCM, with an understanding of the ethical considerations specific to the integration of AI in healthcare.

Computer/AI Skills for Potential Members:

  • AI familiarity: Understanding of AI and machine learning, models, and applications relevant to healthcare.
  • Data Science Expertise: Some Skills in data analysis, statistical methods, and the ability to work with large datasets, including patient data.
  • Software Development: Experience in software development, particularly in developing or working with healthcare technology applications. (Desired)
  • Ethical AI Use: Knowledge and opinions on ethical considerations in AI, including privacy, security, and bias mitigation, particularly as they relate to healthcare applications.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Experience working in interdisciplinary teams, bridging the gap between AI technology and clinical practice. (desired)

Qualification Requirements for NON-TCM Professionals

Key Skills for a Non-TCM Expert:

  • AI Knowledge: Strong foundation in AI and its applications, with the ability to understand and articulate AI concepts, technologies, and potential impacts on healthcare.
  • Data Science Expertise: Skills in data analysis, statistical methods, and the ability to work with large datasets, including patient data.
  • Software Development: Experience in software development, particularly in developing or working with healthcare technology applications.
  • Ethical Considerations: Awareness of the ethical implications of AI in society and healthcare, including data privacy, algorithmic bias, and ethical use guidelines.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent communication skills, with the ability to translate complex AI concepts into understandable terms for non-experts and to facilitate discussions between AI experts and TCM practitioners.
  • Learning and Adaptability: Eagerness to learn about TCM principles and practices, and the ability to incorporate this understanding into discussions and decision-making about AI applications in healthcare.
  • Collaborative Spirit: Strong collaborative skills, with experience in working on interdisciplinary projects and the ability to foster cooperation and dialogue among diverse groups of stakeholders.
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