On Sunday night, Sept. 23, ILaaom had its annual Asian Moon
Festival dinner. ILaaom is the Illinois Association of Acupuncture
and Oriental Medicine.
ILaaom is the oldest state organization representing
practitioners of Oriental Medicine. They were founded with five
distinct missions, which can be read about at http://ilaaom.org/index.php/mission-statement.
ILaaom is a strong advocate for AOM practitioners. They are rooted
in causes concerning legislation, the philosophy, science, and art
of AOM. ILaaom is a wealth of information for both students and
professionals of AOM. In my opinion, it is very important for
anyone involved with the Illinois practice of AOM to be a member of
Many professionals and students attended the ILaaom Asian Moon
Festival dinner. Some of the attendees included NUHS staff and
students: Professor Hui Yan Cai, MD (China), PhD (China), LAc;
Instructor Robin Fan, MD (China), LAc; Chief Clinician Hyundo Kim,
PhD (Korea), MSOM, LAc; Asistant Professor Yihyun Kwon, PhD
(China), DC, MSOM, LAc; Assistant Dean of AOM Frank Yurasek, PhD
(China), MSOM, LAc, vice president of ILaaom, and several NUHS
During the event, many AOM students and professionals had the
ability to meet and share information. Several speakers spoke
during the dinner including David Miller, MD, FAAP, LAc, Dipl. OM,
legislative director of ILaaom and Kirk Moulton, Dipl. Ac, CA. Dr.
Miller spoke about current legislative events and volunteer
opportunities. Kirk spoke about the ongoing mission to help bring
medical relief to those in Tibet. Information and ways to
participate in the relief effort can be found at http://www.raktrul.org/medical_missions.html.
In addition to gaining a wealth of knowledge and awareness
during this ILaaom event, attendees also enjoyed a delicious dinner
provided by the Phoenix restaurant in Chinatown. After the dinner,
ILaaom presented raffle winnings for scholarships to three students
along with drawings for a silent auction.
This was a wonderful event to attend. But this was only one
night. Being a member of ILaaom is a great benefit that offers much
unity in our profession.