ILaaom Asian Moon Festival Dinner

On Sunday night, Sept. 23, ILaaom had its annual Asian Moon Festival dinner. ILaaom is the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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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 ILaaom.

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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 students.

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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.