Fully accredited BMAS members, and holders of the Diploma of Medical Acupuncture, need to apply for reaccreditation every five years. This page gives guidance on the procedure.
Reaccreditation occurs through a cumulative Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points system. Thirty hours of CPD spread over 5 years (with a minimum of 5 hours in any one-year) should be presented to the Board for consideration. At least 15 hours of CME time should be spent externally on scientific meetings, courses, presentation of papers at meetings, teaching at approved courses or attendance at approved relevant meetings. Up to nine hours of time can be gained by reading relevant journals, undertaking practice audit, or other relevant distance learning. The Assessors will judge whether or not individual activities are relevant in counting towards Accreditation and guidance concerning this follows below. Candidates would be well advised to exceed the minimum requirement to be more certain of approval. CAEB members and Assessors are always willing to provide advice concerning individual cases.
‘Approved’ above refers to courses or meetings that have met the requirements of an appropriate college for use as CME (for example the Royal College of Physicians).
The Diploma in Medical Acupuncture (Dip Med Ac) lapses automatically five years after it has been granted. Candidates must apply to be registered for assessment not less than three months prior to the date of that assessment.
The fee for assessment for REACCREDITATION is £45 payable by cheque made out to the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
The training requirement (30 hours)
The following list of educational activities should not be regarded as prescriptive but rather as a guide. In general if CPD has been granted for a course or meeting by an appropriate body (for example the Royal College of Physicians), the approved hours will count towards the total required for REACCREDITATION, if not, the length of the programme will be used. Programme discussion time is accepted but not refreshment breaks or mealtimes. A limited element of non-acupuncture training in relevant medical topics will be accepted, but a case must be made for the inclusion of subjects outside those given in the list below (related medical learning).
Distance learning using some commonly used textbooks or journals may be assessed by questionnaire. For the remainder, including acupuncture related material from non-acupuncture books and articles from other journals, a short synopsis should be submitted and training hours awarded on receipt. Participation at courses and meetings is generally easier to accredit than distance learning.
A. PARTICIPATION LEARNING (minimum of 15 hours)
a) BMAS Courses (PGEA/CPD time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
b) Non BMAS WMA Courses (CPD time, or if not CPD approved, programme time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
c) Non BMAS TCM-based Courses (a maximum of half the programme time, and a maximum of half the total requirement)
2) BMAS and National Meetings
a) BMAS Scientific Meetings (CPD time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
b) ICMART and International Symposia (programme time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
c) Non BMAS WMA Meetings (CPD time, or if not CP approved, programme time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
d) Non BMAS TCM-based Meetings (a maximum of half the programme time)
3) Acupuncture Clinic
a) BMAS London Teaching Clinic – attendance as trainee or observer (clinic time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
b) Clinics run by BMAS member with the Dip Med Ac – attendance as trainee or observer (clinic time – generally a maximum of 6 hours per day)
c) Other clinics – up to 1 hour per nominal half day session by submission of learning objectives and outcomes
B. DISTANCE LEARNING (maximum of 10 hours)
1) BMAS DVDs/CDs/Videos – as running time, by submission of listed learning outcomes, critique or synopsis
2) BMAS webcast quizzes (full programme time)
3) Acupuncture books – up to 2 hours per item, by submission of listed learning outcomes, critique or synopsis
4) Acupuncture In Medicine MCQs up to 2006 – hours awarded by marking scheme; after 2006 - up to 2 hours per item, by submission of listed learning outcomes, critique or synopsis
5) Other journals – up to 2 hours per item, by submission of listed learning outcomes, critique or synopsis
C. PREPARATION LEARNING (maximum of 5 hours)
1) Presentation of lecture, research paper or poster
a) to BMAS or ICMART (3 hours)
b) to medical audience or nursing, physiotherapy, dental or veterinary audience (3 hours)
c) to lay audience (2 hours)
2) Media interview
a) Broadcast TV or Radio (1 hour)
3) Publication of article – if based on a presentation the maximum combined time of 4 hours is awarded
a) in an acupuncture journal (3 hours)
b) in any other medical journal (3 hours)
c) in the lay press (2 hours)
4) Research and audit
a) Preparation (2 hours)
b) Publication (+1 hour)
D. RELATED MEDICAL LEARNING (maximum of 5 hours)
1) Basic Medical Sciences
3) Pain Management
7) Sports Injuries
a) Lectures or case presentations (CME time)
b) Out-patient observer (clinic time)
c) Non-acupuncture books & journals – up to 2 hours per item by submission of listed learning outcomes
COUNSELLING AND APPEALS PROCEDURE
Unsuccessful candidates will be offered advice intended to improve the chances of success after subsequent reapplication.
Candidates who are referred and wish to appeal against this decision should write to the Chairman of the Competence, Accreditation and Examining Board, c/o the BMAS office, within four weeks with full details of the nature of his/her appeal. The Assessor(s) who made the original decision to refer the candidate will provide a written report to the Chairman stating the basis on which the decision was made.
The Chairman together with one further member of the CAEB will consider, within four weeks:
1. the details of the candidate’s appeal
2. the written report of the Assessor(s)
3. the candidate’s certificates of course attendance, and other relevant documents.
The candidate will be informed of the Chairman’s decision in writing. His decision will be final and binding. Any comments concerning the process of assessment, as opposed to the assessment result, should be addressed to the Chairman of the BMAS.