Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program


Neurofunctional Treatment of Pain with Movement Disorders

Primary Course Description

Primary Course Description

The McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program is a 300 hours Continuing Education Program provided by the McMaster University Department of Anesthesia and reviewed by the McMaster University Health Sciences Continuing Education Department.

For 23 years, this Practical Training Program consisted of five, three-day weekend units (126 contact hours) plus a concurrent self-directed home study portion (174 hours).

Due to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, and the restrictions imposed on group gatherings, the Program has been restructured for 2021 into 4 live Units, two of which are solely practical workshops (Units 2 and 3), plus a new online component (four online Units) that contains the totality of the lectures delivered by Dr. Elorriaga in the live Program. Course participants receive access to the online component of each Unit three to four weeks prior to the live event. The online component varies between 6 and 8 hours per Unit (less than 30 minutes per day of study time). The credit hours for the online component are equivalent to the live hours corresponding to lectures in the old format.

For illustrative purposes, this is the new Spring 2021 Program:

  • Unit 1 online (February 1-March 4, 2021)
  • Unit 1 live (March 5-7, 2021)
  • Unit 2 online (March 8-April 8, 2021)
  • Unit 2 live (April 9-11, 2021)
  • Unit 3 online (April 12-May 13, 2021)
  • Unit 3 live (May 14-16, 2021)
  • Unit 4 online (May 17-June 3, 2021)
  • Unit 4 live (June 4-6, 2021)

Since its inception, the McMaster University Neurofunctional Acupuncture Program is skills-based and clinically oriented, with about 100 hours devoted to practical workshops including surface anatomy palpation, insertion needling techniques, condition specific blueprint treatment design, special techniques workshops, and real live patient treatment demonstrations.

Since 1998, 45 Main Programs and 63 Advanced Programs have been completed, with over 3,800 Graduates having achieved their learning objectives.