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How ABORM certification put me on the map as an Acupuncture Fertility Expert

Wow, time has flown by since March 2009 when I was certified as the first Canadian Fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM).

I wanted to become ABORM certified (Fertility Acupuncturist) for selfish reasons. I wanted to separate myself from other acupuncturists and stand out as the obvious first choice for the public and for MDs looking for an acupuncturist to treat infertility and increase their chances for IVF success.

My Acubalance practice (started in 2000) already had a reproductive focus by 2009 for five years (my practice was over 85% fertility and pregnancy). But the increase in other acupuncture websites marketing “we treat fertility” was growing so rapidly that I wanted a more effective way to communicate to my perspective clients and MD referrals that I was the right choice for their fertility care.


Do you want people to know you are a certified fertility acupuncturist?

The ABORM exam is being held in Los Angeles at Yo San University on Friday, February 26th, 2021. Personally, I gain value from being a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) by:

  1. Being able to say "I am a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine" - that sounds official enough and I usually do not get a follow-up question (so I don't have to defend what makes me a fertility acupuncturist or an expert by having to explain all my professional development and clinical experience). Also, the ABORM certificate looks very professional and credible on my clinic wall too!
  2. Having access to the closed Google group for ABORM members only, where we discuss cases and receive input from reproductive endocrinologists, experienced practitioners and geniuses.
  3. Getting the "inside scoop" from other Fellows with research background who are able to break down the recent and past studies into talking points which we can discuss with the public and doctors so they continue to see the value in acupuncture for fertility and IVF support.
  4. The friendships and connections I have made with like-minded professionals who I meet at conferences around the globe and especially and the Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver. It feels great to know that I can truly count on my Fellows for support! I encourage you to become a Fellow of the ABORM. I would ove to have more ABORM members who are passionate about TCM and fertility. 

The American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) exam is N-O-T being held in at IFS2021. The ABORM 2021 EXAM will be held in Los Angeles on February 26th, 2021 at Yo San University.

ABORM 2021 Exam Location
Yo San University
13315 Washington Blvd Suite #300, Los Angeles
CA 90066, United States


The ABORM was formed by leading professionals in Oriental Reproductive Medicine who came together voluntarily with a resolve to meet the patient and physician demand for a demonstration of knowledge of care in this field. Please visit ABORM website for exam details and to register for the 2020 ABORM exam. You are required to have been in practice for 2 years and have completed 45 hours of continuing education in reproductive health by the time of the exam. Click here for ABORM exam details.


ABORM Exam Prep Courses

Here is a complete list of over 180 hours of on demand courses approved for ABORM CEUs which can be used to fulfill the 45 hours of ABORM pre-requisite courses required to be completed prior to sitting the ABORM Examination.

Personally, I recommend the online courses listed below to help you to prepare for the ABORM exam, which when taken together cover the core competencies that are testable. I recommend (as minimum) the top courses listed below to help you cover the competencies examinable and successfully pass the ABORM exam. Click here for a list of core competencies.

  1. The Treatment of Infertility - The Complete Series - Jane Lyttleton | 19 CEU/PDA/CPD
  2. Key Aspects of Western Reproductive Medicine for CAM Practitioners - Dr. Paul Magarelli, MD, REI | 13 CEU/PDA/CPD
  3. Spermageddon: Male Fertility Treatment with Chinese Medicine - Dr. Olivia Krammer-Pojer | 12 CEU/PDA/CPD
  4. Treating Male Infertility with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine - Jill Glover | 4 CEU/PDA/CPD
  5. Western Reproductive Endocrinology - The Complete Course‏ - Dr. Paul Magarelli, MD, REI | 12 CEU/PDA/CPD
  6. Assisted Reproductive Technology Overview for the Chinese Medicine Professional   Lee Hullender Rubin | 3 CEU/PDA/CPD
  7. Improve IVF or Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation outcomes with adjuvant Whole Systems TCM - Lee Hullender Rubin | 5 CEU/PDA/CPD
  8. TCM & Western Medicine Fertility Pearls - Treating Fertility Cases with Acupuncture and Herbs - Mike Berkley | 4 CEU/PDA/CPD
  9. Lab Testing and Hormonal Assessment for Infertility - Leslie Oldershaw | 6 CEU/PDA/CPD
  10. Learn How Acupuncture Improves IVF Success and How to Effectively Communicate the Research to Patients and Doctors - Lee Hullender Rubin | 5 CEU/PDA/CPD
  11. Metabolic Syndrome an PCOS: Integrated Treatment Approaches That Work - Dagmar Ehling | 6 CEU/PDA/CPD
  12. PCOS: TCM Approach by Western Phenotype for Increased Clinical Efficacy and Improved Fertility - Kandace Cahill | 5 CEU/PDA/CPD

If you are interested in deepening your knowledge beyond passing the ABORM exam so you can and increase your confidence clinical success in treating fertility issues then we recommend the following courses:

  1. Simplified Herbal Prescribing for Complex Gynecological Conditions - Jane Lyttleton |5 CEU/PDA/CPD
  2. Acupuncture and Herbal Treatments with IVF - Richard Blitstein | 8 CEU/PDA/CPD
  3. Endometriosis: A Leading Cause of Infertility and Menstrual Pain - Misha Cohen | 7 CEU/PDA
  4. How Chinese Herbal Medicine Enhances Fertility Potential in Patients Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (Auto-Immune Hypothyroid) - Gina Mortellaro-Gomez | 8 CEU/PDA/CPD
  5. How to Effectively Treat Ovulatory Disorders with Evidence-based Natural Medicine - Fiona McCulloch I 4 CEU/PDA
  6. Treating Infertility with the Eight Extraordinary Vessels - Yvonne Farrell and Laura Erlich | 14 CEU/PDA 
  7. Addresing Fertility Issues in Women of Advanced Maternal Age - Randine Lewis | 14 CEU
  8. Optimizing Ovarian Reserve - Brandon Horn | 10 CEU
  9. New Insights into the Eight Extraordinary Channels and Their Application in the Treatment of Infertility and Miscarriages - Brandon Horn l 20  CEU/PDA/CPD
  10. Introduction to Holistic Preconception Planning - by Keith Bell | 4 CEU
  11. Male Sexual Health & Fertility: Increasing Staying Power and the Treatment of Premature Ejaculation - Eric Vander Wal & Bailey Tian Xu | 4 CEU
  12. Acupuncture Strategies to Dramatically Improve IVF Success - Brandon Horn | 12 CEU
  13. 12 Module Approach to Optimizing Ovarian Function and Jing Potential - Randine Lewis | 24 CEU