BMAS Foundation Course In Western Medical Acupuncture (including Dry Needling)

We are very pleased to be hosting the BMAS who once again will be be running Foundation Course at Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy. This is an excellent opportunity for regulated medical and allied medical healtcare professional to learn how to use Medical Acupuncture safely and effectively in clinical practice.


Friday 12th - Monday 15th June 2015


Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy
105 Trees Road
Mount Merrion
Co Dublin

Learning highlights:

The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 12. In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique.

Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts.

The normal course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, lunches and daytime refreshments throughout the two weekends. Courses are non-residential but a list of local hotels and guest houses can be supplied on request.

External CPD is usually applied for from the Royal College of Physicians for all Foundation and Intermediate courses.

Medical Students (4th and 5th year) and final-year students of osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy can attend our Foundation Course. Student places are limited to two per course and there is a generous student discount.

Partcipants who complete the BMAS Foundation Course are entitled to reduced rate membership of the Society for their first two years.

Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. If you are or suspect you may be pregnant, however, you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.

The Foundation Course programme

Days 1

  • 9am - 5.30pm
  • Overview & brief history
  • Safety brief
  • Lecture & practicals on neck, shoulder & arm
  • Trigger points
  • Safety questionnaire

Day 2

  • 9am - 5pm
  • Lecture & practicals on lower back & leg
  • Neurophysiology
  • Clinical aspects
  • Clinical cases for discussion
  • Safety & side effects

Days 3

  • Saturday 9am - 5pm
  • Traditional acupuncture
  • Lecture and practicals on face & abdomen
  • Segmental Acupuncture
  • Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders
  • ENT & respiratory
  • Dermatology

Day 4

  • 9am - 5pm
  • Electroacupuncture - lecture & practical
  • Neurology & psychology
  • Ear acupuncture & addictions
  • Research & audit
  • Running a clinic
  • Quiz
  • Case presentations

Course tutors

Dr. Mike Cummings has been Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society since 2001. This is a full time job that involves running the BMAS London Teaching Clinic, coordinating and lecturing on BMAS courses in Western medical acupuncture, acting as production editor for the Medline-listed journal Acupuncture in Medicine, and representing the BMAS at various academic and political meetings. He is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital. Senior Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School. His principal academic and clinical interest is musculoskeletal pain, and in particular, needling therapies in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes

Simon Coghlan qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2000. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the integration of medical acupuncture techniques with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. As a clinical educator, Simon lectures at the UCD School of Physiotherapy in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and medical acupuncture. He provides training in medical acupuncture to medical and allied health professionals in the UK and Ireland. He is co-owner of Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy.


£615 - early bird rates are available

To book a place please contact the BMAS on 0044 1606 786782 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Looking forward to seeing you in June!


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