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President's Message

Hello Arizona AMT members,

The Arizona State Society has had a challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed our lives. With restrictions on public gatherings it has hindered our abilities to provide continuing education credits and the ability to network with other healthcare professionals. Enrollment and attendance in vocational programs have decreased.

The joint meeting that was planned for Las Vegas this spring obviously had to be canceled. The 2020 legislative trip and our national meeting were also cancelled. With the cancelation of these opportunities to acquire continuing education credits I encourage you to engage in the opportunities available through the AMT website.

Next year the plan is to have the AMT Annual Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, July 19-23. There are plenty of attractions, including the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Battleship Wisconsin, The Virginia Zoo, Nautilus and the Chrysler Museum of Art. However, with the virus still prevalent, we will see how things go.

I am on the advisory board at several vocational colleges and I am working to establish relationships with many others. We all must continue to push for certification as a requirement for eligible programs and encourage those in our personal circles. The necessity for all employers to require certification is far from existent, however the benefits to employers should also be emphasized at any applicable opportunities.

Please stay safe and follow medical advice. Things are uncertain but we are resilient, and we will overcome. If there are any questions, please contact me.

Dustin Martinez MT (AMT)