Hello Arizona AMT members.
The Arizona State Society had a great year in 2019. Our spring meeting at the Yavapai college was a big success with both occupancy and accommodations surpassing expectations. It was nice to get out of the city. The topics were very engaging and heavily incorporated audience participation. If you missed the meeting rest assured, we will be returning to the location soon. The 2019 fall meeting was at the Pima Medical Institute campus in Tucson. Speakers were selected, catering was planned, raffle items purchased, etc. Duty called and the Arizona State Society delivered a fantastic symposium, again.
I must remind everyone of the valuable resource you have in the Arizona State Society. Attending the State meetings benefits you in multiple ways. We all have a requirement to maintain a certain number of CEUs for our certifications. In addition, there is a great potential that you may learn something new. Many times, the topics that receive the initial reaction of, “this does not pertain to me”’ end up being the most engaging.
I would also like to remind everyone of the work that goes into making sure that this opportunity is readily available. The Arizona State Society is made up of volunteers. A team dedicated to continuing the calling that was established and adopted when the society began. I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of these volunteers. If you happen to see them at a future meeting, please take the time to do so.
2020 is looking great. I have enjoyed the warmer winter this year. We have a total of 2,618 Arizona AMT members as of this January. Our numbers are growing. Nonetheless we must continue to promote and encourage that health professionals obtain certification. Personally, I continue efforts to communicate this to vocational colleges and technical programs in our state.
The National meeting is in Albuquerque this year. We can enjoy forth of July in our typical Arizona style as the conference has shifted away from the holiday. If you haven’t been to a national meeting, I urge you to take part. It is an experience like no other. You develop many friendships that extend through careers. It is like having a huge family reunion. The speakers are always amazing. The hotel is extravagant, and you exist as a VIP of sorts throughout your stay. It is also nice to explore what the city has to offer. This year we will be at the Petroglyph National Monument, the ABQ BioPark Zoo, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and countless restaurants and shops. If you would like to attend as a delegate, please contact me. In order to qualify as a delegate, you must have attended the last two state meetings.
It is my hope that you all have a prosperous and safe year. As I have said before if anyone has a question or needs assistance please contact me. I will try my best to respond to you as soon as possible.
Dustin Martinez MT (AMT)