I said to our editor the other day, I am having trouble coming up with something to say that was not the same old broken record… so, my message is about HOPE.
I recently volunteered at a COVID vaccination clinic and it was a rewarding and uplifting experience. The atmosphere was celebratory. People were excited about getting their vaccination. You could see the HOPE in their eyes. HOPE to gather with family and friends. To celebrate life and to remember those who were lost to us. HOPE to travel and visit. HOPE will be once again seeing a smile. The vaccinations have brought us HOPE of a brighter future.
MNHSSAMT will be hosting the Spring Business meeting the 8th of May and will be presenting three hard working and well deserving MLS students each with a $1000 scholarship check. The MNHSSAMT BOD’s also roles out a new scholarship for the Medical Assistants this year. Unfortunately, we had no applications. Our HOPE is that next year we will see a change in this and will be presenting scholarship money to them as well.
The Northeast Laboratory Conference is tentatively scheduled for October 2021. The committee will be meeting soon to determine whether the Northeast Laboratory Conference will be held. We will post this information as soon as we know the status.
Like all state societies, we have not had much activity this past year, but are now beginning to commence with activities and meetings. We hope to see you soon.
Susan Constable MT
Eastern District Councillor Note
Greeting Eastern State Society Officers, Board Members and Members,
2020 has been an eye-opening year. The COVID-19 pandemic throws many changes and challenges into our daily lives continuously testing our abilities and capabilities. However, I do believe we are resilient and have MacGyver’s qualities to adapt to the present “new normal.” Ever since the Irma, Maria and present hurricane destructions, power outages, and the present COVID-19 pandemic; I have fully relied on technology to communicate with family and friends at PR and here throughout the USA. I have never ever texted, emailed, facetimed, and skyped as much as I have been during these past several months. The state restrictions, hand washing, masking, and required social distancing protocol is the “new normal.”
For the health and welfare of the members, AMT has reinvented ways to remain in operations. The 2020 AMT National Annual Meeting went online with the meet the candidate introduction videos, Q&A sessions, and the Board election process all having a positive outcome. Following the restrictive protocol, the AMT family has remained connected with the membership to accomplish various tasks and continue some of the organizational operations.
For the state society officers and members, the AMT staff have created the GoToMeeting toolkit to set up board and business meetings. The AMT staff are available for any problems, questions, and to assist with meeting set up. Until the COVID pandemic is under control, permitting us to conduct face to face gathering meetings, I encourage the state society officers and members to apply the given tools.
The 2021 AMT Annual Meeting will be held Monday July 19 – 23rd in Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott 235 East Main Street. Keep an eye on the website for more information as it becomes available.
Congratulations to the 2019 AMT Award recipients and to the elected National Board of Directors Members. Let us recognize and celebrate the dedication of the health care heroes (Dental Assistants, Lab Professionals, Phlebotomists, and the Medical Assistants) throughout the year.
Also, we must recognize the Allied Health Instructors. This year has been a challenging juggling act of lesson plan modules adjustments, virtual and blending teaching with all the changes received from the state officials, board of education, and the school administrators. Hats off and standing ovation to the instructors.
Please share and submit your story with pictures for the AMT publication and to the state society editor to be posted onto the state society website.
Remember also to visit the AMT Learning Center, it offers a variety of courses for educational credits. Enter your completed ceu’s through AMTrax. Payment of membership dues can also be made on the AMT website.
State society officers and board members, thank you for your rendered time of services for the state society members and the AMT organization.
Enjoy the coming holidays. God bless us and keep us safe. We will soon return to some normalcy. Meanwhile, follow the state protocol, stay safe and healthy.
Ivette Rivera, RMA, AHI, RPT(AMT)
Eastern District Councillor