AAMA’s Productive, Pandemic Year
As I begin to reflect and write this piece for the final newsletter of 2020, I couldn’t help but visualize the beauty of a swan, swimming peacefully on a quiet calm lake. All the while, under the surface, its legs are paddling with the force and velocity of an Olympic crew champion. This most historic year is one I suspect we all are anxious to exit and move into 2021.
In spite of it all, your Academy Board of Directors has been hard at work keeping the day-to-day operations of our organization going and effectively dealing with the challenges of the pandemic and its effects on our medical acupuncture practices.
AAMA committee members, too, have been diligently working in their respective areas of expertise.
- The Symposium Program Committee, facing the significant challenge of transforming a popular in-person event into an interactive, compelling virtual event has met the obstacles head on and has planned an excellent program for April 2021.
- The Education Committee has set records putting together virtual educational opportunities for CME. The AAMA’s webinars this year have covered a vast array of topics with speakers of the highest caliber.
- The Legislative Committee has maintained a most efficient and thorough command of legal issues that continue to evolve at both state and national levels, as acupuncture continues to work its way into mainstream western medicine.
- Social media has been a priority this year, as the Communications Committee worked to make our field more accessible to all and to bridge the lay and medical communities. The more we share about what we do as medical acupuncturists, the better.
This is just some of the important work being accomplished by the AAMA’s committees under the leadership of your Board. Their individual and collective efforts play a vital role in advancing medical acupuncture as it continues to integrate into our allopathic, western medicine.
As we move into 2021, I, and the rest of the AAMA Board of Directors, wish you and your loved ones a very blessed, happy, healthy and safe holiday season.
Gerald J. Leglue, Jr., MD, FAAMA
Immediate past president of AAMA