District Councillor Message
First, I would like to thank the Texas State Society for hosting National Convention this year in San Antonio. Second, it is always sad to see the end of the week at National Convention and say good-bye to friends and family, and third, if you were unable to attend this year’s convention-you missed an awesome meeting. There were some changes to the convention this year by adding an evening session and one session during lunch. “Breakfast of Champions” is now the “Lunch of Champions” and was served on Tuesday at lunch. This year’s convention offered 24 hours of continuing education with wonderful speakers.
Next, I would like to give an update on membership and education. Since March 2012, the education department has been very active. The registered medical assistant on-line practice exam went live as of June 7th. The cost is $30.00 for nonmember and $25.00 for student members. The practice exam consists of 220 questions and it can be taken twice. The Education Department has regrouped the step articles similar to the old CE modules, which will be retired by the end of 2012. These new packages went live on June 9th. There were 7 on-demand courses from last annual meeting that went live in May. The cost for on-demand courses and webinars are $15-$30 depending on the amount of credits that are offered. Also, there will be a membership survey sent out sometime in September and by January 1, 2013; there will be on universal application. Also, you check facebook and youtube about this year’s convention and other social events. Next year’s annual meeting will be July 8-12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The cost is $119.00 plus 14% taxes (rate valid from July 2-15, 2013). The 2014 meeting will be held in the Great Lakes District.
Next, I would like to congratulate the following members in the South for their time and dedication to AMT: Paul Brown, MT from Alabama received the Order of the Golden Microscope; Chris Seay, MT from Tennessee received the O.C. “Skip” Skinner Armed Services Award; Kay Fergason, MT from Florida received the Cuviello Commitment to Excellence Award; Patricia Poitier-Sands, RMA from Florida received the Silver Service Award; Ray Dean, MT from North Carolina, Cynthia Jones, MT from Georgia, Naomi Melvin, MT from Florida, and Georgia Morrison, MT from South Carolina for receiving the Pillar Award; J.D. Lookdoo, MT from Florida received the Distinguished Achievement Award; and Harry Narine, MT,RPT from Trinidad received the Exceptional Merit Award. Writing award winners were: Gerald P. Boe, PhD, from South Carolina-1st place technical award and Alice Macomber, RN,RMA, AHI, RPT from Florida- 1st place in the feature writing award and Maria Cristina Guzman, MT from Georgia- 2nd place in the feature writing award. Publication awards: 1st Place Journal Tennessee- Tenn-O-Scope, Kaye Tschop, editor and 3rd place Newsletter-Georgia- Peaches and Peanuts- Chevy Newham, editor. Most Improved Publication- North Carolina-Tarheel Tech- Tommie Williams, editor and a special thanks to the honor roll states and to the 1st time attendees to the National convention and I hope to see the 1st timers attend next year for their second convention.
Let’s not forget the week to recognize and celebrate the medical assistants. This year the National Medical Assistants Week is October 15th-19th.
Mary Burden, MT was re-elected to the National Board and Heather Herring was elected for the RMA position to the National Board. Our new officers are Mary Burden, MT as President, Everett Bloodworth, MT as Vice-President, Jeff Lavender as Secretary, and Janet Sesser as Treasurer. Linda Jones was re-elected to AMTIE, and new member elected was Taffy Durfee. The new officers of AMTIE are Linda Jones, MT as President; Art Contino, AHI,RMA as Vice-President; Marty Hinkel, MT as Secretary; and David Yocum as Treasurer.
Make plans now to attend your state and national meeting. It’s a great way to attend a family reunion and still get continuing education at the same time. I wish each of my states a great year.
-Shannon H. Newman, BSMT AMT Southern District Councillor