AMT members met in Washington DC to participate in continuing education and socialize with other AMT members.
More than 400 AMT members, students and guests attended the 80th Educational Program and National Meeting of American Medical Technologists in Washington, DC the first week of July. Every year, the meeting is an opportunity for members to expand their knowledge of allied health through education sessions, participate in the association business of AMT, and socialize with other AMT members.
The event kicked off with keynote speaker Tami Evans delivering a humorous and engaging keynote address. During this interactive program participants learned ways to increase engagement, create communication cohesion and elevate self-confidence. According to Susan Smuzinsky, RMA and New Jersey State Society Board Member, Tami’s presentation was
one of the best introductions to an event I've ever experienced.
AMTIE silent auction
Attendees bid on amazing items during a silent auction to support the American Medical Technologists Institute for Excellence (AMTIE) which is charged with the administration of scholarships and grants associated with enhancing educational and competency opportunities for current and future allied health care professionals. The AMTIE silent auction, Tree of Knowledge donations and 50/50 raffle raised over $3,400.
80 participants got an early start Tuesday morning with a 2-mile walk on the scenic and historic National Mall. Participants of the annual AMT Kidney Nation Walk raised over $5,000 for the American Kidney Fund and the fight against kidney disease by pledging their steps and hosting a pizza lunch fundraiser.
Four schools from across the US competed in the Medical Assistant Student Challenge Bowl. Students answered questions in administrative, clinical and general categories of medical assisting. Pima Medical Institute of Renton, Washington, took first place for the second year in a row with close competition by Pima Medical Institute in Seattle, Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City and Northwest Career College in Las Vegas.
Members participated in three days of educational, scientific and leadership sessions and workshops to keep their knowledge and skills sharp and earn CE to maintain certification. If you were not able to attend this year, watch for notification that education sessions will be available through AMT store. If you attended education sessions, be sure to record your CE points in AMTrax to comply with the Certification Continuation Program (CCP).
Two of AMTs highest honors, the Order of the Golden Microscope (OGM) and the Medallion of Merit (MOM), were presented respectively to Dr. Kimberly Cheuvront, PhD., MT, and Heather Louise Throop Herring, MT, RMA. Kimberly and Heather were honored at a special dinner recognizing them and all previous OGM and MOM recipients. A total of more than 50 awards were presented to members, students and state societies.
Save the date for 2019
We hope to see you in Chicago for the 2019 American Medical Technologist Educational Program and National Meeting to be held July 1-5, 2019 in the heart of the “Windy City.” Save the Date!
You can see more photos from the entire event in a photo album on our Facebook page.