Message from the President:
Hello to our wonderful Florida State Society of American Medical Technologists.
Thank you, Board of Directors, for giving me the privilege and honor of being the State President. I take the position with great responsibility.
I have been a Medical Technologist for over fifteen years, mainly in the areas of Blood Banking and Clinical Chemistry. One of the things I enjoy the most about being a Medical Technologist is teaching and mentoring new graduates. I can see when an idea “clicks”, when they realize that something they learned in the classroom affects patient care, treatment, and diagnosis….that they do make a difference in someone’s life.
I know these have been tough times for all of us in the Allied Health field, but we are tough and know where to find our inner strength. Or when to find a shoulder to cry on when needed. We will all come out of this crisis much stronger, with new innovative ideas on coping and dealing with stress, as well as kindness and compassion for others.
I am excited that May 22nd will be our first Virtual Meeting. We will, as always, have the best speakers and our seasoned Board will bravely do everything possible to make sure things go smoothly. But even if there are a few glitches, we will be there to assist you. Please remember that this is your association and feel free to make suggestions or comments about what you would like to see in the future.
Please be kind to each other, and Blessings to Mr. Ozzie Skinner.
Jose A. Velasquez MT AHI (AMT), Broward Health North
Message from the Website Editor:
Welcome to your State Society Website FLSSAMT!
We have lots of information for you for this year so far!
The biggest news is a change in our FLSSAMT Leadership! Our Past President found he was unable to continue his position due to unforeseen circumstances therefore resigned his position on the BOD. Per our State Society By-laws, our then Vice-President was confirmed as the President, who appointed me, and I humbly accepted, the position of Vice President. We will miss Ozzie (as we fondly called him) but wish him all the best.
Your Board is excited for what is in store this year:
Though we cannot offer an in person meeting as yet, we are working on a virtual meeting May 22 on the GoToMeeting platform. We are finalizing the format, but we will be offering the mandatory subjects for licensure and interest to all FLSSAMT members. Watch your inbox for more information about online registration. Once registered you will receive the link and password to the online meeting!
If you have been on AMT’s website lately, you will see that the AMT National Educational and Business Meeting is now a virtual meeting! The program is being finalized, but the plan is to offer 24 sessions for a maximum of 10 CE credits. The business meeting and voting, like last year, will be virtual.
We are also looking for members interested in representing our State Society as a delegate to the , now virtual, AMT National Business Meeting. We will be posting the qualifications and responsibilities soon under our Meeting tab. If you feel you qualify, contact Jose Velasquez, MT at email@example.com or Jvelasquez@browardhealth.org.
Important dates to remember this spring:
- March 7-13 is Dental Assistant Recognition Week
- April 18-24 is Medical Laboratory Professional Recognition Week
- May 22 Virtual FLSSAMT Educational Meeting with the mandatory CEs
Get your promotional materials for your professional weeks by selecting Professional Recognition Weeks on the menu to the left and clicking on your Professional Week link for great info, downloads, and ideas for promoting your professions!!
Don’t forget, although COVID death numbers are declining – new variants of the virus are climbing. Get your vaccine(s)! It is more important now that we do not let down our guard!
Until we “meet” again, keep wearing those masks, honor social distancing, and avoid unnecessary risks.
"See you" on May 22 for our first ever Virtual meeting!! Watch your emails for the meeting info and link!
Keep Paying it Forward FLSSAMT! You DO make a difference!!
Kathleene Hardy RMA(AMT)