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President's Message

Hello OHSSAMT members. I hope that all has gone well for you and your families during this COVID-19 pandemic. It has been an interesting time for your board to meet and do OHSSAMT business. We have had to do our board meetings virtually because it has been unsafe to travel around the state to meet in person.

There are some things I wanted to pass on to you. The OHSSAMT board wanted to say thank you to all our OHSSAMT members that are actively working out there in the healthcare field during this pandemic. We stand with you, appreciate you, and support you.

With that being said, it can be a difficult time to deal with the stress and fatigue associated with the pandemic. If you find yourself overly stressed, depressed, or suicidal please reach out to many of the helplines available. You can call The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline at 1-800-662-4357; The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255; The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs 66746; The Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-72-33; or takechargeohio.org or call the helpline at 1-877-275-6364.

Do not forget to celebrate RPT Week from 2/15/2021-2/19/2021.

AMT has an Immunization Certificate Course for those who routinely administer immunizations in order to advance their skills, knowledge, competencies. AMT also offers a library of immunization courses to help you stay prepared and up-to-date during this time when the workforce is dealing with the new vaccines for COVID-19. You can learn more here.

Have you recently moved, gotten a new job, or graduated? Do not forget to update your information in your AMT portal. Correct information keeps you in the loop on the latest allied health news, AMT updates, and renewal information.

I know that this has been a confusing time for those of you under the CCP program. Just a friendly reminder, that there have been changes to the CCP program. If you have concerns or questions about CCP program, you can email the CCP Compliance Department at ccp@americanmedtech.org, call 847-823-5169 or speak with a live chat representative between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST. You can also post questions in the online communities.

AMT offers more than 300 hours of options to choose from on your own time and budget, including STEP CE articles, webinars, online learning, and REACH Certificate Courses in immunization, ECG, POCT, and orthopaedics.

AMT has created a new Medical Assisting in Orthopaedics Certificate.

I wanted to let you know there will be a few changes going on at the national and state levels. One of the state changes will be the state publication. We will no longer have an OHSSAMT journal. Due to many things such as COVID-19 and many states not being able to get articles, national has decided that there will be one-publication that will be emailed to all AMT members twice a year. This will only be available online. Each state will have 1 to 2 pages. We hope you will enjoy reading about what is going on in each state!

The board held its last board meeting in October 2020. AMT asked the states to defer their state elections and audits until their spring general business meetings.

At the present time we have our 2021 Spring Educational Seminar rescheduled at the Miami Valley CTC on 4/24/2021. Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and delays with rollouts of the vaccines, and the Ohio governor’s mandate to limit gathering to no more than 10 people, we do not know if the meeting will be happening in April. The OHSSAMT board will continue to monitor the situation. If we feel it is unsafe to hold the spring seminar due to the pandemic and the Ohio governor’s mandate remains in place, we will have to move the seminar to the fall. AMT has let the state societies know that they do not want members put in harm’s way. AMT will let members know no later than April if they will decide to cancel the 2021 National Convention being held in Norfolk, VA from 7/19/2021 – 7/23/2021.

The OHSSAMT board will keep you posted. If you need to contact the OHSSAMT board members, please email us at OHSSAMT@gmail.com. If you need to contact AMT, please visit americanmedtech.org. There you will find phone numbers and email addresses. The staff continues to work remotely, but they are very good about returning emails and phone calls quickly.

Sincerely
Sheryl Scott RMA (AMT)
President OHSSAMT