By: Melinda Trimble, LRCP, RPSGT, RST, FAAST, AAST President on July 1st, 2020
Message from the President – June 2020
It’s our members who make the difference!
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 most of us were naïve to how quickly our personal and professional lives could change. When the pandemic hit, my work travel stopped cold. But the need for medical services, training and supplies became urgent as the severity of the crisis built and continues to build. Learning to work from home and still meet the needs of my customers called for a personal commitment to change.
Recently I was speaking to a CEO related to the changes we are all having to deal with today, and he made this statement: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” I found that to be a profound statement. If we are not taking an active role in our professional lives how can we move forward during this time of great change?
As president of the AAST I have been working with the AAST board to insure that the AAST is staying in tune with the needs of its membership, and that the board understands the hardships and stress our membership and sleep professional community is under. One of the small things that we can do is offer sleep technologists reduced rates for membership so that they can have access to our free CEC’s for members. We now have a 6-month membership offering for $59.00 that runs through the end of 2020 to try to help our sleep community obtain their CECs for the year. We are hosting a series of Town Hall meetings to try to keep our membership up to date on what is needed to reopen their sleep centers and how to stay viable in today’s healthcare environment.
We are committed to teaming up with other healthcare organizations to bring value-based, up-to-date education and information to our membership. This crisis offers an opportunity to build a better healthcare system and as medical professionals we will need to advance our skill sets to take a seat at the table or be left behind. Now more than ever it is vital to be a part of your professional organization and have a voice as healthcare moves forward. Data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are going to be huge in health care moving forward. What does that mean for the sleep technologist? We all must join in the conversation to assure our continued success.
Please be safe and sleep well…..and until we speak again, sweet dreams.
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