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A Heartfelt Thank You

Posted by Melinda Trimble, LRCP, RPSGT, RST, FAAST, AAST President on Dec 1, 2021 1:12:00 PM

Headshot_-_Melinda-1It’s hard to believe that my time as AAST president is now coming to an end. As I wrap up my term, I can’t help but feel an immense pride and sense of perseverance for the sleep community and AAST. The past two years have been anything but typical and have had profound impacts on all of our lives. Despite these challenges, there is much to be proud of and celebrate.

COVID-19 Response

I have been blown away by the support you’ve all shown for each other and this community during the pandemic. So many of you willingly jumped in and assisted with AAST town halls, webinars and our resources page, offering your expertise on various subjects in a time of uncertainty. Despite being physically distant, I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish in these trying times.

AAST Education

As many of you know, AAST has been expanding educational offerings in an effort to bring the latest research, techniques and updates to members and the sleep community. While it feels like just yesterday I was announcing the launch of the AAST CCSH Designated Education Program, I look back at these past two years and am happy to see that we’ve been able to launch a number of educational initiatives, including the AAST Advanced Pediatrics Modules Series, the AAST Advanced Sleep Titration e-Learning Course, multiple eBooks and the AAST Webinar Series hosted by the Education Advisory Committee. These initiatives could not have happened without the support and assistance from all of you. I look forward to seeing additional offerings launch in the fall and 2022, including a Fundamentals of EKG modules series.

As I close this message, I’d like to sincerely thank you all for allowing me to be your president. It has been a pleasure getting to meet, work and talk with so many members who share the same passions for sleep that I have.

A heartfelt thank you,