Coronavirus Meeting Minutes 5.11-5.13


1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?

-US 1,300,696 confirmed cases, 78,771 deaths

-TX 38,869 confirmed cases, 1,088 deaths Travis county has 2,095 confirmed cases 60 deaths

-With loosening of some of the restrictions it was evident this weekend folks are taking risks, many gathering with large numbers of people who were unmasked were observed. As our Public Health authorities are advising, with the loosened restrictions we MUST continue to be vigilant to contain the spread of the coronavirus and COVID19. Let’s all keep each other safe!

2. Updates on action items:

- We will arrange for our student who received the Trudy McAlister AOM Scholarship to join us at a Daily Briefing this week so we can formally announce and recognize this achievement publicly

-Article on inflammatory condition in children that may be COVID 19 related

3. Communication status? Any new issues (e.g. Known traveling or potential exposures)

- Jean Green leaving us to return to the Texas Workforce Commission to work full-time. She came to us after retiring from TWC having worked for them 25 years. She will continue through this week doing some project work from home. We’ll begin to transition that project work to others as appropriate. We will miss Jean’s beautiful presence but wish her well.

-Question: Will summer semester be extended? We will move three summer classes to fall to allow students to do more clinics in the summer assuming that COVID19 will resurge in late fall, Ethics & Legal, Bio treatment of disease I and Bio treatment of disease II are the classes to be moved. Summer term On-line on line registration will occur next week for didactic courses, Clinic registration will be on-line in three weeks

- We are in progress of putting together our plans for reopening of our Clinics, Herbal Pharmacies and Stores and the Campus (which includes non-clinical operations). We’ll share these as soon as they are ready. PLEASE REMERBER all plans are fluid as so much is changing at the community level that will impact any planning. We very much appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to move through these uncertain times.

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

-Today is Eat all you want day, Accounting Day, World Ego Awareness Day, Twilight Zone Day, Nurses Week, Hospital Week, Cerebral Palsy, Lupus and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome awareness week, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Military Appreciation Month, and Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.

-AOMA has entered into agreements for the following:

1. Learning Management System (LMS)– this will provide us the capability to do on-line learning into the future. Still will have to go through the accreditation process which takes about 6 months, but this is an important Strategic priority for AOMA’s growth. We selected a system called D2L/Brightspace which is offering much greater level of support and training as well as creative design that the competing LMS vendors. We think D2L will be a good long-term partner.

Much thanks to Lesley and Phil for all the work to compare the top vendors and help us make the best decision for the school.

2. Electronic Medical Record System (EMR) – we have agreed to partner with a vendor out of San Antonio called BisVine. Our connection with this vendor was through American Acupuncture Council (AAC) who is our liability insurance carrier. They have endorsed this vendor and asked AOMA and two other schools to consider a partnership to help the vendor further develop their system to be one ideal for TCM schools. After many meetings and much dialogue, we have agreed to enter into a partnership with BisVine. It will be many months before we fully implement the system we will have to do much paper chart transition, practitioner and staff training, testing of the system, etc., but we are excited about this wonderful opportunity. The EMR is another strategic imperative for AOMA’s growth.


1. Any CDC, local health department, CCAOM or other agency updates?

-US 1,342,594 confirmed cases 80,820 deaths

-TX 41,048 confirmed cases 1,133 deaths Travis county 2,171 confirmed cases

- Researchers are learning more about the Novel Coronavirus associated with COVID19, like other coronavirus it attaches to human cell ACE receptors especially to nose and arteries. The attachment to arteries accounts for reports of related blood clots and strokes in younger adults.

-YouTube MedCram is reported to be a good source for accurate information about the virus.

2.Updates on action items:

None today

3. Communication status? Any new issues (e.g. Known traveling or potential exposures)

- Billy Zachary’s Zoom Clinical on will include the attorney from People’s Community Clinic. The link to participate is Thur 1:45 Zoom Link

4. Good news, positive experiences in last 24 hours

- Lots of good rain yesterday, 2 inches in most places

-Thunderbird’s flight path today will include Oakhill and very close to AOMA south. 2:45-3:15 is expected flight timeframe.

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