Weekly Address from Mary Faria: Fall Week 1

AOMA weekly updates (week of 9/14/20)


1. AOMA’s desire to combat racism –

- As we celebrated Constitution Day a live Instagram captured an interview ASA President, Robin Banyasz did with Dr. Zach Elkins of UT Austin School of Government. The issue of racism and the Constitution was addressed. Using Instagram in this way was new for us and unfortunately the event was not recorded, but we are asking Dr. Elkins to answer the interview questions again so we can publish the Q&A. Once we have it, it will be posted.


2. Plans and issues related to COVID-19 crisis including clinic and campus re-openings

- At the September 17th Safety meeting, it was agreed if done safely we will begin using e-stim in the Student and Pro Clinics. E-Stim units will be distributed to students by supervisors. Supervisors will ensure students understand the safety requirements regarding E-Stim including proper disinfection of the units. Guidelines for use of E-Stim will be posted on the Student portal.


3. Key operational issues or updates

- For health and wellbeing reasons, Robert Laguna will be stepping out of his role as Dean of Students and Sr. Director of Student services in October or November. We are pleased he will stay on at AOMA as faculty and in a support role for Student Community Clinics, community outreach and the implementation of the new EMR for our Clinics. We all wish Robert well as he makes this transition. We will determine how we will re-organize Student Services considering this change.

-Computers and cameras have all been updated in all our classrooms. I think everyone will be very pleased with this technological improvement. This will make a significant difference for distance learning.


4. Important announcements or answers to questions sent in by students, faculty or staff

- The following was sent to AOMA from Influential Point and is a great opportunity for AOMA students.

Hello friends and colleagues,

We are excited to share with you that we will be holding an online gathering session for ALL current students (Masters and Doctoral).  

Our Real Space series is an online brave space for students around the world to gather, connect one another, share stories and take up space. Previously, we've held successful Real Space sessions for Asian, Latinx and Black acupuncturists.  We are currently developing our Student Division to help students, particularly BIPOC students, navigate their medical education with integrity and professional confidence.  This event is a FREE event (donations welcome!). We would greatly appreciate it if you could share this event with your students as they begin their journey towards Chinese medicine. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues as well!

 In solidarity,

The Influential Point Team

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No scarcity mentality at Influential Point

Take care, stay safe and stay healthy (mind, body and spirit).


With Love and Peace,

~Mary