Weekly Address from Mary Faria: Fall Week 3

AOMA weekly updates (week of 9/28/20)


1. AOMA’s desire to combat racism –

- No new updates this week


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

- Small cleanable and foldable desks were tested in the Clinics as an option to only using clip boards for charting. The feedback was positive and additional tables have been purchased. Later in October we will have 3 tables at the north and south clinic.

- Posters were placed at the north and south clinics detailing all clinic safety rules at this time. Please know these are always subject to change as COVID mandates change with local authorities. All current safety rules and other information regarding COVID at AOMA are posted on the student and faculty portals.


3. Key operational issues or updates

- We are in the process of determining how to re-organize AOMA operations in particular academics and student services with changes in the Director of Bioscience and Dean of Student roles. There will most likely be some short-term measures put in place until a good long-term re-organization plan is in place. We’ll keep our students updated as decisions are made.


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

- We are in the process of finalizing plans for National Acupuncture Medicine (AM) Day, October 24. I can tell you we will be doing a promotional campaign for AOMA as a sponsor of Sun Radio, the week leading up to AM day. One radio interview confirmed for October 24 is one the station will conduct with Dr. Edward Lee, MD (Director of the Whole Health Program for the Central Texas VA) and Dr. John Finnell, ND, L.Ac. (Director of the Whole Health Program for South Texas VA). The topic will be the integrative approach used in the VA’s Whole Health Program and why acupuncture is such an important part of the program. Once the interview time is established, we will let you know.

- Knowing that student clinic volumes are not as high as needed many additional measures are being taken including reaching out to organizations/businesses close to our clinic locations to determine if they have enough flexibility to fill open slots vacated by last minute cancellations. The Sunset Valley Police department and Central Market are two we have reached out to and awaiting word back from them on whether this is feasible for them.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Fall weather!

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

With Love and Peace,

~Mary