Weekly Address from Mary Faria: Winter Break Week

AOMA weekly updates (week of 2/8/21)

1. AOMA’s desire to combat racism and healthcare disparities –

- Dr. Tokoya is working to resurrect our speaker series including inviting Dr. John Hoberman, a professor at UT Austin introduced to us by Dr. Damon Tweedy. Dr. Hoberman is a medical historian with a special interest in medical racism. He teaches a course called “Race and Medicine in American Life” he also co-teaches an elective at Dell Medical School called “The Racial Dimension of Medicine.

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

I’ll keep this reminder in for a few weeks:

-Vaccines are being offered by many providers in Austin. All students treating patients are eligible for the vaccine under the States 1A category. Austin Public Health (APH) is offering free vaccine. One must pre-register and then will be scheduled. There are no walk-ins, vaccine is by appointment only but hubs are being set up around the county.

Please see the M, W, F morning briefing minutes of the 1/18/21 and 1/20/21 for related links including a full listing of links where vaccine appointments can be made.

-A pilot led by Dr. Violet Song will test bringing back prone treatments, chair treatments with a face cradle and cupping. The pilot will be with the Pro Clinic only at this time. Once the pilot is complete and any process improvement is made these procedures will return to the student clinic as well. The pilot began last week and will continue through two weeks.

3. Key operational issues or updates

- The focus has been finalizing all that is needed for our ACAOM self-study. The work is led by Dr. Hamilton. The deadline is fast approaching.

-Another focus has been inclement weather as Austin braced for the winter storms that came through late last week and continue to play havoc with our ability to keep campus and clinics open.

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

- Please keep an eye open for alerts regarding campus and clinic closures due to the weather. The alerts will come via text or by email.

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

With Love and Peace,


Got a question for Mary? Don’t hesitate to send her an email at mfaria@aoma.edu and you will receive a response in a timely fashion. If your question involves another department, we will make sure they receive the question and respond.

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