I have been a teacher in our profession for the last twelve years. In lectures I often emphasize to students that questions are more important than answers. Why? Because questions are what stimulates thinking. Those questions, in turn, lead to the search for answers.
One of the questions I recently asked myself as AAAOM President is: "How can our organization quickly impact the lives and practices of members?" A core element of AAAOM’s mission is to "support our members through education and occupational resources.” With that in mind, the answer to the question suddenly was obvious: We need to provide CEUs and other informational products that can be immediately incorporated into members’ lives and practices.
As a result, the Board is in the planning stages of a webinar series we will be hosting on a variety of subjects related both to the practice of acupuncture and to practice development. A new, downloadable practitioner start-up kit is in the works to help practitioners launch as strongly as possible. Also, be on the lookout for new vendor discounts for electroacupuncture machines and gua sha tools. Direct, relevant, and immediate benefits of membership.
Late last year, I read an article on making resolutions. The article explained that one reason most resolutions fail is because people make too many of them. The article suggested making just one resolution per year and posed a simple question: "What is the one resolution that would have the most impact on your life?"
I asked myself that question as 2013 drew to a close and am happy to say that I’ve been reaping the rewards in 2014. It is my sincere hope that the answer to my question about adding immediate membership value in the Association will have as meaningful an impact on your lives and practices as my one question has had on mine.
Don Lee, L.Ac., DNBAO, AOS, CSCS
President, AAAOM Board of Directors