We are still in the midst of the pandemic. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the future.
Our NMSAAM DOM summer survey showed a number of things:
DOMs are struggling to get back to work.
Not very much telemedicine is being done.
Reporting about 41% normal practice. I have heard reports of 60%.
67.9% want NMSAAM webinars.
The National ASA survey was perhaps a bit more positive.
I have been personally very concerned about reports of DOMs dropping out of the profession.
I think there is a common challenge that we are all facing an uncertain future. While we are very confident that our medicine has the most to offer in supporting health and immune support, getting the message out in the world without getting unwanted attention from the FDA and other agencies is a concern.
September 27 will be the completion of my term as NMSAAM president. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you. I have greatly appreciated all that you bring to NMSAAM and our profession.
The last 2 years have been building years for NMSAAM. Our membership has increased. I believe that we have been more effective in a number of areas. Thanks to our secretary, our communications to our DOM community have been, in my opinion, of real value to our fellow DOMs. Our committees showed some good momentum until the pandemic slowed down the world. We initiated some good public education efforts that we should be able to build on in the future.
In the future I hope that NMSAAM can embrace communication, representation, and education as our continuing mission. I believe that it takes 1 year for new board members and officers to get the hang of things and then another year to grow into greater effectiveness.
Due to me being overextended and being overwhelmed during the pandemic I was not able to be as effective as I would have liked to have been.
I now live ½ mile from the Roundhouse. Being within easy walking distance, I will be able to pop up to the capital during the legislative session. I expect the chaos from our move to have been settled by then.
In gratitude and affection,
John Scott, DOM