April 28, 2021
With COVID-19 and social injustice occupying our minds so frequently because of the news and social media, we may or may not realize how much stress these issues have placed on our mental health. I know they influence my life every day. Because of our jobs as clinicians, many of us take a personal health risk daily, and come face to face with these dominating topics.
For safety and health reasons, we all retreated to our homes and entered the sterile, remote video world. Now that opportunities for vaccinations are abundant, states are in various stages of re-opening, which is forcing us out of our hibernation. Our collective release out of captivity back into the wild is also a significant stressor.
Despite the uncertainty, distance, and polarization in our world, we are all still members of the AACT. Moreover, we all live and love clinical toxicology. We all internally share this passion, which is impervious to external factors. We cannot let isolation and fear divide us. Let us come together at NACCT 2021 and celebrate the clinical toxicology that unites us.
NACCT 2021 promises to be better than ever, with options suitable to everyone. The ACMT and AACT Pre-meeting symposia will be virtual, followed by a travel day for those attending in person. This break will make the main NACCT 2021 conference feel shorter, fresher and with greater focus on the weekend, so it interferes less with work. The symposia and speakers will be high quality and the poster experience will undoubtedly be better virtually, and of course an organic option in person. As usual, there will be loads of CE material streaming live, and more you can review asynchronously. Hope to see you in Atlanta, October 16-18th.
Kirk Cumpston, DO