September 29, 2021
September is coming to a close, which means virtual NACCT 2021 is just around the corner. With COVID cases rising in the background, and the attrition of live speakers and moderators, the ability to execute an in-person meeting was threatened. The NACCT leadership has been working diligently to provide virtual attendees an excellent educational and networking experience.
Despite this global pandemic, the AACT is continuously making efforts to improve the lives of its membership, with new activities like the Tox Coach, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and the new volunteers working for the Clinical Toxicology Recommendation Collaborative. Don’t forget to download the AACT membership mobile app.
By using the app you can link to the Clinical Toxicology journal, connect with your fellow members and sections, view the latest post, and see how you can contribute to the AACT. We want you to update your profile so our community can see all of your achievements. In the near future, we want our members to share their great educational and research tools and ideas, so we can all advance clinical toxicology.
A great example of the AACT cooperative spirit is the work Adam Blumenberg initiated. He developed a series of toxicology history webinars, which he wanted the AACT to promote and share with our membership. These will be coming out in addition to our regularly scheduled webinars. I know each member of the AACT has talents we can all benefit from. It is the AACT’s mission to discover and support our member’s gifts. Tell us what you are doing for clinical toxicology.
The Board of Trustees is the ultimate service to the AACT. This brain trust volunteers numerous hours to the mission and function of the AACT. We now have some out-going members to thank and newly elected trustees to introduce. Jeanna Marraffa has completed her third term as Secretary. She has been the spark plug for the Question of the Day, the Public Relations Committee and the Tox Coach program, just to name a few. Jennifer Sample and Lee Cantrell have completed their respective terms as well. They were the Fellowship Committee team who recruited and facilitated the promotion of our most accomplished members to Fellowship status. They all will continue to serve in many capacities, and mentor those who are following them. I am grateful for everything they have done for the AACT.
Jon Cole, incumbent, and three newcomers were elected to fill the open terms as trustees. Please congratulate and welcome Ann Arens, Sean Bryant and Mark Su. It was a competitive slate of candidates who all would be valuable trustees. We are lucky to have so many people interested in service. I look forward to seeing you all soon at NACCT 2021!
Kirk Cumpston, DO
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