Local Academy Updates
In response to survey results from our members, we have incorporated CME classes, case presentations, and nationally recognized speakers into our chapter meetings. We are beginning to raise the standard of HIV care with our local health care providers. We are considering developing an educational component for AIDS Walk Arizona. AIDS service organizations, the Academy, and Ryan White Title I are developing a community medical forum for consumers. Mark Kezios has been appointed as the Administrative Director of the chapter.
The Chapter has been very active in supporting and lobbying for AB 937 (see story in this issue). This advocacy has definitely increased understanding of the quality of care and HIV Specialists issues amongst our legislators. The Chapter also recently elected a new board of directors: Stephen Becker, Eric Daar, Jason Flamm, Michael Fratkin, W. David Hardy, Mark Holodniy, Marshall Kubota, Larry Lyle, Donald Northfelt, Jorge Rodriguez, John Stansell. The board will meet at ICAAC.
Recently the Florida Academy of HIV Medicine sponsored a table at the AIDS Education Training Center (AETC) State HIV Conference in Orlando. We had a lot of activity at our table, and prospective members took all of our literature for review. We are also currently enrolling 30 Correctional Physicians into AAHIVM/FAHIVM with the help of Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Gene McCarty. We now have over 100 members in the state of Florida and are on an active membership drive. Due to our increasing membership, we will soon be holding elections in Florida to add three more board members, making a total of seven. In addition to increasing our membership, we are also organizing an approach to the Florida Medical Society regarding their support of the Academy. In addition, we are working with Positive Healthcare and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to help organize educational programs throughout the state.
This article was provided by American Academy of HIV Medicine. It is a part of the publication The Nexus.