By Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., CAE
Earlier this year, the NCCAOM welcomed the Year of the Fire Monkey in
which we embraced a year of ambition, innovation and productivity. Knowing that
according to ancient Chinese beliefs, people born during the Year of the Monkey
are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, and inventive and also
possess great leadership skills; the NCCAOM leadership, therefore, decided that
it was the perfect year for the NCCAOM to embrace a culture of entrepreneurship.
This application of the NCCAOM enterprising spirit was what lead to the
formation of the new NCCAOM® Academy of Diplomates, a chartered
membership division of the NCCAOM created exclusively for active NCCAOM
Diplomates, announced in March of this year.
The Academy of Diplomates was conceived based
upon the NCCAOM®’s 2014 strategic plan that revolved around organizational goals to further assist
Diplomates with promoting their credentials and to provide resources to
Diplomates to enhance their careers. Feedback from our Diplomates through the 2015 Diplomate Satisfaction Survey further confirmed the need expand NCCAOM’s organizational structure to
provide greater services and products to its Diplomates. Thus, the Academy, led
by a separate governing board, will facilitate expansion of the activities the NCCAOM
has accomplished to promote its Diplomates and their NCCAOM certifications.
Since the Academy was created to serve our Diplomates, there will be no membership
dues – all active Diplomates are automatically qualified to be members. The first Academy of
Diplomates Board of Trustees Officers are: Chair David Canzone, Dipl. Ac.
(NCCAOM)®, Dipl. NBAO, DOM, Vice Chair Iman Majd, MD, MS, EAMP, Dip.
ABFM, ABoIM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, DABMA, ABIHM, Certified GUNN-IMS
and Treasurer Steve Kazmierczak, Ph.D., DABCC. While the Academy is still in
its foundational stage, the NCCAOM will be continuing its work towards providing
more benefits to its Diplomates in order to distinguish themselves from other healthcare
practitioners. These benefits include the HealthProfs Directory and CADR-Plus.Please see the detailed story in this issue of the
Diplomate E-News You Can Use. The Academy board is also committed to working
synergistically with other AOM professional associations, foundations, and
institutions in support of the AOM profession.
To coincide with the launch
of the Academy, the NCCAOM has embarked on a major public education campaign,
designed with the help of our Public and Professional Recognition Awareness
Taskforce. NCCAOM has contracted with a seasoned public relations firm to
promote our Diplomates to the media, other healthcare practitioners, employers
and consumers. In fact, we are working with other AOM national and state
associations as well as the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium
(IHPC) via the Opioid Taskforce to promote the use of
acupuncture to decrease opioid dependency. Bill Reddy, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), IHPC
Board member has written an in-depth article in this edition of our newsletter.
Change and transformation
is a continuous and necessary evolution process in successful organizations, as
stagnation leads to decline. This is why the NCCAOM is always committed to
assessing the current needs of our Diplomates and to make changes to meet those
needs. You will be hearing more about the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates in the coming
months, through our newsletters and through postings on our website. On behalf
of the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners and staff, I look forward to reporting on
the Academy’s progress to provide you more services and products. Stay tuned!
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