|ACAM Opens Borders:
Welcomes ARNPs, Physician Assistants, Dentists, & Chiropractors
I am pleased to announce that, after a member-wide vote, ACAM now recognizes ARNPs, Physician Assistants, Dentists and Chiropractors as members with full voting rights. After much discussion, a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors and now the voting results from ACAM's voting members, I am excited to say that ACAM's "borders" are now open!
As many of you know, there are a growing number of other Integrative Medicine education organizations and Internet based educational venues where people can choose to learn. ACAM was the first and only organization of its kind and we still remain an important leader in this educational field. Our effort to keep ACAM successful and at the leading edge of quality education led us to this point - placing the vote in members hands - and the resulting outcome.
These additional practitioners are dedicated healthcare workers who have long supported ACAM by going to our conferences and workshops both as presenters and attendees. Many of them have been paying members of ACAM, but only at the “Affiliate” or “Associate” status levels with no voting privileges. It only makes sense that they should also be able to play a more active role in shaping ACAM’s future. We thank our members for voting and giving these members full voting rights.
As President of ACAM, I support these now official changes and feel they will not only help ACAM grow its membership but also help us be a more successful organization. Now help us get the word out - spread this news to your fellow colleagues, friends and other healthcare professionals, all while reminding them that the annual meeting in November is the perfect place to experience ACAM at its finest. Members and non-members can register now at www.acam.org/ACAM2014.
Allen “Buddy” Green, M.D.
President of ACAM
New Bylaw 3.B.1:
1) Affiliate Members. Affiliate Membership shall be open to Doctors of Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture, Doctors of Pharmacy, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Nursing, and Doctors of Science, Master level Psychologists, Dietitians, Nutritionists and RN's This category includes international members holding equitable degrees from such accredited schools.