Conference Endorsements & Reflections

Excerpts from AMPHL Conferences Reflection Series

Reflections from a Founder
“The stories we share are about professional challenges, successes, failures, degrees obtained, new technology, job changes, marriages, divorces, illnesses, deaths, births, and kids growing up… When one adds up the actual time we’ve spend in physical proximity to each other (very little), and compares that to the depth of feelings we have for each other…one can only say it’s a magical bond that connects us all.”

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AMPHL Conferences: Reflections from a FounderDanielle Rastetter, DVM
- Rochester 2017, Portland 2011, Salt Lake City 2008, Washington DC 2005, Miamisburg 2002, Cherry Hill 2001

Reflections on Community
“Attending subsequent conferences cemented me into the community. The benefit of returning to conference at each new stage in my career is that I gained nuanced advice and insight that I couldn’t have obtained online. Catching up with old friends while making new ones allowed me to widen my network and, with a few people I’d have never met otherwise, deepen the bonds of lasting friendships — which I’d be a fool to decline.

The comradery enrichens with each conference experience — which brings me back, time and time again. I envision this will never grow old.”

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AMPHL Conferences: Reflections on Community
Marcie Johnson, MPA, PA-C
- Rochester 2017, Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011

Reflections on the Value of Meeting in Person
“Anyone who lurks on one of our digital media outlets might be pleasantly surprised that meeting in person at these conferences was much more effective for creating connections with one another than engaging with one another in online forums. While the presentations are great and very informative, it is these connections that have proven invaluable for my personal and professional development.

I wish I had become involved sooner in AMPHL.”

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AMPHL Conferences: Reflections on the Value of Meeting in Person
Chad Ruffin, MD
- Rochester 2017, Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013

Reflections on First Time Attendance
“…I was greeted by a smiling profoundly deaf physician and audiologist sitting at the registration table the first day of the conference. I examined the room as I registered and saw people cueing, signing, speech-reading—discussing stethoscopes, clear masks, and the stressors of their jobs that they experience. It hit me in that moment that I was in my element and among people who were vastly different than anyone else I had encountered. There were so many deaf and hard-of-hearing health care professionals within my reach—it was almost overwhelming to wrap my head around. I had been accustomed to being the only deaf nurse in my hospital (and probably surrounding area) that the thought of this being possible was unfathomable.”

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AMPHL Conferences: Reflections on First Time Attendance
Amber Kimball, BSN, RN
- Rochester 2017, Ann Arbor 2015

Reflections on their Evolution
“…someone will realize that challenges, ones they thought were theirs to bear alone, are shared and, in sharing, made solvable. Those challenges then become opportunities for personal growth, community outreach, scholarly enrichment, and leadership toward a shared vision, one in which our diversity allows us as clinicians and scientists to contribute to a stronger community.

Take a moment. Take it all in. Then, please, come in and join the great conversation.”

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AMPHL Conferences: Reflections on their Evolution
Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH
- Rochester 2017, Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011, Salt Lake City 2008, Miamisburg 2002, Cherry Hill 2001

Reflections on the AMPHL Family
“I still learn at every conference and meet inspiring people. The younger students are going through school in a new era of technology and healthcare. I get great ideas from them on how to utilize technology in my practice. I learn new facts from my AMPHL colleagues who are in other specialities, private practice, hospital medicine, or healthcare management. Even further outside of the box, I have had conversations where I learned tidbits on parenting, personal finance, promotions, and retirement. I don’t always pick up on these facts in hearing gatherings, so it is nice to have these conversations with my deaf medical colleagues.”

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AMPHL Conferences: Reflections on the AMPHL Family
Wendy Eastman, MD
- Rochester 2017, Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011, Salt Lake City 2008, Washington DC 2005, Cherry Hill 2001

Conference Endorsements after Ann Arbor 2015

“The Ann Arbor conference was terrific! The keynote addresses stimulated
conversations with colleagues
about how we can better support deaf and hard
of hearing people who want to pursue their dreams of becoming health care professionals. I’ve attended every conference except for one, and they get better and better each time. Along with rich opportunities to learn from a variety of seasoned and innovative presenters, the networking is unparalleled. We get to discuss with one another challenges, ideas, and solutions to things like optimizing communication, working with interpreters, and creative use of technology. I look forward to seeing colleagues and new ideas in Rochester!”Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH
- Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011, Salt Lake City 2008, Miamisburg 2002, Cherry Hill 2001
“Attending the conferences in Austin and Ann Arbor have helped me tremendously in helping me connect with others who have taken the same path I am on now as a medical student. The seminars and exhibits were exciting and gave me more insight about the challenges and any available or upcoming solutions for deaf and hard-of-hearing medical professionals. I strongly urge anyone interested in health care, whether you are a pre-med, current medical student, veterinary student, nursing student, resident, or interpreter, to attend the next conference and meet the wonderful people from all walks of life who have some wisdom to share with you and help you break through any barriers in your field!”Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus, medical student
- Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013
“Since my first AMPHL conference in 2002, I have had the pleasure of seeing the conference grow from a single-track conference held in a small meeting room to a three-track conference requiring an auditorium for daily plenary sessions. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with such an amazing and diverse group of professionals, both as an interpreter (Miamisburg, Portland, and Austin) and as a presenter (Austin and Ann Arbor). I think the best part of the AMPHL conference is the intimacy—with such a small (but growing!) number of attendees, I feel the social opportunities are so much richer: I have the ability to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new colleagues. As a member of the interpreting team again this year, I feel a sense of satisfaction working with some of the most experienced medical conference interpreters from around the country. AMPHL continues to be one of my favorite conferences to be involved with. I look forward to Rochester in 2017!”Todd Agan, CI, CT, BEI Master Interpreter
- Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011, Miamisburg 2002
“The AMPHL 2015 Conference in Ann Arbor rocked! I can’t think of a better place to meet and interact with others who have hearing losses and are involved with so many different professional fields. It’s the Shangri-La of networking!Jaime Wilson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
- Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011, Salt Lake City 2008
“This was my third AMPHL conference and that feeling of walking into a place where everyone is on common ground in terms of overcoming challenges and striving for our best never gets old. I learn so much from others’ experience and, once again, I came away with useful tips to help me navigate the hearing world better. I wish I could hang out with these amazing individuals more often than every two years but I’m just grateful the opportunity exists!”Megan Jack, MD
- Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011
“As I understand, I am the only person who has attended every single AMPHL conference since the first one in Cherry Hill, NJ in 2001, and I don’t plan on quitting any time soon! The most recent conference in Ann Arbor, MI was every bit as satisfying as all the previous conferences. It was a new place in a cool city with an amazing agenda to boot. I go to these conferences as a way to re-charge my batteries in the company of friends and colleagues, not only to present on the latest updates in assistive technology and stethoscopes, but also to learn something new, meet new people, and network. This year was extra special since the conference was associated with a clinical simulation center in a medical school, a very neat way to learn or practice in a safe environment while picking up tips and strategies or exploring new technologies with others in similar situations. We can simply no longer think we are alone as health professionals or students with hearing loss. We are a unique community committed to a healthier world in spite of it! Thank you, and congratulations, to the conference planning committee and to the board for another successful conference! Let’s keep this organization going strong into the future!”Sam Atcherson, PhD, CCC-A
- Ann Arbor 2015, Austin 2013, Portland 2011, Salt Lake City 2008, Washington DC 2005, Miamisburg 2002, Cherry Hill 2001
“I finally attended the AMPHL conference in Ann Arbor after several years away, and it was like a family reunion. Our pioneers and supporters have continued to mentor each generation of new health professionals. In addition, I met the new “nieces and nephews” so to speak – those who have joined since I first joined AMPHL. It’s exciting to see the conference grow each year in different disciplines and offerings, and I believe this organization has a role to serve for many years to come.Michael Argényi, MSW, medical student class of 2016
- Ann Arbor 2015, Salt Lake City 2008
“I love having a place to meet with other interpreters who do the same work that I do, it enables us to discuss solutions to situations we encounter daily. I particularly benefitted from the discussion facilitated by Todd Agan and Alicia Booth during the session ‘Evolution of a Designated Interpreter’s Role from Medical school to Practice.’ Their Q&A session covered everything from the logistics of handling a particularly lengthy shift to locating suitable substitute interpreters during the designated interpreter’s absence.”Melody Fico, ASL Interpreter, CI/CT
- Ann Arbor 2015, Salt Lake City 2008
“It was my first time. I will definitely come back for the next conference in 2017. I’m a college student who is pre-nursing. I’m planning to become a RN someday. This workshop gave me a lot of benefits, feedback, advocates, and great tips! I met several other professionals who are already in the field or who want to go into the medical field. I think it is great to interact, to get know them, and learn from their struggles. I think it is amazing what I have learned and I wish I had gone before!”Diane Bass, CNA, BA Psychology & BS Health Science
- Ann Arbor 2015