Dr. Jaime Wilson is AMPHL’s 2017-2019 President. Jaime A.B. Wilson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist / neuropsychologist. As part of the work in his private practice (Wilson Clinical Services, PLLC.; https://wilsonclinical.com/), Dr. Wilson conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations. The field of neuropsychology is dedicated to learning about the brain and nervous system.
Yesterday, I found myself talking with a hearing friend – a fellow neuropsychologist – about the AMPHL conference in Rochester, NY. Although the Rochester conference is now two weeks past, I found it amusing that I was excited to share with him the ins-and-outs of the conference as if I just got off the most awesome ride at Disney World.
I think many of us who were in Rochester from the 9th to the 11th of June share the same sentiments. The conference is over, yet many of us are still talking about it. A prior AMPHL board member, Megan Jack, MD, aptly stated, “We need to come up with an ICD code for ‘Post-AMPHLitis.’ I so miss the sense of community and all the laughter already!”
My neuropsychologist friend appeared intrigued as I described what the conference and the AMPHL organization represents. I had no problem sharing with him several reasons the conference was something special.
Here are some of what I felt were the highlights of the conference, in no particular order of importance:
It was my first time seeing the Rochester Institute of Technology / National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT-NTID) campus, and I was not disappointed. I am glad to say that as an individual with a hearing loss, I could cross-off my bucket list a visit to this mecca–one of the premiere post-secondary institutions in our world as deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Thanks to Dr. Gerard Buckley, NTID President and RIT Vice President / Dean, for sponsoring and hosting an amazing #AMPHL2017 conference.
- There is None Other Like AMPHL
AMPHL is one of the largest (if not the only) organizations in existence that caters to individuals with a hearing loss in the general healthcare and biomedical science fields. How can you not be amazed to be surrounded by like-peers who have faced similar challenges in navigating the complex world of becoming a health care provider with a hearing loss?
- Input from 270+ Attendees on Creating the AMPHL Vision Statement
Right from the get-go, the opening keynote in Leon McDougle, MD, was chock full of informative tips on the establishment of a great organizational vision statement. Many of you sent in your breakout group’s vision statement and I will be discussing with the AMPHL board the refinement of a final vision statement in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
As you know, AMPHL’s mission statement relates to the reasons for our existence. Since 2013, the AMPHL mission statement has read:
A vision statement, on the other hand, describes the organization as it would appear in a future successful state. Thank you, Dr. McDougle, for inspiring AMPHL to get a move on creating our own vision statement!
- The Content & Information
Actionable tactics, tools, and ideas were shared by most all presenters and left me feeling rejuvenated and refreshed when I arrived home. It was overwhelming trying to pick from four (FOUR!) different tracks with engaging topics and course titles. Perhaps a social media hashtag #AMPHL2017problems would have made for the perfect oxymoron!
Having a conference with such organization and intrigue that the co-chairs, Dr. Scott Smith and Ms. Kathy Miraglia, pulled off is no easy feat. Hats off to all the volunteers and the rest of the folks at RIT-NTID for nailing this on thehead!
Dinner at City Grill
The formal dinner on the town no doubt went beyond your average meet up. The great food and drinks available made it almost impossible for one not to enjoy the atmosphere and camaraderie offered by fellow health care providers with a hearing loss.
- International Representation
#AMPHL2017 had health care providers representing several different countries! These countries included – but were not limited to – Canada, Japan, South Korea, Uruguay, Germany, and Indonesia!
- Diversity Does Make Us Smarter!
AMPHL president (now immediate-past president), Dr. Mike McKee left no doubt by splitting the uprights dead center with a closing plenary session. He emphasized that diversity makes us smarter and he was correct in his assessment. One look around the room of fellow AMPHL attendees confirmed this observation!
The extraordinary networking opportunities offered by AMPHL, the informative workshops and keynote addresses, and, quite simply, the fun of being a part of it all makes an AMPHL conference an event no-doubt worth attending! You don’t want to miss a future conference!
My neuropsychologist friend sat amazed at the breadth and depth of our conference and the opportunities afforded through such a unique organization as AMPHL. He asked when the next conference will be and I was eagerly glad to share: Baltimore, MD, June 1-4, 2019. Join us there!