Dear AACE members,
We continue to think of you during this unprecedented season. While over the last several weeks you have received many helpful pieces of guidance, research, and news updates - today we simply wish to remind you that our priority remains to be you: our members. You are the heart of AACE, and you are our foremost thought that guides anything and everything we do.
During these uncertain and challenging times, it is important for us all to continue to support and learn from each other – not just for us, but for our world and the communities we serve. With that in mind, here are three examples of ways we are helping move forward within our AACE community:
- Learning lives on: With the unfortunate cancellation of many live events, including AACE’s EMBRAACE, you may be looking to continue your education in other ways. Many AACE volunteer leaders and staff came together to provide you with the new AACE Online Learning Center, which is full of many on demand CME/MOC opportunities featuring the latest in our specialty. We’ll also soon be announcing the new AACE Master Class, a virtual learning series including live webinars, 50+ new recorded lectures, oral poster presentations and an online poster gallery. Stay tuned to AACE for more information, beginning May 2020!
- COVID-19 Resources: On AACE.com, your team works every day to provide the latest clinical practice guidelines and resources that may help you in your practice. Be sure to visit this COVID-19 Resource Center regularly for updates, and also look at some of the most viewed resources such as the COVID-19 Position Statements on Diabetes, Adrenal Insufficiency, Thyroid Disease, and Cardiometabolic Disease.
- Advocating for our profession and our patients: Over the last several weeks, AACE has contributed to many advocacy efforts at the national level to ensure the voice of healthcare providers like you are being heard during this pandemic. We’ve signed several letters in partnership with other healthcare organizations covering topics such as relief from regulatory requirements, payment parity for telehealth services, coverage requirements for DME, and inclusion of physicians in stimulus packages. Aside from government, we’ve also worked closely with the media to help educate the public and discuss important topics related to COVID-19 and endocrinology. In case you missed it, check out these articles in The New York Times, Healthline, Medscape, and Yahoo! Sports.
Since we sadly cannot celebrate in person at our annual congress, we wish to ensure that our award winners still receive the recognition they deserve. In May, we will be launching a special section on AACE.com to shine a light on our many accomplished AACE members and will invite you to participate. We also plan to still carry on a special Presidential transition, hearing from our outgoing and incoming Presidents as they look back on the 2019-2020 AACE year and look ahead at what is to come.
So, while we continue to navigate through these uncharted waters – remember that we must stay united. No matter where you find yourself practicing during this pandemic – please share your stories and photos with us all on social media by tagging @TheAACE Facebook or Twitter accounts, or by using the hashtag #AACEUnited.
On behalf of AACE leadership, we will continue to work tirelessly for all AACE members and the future of our clinical endocrinology profession and provide you all updates as they are needed. Together, we will keep moving forward.
We wish you, your teams, your families, and your communities good health and great strength during this time.
Sandra Weber, MD, FACP, FACE
Paul Markowski, CAE