May 27, 2020 - Update

Taking guidance from the CDC and local health authorities, AOMA made decisions regarding exposure concerns:

  • Clinics and stores closed Tuesday March 17th, 2020. Tele-health appointments became available in May.
  • Offsite clinics are discontinued until our affiliates re-open them.
  • AOMA Herbal Medicine North and South is closed to walk-in trade, but will take orders for curb-side pickup or shipping.
  • All didactic and clinical learning is taking place virtually via Zoom. 
  • AOMA’s request for a distance learning waiver was approved by ACAOM and SACS-COC, allowing us the ability to execute this plan. While there are limits as to the number of hours students can earn in their clinical training via online delivery, both accreditors are allowing distance education through December 31, 2020.
  • AOMA leadership will continue monitoring and assessing, as closures may be extended based on national and local developments. Additional information will be posted on the front page of www.AOMA.edu – please check there for ongoing updates.

Please know the leadership team has worked as quickly as possible to determine the best possible course of action for AOMA. The decisions we have made  are based on information from CDC and other local health authorities, and are in accordance with what our accrediting agencies are allowing us to do as an institution of higher education. 

A committee was formed in early May to determine what the steps, processes, and procedures will be when we are ready to re-open clinics, stores, and classrooms. While we are hopeful we can re-open sometime between mid-June and mid-July, the safety of our students, patients, staff, and faculty are our highest priority.

Although many of these decisions will have a significant business and educational impact, AOMA leaders are making them because we firmly believe they are the right decisions to make at this time. We very much appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we are managing this very difficult situation.

Respectfully,

Mary

Dr. Mary Faria, President & CEO, and AOMA’s Academic & Administrative Leadership Team

 

 

March 2, 2020

 

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Patients/Guests,

 

On February 28, 2020, WHO raised the coronavirus threat assessment to a very high level globally. The virus threat continues to grow and as we know is now impacting cities across the US, including Texas. AOMA has had a plan in place since the outbreak in China. The plan is in three phases with the most comprehensive phase now in place. The plan must be dynamic and will be updated as things progress with the spread and understanding of the virus. Our goal is to minimize risk by controlling what we can control and provide the safest environment possible for faculty, staff, students and patients. Most important is for us all to stay informed and to vigilantly practice all the prevention measures that make a difference, like proper handwashing.

 

The most current information about the coronavirus is available:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

http://www.austintexas.gov/news/austin-public-health-prepares-spread-covid-19

 

Panic will not help us deal effectively with this situation. While we have no reason to be alarmed at AOMA, we do need to be informed and ready and we must take the right prevention measures. 

If you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or similar flu-like symptoms, please stay home and seek appropriate medical attention first by phone, if necessary.

 

Patients will be screened to see if they have recently been traveling (domestic and international), have any flu-like symptoms, or been around anyone who has been traveling and/or have flu-like symptoms. So far, the incubation period has ranged from 7 to 29 days.

 

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus, flu and common cold, please follow these important tips:

Use proper handwashing technique, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
It is also recommended you cancel or postpone any nonessential flights and cruises, particularly international travel.

 

AOMA will continue to monitor this situation, and update our plan accordingly. Our website will be the best source for AOMA updates. If you have any questions please contact the director of operations, Stephanee Owenby, sowenby@aoma.edu , or academic advisors, Robert Laguna, rlaguna@aoma.edu, Dr. Phil Garrison, pgarrison@aoma.edu, Reagan Taylor, rtaylor@aoma.edu, and Dr. Lesley Hamilton, lhamilton@aoma.edu, Dr. Mary Faria, mfaria@aoma.edu.

 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we do what is necessary to effectively work through this international, national, and local health threat.

 

Sincerely,

Mary

Mary Faria

President and CEO