2020 CMDA National Convention REMIX
A message from Dr. Mike Chupp, CEO of CMDA:
As you already know, the 2020 CMDA National Convention planned for April 16-19 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center has been cancelled. Please forgive me for the length of this message, but I believe it is important for you to have as much information as possible about this decision and the plans we have moving forward. This decision was not made lightly, but it was made in consultation with our staff and Board of Trustees, as well as with information made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Departments of Health for both Kentucky and Ohio.
Although this annual gathering is a highlight of the year for CMDA and our members, in light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. and around the world, it became very clear that canceling the convention is the right thing to do. Beyond the fellowship, encouragement, inspiration and education that happens at the National Convention, our top priority has always been the health and safety of our members and friends who participate in any of our events and meetings.
The potential risks associated with a large gathering as well as the increasing travel advisories and restrictions were certainly considerations, but most importantly, we know our members are needed in their local communities to help their institutions and patients prepare for and react to the growing COVID-19 spread.
As disappointing as it is that we will not be together in person next month, we have developed a plan to deliver as much of the content as possible for both the plenary and workshop sessions online. The sessions, which are approved for continuing education, will not be presented live, but they will be made available online through our new Learning Management System, (coming soon) which we were planning to introduce at the convention. We are currently working with all of our speakers to capture their presentations. All convention registrants will receive access to these sessions when they become available.
Finally, please join me and our team in praying for those who have been and will be impacted by the Coronavirus. Healthcare professionals are on the front line of the battle that the World Health Organization (WHO) is now classifying as a global pandemic. Many of our members will be caring for the patients of COVID-19 and will need our support. At the same time, please pray they will have opportunities to share the love of Christ to those who are hurting and fearful about what the future may hold for them and their families.
We know you chose healthcare as a profession because you want to help people, and now you are likely being asked to go above and beyond in serving your patients, colleagues, and family. Please know that we here at CMDA are praying for you, asking God to strengthen you and to provide opportunities to share the love of Christ in some very difficult situations. I, and others here have made it a practice that when we wash our hands or reach for some hand sanitizer, we take a moment to pray for you.
Be watching for email updates as we work to provide online content in the next few weeks. It is our goal to have all the material available by the end of April. And please feel free to contact our office if you have any additional questions.
I look forward to seeing you at our 2021 National Convention when we will be back at Ridgecrest, North Carolina.
Your co-laborer for the kingdom,
Mike Chupp, MD, FACS
Chief Executive Officer