Dear Members of NYC ASM,
I am very excited to greet you all as this year’s NYC ASM Branch President! The past year and a half has been tremendously trying for everyone, but laboratorians and scientists have played an absolutely essential and integral role in our fight against SARS-CoV-2. You stepped up across our great city and region to make sure patient care was delivered during the most intense health crisis since the 1918 flu pandemic. Considering New York’s unique role as the initial epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, many of you also generated new knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 that was then used to guide healthcare decisions across the rest of the country. These were amazing accomplishments that we can all be proud of as a profession.
As we begin to plan for moving past the pandemic, I wanted to let you know that just as we have for decades, NYC ASM continues to be here for you to provide the microbiology community the resources needed to continually grow your career. The NYC ASM Council is currently working to get things back on track post-COVID-19. This includes plans to redesign the website to make it a place you can go for information, educational materials, and more. We are also actively working on plans for our next in-person meeting, which will be an invigorating and much-needed return to normalcy. One of our main goals is to provide you with the educational opportunities you need for both professional licensure and personal growth and we are open to hearing your ideas for continually improving the ways in which we accomplish this. In short, I truly look forward to interacting with you over the next year and I see a bright future for NYC ASM on the horizon!
Gregory J. Berry, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
NYC ASM President