Episode 44

Published on:

6th Feb 2024

Ep 44: An Interview with AOTA’s Presidential Candidates Michael Pizzi and Vikram Pagpatan [Election Series Part 2]

An Interview with AOTA’s Presidential Candidates Michael Pizzi and Vikram Pagpatan [Election Series Part 2]

AOTA’s elections are upon us! That’s why this week on The Amplify OT Podcast, through a 3-part episode series, I am sitting down with the candidates running for President and Vice-President in the 2024 AOTA election. Through these conversations, it is my hope that we can all learn more about the people running for important leadership positions so we can make an informed choice.   

Listen/watch all interviews at https://amplifyot.com.com/elections

As a reminder, voting opens February 2, 2024 and close Feb 23, 2024 at 11:59 AM ET. Please remember that you must be an AOTA member as of January 2, 2024 in order to participate in voting and you must be a current member on the date that you vote.

🗳️ Vote here: AOTA.org/elections

Sample Ballot (members only)

Disclaimer: I, myself, and Amplify OT as an entity are not endorsing any specific candidate. I am using my platform as a resource for these candidates to speak on. 

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Michael A. Pizzi’s interview begins at 04:04

Vikram Pagpatan’s interview begins after the ad break at 32:12

In each interview, the candidates are asked the following questions:

  • Why are you running for President of AOTA and why now? 
  • What would be your "day one" priorities, if elected? 
  • In your opinion what is the primary role or mission of AOTA in our profession? 
  • Do you believe membership is important? Why or why not?
  • The last AOTA workforce study showed that 25% of practitioners are considering leaving the field, and AOTA had a 7% drop in membership this year. Do you think these issues are related? And in your opinion, what would be the best way to address these issues?
  • What advice would you give to someone who may be interested in volunteering or taking a leadership role?
  • Why should someone vote for you? 

For more information and candidate bios, head over to https://amplifyot.com/elections 

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The Amplify OT Podcast
Learn about insurance and billing… but in a fun way that makes sense.
Welcome to the Amplify OT Podcast. I’m Clarice Grote and I’m the host of the Amplify OT Podcast. I’m an occupational therapist by trade and a policy wonk by choice. The Amplify OT Podcast is where we break down healthcare policy and legislation to help you not only survive but thrive in this crazy US healthcare system. So, let's dive in!

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Clarice Grote

Clarice Grorte is an occupational therapist and lived the transformation from guessing to confident by learning to understand policy.

She's the creator of The Amplify OT Podcast, Mastering OT Policy & Medicare™, and the Amplify OT Membership™.

She is passionate about spreading the word on the value of occupational therapy and proving to OTs and OTAs that they already have the skills the need to be amazing OT advocates