Janet Major, technical coordinator for the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has been appointed to the United States Distance Learning Association board of directors to represent telehealth. The three-year term began November 1. She also is distance program coordinator for the AHSC Division of Biomedical Communications.
The USDLA supports distance learning research, development and practice across the complete arena of education, training and communications, with a focus on pre-K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling and telemedicine. USDLA also focuses on national and international technology based distance learning. For more information, visit the website, www.usdla.org
Ms. Major joined the UA in 1987 as technical director of Centennial Hall after earning a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications at Northern Arizona University. She has spent several years administering the daily operations of videoconferencing at AHSC and has been the technical coordinator for the ATP for the past 15 years. In addition to providing technical support – the planning, development and installation of teleconferencing and peripheral equipment – for rural telemedicine sites, she trains healthcare professionals in the effective use of teleconferencing and telemedicine equipment.
As distance program coordinator for the AHSC Division of Biomedical Communications, she assists in the production of educational events originating from AHSC. She also facilitates the College of Medicine’s Rural Faculty Development Program, training alumni to mentor current students and preparing health-care professionals at rural sites to be mentors for interprofessional teams of AHSC students.