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March 2017

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Upcoming Events


2017 AAMSE 360: Webinar Series - Essentials of Medical Society Management
Webinar Series
2017 Annual AAMSE Conference
Minneapolis, MN

Jon Rosell, presidentFrom the President

Jon Rosell, PhD, AAMSE President

Like many of you, I am intensely interested in the debate surrounding the repeal of the ACA and the possible replacement with the AHCA. Perhaps my interest is heightened because of our recent participation in the AMA National Advocacy Conference at the end of February. (Side note: if you’ve not attended the AMA NAC I would strongly encourage you to do so and by all means make sure to take several of your physician leaders. The NAC offers valuable insights and commentary from not only elected officials but also noted political observers as well as from the AMA Governmental Affairs team.)

With all of the “political noise” surrounding this and many other issues in Washington (and probably your state Capitol as well) it is understandable how many around us simply tune out the noise. Some discount all of the attention devoted to the current debate as “political theater” and turn their attention to other areas where meaningful progress may be easier to achieve.

While certainly tempting and absolutely human nature to follow the path of least resistance those directly involved in the creation of health care policy know firsthand that the decisions and policy actions that are taking place as we speak will have real life consequences on friends, families and our physician members. The lives and livelihood of many are at stake. The lives of many can dramatically change with only the slightest change in health care policy.
Please don’t misunderstand – change is valuable and necessary. Also, there is rarely, if ever, a health care policy position that is perfect. Many of our health care policies today are a product of dogged compromise and fierce negotiation by those directly engaged in the process.

Getting engaged in the process, especially at the federal level is hard work, confusing and very time consuming but engage we must! There are countless ways to do so: become a student of the process; write a letter/email; attend a town hall; listen to alternative points of view; host a reception for your favorite elected official; read history ( highly recommend Doris Kerns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals) and the list could go on and on. Each of these are illustrations of becoming engaged and I’m sure you could easily quadruple the list.

The vast majority of AAMSE members are already actively engaged in our process of creating and sustaining state and federal laws that constitute what we refer to as health care policy. Unquestionably, I could take valuable lessons from many engaged AAMSE members. If, however, you are not engaged or perhaps in your heart of hearts you know that you’re not as engaged as you know you should be now is an ideal time to make a change.

In closing, we live in what others have called “a messy democracy”… It’s often not fun, it can be extremely frustrating, and sometime it seems we lose more than we win. But the alternative is simply not an option. So, be bold and be an engaged member of our democracy! You, your community and our nation will be better because of your full participation.

Jon Rosell

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Early Registration Pricing for AAMSE 360 Ends 3/17

aamse 360Have you worked in a medical society for three years or less? Are you looking to establish a foundation of knowledge that will help you thrive in the dynamic environment of a medical society? If so, AAMSE 360 is for you.

AAMSE 360: Essentials of Medical Society Management is an immersive program that helps those who are still uncovering the mysteries of medical society management, preparing participants for the unique aspects of organized medicine while providing them with a peer network to support them throughout their careers.

Attendees will participate in a highly interactive program that combines live webinars, readings and discussions and culminates with an in-person meeting at the AAMSE Annual Conference.

Each cohort for AAMSE 360 is intentionally kept to a small group in order to encourage participation and to help develop connections with peers across the country.

Bundle your registration for AAMSE 360 and the Annual Conference and save over $200 as compared to registering for each event individually!

View more information about the program, including FAQs.

Recognized Fellows of AAMSE Call for Applications

Recognized Fellows of AAMSE comprise of a unique group of individuals who are dedicated their own continuing professional development and have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, communities as well as in AAMSE, through exceptional leadership and service. Their dedication and longstanding commitment to our profession is recognized by this mark of distinction.

Each year, AAMSE will identify and recognize a select number of members who have demonstrated a commitment to professional medical society management and are active participants in the Society's AAMSE activities.


The inaugural class of Recognized Fellows of AAMSE will receive the following:

  • Ability to identify themselves as a “recognized fellow of AAMSE” or include the designation, “FAAMSE”
  • A personalized, congratulatory letter from the AAMSE President
  • A certificate and pin presented at the 2017 AAMSE Annual Conference
  • Recognition on the AAMSE web site and press release
  • Additional unique engagement opportunities in the future

Additional Information

  • Recognized Fellows of AAMSE is not a certification program nor is it affiliated with any other medical, health or association certification or certificate program
  • Recognized Fellows of AAMSE must maintain annual membership in AAMSE in order to maintain their status
  • No special discounts or waivers will be provided for Recognized Fellow of AAMSE related to conferences, courses or programs and products
  • No additional fees are assessed for Recognized Fellow of AAMSE status beyond the initial, one-time application fee
  • No additional maintenance, renewal or reporting documents are required for Recognized Fellows of AAMSE
  • Questions regarding Recognized Fellows of AAMSE status or related application materials can be directed to Darrin Hubbard at

Applications and recommendation for the inaugural Recognized Fellows of AAMSE of 2017 must be received on or before April 10.

For more information on the program and to apply online, visit

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Great Companies Obsess of Productivity, Not Efficiency

Leaders often think of “efficiency” and “productivity” as synonyms, two sides of the same coin. When it comes to strategy, however, efficiency and productivity are very different, writes Michael Mankins in the Harvard Business Review.

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New York Times Ad

Board of Directors Nominations Deadline is 3/20

Are you looking for a way to share your passion and commitment to medical society management and AAMSE? Do you have a genuine interest in leading our organization to achieve greater influence in the industry? If so, you are exactly who we are looking for, so read on!

In accordance with the AAMSE Bylaws, the Nominating Committee will submit a proposed slate of candidates for open board seats to the membership 60 days prior to the annual meeting. To do this, staff is collecting submissions for the Nominating Committee to consider.

This year, members will elect the following:

  1. 1 Secretary-Treasurer
  2. 3-4 Director(s)

Full details on board responsibilities and the application are available online.

If you have any questions regarding board service or the nominating process, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Dale Singer, 301-468-3515 or , or Executive Director Darrin Hubbard at (651) 288-3432 or Thank you for your interest!

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AMA Opposes Health Plan

The New York Times ran a story recently featuring the AMA position, and several other medical organizations, opposing the House Republicans’ proposed legislation to replace the federal health care law, saying it was concerned the bill “would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits.” The column was written by Reed Abelson on March 8 in the New York Times.

Read the Full Article

Two Weeks left to Submit for Profiles of Excellence Awards

profiles of excellenceShare your organization's accomplishments with the medical society community and have the chance to gain well-deserved recognition by applying for a 2017 Profiles of Excellence Award. The AAMSE Board of Directors convened a task force to review the Profiles of Excellence program and several changes have been made for 2017: introduction of the Leadership Category and adding a level to each category recognizing programs for societies with large and small budgets.

The Profiles of Excellence (PoE) Awards are open to all AAMSE member organizations and recognize outstanding achievement in each of the following categories:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Communications
  3. Education
  4. Membership
  5. Leadership (new for 2017!)

More information on the award categories is available on the AAMSE website.

Application Deadline: March 24

Judges Needed
Interested in playing a role in deciding the recipients of this year's awards? Apply to serve on the 2017 PoE Judging Panel.

Need inspiration? Read the press release announcing the 2016 PoE winners.

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What Most People Get Wrong About Inbox Zero

Michael Hyatt shares his thoughts on what most people get wrong about inbox zero and how to keep it from making your email problems worse.

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Sponsor/Exhibit Opportunities Availablebrochure

In late fall, AAMSE released our annual sponsorship package. Support from our Industry Partners helps keep the registration cost for AAMSE meetings and events affordable and provides revenue to fund other AAMSE programs.

If you have suggestions for companies that you would like to see at upcoming AAMSE events, please contact Darrin Hubbard at

The AAMSE annual sponsorship brochure is available here.

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Nazish Khaliq

David Bean
Anzu Medical

Marc Bialek
Rhode Island Medical Society

Jeff Kelton
Oklahoma State Medical Association
Membership Marketing Manager

Scott Kimbrough
Mississippi State Medical Association
Staff Accountant

Ann Latham
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Kristen Lucas
Mississippi State Medical Association
Director of Marketing

Pam Mann
California Academy of Family Physicians
Program Manager

Kim Mathis
Mississippi State Medical Association
Director of Education & Accreditation

Wayne Powell
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Tracy Reynolds
American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Sid Scott
Mississippi State Medical Association
Director of Communications

Joanna Spahr
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

K. Malaika Walton
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Associate Director, Leadership

Jonathan Weaver
Knoxville Academy of Medicine
Director of Communications

Danica Williams
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Senior Manager, Global Education

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