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January 2018

In this Issue...
Upcoming Events
Leadership Academy
Save the Date! 2018 Annual AAMSE Conference

Jon Rosell, presidentFrom the President

Medicine Leads the Charge on Opioid Crisis

One of AAMSE’s greatest values is sharing information among our colleagues on common issues. The opioid epidemic is an issue that all of us are facing and working on to protect and improve the public health of America.

Our members have shown amazing leadership in this area. The American Medical Association has been a frontrunner on this issue by developing resources through their dedicated website called End the Epidemic. The tools include continuing education, resources, model legislation and information to help physicians. It’s not just our national organizations that are working hard on the opioid issue.

At the local level, AAMSE member Palm Beach County Medical Society responded to 590 opioid-related deaths in Palm Beach County in 2016 by creating an opioid task force to battle the crisis and create an action plan. State Medical societies are also creating resources to address this issue. MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, also has created a Task Force and developed a host of online resources. The Pennsylvania Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, Washington State Medical Association, and a many other states have also created online resource compendiums. The Missouri State Medical Association has produced a Strategy for Reduced Misuse and Abuse that can be found here. The Montana Medical Association created a toolkit designed to assist rural family physicians at which will expand to include info for patients.

It is amazing the amount of work being on this issue. I’m only scratching the surface of the tools, research and educational materials America’s medical Societies, our members, have done on this issue. This is not uncommon with regard to any public health issue, if it’s a concern or problem for physicians AAMSE members are working to address and find a resolution. Share your resource with us by tagging @AAMSE in a post on Twitter so we can help spotlight the good work being done by your society and share the resources and research with medical societies across the country.

AAMSE is the place where you can educate yourself and collaborate on issues like the Opioid epidemic.

Gene M. Ransom III
President AAMSE
Twitter @GeneRansom

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Seeking Applicants for the 2018 Recognized Fellows of AAMSE

In 2017, AAMSE began to annually identify and recognize a select number of members who have demonstrated a commitment to professional medical society management and are active participants in AAMSE activities. Susan D’Antoni, Michael Darrouzet, Gene Ransom III and Dale Singer we recognized in the inaugural class at the 2017 AAMSE Annual Conference.

Recognized Fellows of AAMSE is an outstanding group of individuals who are dedicated to 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.

Membership in AAMSE for 5 years is a minimum requirement. To get more information and apply, visit the AAMSE website.

Renew Your AAMSE Membership

Membership renewals were sent to the main contact at each member organization from the email address in November. Payments are requested by December 31. If you have any questions about your renewal, please contact the AAMSE office at or at 651-288-3432.

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Call for Volunteers for Trends Surveys

Every few years, AAMSE commissions a Trends Identification Report. The trends in the report are identified through a surveying process. This year, AAMSE will continue to publish thought leadership on medical society trends, but we will release the information in a new format. Rather than compile all trends into one report, we will be identifying key topics and issuing content for the membership throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact Darrin Hubbard at

To view the most recent report, click here.

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Invest in Your Culture

Chris Barbin is the CEO of Appirio. He writes about the importance of culture and technology in creating a great worker and customer experience for Forbes.

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Seeking Your Feedback on Non-Dues Revenue

AAMSE is evaluating opportunities to assist members with non-dues revenue programs. A survey has been developed to gather information and gauge the interest among members and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you for your engagement!

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Save the Date for the 2018 AAMSE Conference in San Diego

Save the dates on your calendar to attend the 2018 Annual Conference in sunny San Diego July 25-27, 2018 at the:

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
207 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
P: 877-344-ROCK (7625)

Guest Room Rate:
$209.00 Studio (Single/Double)* Includes All Access Pass

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30 Minute Podcast on Hiring the Best People

Netflix’s former Chief Talent Officer, Patty McCord, sees hiring as constant matchmaking. Building a team of people that gets amazing work done, she says, requires managers to really know what they need, and for HR to actually understand the workings of the business. Listen here.

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Kianna Abanto
Lane County Medical Society

Helen Burstin
Council of Medical Specialty Societies

Leah Butkay
Montana Medical Association

Russ Calicutt
South Carolina Medical Association

Kate Chenal
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy

Stacy Cook
Indiana State Medical Association

Patrick Dennis
South Carolina Medical Association

Sarah Edwards
Louisiana State Medical Society

Sydney Gambrel
Montana Medical Association

Sean Heinekamp
American Academy of Dermatology

Katie Jordan
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Renai Lilly
Medical Association of Georgia

James Peterson
Orange County Medical Association

Cardelia Reid
Medical Association of Georgia

Bobbie Russie
Iowa Medical Society

Brandt Smith
South Carolina Medical Association

Nathan Strunk
Massachusetts Medical Society

Susan Sutherland
Iowa Medical Society

Elisa Tauzin
Louisiana State Medical Society

Jenelle Urban
American Academy of Dermatology

Carolyn Westgate
Kansas Medical Society

Ben Wokas
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy

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