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Hotline Newsletter

November 2017

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

Jon Rosell, presidentFrom the President

October was a busy month!

In early October, your AAMSE Board met in Palm Beach, FL to discuss charting the course for AAMSE for the next few years. At the top of the list is continuing to evolve and develop new educational opportunities for all members. To that end, we are embarking on an initiative to get insights from members on the topic, timing, location and type of programming our members desire. With this issue of Hotline, we are launching a Learning and Engagement Survey to get those insights and provide direction going forward. We have also developed an Education Committee under the leadership of Bryan Campbell. The purpose is to have our planning committees collaborate on program development so that AAMSE programming is meeting the core competencies and needs of members.
Why Palm Beach, FL? We scheduled our Board Meeting on the back-end of the County CEO Standalone Meeting which was largely focused on wellness programming. Thank you to Belinda Clare, Kathie Lyman, Tenna Wiles and others for coordinating this effort – we’ve received great feedback from participants. Following the Board Meeting, the Annual Conference Planning Committee met to Chicago review numerous proposals we received for the annual conference, which will be held July 25-27, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, CA. The committee, under the leadership of Joe Greaves and Rachel Damrauer, carefully considered topics and speakers to fill the core competencies the AAMSE conference addresses: Leadership, Membership, Communications, Advocacy, Medical Trends and Association Management. Watch for more information coming soon about the exciting lineup of sessions we have planned to meet your professional development needs.

Last but not least, membership dues invoices have been sent for the 2018 calendar year, and I urge each of you to continue to support the only association with the unique mission to serve medical society professionals — AAMSE. Since we moved to an organizational membership model several years ago, many medical society staff members do not realize that they are in fact AAMSE members with full access to educational programs and resources to help them do their jobs better and bring added value back to their county, state, and national medical societies. The decision to join AAMSE and retain your organization’s membership remains, in part, in the control of each individual who is a medical society professional. If you find value in your affiliation with AAMSE, be sure to let your CEO/Executive Director know how important it is to maintain your society’s membership in AAMSE.

As we approach the holiday season, I am thankful that AAMSE has dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to our profession as well as a committed staff team who supports our efforts. Work-life balance is something we all struggle with, and the scales often tip more toward work than the rest of our lives.

Gene M. Ransom III
President AAMSE
Twitter @GeneRansom

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AAMSE Launches Learning and Engagement Survey

The educational needs of professional staff at medical societies are both multifaceted and evolving. AAMSE is launching a Learning and Engagement study to evaluate the current programs and identify gaps in our offerings for future programming. Your feedback is important and will allow AAMSE better serve your professional development needs.

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes. In appreciation for your participation, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.

Take the Survey Now

Final 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule Unveiled

AMA publishes tools and resources to help your members with Navigating the Payment Process.

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Register by 11/14 and Save $50 on the 2018 Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a two-day, highly-interactive, in-person event that is one of AAMSE’s highest rated programs

Generously hosted by:
Texas Medical Association

Register for this event

As a medical society professional, your position requires effective and creative leadership skills to manage boards, committees, members and staff. As the only leadership training program specific to the needs of medical societies, the AAMSE Leadership Academy provides a unique educational opportunity to learn the strategies, tools and techniques to enhance your individual leadership style and talents.

Becoming an Exemplary Leader

What does it take to be an exemplary leader?

In contrast to the popular theory that ‘leaders are born, not made,” we believe that every person has the potential to lead. The Leadership Challenge® is a results-proven leadership development model created by bestselling authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, backed by over 30 years of original research and data from over 3 million leaders. Participants will experience and apply the Five Practices of Exemplary leadership and learn how to mobilize and motivate others to get extraordinary things done.

Also included in the workshop is the Leadership Practices Inventory® 360 Feedback Tool, which allows you to ask for feedback from colleagues, your manager and direct reports if you have them. We will help you understand your LPI results and create a personal development plan that highlights your leadership goals and strategies.

Program details, including content areas and speakers will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.


  By 11/14 After 11/14
AAMSE Members $475 $525
Non-members $650 $700


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin
303 W. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701-1692

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Long Live the Learning: A Year-Round Content Strategy

The valuable knowledge delivered at your conferences deserves a life that lasts longer than a few days. From livestreaming and hashtags to webinars and podcasts, associations are getting savvier at making conference wisdom part of a year-round content strategy that adds value for attendees and engages a wider audience, writes Mark Athitakis in Associations Now.

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Your Feedback Requested: Exceptional Boards Program

AAMSE is exploring a new collaboration opportunity with ASAE that could involve co-sponsoring an Exceptional Boards training session in late summer or fall of 2018. This session would be specific to association executives and healthcare community. Attendees for this interactive event would association executives (CEOs) and current or incoming volunteer board leaders. It would be open to other associations as well as AAMSE members who would receive the ASAE member discount rate. While the specifics for the event are still being finalized, we are gauging interest from our National Specialty Society CEOs. We appreciate you sharing your initial thoughts and will let you know what is ultimately decided.

Take the Survey Now

More information on the program details can be found here.

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Wellness at Work: The New Healthy Epidemic

Forward-thinking companies today encourage rest and relaxation at work, providing employees with everything from high-tech power-nap pods to silent meditation and mindfulness rooms writes Nicola Bridges in Parade.

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Last Call to Participate in Looking Forward 2018

You’re Invite to Participate in Looking Forward 2018

AAMSE will again be partnering with Association Laboratory for their Looking Forward 2018, a comprehensive environmental scanning research of the association business environment. Every respondent will receive a complimentary copy of the research report. To participate today in this confidential study, simply click on this link.

If your email software does not support hot links or you have other problems accessing the survey, please copy and paste the following address in your Web browser:

The survey is comprehensive and will take you up to 20 minutes to complete. You can take the survey on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. From social media to 3D printing, the association business environment is profoundly different from the past. This study provides the association community with a future-focused understanding of which environmental factors have the most impact and how these factors affect association strategy. Thank you for your time and your contribution to this important research project. We will be sharing the results of this study as widely as possible with the association community.

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Eric Ayaso
San Diego County Medical Society

Covenant Babatunde
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

John Barnes
Barnes Association Consultants

Claire Boston
Society for Vascular Surgery

Addie Bowers
Society for Vascular Surgery
Meeting Coordinator

Jean Brereton
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Jami Burbidge
Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians
Advocacy and Engagement Director

Nicole Butler
Fresno Madera Medical Society
Executive Director

Janine Diana
Society for Vascular Surgery
Human Resources Mgr

Brenda Dill
Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
Director, Communications & Education

Diana Ewert
Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association

Sue Fledderjohn
San Diego County Medical Society
Executive Assistant

Dana Goba
Central Coast Medical Association

Quinn Gregory
Placer-Nevada Medical Society

Lisa Hahn
Riverside County Medical Association
Program Director, ACO/Dual-Eligible Projects

Daria Harasimowicz
Society for Vascular Surgery
Accounting Specialist

Casey Harrison
Texas Medical Association
Director of Continuing Medical Education

Teresa Healey-Conway
Prince George's Medical Society
Executive Director

Yvonne Hersh
Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association

Kristin Hitchcock
Society for Vascular Surgery
Clinical Practice Guidelines & Quality Manager

Mar'kettia Hull
Riverside County Medical Association
Program Coordinator

Cheryl Jackson
Society for Vascular Surgery
Director of Quality, SVS PSO

Sonya Jackson
Riverside County Medical Association
Director, Physician Workforce Development

Jason Leeper
Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
Program Manager

Jaime Lewen
American Academy of Dermatology
Project Specialist

Tirza Lofgreen
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Zulma Nardino
Riverside County Medical Association
Director, Project K.I.N.D.

Maureen Ndoto
American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Pam Nelson
Butte Glenn County Medical Society

Jennifer Nelson-Dowdy
American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Raika Nunez
Society for Vascular Surgery

Kevin Onorato
Society for Vascular Surgery
Information Technology Director

Erika Perkins
American Academy of Family Physicians

Jay Schwinefus
American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Alexandra Silver
Nevada State Medical Assn. -Clark County
Executive Director

Elise Swinehart
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Angela Taylor
Society for Vascular Surgery

Dianne Thompson
Napa & Solano County Medical Societies
Executive Director

Claudia Vasquez
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Sam Walters
IMPAQ Strategy

Johnnie White
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Mitzi Young
Riverside County Medical Association


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