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March 2018

In this Issue...
Upcoming Events
CME Webinar
Save the Date! 2018 Annual AAMSE Conference
Save the Date! AAMSE 360

Jon Rosell, presidentFrom the President

The Hook

I spend a good amount of time thinking about the future of associations, specifically medical associations. At one time you had to join your medical society. In fact, in Maryland from 1799 to the early 1900s MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, decided if you practice medicine in Maryland you must be a member. That is a pretty good hook.

Thinking about the future of medical societies is a pretty important question that many AAMSE members ponder. Hopefully, we can collaborate toward that existential question that is so important to our daily lives. The real question is - what is your hook? To quote the nineties folk alternative band Blues Traveler “The hook brings you back on that you can rely.”

AAMSE tries to hook professionals by educating and supporting them and advancing the profession of medical society management. MedChi tried to make our hook being the physicians advocate and resource for their profession. That works for many members, but unfortunately, we face free rider problems, as many non-members benefit from our advocacy work and the changing nature of the profession means the professional needs very greatly and it so hard to be all things to all people.

As I continue to spend part of my career on the question of value, and the future of the medical society, I use you my colleagues at AAMSE to help me. What have you done to create value? What is your hook to keep members coming back? I found some of these answers at AAMSE meetings and events talking to colleagues. Hopefully, as we expand the use of our new higher logic platform we can do more to make that be forum to answer this question, and the others we face. So what is your hook, and how can AAMSE make it stronger?

Gene M. Ransom III
President AAMSE
Twitter @GeneRansom

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Develop Your Leadership Skills by Serving on the AAMSE Board

Are you looking for a way to share your passion, leadership, 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 Secretary-Treasurer
  • 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 Jon Rosell, 785-235-2383 or, or Executive Director Darrin Hubbard at (651) 288-3432 or Thank you for your interest!

AAMSE to Host CME Webinar on April 23, 2018

On April 23, AAMSE will be hosting a webinar free for members that will provide medical societies with an overview of the roles the Federation of State Medical Boards, Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education play in professional self-regulation across the continuum of medical education, training and practice. A separate registration email will be sent later in March.

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Apply for a PoE Award by 3/30

Apply for a 2018 Profiles of Excellence Award and Get the Recognition You’ve Earned!

Share your organization's accomplishments with the medical society community and have the chance to gain well-deserved recognition by applying for a 2018 Profiles of Excellence Award.

In addition to adding a category for leadership, in 2017 levels were added to each award category recognizing excellence programming 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:

  • Advocacy
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Membership
  • Leadership

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

Application Deadline: March 30

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Last Call for Profiles of Excellence Judges

As part of the AAMSE Profiles of Excellence Awards Program, entries are reviewed by a panel of peers. PoE judges are a rewarding volunteer opportunities that allows you to get first-hand view of some of the best programs in medical societies from across the country.

Interested in playing a role in deciding the recipients of this year's awards? Apply to serve on the 2018 PoE Judging Panel.

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Annual Conference to Launch in March

Registration for the 2018 AAMSE Annual Conference will open in March. Be sure you have the dates (July 25-27) held on your calendar for what promises to be an exceptional event. For more information, visit the conference homepage.

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AAMSE 360 to Begin at the Annual Conference This Year

AAMSE 360: Essentials of Medical Society Management is an immersive program that aims to help 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. Registered attendees will participate in a hybrid program that combines webinars, readings and discussions and culminates in an in-person meeting at the AAMSE Annual Conference.

This year, the 2018 AAMSE 360 cohort will begin their journey with an in-person meeting at the Annual Conference. This will allow participants the opportunity to meet each other face to face and develop a better connection with their peers as they continue to program after the conference. The webinar series will continue with programming on August 9, August 23, September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18 and November 1.

Registration will open with the Annual Conference later this month.

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Non-Dues Revenue/Discount Opportunity for Wellness Retreat

Dr. Dike Drummond, a long time medical society advocate (wrote reference letter for successful grant-seeking Physician Wellness committee, opened reference library for article inclusion in newsletters, etc.) is offering a $500 revenue sharing and/or discount member benefit opportunity to medical societies. If you have physician members who are interested in the topic, the details follow.

The 2018 Quadruple Aim Physician Leadership Retreat
May 13 – 16, Seattle WA

Teaching physician leaders proven skills to hard wire wellness at three levels

  • Your personal practice, job and life
  • For your direct reports and teams
  • Even a complete organization-wide wellness strategy
  • 12 hours of CME
    • Unique 12-week follow up system to make sure your new skills stick
    • Up to $500 discount or revenue share for your referrals

Only 40 seats and 19 already taken

Complete Overview Document here.

To discuss discount or revenue sharing and let us help you with promotion to your members, email Dr Drummond at

Send us your wellness champions, we will give them the skills and support to have impact your programming when they return home.

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Amy Allen, Millennium Physician Group

Molly Barlow, Society of Interventional Radiology, Director, Meeting Operations

Angelique Bowman, Florida Medical Association, Information Technology and Database Specialist

Elise Castelli, Society of Interventional Radiology, Director, Communications and Public Relations

Tori Cox, Society of Interventional Radiology, Program Manager, Volunteer Engagement

Jennifer Goubeaux, Society of Interventional Radiology

Brittany Jackson, Florida Medical Association, Governance and Policy Coordinator

Francis Jamross, Florida Medical Association

Jill-Morgan, Aubert, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Education Coordinator

Jim Rumsey, Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID), Chief Operating Officer

Alice Sutton, Bexar County Medical Society, Controller

May Tay, Denton County Medical Society

Brissa Vela, Bexar County Medical Society

Elizabeth Willson, Society of Interventional Radiology

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