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                                                                                                                                                                  July 2014

In this issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. Notable News
  3. Dine Around at the AAMSE Annual Conference
  4. Annual Conference Checklist
  5. Communication Symposium
  6. Suspending a House of Delegates: A Mary Byers Interview
  7. Congratulations, AAMSE 360 Class of 2014
  8. 2014 CEO Meetings
  9. Thank You, 2014 Profiles of Excellence Judges
  10. Thank You, Sponsors and Exhibitors
  11. AAMSE Welcomes Its Newest Members
  12. From the Headlines


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A Message from AAMSE's President

Oh, what a year. I’d like to say it has flown by and that it is hard to believe it has already been a year since I became the President of AAMSE, but I can’t. It has been a year to remember. I have experienced every day, every challenge, and every change. While not always what I hoped for, I have learned from every experience and hope I am a stronger person for it; and more importantly, that AAMSE is a stronger organization as well.  

It has been an interesting year with many challenges and rewards. I have been lucky to work with a Board of Directors that has demonstrated a level of dedication that is quite impressive. As AAMSE members, you should all rest assured that the wisdom, experience, and commitment of your Board is exactly what you want in these times of change...

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Notable News

AAMSE Office to Close July 3 and 4

In observance of Independence Day, the AAMSE Executive Office will be closed Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4. General inquiries can be sent to and will be responded to when the office re-opens on Monday, July 7. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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Are You Ready for the 2014 AAMSE Annual Conference?

With the AAMSE Annual Conference less than one month away, take a look at the Annual Conference checklist to make sure you are ready for Louisville.

Haven't registered for the Annual Conference yet or know someone who would benefit from attending? There's still time! Register here.

Can’t make it to the whole conference? Daily rates and one-day registrations are now available.

Sign up & register for pre-conference meetings
Make sure you aren’t missing out on the pre-conference meetings and educational opportunities taking place on Wednesday, July 30:

Watch the 20-minute preview webinar from conference speaker Sarah Sladek, author of The End of Membership as We Know It
Get a sneak peek of author and speaker Sarah Sladek’s conference sessions, covering membership innovation, the new ROI, and effective communication. Watch here.

Consider volunteering for the 2015 Annual Conference Program Committee
Help plan the 2015 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon and collaborate with other organized medicine professionals from around the country to select the sessions and speakers for the 2015 conference program. Learn more here.



Suspending a House of Delegates: A Mary Byers Interview

2014 AAMSE Annual Conference speaker Mary Byers, CAE recently interviewed AAMSE member Dr. Robert Meiches (CEO, Minnesota Medical Association) about the decision to suspend the association's House of Delegates until 2016 so that the organization can pilot a new governance structure focused on developing additional ways to engage members.

Don't miss the chance to see Mary Byers at this year's AAMSE Annual Conference where she will be presenting two sessions on Saturday, August 2:

Pick Mary Byers’ Brain: An Executive Session
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Take advantage of the opportunity to pick the brain of Mary Byers in this exclusive* small group session as she discusses the association management topics most relevant to the attendees and their organizations. This high-level conversation is geared toward CEOs and attendees will be asked to submit topics in advance.

*This is a ticketed session; attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants; reserve your spot by signing up via your online conference scheduler.

Closing General Session: Road to Relevance
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join AAMSE closing session speaker, Mary Byers, CAE, to take a thought-provoking look at how competition is threatening the relevance of associations and what can be done in response. Based on the best-selling book, Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations, this session features practical advice and compelling case studies. Learn how to adapt five proven strategies that have transformed organizations and create a roadmap to implement them at your association to ensure future relevance.


Congratulations, AAMSE 360 Class of 2014

AAMSE congratulates the following medical society professionals on their accomplishment as the inaugural class of AAMSE 360: Essentials of Medical Society Management. Your hard work and dedication will serve your organization and the medical society community well.

Shirlyn Barger, CPA
American Thyroid Association
Heather McGhee
American Academy of Otolaryngology -
Head and Neck Surgery

Millie Birr, JD, MPP
American Association of Neuromuscular &
Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Michelle McOmber, MBA, CAE
Utah Medical Association
David Brewster
American Academy of Dermatology
Loretta Moses
Clark County Medical Society

Sharleene Cano
American Thyroid Association
Jessica Nichols
Hawaii Medical Association

Kathryn Cates-Wessel
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
David Nowak
St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society

Evelyn Clark
Minnesota Medical Association
Christine O'Conner
American Academy of Dermatology

Bethany Clifton
American Academy of Otolaryngology -
Head and Neck Surgery

Danielle Pere
American College of Preventive Medicine
Adonia Coates, CMP
American Thyroid Association
Janice Poblete
Clark County Medical Society

Pia Duryea
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
Janice Reisinger, MBA, CAE
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Gina Riordan
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Jan Glas, CAE
College of American Pathologists
Sarah Sears, CAE
American College of Cardiology

Becky Green
Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists
Audrey Shively, MSHSE, MCHES, CCMEP
American Academy of Otolaryngology -
Head and Neck Surgery

Christopher Hickey
Lexington Medical Society
Stephanie Triggs
Travis County Medical Society

Kelly Hoff
American Thyroid Association
Heather Wilson
Pennsylvania Medical Society

David Jackson
Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists
Wogahta Woldezghi
American Board of Obesity Medicine

Megan Kelley, CMP
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society


Don't Miss Your 2014 CEO Meeting

Register now for the 2014 County or National Specialty CEO Meeting,
held in conjunction with the 2014 AAMSE Annual Conference.

Register for the County or National Specialty CEO Meeting* through the Annual Conference registration form. Registrants have the option to register for the CEO meeting only or both the CEO meeting and conference at a combined discounted rate.

Save the Date

Registration opening
later this year!

*Please note: only CEOs of the respective society types are eligible to attend the CEO meetings


Thank You, 2014 Profiles of Excellence Awards Judges


Thank You, Annual Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

AAMSE thanks the 2014 Annual Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors. Their support helps provide you the highest quality conference experience possible.




Welcome the Newest Members of the AAMSE Community
Charise Bennett
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
Denise Lantz
Kansas Medical Society
Greg Brouse
American College of Cardiology
Denise Mack, MBA
College of American Pathologists
Debra A. Cohn, JD
American Medical Association
Rachel Micheletti
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
Anna Fisher
College of American Pathologists
Emily Nelson, MBA
College of American Pathologists
Carrie A. Glas, MBA, MT(ASCP)
College of American Pathologists
Conner Reeves
Mississippi State Medical Association
Kara Kimbrough
Mississippi State Medical Association
Stacy Sochacki
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists


From the Headlines

The following is a compilation of articles that relate to medical society management. The views, comments or opinions expressed by the authors, businesses or organizations linked in the articles are not necessarily the views of AAMSE. In addition, these articles are not intended to be and should not be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific plan, product or course of action for any health care or management action.

Association Management

Forget Flappy Bird. How to Get Members Addicted to Your Association
Avectra Blog - April 2, 2014
Otherwise reasonable people bombard us on Facebook with Candy Crush Saga requests. Your spouse plays Angry Birds in bed. The colleague who scorned Spider Solitaire has succumbed to the sweet Call of Duty. Why do people get addicted to games, but can’t be bothered to read your newsletter or...


The Most Important Aspect of Your Content Marketing Strategy- Consistency
Cvent Blog - June 24, 2014
From the smallest of brands to the massive conglomerate organizations, we all are beginning to understand the power of a strong content marketing strategy. We know that to engage our customers, we need to ensure that we have content being shared on multiple channels, engaging our audience in...

Communication Across Generations: Making It Work
XYZ University - July 24, 2013
Life would be much simpler if we all communicated in the same way, but we don’t. Different generations, while they may all essentially want the same things, certainly don’t communicate the same way. Whether you are trying to recruit new members, communicate in the workplace, or

Current Events

'Prime Time' for ICD-10 Starts Now
HealthcareIT News - June 27, 2014
Even if the ICD-10 compliance date is farther away than it once was, it will arrive eventually. (For real, this time. We think.) And while you'd be forgiven for taking a foot off the proverbial gas, this is time that should be spent pushing ahead with preparedness plans. That's the upshot of a recent survey by eHealth...

Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandates for Some Corporations
The New York Times - June 30, 2014
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, a dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth. The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to two...


AMA's Robert Wah: Technology Use in Healthcare a Balancing Act
FierceHealthIT - June 13, 2014
In his first speech as president of the American Medical Association, Robert Wah this week spoke about the organization boldly going where it hasn't gone before. Referencing "Star Trek" character Leonard McCoy, aka Bones, Wah emphasized the importance of technology in healthcare--and the balance...


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