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September 2016

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Upcoming Events
AAMSE 2016 County Medical Society Executives Fall Meeting
Fort Lauderdale, FL
AAMSE State CEO Meeting
Orlando, FL
2017 Leadership Academy
Austin, TX
2017 Annual AAMSE Conference
Minneapolis, MN

Jon RosellFrom the President

Jon Rosell, PhD, AAMSE President

I’m sure many of you will join me in my excitement for the unofficial beginning of Fall. So many exciting events and activities help usher in the month of September. For many of you it’s the excitement of school resuming for young children, college bound children, or perhaps most excitedly for yourself as you pursue that next degree or mastery of another content area. For others, myself included, it’s the many different fall sports including football, tennis, and major league baseball. But for all of us, this fall includes something even more important — an opportunity and a responsibility to actively participate in our democracy by voting in upcoming local, state and national elections. 

Despite our strong desire to release a collective groan each and every one of us understands the critical importance of exercising our constitutional right to vote in the upcoming elections.  Like you, I am being pounded by political messages from every direction and mode.  While very tempting to simply “check out” until November 9 we all realize it’s our democratic duty to listen, analyze, and then choose. There’s no short cut. It’s hard work and at times we question whether it’s actually worth the effort but in the end we understand that our democracy is predicated on our fundamental act of voting. So as we endure the bombardment of political messages and images in the remaining days of the campaign we can take some comfort in knowing that the process will be over soon. We will all then participate in the change in leadership, not only in the White House, but also in Congress, our respective state legislatures, as well as at the local level.

Let me see if I can draw an analogy between the imminent change in elected officials and the change that all of our physician members are experiencing as they endure the many changes of health care reform. Our physician members, like you and me as voters, are also bombarded with constant messages and images calling for change within our health care system. To steal a phrase from a respected educator years ago it can seem like our physicians are being asked to “do more with less and call it better”. Many of our physician members are tempted to “check out”, if you will, and hope that the current demand for change subsides. But we and they know that’s not a viable option. In our roles as medical society leaders we can play a valuable role in helping our members navigate through this period of change. We can empathize with them that it is hard work, recognize there’s no short cut and understand why they would question the value of the changes they’re asked to endure. But perhaps the most valuable role we can play is to attempt to put this change process into some sort of meaningful context that in the end it’s our collective hope that the patient is the ultimate beneficiary. I have no magic answers or quick fixes, but like our democracy, it stands a better chance of success when we are all fully engaged. 

Thanks for listening to my thoughts, and thank you for the hard work that you do for AAMSE and your physician members.    


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Registration Open for the
State CEO Annual Meeting

AAMSE State CEO Graphic

>> Registration

For State CEOs, by State CEOs.

Thank you to the State CEO planning committee for putting together a strong program this year. The following are content blocks for the programming:

  • Compensation, Evaluation and Board Relations…the CEO Life
  • Human Resources Hot Topics
  • Helping your members navigate Medicare’s QPP
  • Equipping physicians for the Shift to Value-Based Payment Models
  • Emerging Advocacy Issues
  • A New Era of Strategic Planning
  • Dealing with a New Generation of Leaders

The event will also feature a hosted reception, networking breakfast and luncheon featuring an update on insurance.

The State CEO Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the AMA Interim Meeting on November 9-11, 2016 at:

Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd. | Orlando, Fla.

Book your reservations online
If you need to change a reservation, please contact the reservations department at
800-227-1500 or 407-934-4000.

For registration and more information, visit the event page.

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SCMA Featured in Associations Now

The South Carolina Medical Association was featured in Associations Now . The article profiles SCMA’s new analytics platform allowing physician to share medical information through EHR systems. Click here for the full article.

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Registration Open for the 2017 Leadership Academy

2017 AAMSE Leadership Academy

Register today!

Join us in Austin, Texas for a Life-Changing Leadership Event!

A two-day leadership development workshop, January 19-20, 2017.

What does it take to be an exemplary leader in a medical society today? 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. For nearly a dozen years, the AAMSE Leadership Committee has delivered this leadership workshop with a focus on our colleagues in medical associations. Participants will experience and apply the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and learn how to mobilize and motivate others to get extraordinary things done. The AAMSE Leadership Academy provides a unique educational opportunity to learn the strategies, tools and techniques to enhance your individual leadership style and talents.

Why is this Workshop Important to You?

The heart of this workshop is the Leadership Practices Inventory® 360 Feedback Tool, which allows you to gain insight on your leadership behaviors. We will help you understand your LPI results and create a personal development plan that highlights your leadership goals and strategies. You will find ways to apply what you learn to:

  • Communicate values and beliefs
  • Build collaboration, teamwork and trust
  • Strengthen others’ abilities to excel
  • Inspire others to share a common vision
  • Recognize the accomplishments of others

What do your colleagues say?

The AAMSE Leadership Academy is a must-do for anyone who really wants to learn how to do leadership. The Academy is not simply leadership talk, it's a focused course that emphasizes self- and peer-assessment as a critical step to becoming a better leader. I learned so much about my leadership style, and how I can better lead by example and empower colleagues and staff to achieve great things. The faculty members were genuine people whose passion for teaching and empowering others was the most striking thing about them as a group. The opportunity to talk through challenges and scenarios with fellow attendees and faculty in an honest, productive way was invaluable. I can't recommend the AAMSE Leadership Academy enough, and will be sending my own staff members in the future!
~ Ryan Adame, California Chapter, American College Emergency Physicians (Class of 2014)

The AAMSE Leadership Academy has made a world of difference in my association staffing. Attending the Leadership Academy has challenged me to continue learning, empowered me to embrace challenges, and has rewarded me with a network of capable and caring colleagues.
~ Jan Glas, College of American Pathologists (Class of 2008)

341 of your colleagues — medical society professionals just like you — have attended since 2004! Several have even attended multiple sessions. Invest in your personal and professional development and register today!

Be Intentional about Your Leadership!

Leadership is important, especially in today’s ever-changing and demanding healthcare environment. Wherever you are in your organization, you have the capacity to lead.
Join us at the 2017 AAMSE Leadership Academy, hosted by the Texas Medical Association, January 19-20, 2017. Take the first step toward liberating the leader within!

Generously hosted by:
Texas Medical Association

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AAMSE Releases NS CEO Compensation Report

Thanks to the strong participation from many of our National Specialty CEOs and our partnership with Quatt Associates, we are proud to release the 2016 National Specialty CEO compensation report. This report is distributed directly to National Specialty CEO members of AAMSE.

If you would like a copy of the report, please contact Darrin Hubbard at

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Commemorate AAMSE’s 70th Anniversary by Contributing to the AAMSE Foundation

In honor of AAMSE’s 70 anniversary, we are seeking $70 contributions from members.

Purpose of the Foundation

The Foundation of the American Association of Medical Society Executives is a 501c3 not-for-profit foundation whose mission and goal is to support the American Association of Medical Society Executives by raising funds to support the professional activities of AAMSE members.

What does the Foundation Support?

The AAMSE Foundation will identify and support programs and projects on a continuous basis; and on a periodic basis other programs and projects will be identified within the AAMSE Strategic Plan as appropriate for Foundation support. These programs may include but not be limited to education and leadership, research, and disaster relief.

  1. Education and Leadership: Providing education and leadership training is the core of AAMSE’s activities. The AAMSE Foundation supports activities that provide opportunities for professional development of AAMSE members.
  2. Research Projects: The AAMSE Foundation supports funding for short-term and long-term research initiatives that will benefit the industry and provide value to members.
  3. AAMSE Member Organizational Post-disaster Grants: When natural disasters occur, the AAMSE Foundation serves as a vehicle to collect and disperse funds to affected medical societies.

>> Donate to the AAMSE Foundation by following this link.

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Writing an Internal Communication Strategy

Do you have employee communications goals for your organization? Know how you'll reach them? Are you measuring your success? If you replied 'no' to any of these questions, this article by Kristin Piombino Long posted on is for you.

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Vicky Mossman

Pierre Desy
Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Sara Lee
Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society

Raghav Govindarajan
Boone County Medical Society

Beth Bales
Society for Vascular Surgery

Justin Cogswell
Society for Vascular Surgery

Jane Baque
Society for Vascular Surgery

Carrie Bosela
Society for Vascular Surgery

Joanna Bronson
Society for Vascular Surgery

Nadine Caputo
Society for Vascular Surgery

Angela Churilla
Society for Vascular Surgery

Tyler Cosgrove
Society for Vascular Surgery

Gina Dickenson
Society for Vascular Surgery

Elsa Hall
Society for Vascular Surgery

Emily Kalata
Society for Vascular Surgery

Megan Mathy
Society for Vascular Surgery

Jessica McEwan
Society for Vascular Surgery

Katherine Mocarski
Society for Vascular Surgery

Megan Mullay
Society for Vascular Surgery

Vihar Patel
Society for Vascular Surgery

Pamela Phillips
Society for Vascular Surgery

Alexandria Sese
Society for Vascular Surgery

Kay Severinsen
Society for Vascular Surgery

Jim Wadzinski
Society for Vascular Surgery

Debbie Wallentin
Society for Vascular Surgery

Jason Wampler
Society for Vascular Surgery

Carrie Pope
Cobbe Consulting & Management

Debra McGuire
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians

Clint Cummins
Memphis Medical Society

Kena Burke
Napa & Solano County Medical Societies

Lindsay Coate
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

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