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August 2017

In this Issue...
Upcoming Events
NS CEO Summit


County CEO Annual Meeting
State CEO Annual Meeting
Leadership Academy

Jon Rosell, presidentFrom the President

Thank you and Three requests

First and Foremost, I want to thank all of you for the trust you have placed in me as the 72nd President of AAMSE. I look forward to continuing to work on the mission of AAMSE educating and supporting medical society professionals and the physicians they serve. The recent annual meeting was amazing the planning committee and staff at AAMSE should be commended. I’m urging you all to put next year’s annual meeting on July 25-28 in San Diego on your calendar today.

The second thing I would urge you to do is to look at the Recognized Fellows of AAMSE program and consider applying later this fall. A great opening class was induced including Dale Singer, Susan D’Antoni and Michael Darrouzet. Many of you are qualified to be recognized as a Fellow by AAMSE, please make next year your year to join this great new program.

The third thing I'd ask is that you let us know how AAMSE can be a resource. We want to be a helpful on issues important to you. Are there subjects we should be taking leadership on or pulling resources together to help you? Please let us know what you think. For example we are bringing groups together to work on common solutions for maintenance of certification (MOC) concerns raised by physicians across the country. AAMSE is hosting meetings to help resolve the matter, and have helped create a sign-on letter to do further work on the issue. Working together, AAMSE hopes to create an atmosphere where a long-term solution ensuring professionalism and professional self-regulation can be developed. What other issues like MOC should we be working on for you?

Thank you for your time and talent toward AAMSE and your membership. I am available at any time to discuss your needs my cell is 410-924-4445 feel free to call or text me any time.

Gene M. Ransom, III
CEO, MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society

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Register for the NS CEO Annual Meeting

The AAMSE National Specialty CEO Summit will be September 17-18 and is the only forum where National Specialty CEOs can get just-in-time insights & education around the current issues specialty societies are facing, and engage with their peers in a safe setting in stimulating discussion, problem solving, and sharing of best practices.

The meeting is designed by specialty CEOs for CEOs. Please note: only CEOs of national specialty medical societies are eligible to attend this meeting.

Program Information

Thank you to the planning committee for producing a strong slate of programming, including the following topics:

  • Strategies to Develop Non-Dues Revenue Programs
  • Sex, Money, Power and Governance: Tales from the Front Lines
  • Managing Your Most Important Asset: Attracting, Keeping and Leading Staff
  • Innovating CME and Adult learning to meet the Needs of Physicians in Today’s Environment
  • Looking Forward to the Future of Healthcare Associations

Full details, including registration information, is available here.

Register for this event

2017 Annual Conference Recap

The 2017 Annual Conference featured three nationally-recognized keynote speakers, nearly 40 breakout sessions featuring top-notch faculty on key subject areas for medical society professionals, wellness programming and opportunities to connect and reconnect with colleagues from across the country. Attendees were also treated experiences unique to Minneapolis including a Northwoods-themed reception at the Nicollet Island Pavilion and lawn bowling at a rooftop English pub.

Presentations from this year's conference have been added to the AAMSE website. Several sessions were recorded at the conference and those will be made available at no charge to conference attendees and for purchase for those who couldn’t make it to the conference this year.

Submit a Proposal to Speak at the 2018 Annual Conference

AAMSE is seeking proposals for relevant and high quality educational sessions for the 2018 AAMSE Annual Conference.

Conference Dates: Wednesday, July 25 – Saturday, July 28, 2018
Location: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
207 5th Ave,
San Diego, California 92101

Complete the Session Proposal Form

Topic Categories

We will ask authors to assign their submission(s) to one of the following topic categories. However, the Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to reclassify submissions based on reviewer feedback or program time limitations.

Advocacy: Topics focus on the process of defending, maintaining or stopping a legislative proposal on behalf of medicine, which includes but not limited to government affairs and practice viability. Possible topics include: organizing and empowering grassroots, lobbying, political action committees and current advocacy trends.

Association Management: Topics focus on the executive and administrative aspects of operating a medical society, such as administration, financial, operations, governance and legal duties.

Communication: Possible topics focus on developing and disseminating pertinent information to stakeholders (staff, members, legislators, media and public), social media strategies, publications, marketing, public and media relations.

Leadership: Topics could focus on guiding and influencing others to enlist their support and action, leadership development, principles of leadership, leadership development and physician leadership.

Medical Trends: Topics could focus on recent developments in medical practice settings; including quality measurements, work force development, business practices, and other emerging issues and challenges faced by physician members.

Membership: Topics for consideration pertain to the recruitment and retention of members to medical societies, membership marketing, survey design, research and recruitment tools and membership trends.

Professional Development: Topics could focus on the process of progressing one’s career through education and training, earning CAE, conflict resolution, personal branding, improving communication skills, stress management and work-life balance.

Technology: Topics for consideration are new technology and tools that improve medical societies’ efficiency, website design, mobile and online technologies, using social media and hot trends.

Selection Process

All submissions must be submitted online by Friday, September 08, 2017 (5:00pm EST)

All submitted proposals will be reviewed by the AAMSE Annual Conference Program Committee for consideration of inclusion in the 2018 Annual Conference program. Proposal authors will be contacted with the status for their proposal and outcome of program selection in late Fall of 2017. Authors must be able to present at any time during the conference (8:00am until 6:00pm July 26 – July 27). Authors with proposals selected to be included in the 2018 Annual Conference program will be provided with further instructions upon selection.

How to Submit

  • Proposals must be submitted online here.
  • Proposals must be received by the close of business (5:00pm EST) September 08, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email in late Fall of 2017.

Please contact AAMSE Event Planner Lisa Konsti with any questions at or at (651) 203-7247.

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Now Accepting Registrations for 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

Reservation details coming soon!

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Who Heals the Healers?

A special issue summer 2017 issue of PHYSICIAN FAMILY called “Who Heals the Healers?” - is focused on the epidemic of physician stress and burnout. It provides valuable insights, tools and resources and is available for free at through this link.

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2016 Annual Report Available

The Annual Membership Meeting was held during the 2017 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN. An annual report detailing AAMSE activities was presented. The annual report is available to members online in the Management Library (under Reports and Surveys) as well as by clicking on the image to the right.

Burnout Among Health Care Professionals A Call to Explore and Address This Underrecognized Threat to Safe, High-Quality Care

With the changes in the US health care system, and resulting added pressures, many health care professional are burned out, a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and high depersonalization and a low sense of personal accomplishment from work, writes the National Academy of Medicine.

Recognizing AAMSE Business Partners

Support from business partners help offset the cost of the Annual Conference and other AAMSE meetings through exhibiting, sponsoring or purchasing ads. Please join us in thanking them for their continued support of AAMSE.

Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Thomas Arend, Jr., Esq., CAE
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Jessa Barnard
Vermont Medical Society
Executive Vice President

Sally Benson
Society for Vascular Surgery
Development Manager

Karen Clement
Illinois State Medical Society
Manager, Board & House Services

Scott Cohen
Conferences i/o

Jessica Dominguez
Oregon Medical Association
Director of Membership

Jessica Dornfeld
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Nancy Heatley
Society for Vascular Surgery

Sara Hoopes
Society for Vascular Surgery

Bethany Horner
El Paso County Medical Society
Finance and Administrative Coordinator

Julie Kuss
El Paso County Medical Society
Marketing Manager

Roger Larson, CAE
Child Neurology Society

Elaine Leighton
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Donna Malert
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Governance Manager

Dwaine Porter
Society for Vascular Surgery

Amy Sherwood
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Donna Thronson
North Dakota Medical Association

Stephanie Winters
Vermont Medical Society
Operations Director

Melissa Young
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Interim General Counsel

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