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November 2016

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Upcoming Events
2017 Leadership Academy
Austin, TX
2017 Annual AAMSE Conference
Minneapolis, MN

Jon RosellFrom the President

Jon Rosell, PhD, AAMSE President

As medical society executives we have a front row seat to the rapid and often complex changes occurring within health care today. On a daily basis we witness how our physician members respond to the major, systemic changes like MACRA, MIPS, APMs, MOC and a list of other initiatives that represent a dramatic change to the status quo of the practice of medicine. The impact of these changes on our physician members can be significant and the recently released 2016 Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspective (The Physicians Foundation) reveals interesting yet troubling insights on how our members are coping. Consider just a few of these key findings:

  • 54% of physicians responding to the survey rate their morale as somewhat or very negative
  • 49% often or always experience feelings of burn-out
  • 48% plan to cut back on hours, retire, take non-clinical jobs, switch to “concierge” medicine or take steps to limit patient access to their practice

Clearly, our members are experiencing the pressures brought on by these changes and equally clear is that there is no end in sight. While we could argue that many of these changes are needed, the fact is that many of our members are feeling the effects. In response, many of our colleagues are responding with innovative and responsive programs designed to help physicians manage and hopefully alleviate many of the pressures of change.

Last month I had the pleasure of attending an AAMSE County CEO gathering where, for a day and a half, 30+ CEOs shared valuable insights to Physician Wellness programs. Innovators like Amanda Borges (Portland, OR), Chris Hickey (Lexington, KY) and many others are demonstrating how our medical societies can respond in meaningful ways.

AAMSE will soon announce a "Physician Wellness Repository" — a link on our AAMSE website where program descriptions, contact information, and copies of critical documents can be shared.

If you have examples of how your medical society is implementing a program to help physician members cope, please forward information to me or Darrin Hubbard. We'll look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

Lastly, please consider attending the 2017 AAMSE Leadership Academy (Jan. 19-20, 2017, Austin TX). Missy Lundberg and Linda Tiberi have an outstanding program lined up. Regardless of your medical society leadership role, you'll benefit from this highly-interactive session. Of course, be sure to put the AAMSE Annual Conference on your calendar now — Minneapolis, MN, July 26-29, 2017. Loretta Ponesse and the Annual Conference Planning Committee are lining up an outstanding conference.

Thanks for all that you do for our societies and our profession — keep up the great work!

Jon Rosell

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Last Chance for Discounted Registration for the Leadership Academy

Register by November 14 to save $50!

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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How to Help Board Chairs Lead

Mark Athitakis, a contributing editor for ASAE’s Associations Now, cites a recent study arguing that nonprofit board chairs are often ill-prepared and frustrated. Training can help, says an expert. So can shared leadership.

Click here to read more.

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2017 Annual Conference in Minneapolis

AAMSE 2017 Annual Conference

As the only conference planned for and by medical society professionals, The AAMSE Annual Conference is taking place July 26-29, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Hold the dates on your calendar now and watch for registration opening in early 2017.

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Shared Experiences Can Create High Performing Teams

Once a team forms, ongoing shared experiences continuously elevate its performance, argues Augusto Giacoman in his Strategy + Business blog post titled The Serious Fun of Shared Experiences at Work.

Click here to read more.

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Association Business Environmental Scan Survey

AAMSE invites you to participate in the nation's most comprehensive association business environmental scan.

To participate in this confidential study, you simply click on the following link:

Take Survey

The survey is comprehensive and will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The information generated from this survey will help you understand critical changes in the association business environment for the economy, information, workforce, global and government factors. The survey benchmarks nearly 60 different implications on association strategy ranging from membership, to meetings and education and government advocacy.

The final analysis, provided to you through a white paper, will give you a comprehensive look at the association business environment that you can share with your leadership and help inform their discussions on the future of your association. The outcome will show you where you are similar or different from a national sample of trade and professional associations.

This study is produced by Association Laboratory, an independent strategic research firm specializing in association business strategy.

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The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact, writes Herminia Ibarra in the Harvard Business Review.

Click here to read more.

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Healthcare Membership and Engagement Summit at Association Forum

Make plans to connect and collaborate with your fellow leaders of healthcare associations when you attend The National Summit On Healthcare Membership and Engagement™ at the Association Forum Holiday Showcase®.

Be the first to receive exclusive access to peer-based research on challenges and opportunities facing healthcare association membership engagement. The newly released research report, The Future of Healthcare Association Membership and Engagement, is the only healthcare association-specific research addressing the membership and engagement issues that are unique to healthcare associations.

This high-impact and informative program will highlight key findings to help you tackle critical questions facing healthcare associations:

  • What are the most substantial changes in the healthcare environment that impact membership and engagement?
  • What strategies are healthcare associations attempting to improve membership and engagement?
  • What challenges to implementation represent the most significant barriers to success?

Challenges can become opportunities — get expert guidance to help you successfully navigate the process of determining actionable next steps that you can implement at your association.

Read the complete details and register, today. Space is limited!

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Amanda Jacobs
American Academy of Dermatology

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Director of Communications
American College of Preventive Medicine

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Director of Member Experience & Communities
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Nerissa Legge
CME Manager
American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Amanda Mannia
Marketing Director
Urgent Care Association of America

Jami Kral
Director of Analytics
Urgent Care Association of America

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