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August 2016

In this Issue...
Upcoming Events
AAMSE 2016 County Medical Society Executives Fall Meeting
Fort Lauderdale, FL
AAMSE State CEO Meeting
Orlando, FL

Jon RosellFrom the President

Jon Rosell, PhD, AAMSE President

Just a couple short weeks ago approximately 300 fellow AAMSE members had the pleasure of attending the 2016 AAMSE Annual Conference in Baltimore. In short – it was simply one of the best AAMSE Annual Conference we’ve attended… The combination of outstanding keynote speakers, great and diverse session speakers, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and most of all the chance to interact with colleagues across the country made the event one of the professional highlights of the year. The Annual Conference Planning Committee, led by Michael Frazier and Loretta Ponesse, did a remarkable job of organizing an array of speakers that frankly posed a real dilemma for me – which session should I attend? They were all provocative and informative. The keynote speakers were also outstanding – conference attendees had the luxury of spending an hour with Dr. Patrick Conway, Chief Medical Officer for CMS. Dr. Conway provided incredible insights to many of the current payment model changes our physician members are confronting today. Additionally, Ryan Avery, the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking, kicked off the conference with an entertaining, fast-paced presentation that had all of us not only laughing but also closely examining how we provide leadership within our respective organizations. Kurt Mosely, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Merritt Hawkins provided shared unique perspectives on how our physician members are perceiving and responding to the rapidly changing landscape of health care. I could go on and on about the 2016 Annual Conference – AAMSE Board Member Cheryl Malone recently summed it up well in a note to Past President Dale Singer when she said: “I just wanted to compliment you all on a very good 2016 AAMSE Annual Meeting. The Baltimore vibe was fun, the hotel food was good, and the programs I attended were excellent. In fact, I was filling out my CAE renewal form this week, adding the AAMSE events to it, and just couldn’t help noting how perfectly the AAMSE offerings were directed to the goals and domains of the CAE program. Truly, the MOST valuable education I get every year is from AAMSE.”

One of my first official acts as your AAMSE President to is to express my sincere thanks to Past President Dale Singer! Dale did an outstanding job leading our AAMSE organization through the past year. She spent many hours providing clear, consistent leadership and AAMSE is clearly on solid footing today as a result of Dale’s hard work. Thanks Dale – job well done!!

As we get the new year off to a strong start following the Annual Conference I want to encourage each and every one of you to let me, Darrin or any member of the Board of Directors know how we can work to improve AAMSE for you, your organization and ultimately for the physicians we serve. Please know that the Board and I will be working hard to increase the value AAMSE conveys to you, your staff and your members throughout the year but we welcome your thoughts, ideas or suggestions. So pick up the phone or shoot me an email if you have an idea or want to increase your engagement in some way.

Thanks much and I’ll look forward to working for you and with you during the upcoming year.


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2016 Annual Conference Recap

AAMSE 2016 Annual Conference

The 2016 Annual Conference featured three nationally-recognized keynote speakers, nearly 50 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 Baltimore including a reception at the Baltimore Visit Center with local food and fun. Pictures from the event are available in our conference gallery.

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 shortly.

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2015 Annual Report Available

AAMSE Annual Report

The Annual Membership Meeting was held during the 2016 Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD. 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.


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Article by President Obama in JAMA

On July 11, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) will published an article authored by the President on his assessment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The article reviews the factors influencing the President’s decision to pursue health reform, summarizes evidence on the effects of the law to date, recommends actions that could build on the progress we’ve made under the law to improve our health care system, and identifies general lessons for current and future policymakers.

This article is the culmination of a review of the ACA’s performance that started more than six months ago at the President’s request, examining areas in which the law has been successful and in which it could be further strengthened to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. The full article is available by following this link.

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Register for AAMSE County CEO Fall Meeting

AAMSE County CEO Meeting

The County CEOs will have a fall meeting September 29 – October 1at Lago Mar in Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • The deadline for room reservations is August 29. Call 855-829-2923 and ask for the AAMSE County Medical Society Meeting Rate of $175.
  • Questions on the event should be sent to Tenna Wiles at Please email suggestions for speaker topics to Kathie Lyman at

Tentative Agenda


6:00 PM
Happy Hour at Hotel

7:00 PM
Dinner at the Boat Yard


9:00 AM -12:00PM
Best Practice Presentations including Developing a Physician Wellness Program

12:00 PM

1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Roundtable Discussions

7:00 pm
Dinner (location TBD)


9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Presentations and Group Discussion

Discover Fort Lauderdale



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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.

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

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9 Ways to Use Twitter Politically

Originally published in December 2015 by Susanna Cagle, this article remains relevant given the current election cycle. For nine ways to use Twitter to expand your advocacy efforts, see the full article.

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Leadership Lessons from Athlete-Executives

As the world turns its attention to the Summer Olympics, four athlete-executives, two of them former Olympians, tell how pursuing excellence in sports made them better leaders, writes Allison Torres Burtka.

Read the full article by Allison Torres Burtka published on August 1 on

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Bob Ramsey, CAE
Virginia College of Emergency Physicians

Helen Leonard
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Saima Hedrick
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Stefanie Cunnane
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Lara Goodwin
Palm Beach County Medical Society

Jacquelyn Coleman
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Steve Van Hout
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Mary Daniels
American College of Physicians-Georgia Chapter

Melissa Johnson
Oklahoma State Medical Association

Leslie Gamble
Oklahoma State Medical Association

Jayzel Lizares
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Ana Hilton
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Maria Medina
Northern Colorado Medical Society

Donald Fisher
American Medical Group Association

Chris Patterson
Vanderburgh County Medical Society

Jennifer Rios
Texas Medical Association

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