Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Register
AAMSE Hotline
Share |
Untitled Document

Hotline Newsletter

October 2016

In this Issue...
Upcoming Events
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

As I write this column virtually every media source is reporting on the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew. Obviously, our thoughts immediately go out to colleagues, friends and family whose lives have been disrupted by this powerful force of nature. While the sheer power and breadth of this storm is incredible the immediate impact is relatively short-term. By contrast, however, the after effects for many may last for years if not a lifetime. Repairing property damage, restoring calm and re-achieving a sense of routine may take a considerable length of time.

Obviously, natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew represent the extremes on the continuum of change but each of us as well as our physician members face elements of change every day. See if you agree with this — as humans, I think we are predisposed to resist change. It's contrary to our nature and we naturally are drawn to predicability, routine and consistency. But you and I know that our work is anything but predictable, routine or consistent.

So, how do you respond to change? Do you bristle and resist? Or do you analyze and respond strategically? Brett Clay (Six Characteristics of Highly Effective Change Leaders, Innovation Excellence) lists six ways effective leaders respond to or even cultivate change.

  1. Low level of anxiety
    Really effective leaders I know seem cool as cucumbers... They're unflappable... It's not that they're oblivious to the chaos around them it's just that they manage it or more accurately themselves very well.
  2. Emotional stability
    Think of a great leader you know - are they prone to huge mood swings? Probably not... Clay writes that high performing leaders are often in a "good mood".
  3. Action orientation
    Strong leaders may often be good listeners and have the ability to take in lots of information but they also are predisposed to acting. Some people in leadership roles spend inordinate amounts of time admiring problems but great leaders assess then act...
  4. Confidence
    Clay writes that its normal to have some anxiousness about the unknown but great leaders embrace the unknown. They see positive outcomes on the other side of the unknown. Great leaders I've known exude a quiet confidence that can be contagious.
  5. Openness
    Being constantly attentive and exposing our minds to new and different perspectives is another characteristic of strong leaders. They have a natural sense of curiosity and share ideas and possibilities freely.
  6. Risk tolerance
    Risk tolerance can be measured and managed and that's what high performing leaders do on a regular basis. They consider possibilities and take steps to mitigate failure. While not "dare-devils" they are not opposed to major, calculated changes.

Hopefully we quickly see some or all of these traits when we take a moment and critically reflect on our own effectiveness as we navigate change. Our organizations and our physician members will be the true beneficiaries when we do.

Jon Rosell

Back to Top

Register Today 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

Back to Top

AMA Recognized for Effectiveness by TradeMarks Survey

TradeMarks is a research study which measures the extent to which policy leaders believe associations are effective in achieving their policy goals. Grounded in more than 25 years of experience studying the attitudes and perception of policy leaders, in 2013, APCO Worldwide carried out research in Washington, D.C., and in Brussels to produce the first ever study to tackle the question of association effectiveness with a systematic, survey-based and objective approach. Policy makers and influencers rated a number of associations on both overall effectiveness and on a range of detailed areas. The results show in detail where associations must excel in order to enhance their impact – and how this differs in Brussels and in Washington, D.C. 2016 is the third year we have conducted the study in Washington, D.C. We are now able to start to discern patterns in the data, comparing results from the previous studies. This trend data gives us new insight into changes that may have occurred in association rankings and sector performance over the past year.

The American Medical Association was recognized in the study as the top rated association in the following categories:

  • Multilateral Impact
  • Local Impact
  • Events
  • Industry Reputation Steward
  • Media Relations
  • Bipartisanship
  • Information Resource
  • Self-Regulation

Here is the story published by ASAE in Associations NOW.

Back to Top

Register Now 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.

Back to Top

AAMSE to Launch Higher Logic Platform

After months of development and testing, AAMSE will launch a Higher Logic community for the membership in November. The platform will feature an array of services not available through the current listserv platform, such as file libraries, discussion archiving and searchability and more. Watch out for additional information to follow in a separate communication with instructions how to access and use the service.

Back to Top

How to Build a Strong Relationship with a
New Boss

Featured in the Harvard Business Review, Carolyn O'Hara provides practical advice when dealing with a new boss.

Back to Top

Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Beth Amelon
Sponsorships & Exhibits Manager
Obesity Medicine Association

Carly Crosby
Operations Manager
Obesity Medicine Association

Sara Driscoll
Office Coordinator
Obesity Medicine Association

Wesleigh Jones
Meetings Coordinator
Obesity Medicine Association

Dana Mansell
Education Director
Obesity Medicine Association

Rachel Nevers
Communication Manager
Obesity Medicine Association


Lauren Rieck
Education Coordinator
Obesity Medicine Association

Daniel Persson
Obesity Medicine Association

Allison King

Valerie Thompson
American Academy of Dermatology

Sherry Fischer
Associate Director
American Academy of Dermatology

Megan Sharpe
Membership Development Manager
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Amanda Jacobs
Public Relations Specialist
American Academy of Dermatology

Back to Top

We are always on the lookout for newsletter content. To submit an article or news item for a future issue, contact