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December 2018

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Upcoming Events
2019 Leadership Academy
24 -26
Save the Date! 2019 Annual AAMSE Conference

Steve LevineFrom the President

A Profession Respected by Respected Professionals

Other than the legacy-execs, none of us told our childhood friends we wanted to be medical society executives when we grew up. Most of us fell into this profession by accident. For me, at least, it’s been a happy accident.

Like last week, when a former Texas Medical Association president stopped by the office and asked to see me. We exchanged hugs and sarcastic quips. It was a short visit but long enough for both of us to remember how much we enjoyed each other’s company during his year in office.

Those strong personal relationships – as much as the opportunity to do good and important work for an organization that does good – have kept me coming into the office every morning for the past 21 years.

There’s something special about working for doctors, about helping them surmount the challenges they face every day in caring for their patients, about standing with them in the fight to improve public health.

And then there’s the perk of having the cell phone numbers of so many outstanding physicians in my pocket. How many times have I felt totally comfortable calling one of them for treatment, advice, or referrals for me or my family? Sitting in Austin, I was even able to find a trusted orthopedic surgeon to see my sister-in-law who had fallen and broken her wrist during a weekend hike 3,635 miles away on Hawaii’s Big Island.

I know my physicians appreciate the work that I and all the TMA staff do for them. I’ve blushed often enough when a doctor leader took to the microphone at a big meeting and asked all the physicians in the room to stand and recognize the staff.

It’s not just Texas physicians, and it’s not just TMA. I was grinning broadly and filled with pride last month when the American Medical Association honored six of our longtime colleagues with its Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. The award ceremony at the AMA House of Delegates lasted nearly an hour. More than 1,000 physicians and medical students in the hall listened intently and applauded heartily as each of the six came to the podium to accept the honor.

This award recognizes an exec “who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideas of the medical profession.” That’s what we do. And the members of that respected profession respect us, as professionals, for it.

Steve Levine
AAMSE President

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Six Medical Execs Honored

Six medical society executives with more than 200 cumulative years in organized medicine received Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2018 Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

“I never could have imagined a more challenging and fulfilling career,” Alfred Gilchrist, chief executive officer of the Colorado Medical Society, told the crowd. Gilchrist’s career includes 12 years at the helm in Colorado and more than 25 years on the staff of the Texas Medical Association.

The AMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.

“While I truly believe I do not deserve this award for just doing my job, I accept it on behalf of my fellow execs,” said Stuart Samuel Friedman, former executive director of the Suffolk County (New York) Medical Society, who has more than 25 years as a medical society staffer and leader.

The others honored at the meeting were:

Greg Bernica

Susan Hogeland

Gordon Smith

Greg Bernica, chief executive officer of the Harris County (Texas) Medical Society

Susan Hogeland, executive vice president of the California Academy of Family Physicians

Gordon H. Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association

Paul Sanders

Alfred Gilchrest

Stuart Samuel Friedman

Paul S. Sanders, MD, executive director of the North Central Medical Conference (NCMC), who served 13 years as CEO of the Minnesota Medical Association and 20 years as executive director of the NCMC

Alfred Gilchrest, CEO of the Colorado Medical Society and more than 25 years on the staff of the Texas Medical Association.

Stuart Samuel Friedman, former executive director of the Suffolk County (New York) Medical Society

The officers, board of directors, and staff of AAMSE commend these men and women for the well-deserved recognition and for setting a positive example for medical society staff at all levels, and in associations of all sizes and all parts of the country.

Seeking Applicants for the 2019 Recognized Fellows of AAMSE


In 2017, AAMSE began to annually identify and recognize a select number of members who have demonstrated a commitment to professional medical society management and are active participants in AAMSE activities.

Recognized Fellows of AAMSE is an outstanding group of individuals who are dedicated to their own continuing professional development and have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, communities as well as in AAMSE, through exceptional leadership and service. Their dedication and longstanding commitment to our profession is recognized by this mark of distinction. To see the past honorees, follow this link.

New for 2019: Based on member feedback, the Board approved revised the criteria under the Leadership category to recognize volunteer service to AAMSE without the restriction of the service occurring in the last 5 years. If you have volunteered for AAMSE at any point, you can claim that service on your application! 

To get more information and apply, visit the AAMSE website.

Renew Your AAMSE Membership!


Membership renewals were sent to the main contact at each member organization from the email address in November. Payments are requested by December 31. If you have any questions about your renewal, please contact the AAMSE office at or at 651-288-3432.

Two Things to Do After Every Meeting

If it worked for Steve Jobs, it can work for you too. This article courtesy of

Limited Spots Available for the 2019 Leadership Academy

2019 AAMSE Leadership Academy

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

A two-day leadership development workshop, January 31 – February 1, 2019.

Register Today

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.

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

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.
Register Today!

Generously hosted by:
Texas Medical Association

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Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays

The AAMSE Office will be closed on December 24-25 and January 1 in observance of federal holidays. We will have limited staff available during the week of December 24.

Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Christiana Craddock, Medical Association of Georgia

Maura Davis, American Gastroenterological Association

Ryan Larosa, Medical Association of Georgia

Amy Reynoldson, Nebraska Medical Association
Executive Vice President

Sarina Rohrig, Clark County Medical Society
Membership and Engagement Coordinator

Marissa Saftner, Duval County Medical Society
Executive Assistant

Bob Storz, American Gastroenterological Association

Nadia Zebouni, Western Carolina Medical Society

Christina Zimmer, Ohio State Medical Association

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