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June 2020

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Upcoming Events

June 15 -30

AAMSE Virtual Conference

Online Community

And more in the private communities!



Steve SmithNow is the Time – Take Two

I enjoy writing these columns and thinking about what is top-of-mind for medical society executives each month. I have never recycled, rerun or resubmitted the same article for AAMSE Hotline or any other publication, so this is a first for me.

In the May 2020 issue of this e-publication – just a few weeks before George Floyd was killed and the world responded -- I posed what felt at the time like a fairly straightforward question and a link to a short survey. Nine of you responded. I thank you for your insights and perspective. I’m hoping more of you will share their thoughts the second time around. Watch for a summary of aggregated responses and new opportunities to discuss these important issues and ideas together in the coming weeks. Silence speaks volumes. Use your voice. Now is the time.

Is this the right moment for AAMSE to engage in a conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion?  I believe the answer is “yes.” If not now, then when? 

As health professionals and medical society staff, our engagement in meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion work is critical. Our organizations are poised to make a difference but not without our leadership and support. 

I am particularly interested in how leaders – many of whom have benefitted from privilege and opportunity -- establish themselves as authentic, committed and trusted allies and partners.   I am also intrigued with how our medical societies can create environments where conscious inclusion is valued and all individuals feel safe, heard and understood. What are you interested in learning more about?  

Are you willing to share your thoughts and perspectives about where your medical society is on their path toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion? 

Let’s start the conversation today. Please take two minutes to complete a short 5-question discovery survey. Your responses will help AAMSE better understand your experience, interest and needs regarding this important topic. 

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Virtual Conference to Replace In-Person Annual Conference

AAMSE has several webinars FREE for members scheduled for the coming weeks: 

After careful consideration, the AAMSE Board of Directors recently decided to cancel the in-person 2020 Annual Conference in Austin, TX scheduled for July 15-17.

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical societies and the healthcare system, they concluded that it is neither safe nor practical to proceed with an in-person conference this year. This was a difficult decision to make as there was a significant amount of excitement for the event this year, but ultimately the safety of our members and their families is of paramount importance.

What Now?

Despite the cancellation, AAMSE is excited at the opportunity this challenge provides. We will be holding a virtual conference that incorporates both live and recorded programming, peer group discussions, connections with business partners, wellness activities and opportunities for our participants to network and connect socially. With easier access to the virtual conference, we are planning on a significantly larger portion of our membership participating in the virtual conference which will take place during the second half of July.

Additional information will be available soon when the virtual conference is launched, but plan on live programming from 12:00-2:00 pm CT on the following days:

July 15, July 16, July 22, July 23, July 29, and July 30

Please note: participants are responsible for cancelling their own travel arrangements. Any reservations made under the AAMSE room block will be cancelled by the Hilton Austin.

Please watch for the launch of the virtual conference in the coming days!

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Discovery Survey

Please take two minutes to complete a short 5-question discovery survey. Your responses will help AAMSE better understand your experience, interest and needs regarding this important topic.

Prioritizing Equity: Police Brutality and COVID-19

AMA hosted a panel of health equity leaders discussing how police brutality, racism, and COVID19 detrimentally impact the health of Black communities. The video is available on the AMA YouTube Channel.

On-Demand Content Available  

AAMSE has hosted seven webinars in 2020 that are free for members to attend in real-time. That content is available for reference as recorded content in the Online Learning Center. There are dozens of conference sessions and webinars currently available, take the time now to invest in your professional development. Be sure to sign-in with your AAMSE username and password to get access.

How to Negotiate – Virtually  

For the past few months, almost all negotiations have been occurring virtually. But even before Covid-19, an increasing number of dealmakers were connecting through digital tools. Video technologies, low-cost teleconferencing, and email have all become efficient ways for teams to prepare together and to negotiate with counterparts, writes Hal Movius for HBR.

Learn More

5 Books About Racial Injustice to Help You Make Wise Workplace Decisions Now  

You can't possibly act in this business environment without understanding systemic racism and classism in America, writes Geoffrey James for

Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Valerie Bakies Lile, American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Executive Director 

Amanda Perl, American Thyroid Association, Executive Director 

Delphi Locey, Washington State Medical Association, Association Executive 

Monica Salgaonkar, Washington State Medical Association, Program Manager, Continuting Professional Developm 

Alex Wehinger, Washington State Medical Association, Associate Director, Legislative & Political Affair 

Karen Caruth, American College of Osteopathic Internists, 

Nancy Ali, American Academy of Dermatology, Chief Development & Community Relations Officer 

Alex Stanberry, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, Communications/Events Assistant 

Brent T Feorene, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, Executive Director 

Kim Reckert, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, Director of Events 

Stacy Warkentine, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, Director, Strategic Initiatives 

Thom Duncan, American Board of Medical Specialties, Director, Integrated Marketing 

Sandra Perez, American Academy of Dermatology, Associate Director-Individual Giving 

Damon Marquis, American Academy of Dermatology, Chief Learning Officer 

Cailey Nickerson, Northwest Washington Medical Society, Association Executive 


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