From the President
City of Champions, City of Change, City of AAMSE
Pittsburgh is quite a different place from what it was when I was growing up about 50 miles north of the steel city.
In fact, “the Burgh” hasn’t changed in the past 50 years so much as it has transformed itself from the inside out. I think you’ll find it a very welcoming, exciting, vibrant town when you come (of course you’re coming) for AAMSE’s 2019 Annual Conference this summer.
As a kid, I remember driving into Pittsburgh with my family to watch the Pirates play in old Forbes Field. Leaving the game just a few hours later – most likely after a Bucs’ loss – we’d return to the parking lot to find the car covered in soot and grime from the mills’ smokestacks. Today, the air is clean and the three rivers are clean. When all the manufacturers left the city in the 70s and 80s, wise city and civic leaders didn’t try rebuild the economic engine that had powered Pittsburgh to wealth and pollution. They replaced it by focusing on and growing the city’s great universities and hospitals – the “eds and meds” strategy – and their spin-off potentials.
“This is a city that captures the sophistication of the East Coast and retains the civility of the Mid-West,” says Arthur Levine, MD, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Even before the blast furnace fires had smelted their last steel ingots, though, another big change overtook Pittsburgh – in sports. For the 50 years before I became a teenager in 1969, the city’s professional sports teams had won exactly one national championship. In the 50 years since, the Pirates captured two World Series titles, the Penguins were born and won all five of their Stanley Cups, and the Steelers brought home all six of their Super Bowl trophies. Now, ex-pats like me, who moved away from what we thought was a dying region of the country, proudly wear the black and gold in our adoptive lands.
I’m excited and pleased to be “going home” to Pittsburgh for the AAMSE conference, July 24-26. Register today (early bird rates end June 13) to be sure you enjoy three lively and inspiring keynote speakers, and dozens of timely and practical sessions led by your brilliant AAMSE colleagues. Many thanks to Catherine Johannsen of MedChi and her planning team for putting together an outstanding agenda.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the transformed city, starting with the opening night “Welcome to Pittsburgh” event at a fabulous downtown location. And if you duck out of that just a little bit early, you’ll have time to join me in a stroll across the Clemente Bridge to watch the Pirates play the Cardinals in the most beautiful baseball park in the country. Now available with no soot or grime.
See you there. Beat ‘em Bucs!
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Seeking Your Feedback for the AAMSE Trends Report
Following the 2018 Strategic Planning session, one of the priorities that the AAMSE Board reconfirmed was the importance of providing thought-leadership for medical societies among the dynamic landscape of healthcare. The AAMSE Trends Task Force was established with the goal of identifying critical trends that are facing medical societies and the physicians they serve. The Board asked the task force to implement a new approach to how feedback from the members was collected, analyzed and distributed. For 2019, the Trends Task Force is seeking your feedback on issues that are affecting your medical society and initiatives/discussions that are shaping the response from organized medicine. The following survey is the first part of a two-part series investigating macro trends in healthcare. We appreciate your input on this important initiative.
Responses by April 30 are eligible to be entered into a drawing for a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
Take the Survey
The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Register Today for the AAMSE 2019 Annual Conference and AAMSE 360 in Pittsburgh!
The AAMSE Annual Conference provides the perfect platform to connect with other medical society professionals to learn how to better manage your medical association. From the sessions you attend and the networking you’ll participate in, you will leave the 2019 AAMSE Annual Conference inspired and with a renewed sense of purpose as you engage with the issues facing your own organization and lead your society forward. Presented by leading experts and industry professionals, the hand-selected educational sessions will help you grow membership, build loyalty, sharpen your marketing skills, adapt to changing technology and keep your association relevant in the changing world of organized medicine.
Experience Pittsburgh! If you haven’t been to Pittsburgh recently, you don’t know what you have been missing! Fresh off of hosting PCMA 2019, we invite you to re-connect with AAMSE in Pittsburgh.
Why the AAMSE Annual Conference is one event you cannot miss:
- By medical society professionals, for medical society professionals: Connect with medical society professionals and strengthen your professional network outside of the meeting room through our small group meetings, dine-arounds, evening social events and wellness programming. Details available online.
- Improve your organization: A variety of breakout sessions and workshops concentrated in areas like membership, advocacy, communications, leadership, professional development and marketing will provide you with strategies to implement at your medical society. Take a look at the conference schedule.
- Inspiring and Engaging Keynote Speakers: Three keynote speakers have been secured to anchor the programming for the conference. You’ll hear presentations on leadership, innovation, resiliency and communication strategies that will keep your society relevant in the coming years. View the keynote speakers.
- Bundle the Annual Conference and AAMSE 360 registrations and save! AAMSE 360 will begin with an in-person meeting at the Annual Conference. This onsite meeting will allow participants to connect with their cohort in-person before the series of live webinars, readings and online discussions. Bundling the registrations will save over $200 and provide participants with 22 CAE hours!
- Pre-conference meetings that meet your specific needs: Whether are a state membership director or work in a county or state specialty society, our pre-conference meetings on Wednesday will connect you with the precise programming that speaks to the challenges you face in your society.
- The best value for your professional development budget: This year’s conference kicks off on Wednesday afternoon and runs through Friday. Full participation in the AAMSE Conference gets you 11 credits toward your CAE renewal/application. Additional credits are available by attending our pre-conference meetings. [include cae logo]
Register today to ensure you take advantage of the $100 early registration discount!
Westin Convention Center
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Guest Room Rate: $179.00
Book Your Room Online: AAMSE 2019 Annual Conference
Room Block Deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019, or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first. AAMSE has a room block reserved for the nights of Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019.
How Smart People Ask Great Questions (and Get Better Answers)
It's easy to ask questions. But to get great answers, start asking the right way, writes Jeff Haden for Inc.com.
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Register Today for AAMSE 360
Have you worked in a medical society for three years or less? Are you looking to establish a foundation of knowledge that will help you thrive in the dynamic environment of a medical society? If so, AAMSE 360 is for you.
AAMSE 360: Essentials of Medical Society Management is an immersive program that helps those who are still uncovering the mysteries of medical society management, preparing participants for the unique aspects of organized medicine while providing them with a peer network to support them throughout their careers.
It worked so well, we are doing it again! AAMSE 360 will begin with an in-person meeting at the 2019 Annual Conference. This onsite meeting will allow participants to connect with their cohort in-person before the series of live webinars, readings and online discussions.
Bundle your registration for AAMSE 360 and the Annual Conference and save over $200 as compared to registering for each event individually! Full participation in both programs provides attendees with 22 CAE hours!
View more information about the program, including FAQs.
Boost Your Staff's Financial Savvy
As associations become more cost-focused and revenue-driven, staff outside the finance department need to have knowledge that will enable them to make better business decisions, writes Allison Torres Burtka for Associations Now.
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2019 AMA HOD Annual Meeting
Information is available for the 2019 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. AAMSE will again host County and State CEO Meetings on June 9. The County CEOs will meet from 10-12 pm and the State CEOs will meet from 9-11 am. RSVP your attendance through the links below.
State CEO Meeting County CEO Meeting
Welcome, New AAMSE Members
Medical Society of Virginia,
Medical Society of Virginia,
Asst. Director of Marketing
American Foregut Society
Susan Joy Slaughter Jones PLLC
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Director of Membership
American College of Emergency Physicians,
Director, Chapter & State Relations
Montgomery, American College of Emergency Physicians,
Governance Operations Director
Nelson, American College of Emergency Physicians,
Managing Director, Membership Division
Robbins, Pennsylvania Medical Society
Rodd, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons,
Scalise, West Virginia State Medical Association
Schneider, American College of Emergency Physicians,
Associate Executive Director, Clinical Affairs
Serota, American Urological Association
Wise, American College of Emergency Physicians,
Executive Director, EMRA
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