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June 2019

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County CEO Meeting AMA
State CEO Meeting AMA
24 -26
2019 Annual AAMSE Conference

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Steve LevineFrom the President

Managing Change

As I write this month’s column, a very significant change is about to happen here at the Texas Medical Association. We’ve known for months that Lou Goodman – the man who hired me, our CEO and EVP since 1997 – was about to retire. But most of us won’t find out for another two hours that our new exec will be Michael Darrouzet – my longtime friend, the chief executive of the Dallas County Medical Society, and a former AAMSE president.

“Successful change agent” is part of any good leader’s job description: balancing what to hold onto from the past vs. what to reach out for in the future. As medical society executives, we typically have to manage change at many levels. Even when it doesn’t involve the ascension of a new CEO, we regularly find ourselves having to help our staff, our volunteer leaders, and our rank-and-file members adjust to American health care’s every-day tremors and quakes.

Everyone who knows them both would agree that Michael is definitely not Lou. They have different styles, different temperaments, different approaches. Yet both have been immensely successful in managing big medical societies. It will mostly be up to Michael to manage the change here, to calm the fears of TMA staff who wonder what to expect, to capture the trust of the thousands of Texas physicians who don’t know him yet. I’m sure he’ll get plenty of advice.

Because they knew this transition was coming, both TMA’s incoming president and his predecessor spent a lot of time talking about change at our annual meeting last month.

Our new president told us that both his father and his grandfather were Army men, West Point grads. “I was literally raised on Duty, Honor, Country. Values that are timeless ... unchanging. Values that guide the men and women of our military then, now, and tomorrow,” he said. Those values ground our warriors as they navigate change around them.

Physicians, too, “aspire toward a body of core values that are timeless ... unchanging,” he said. “We aspire toward a body of core values that are centered upon an uncompromising and unconflicted regard for the patient’s benefit and best interest.” Those core values ground our physicians – and their associations – as they and we navigate the many fast moving changes that swirl about them and us.

Our outgoing president kept it simpler. He quoted Socrates: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

All good advice. I hope it helps Michael. I hope it helps you.

Steve Levine
AAMSE President

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Early Registration Deadline Approaching for #AAMSE19

Conference 2019

Your chance to save $100 on your Annual Conference registration ends on June 13!

Register Today

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.

  • 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.

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! 

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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.

Managing Member Loss: 3 Steps to Turn Retention Rates Back Around

With so many moving parts going into making an association great, it can be easy to focus in on the details and be blind to the overall picture- a picture that includes your membership writes Audra Hopkins for Web Scribble.

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.

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Training on Physician Well-being at AMA HOD

Physician Wellness Training

Under a grant from the Physicians Foundation, a toolkit was published last year by a group of county medical society executives that helps medical associations through the process of starting wellness counseling programs for their members. With over 20 programs now in operation across the nation, this type of membership benefit is quickly becoming a safety net at the local level for physicians who need places to process their occupational distress.

 A free workshop and presentation of LifeBridge Physician Wellness Tool Kit will be offered 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday, June 7 at the AMA HOD. The session will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the Roosevelt 3A room. The session will also be offered at the AAMSE meeting in Pittsburgh on July 27. Download the free LifeBridge toolkit and register for either session at

 Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee thanks to the Physicians Foundation grant.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the following:

Under Pressure from Opioid Lawsuits, One Pain Research Society Considers Bankruptcy

After being named in lawsuits blaming the pharmaceutical industry for the United States' opioid addiction epidemic, the American Pain Society is considering bankruptcy, writes Francie Diep for Pacfici Standard.

This story was also picked up by MedPage Today. The American Pain Society may soon vote itself out of existence, blaming soaring legal costs to fight litigation that alleges the organization, along with medical associations, acted as "front groups" for opioid drug makers that gave them financial support writes Cheryl Clark. 

Michael Darrouzet Hired as TMA EVP

Michael Darrouzet, a former board member and past president of AAMSE has been hired as the Texas Medical Association Executive Vice President. For more information, see the full releasefrom TMA.

Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Shelly Bonforti, Washington State Medical, Association Association Executive

Curt Fisher, Washington State Medical Association
Web and Communications Coordinator

Kate Freeman, American Foregut Society Executive Director

Zachary Gates, Pennsylvania Medical Society

Vidhya Hariharan, American Academy of Dermatology
Sr Manager, Clinical Practice Guidelines & Research


Laura Jacobs, Wisconsin Medical Society

Sameer Malik, American Academy of Dermatology
Assc Director, Science & Research

Shahanshah Manzoor, Simpliv LLC

Jeanette Metz, Nevada State Medical Association

Morgan Perrill, Indianapolis Medical Society

John Stangel, Society for Vascular Surgery

Edward Wendling, Advanced Solutions International, ASI

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