AAMSE offers its members the opportunity to participate in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) related to the field of medical society management through our AAMSE Online Community.
AAMSE SIGs connect members with mutual goals and interests, providing a platform to network and participate in knowledge and resource sharing among peers. SIGs also serve as resources for AAMSE to develop and promote specialty-specific programs and services. SIG participation is voluntary and self-selected by members based on job function and interest. There is no cost for AAMSE members to participate in SIGs.
View information on how to join a SIG.
Only current AAMSE members may participate in a SIG.
Below are descriptions of the Special Interest Groups available through AAMSE. With the exception of the CEO groups, each SIG is open to all AAMSE members interested in participating.
For medical society professionals involved in supporting and promoting a cause or proposal on behalf of the medical society and its members.
- Job functions may include: government/legislative affairs, advocacy and lobbying
- Topics may include: grassroots organizing, political action committees and current trends in the political landscape
For medical society professionals involved in the executive and administrative aspects of operating a medical society or association.
- Job functions may include: CEO/executive, executive/deputy vice president, financial, legal, meeting planning, human relations, general administration and foundation
- Topics may include: administrative, financial, operations, governance and legal aspects of running an association
For medical society professionals in executive-level positions at their organization.Currently, AAMSE offers groups to CEOs of the following medical society types:
National Specialty, State, State Specialty and County
Please note: participation in the CEO SIGs is limited to professionals in executive-level positions at each respective society type.
- Job functions may include: CEO, executive director, executive vice president
- Topics may include: general management issues, staffing/HR issues, contracts, compensation, legal issues and administration.
For medical society professionals involved in the dissemination of the society’s message and the promotion of its mission to all stakeholders.
- Job functions may include: communications, marketing, publication management, public/member relations and community/member outreach
- Topics may include: publications, social media, marketing, member relations and community/public relations
For medical society professionals with an interest in staff and member education and training.
- Job functions may include: CME professionals, general administration, and human relations
- Topics may include: continuing medical education, networking and training programs for members or medical society staff
Knowledge of Medicine
For medical society professionals wishing to discuss and expand their knowledge of important issues and trends in medicine that affect the society and its members.
- Job functions may include: advocacy, education, communications, membership, legal and administration
- Topics may include: health care reform, health information technology, payment reform, insurance issues, employed physicians and reimbursement
For medical society professionals with an interest in the development of leadership skills within their organization and among their members.
- Job functions may include: CEO/executive, human relations, education and administration
- Topics may include: physician leadership programs, volunteer leader development, personal and organization leadership training
For medical society professionals involved in the retention/recruitment of members, as well as improving the value of medical society membership.
- Job functions may include: membership, marketing, communications, retention/recruitment, member services and member relations
- Topics may include: membership retention/recruitment, value proposition, non-dues revenue and member engagement
For medical society professionals interested in discussing technology tools and issues relevant to medical society management.
- Job functions may include: CEO/executive, technology, website management, information services and education
- Topics may include: online education/CME, mobile technology and web development
Each SIG has its own online community, allowing members to quickly and easily communicate with one another.
SIG members can ask questions, solve problems, exchange ideas and share resources with the ease of sending an email.
Members are automatically added to the online communities of the SIGs they sign up for in their member profiles.
AAMSE is looking for member volunteers to serve as SIG leaders. Responsibilities of SIG leaders include:
- Ensuring regular activity and lively discussions within each SIG
- Serving as member liaisons to AAMSE leadership and staff
- Assisting with coordination of SIG surveys and reports
- Assisting with the development and launch of additional SIG activities as needed (e.g., group teleconferences or in-person meetings)
There are no terms for leaders; members may begin or end their service as a SIG leader at any time.
If you are interested in serving as a leader for one of the SIGs, please sign up to be a leader via the SIG Call for Leaders survey.
Starting a New SIG
To remain a member-driven association, AAMSE members can propose the creation of new SIGs based on a subgroup or area that may not be covered by one of the existing groups. New SIGs can be as broad or narrow in scope as determined by member needs.
- Any AAMSE member may begin procedures to start a SIG by submitting a Request to Form a Special Interest Group (SIG) application.
- New SIGs must be compatible with AAMSE's mission and strategic plan. Their formation is subject to the approval of the AAMSE Board of Directors.
- AAMSE staff will submit all applications to the Board of Directors for review and approval. If approved by a majority of the Board, staff will provide the applicant with assistance to launch the SIG, including the development of a listserv and promotion of the SIG to the general membership.
A minimum of 10 members are needed for a new SIG to begin operations.