By Scott A.B. Collins, MD
Recently, a new and energized focus has been given to state societies. Academy President Dirk M. Elston, MD, has made optimizing the Academy’s strategy with state societies a major focus of his presidency. “As a national organization, we often focus on federal issues, but much of what will affect our patients and our practices in the coming years will be decided in state legislatures,” Dr. Elston said.
Toward that end, he established an ad hoc task force for State Society Relationships under the direction of Mary Maloney, MD, a Massachusetts dermatologist. The task force includes:
- Christen M. Mowad, MD – Pennsylvania
- Scott Andrew Buckta Collins, MD – Oregon
- Bruce A. Brod, MD – Pennsylvania
- Margaret E. Parsons, MD – California
- Craig N. Burkhart, MD – North Carolina
- Elizabeth Shannon Martin, MD – Alabama
- Molly A. Hinshaw, MD – Wisconsin
This task force will work in conjunction with the State Society Development Task Force and the State Policy Committee to look at best practices for allowing optimal communication and collaboration between the AAD and our state societies as well as enhancing coordination among societies. Read more about Dr. Elston’s initiative for state societies in the November 2013 issue of Dermatology World.
We will keep you updated on our progress this year in coming issues of Society Insider. We are interested in your concerns, comments, and suggestions. Linda Ayers, senior manager, state society relations, is available to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. Linda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t-miss events at Annual Meeting
The Academy’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., March 21 – 25, will provide state society officers and executives with key opportunities to get involved. Take a look and add them to your meeting schedule! For additional information or to register for an event, email Linda Ayers at email@example.com.
State Executives Conference — State society executives and administrators are invited to an informative and interactive event on Thursday, March 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 406/407. The program will cover relevant topics and issues for state societies, such as recruitment and retention as well as CME and MOC. AAD staff will be on hand to provide updates on state policy, and payer issues and trends. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from across the country. Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
Leadership Workshop —The Leadership Workshop is held in conjunction with the State Society Executives Conference on Thursday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 406-407. Current state society officers are invited to attend along with state society executives and administrators. New this year, incoming state society officers are also invited to attend the workshop. This session will focus on developing a leadership team in your state society. Even if your society does not have an executive or administrator, all society officers are encouraged to attend this event and learn about the benefits of developing a leadership team in your state.
State Society Leadership Breakfast — State society officer and executives are invited to attend this event on Friday, March 21 at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom H. Model State and Special Recognition Awards will be presented at this event. The program will also include short presentations about interesting and innovative state society projects and programs.
Dr. Collins is chair of the AADA’s State Society Development Task Force and a member of the Council on Government Affairs Health Policy and Practice. He’s currently practicing in Oregon, where he specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology.