President's Message - January 201601.20.2016
As we enter the year 2016 (wow the years go by so fast), on behalf of the ASES Executive Committee and Chicago-based staff we wish everyone and their families a happy and healthy New Year.
The landscape of organized medicine is changing and all of us remain uneasy as so many of the aspects of our medical and surgical practices are under scrutiny and likely subject to increased demands of our time and practice patterns. Regardless, we remain committed to the mission of the ASES “To support the ethical practice of evidence-based, high quality, cost effective shoulder and elbow care” as well as its vision “To have a global impact on quality shoulder and elbow care, through leadership, medical education, scientific research, and patient advocacy.”
I would like to outline for you our agenda for this coming year as well as the challenges we are addressing on your behalf
The new category of “Candidate Membership” put forth by Past-President Bill Mallon and supported by the vast majority of the ASES membership is now in place, and represents what we hope will be just one of a number of initiatives which will expand our membership to a wider range of individuals who contribute to the care of upper extremity conditions. The Executive Committee further amended the category to now admit individuals who fulfill the qualifications and appropriate recommendations after completion of an accredited Fellowship without waiting a defined period of two years. The requirements for “candidate membership” and the process of sponsorship can be found on our website as well as from Stella Gautier in the national office.
In addition, we will encourage new members to become active in the committee structure of the ASES. The process of filling committee vacancies has also been amended to now encourage members to express their interests before the annual Closed Meeting with committee appointments decided upon after the meeting.
This year we have also invited all former travelling fellows from overseas to become corresponding members and in January the Executive Committee approved the initial 14 who applied with candidates from Europe, Turkey, China, and Korea.
II. VALUE-BASED SHOULDER AND ELBOW CARE
A virtual tsunami of activity is occurring throughout our specialty due to the changing requirements of developing performance measures and metrics. It is very clear that the ASES must be out front with other Orthopaedic specialty societies as well as the AAOS itself in developing those metrics that will be applicable to members of the ASES. We have a committed Value-driven Shoulder Care Committee under the leadership of Larry Higgins and Bernie Morrey and I can assure you that we will have a strong voice at the table when these are formulated and will keep membership informed throughout the process.
The 2015 Closed Meeting in Asheville initiated the inclusion of industry support. Nine companies exhibited and added substantially to the financial support of the meeting and hopefully will continue to do so in October at the 2016 meeting. If one stops to consider that much of the technological advancements in the surgical techniques, implant development, and hands-on education programs in shoulder and elbow surgery have been dependent upon the input of ASES members, it is more than reasonable to continue and even expand our relationships with our industry partners. Under the leadership of Richard Hawkins and Jonathan Ticker, efforts are ongoing to increase our profile and interactions with industry, not only for meeting support, but also for sponsorship of educational and research grants. We hope to establish a Corporate Advisory Council made up of both ASES members and representatives of industry to develop a formal process for these interactions.
IV. ASES FOUNDATION
We have engaged legal advice as to the benefits and procedures required of incorporation. If and when this is finalized, a formal board structure and establishment of objectives will evolve. Under the energetic leadership of Jonathan Ticker the foundation has now reached over one million dollars on our way to the lofty goal of 5 million dollars.
V. SHOULDER AND ELBOW FELLOWSHIPS
For a number of reasons, interest in our shoulder and elbow fellowships from USA trained Orthopaedic residents has declined in recent years. The Fellowship Match Taskforce under the leadership of Leesa Galatz is looking at a number of ways to present our specialty in a comprehensive way using avenues such as resident gatherings at meetings, enhancing our website, and creating major efforts to profile the ASES in the various social media sites. Along with this, I have asked several of our younger members under the leadership of Josh Dines to evaluate the potential of social media and develop a working platform to expand our exposure.
VI. STRATEGIC PLANNING
Every organization can benefit from a formal review of its activities in order to ensure that it is fulfilling its mission as well as developing strategies and goals for the future. I have requested every current committee chair to document their current activities and establish needs and goals for the near future. I am delighted that Bernie Morrey has been willing to chair the Planning & Development Committee composed of all former ASES Presidents to provide important experiences as well as recommendations. With the assistance of two experienced individuals from the AAOS along with Anna Quintanilla and Stella Gauthier, we have now an established timeline of information gathering to culminate in a one day retreat likely in August.
VII. 2016 CALENDAR
ASES Specialty Day
March 5, 2016
Biennial ASES/AANA Shoulder and Elbow: Current Techniques and Controversies
September 15-17, 2016
Rosemont and Chicago, IL
ASES Open Symposium
October 6, 2016
ASES 2016 Closed Meeting
October 6-9, 2016
Jesse B. Jupiter, MD