President's Monthly Update - November 201111.15.2011
Dear Fellow ASES Members:
It is my pleasure to write the first Presidential Update for our membership. It is my hope that by sharing the Executive Committee’s initiatives and thoughts with you, together we can improve our effectiveness in providing value for the ASES membership. To that end, I welcome input on all society matters from our membership. Please feel free to contact me through the ASES organization by emailing Susan Shannon as she will pass these on to me. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several important initiatives are already underway, but there are many challenges ahead. Among these are the issue of membership criteria and growth of our society, the impact of healthcare reform on our role as providers, sustaining and enhancing our fiscal health in order to provide the best educational offerings to our membership and beyond, sustaining our fellowship programs, and growing our brand identity as the arbitrator of shoulder and elbow information in the world of Orthopaedics. The following is a brief summary of our current initiatives.
I would like to thank all of our members who have generously offered their time and insight serving on our many committees. We are delighted with the membership’s enthusiasm, but the number who wanted to be involved was greater than the available opportunities so I apologize for not being able to include everyone at this point. I welcome input from all, and will pass this on to each appropriate committee. Most committees have been enlarged and new this year will be the addition of co-chairs whose role will be to assist with the leadership of each committee and provide continuity for future years of leadership. Several new Ad Hoc Committees have been created in order to deal with important issues.
There has been a very healthy and needed debate about our future as an organization and the contrast between becoming more inclusive or remaining largely exclusive. At stake is our ability to play a meaningful role in the politics of future of healthcare decisions. These decisions will impact our role in providing value in care and education. We must play a strong role in the debates and solutions which are ahead. Predictably, a small exclusive organization will less likely have an important voice in such matters. In order to continue this dialogue and look for solutions which insure the continued vitality of this organization, the Executive Committee has asked the Ad Hoc Committee on New Membership to continue its work. This committee which has been chaired by Ken Yamaguchi will continue to advise the Executive Committee so that we can get closer to an agreement between members of our organization. I welcome input from all members of the ASES prior to our next Closed Meeting in the Fall of 2012, and I hope that this interactive discussion will put us in a position to come to an agreement next Fall.
Web/Social Media Committee:
This is a new Ad Hoc Committee to explore and provided direction for our interaction with Social Media... As social media has become such an important part of education and communication, I believe the ASES must be proactive in order to expand its effectiveness in these and other areas. Such efforts will also go a long way to improving our brand identity as the leading organization in shoulder and elbow care. This will undoubtedly have major implications in the future. A major initiative which this committee will undertake will be the creation of a more dynamic website. This will improve our effectiveness in providing content for both our membership and non-members who may use our website as a resource. One example is a “membership map” which graphically lists all of our member’s locations in the world. Another example is the creation of a section entitled “ASES Presents”. This will be a portal for educational videos from our members which may be posted on www.vumedi.com or other sites such as www.G9MD.net. We are also considering the creation of an ASES Channel on www.vumedi.com. As this is new ground for our society, I would like to solicit input from you for ideas you may have for such initiatives.
Committee on Value-Driven Shoulder/Elbow Care:
This is a new Ad Hoc committee charged with evaluating opportunities for the ASES to contribute information which will improve value for patients and thus influence the healthcare debate. As one of our core commitments is to lead in education and improve care of shoulder and elbow problems, this is a critically important initiative.
Many members on this committee have been leaders in healthcare initiatives for many years. The committee’s recommendations on evidence-based medicine, perspectives on future health care reform initiatives, recommendations for proactive stances on important health care issues, and collaboration with our specialty society partners in areas of overlapping interests will shape our focus on delivery and documentation of high quality, cost effective health care.
In conclusion, I look forward to the coming year and look to guidance and input from each of you.
Jon J.P. Warner, MD