I’m thrilled to welcome you to the official AAHPM blog. Many of you are frequent blog contributors and followers already, as there are several resources available within our online community. My hope is that AAHPM will provide yet another place where we can all congregate and connect with one another. With the successful use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, AAHPM members are now more aware of important issues such as major proposed drug changes by the FDA which first surfaced in social media circles this past year. It is clear that there is a broader community that could benefit from a greater AAHPM presence on the Web and we are pleased to officially enter the blogosphere!

I expect this will become another gathering place for anyone interested in the field to converse about articles, educational sessions, and issues important to you and your work. We hope to attract members and non-members—all are truly welcome. I anticipate that this blog and others like it will continue to work together to raise awareness about the incredible advancements and critical issues occurring within the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

The timing of our online debut is no accident—the Annual Assembly in Boston is just 2 weeks away. Stay tuned as we preview some of the most anticipated events of the Assembly, with the help of more than 20 members who have enthusiastically offered to contribute their thoughts right here on the AAHPM blog.

Have you ever attended a session and left wishing you could continue or start a discussion? Ever been torn between multiple sessions occurring at the same time and wished you could learn more about the ones you missed? Are you unable to attend this year’s Annual Assembly but want to stay connected to the latest developments and critical issues? Be sure to add the AAHPM blog to your favorite bookmarks and join the discussion.

I hope to see you in Boston—and right here as well. Happy Blogging.

-Steve Smith, CAE, AAHPM CEO and Executive Director