Getting Involved in AAHPM
AAHPM encourages all members to participate in the organization's activities. There are many ways you can become involved as an Academy member, from joining a Special Interest Group to serving on a committee to composing an article for the newsletter or journal. The information below provides more detailed information.
Call for Volunteers now closed.
AAHPM's Board of Directors designed the Academy's governance structure to support the five strategic goals confirmed in 2011 as priorities for the next 3-5 years.
Strategic Coordinating Committees (SCCs) provide the oversight required to advance the goals associated with the Academy's Strategic Plan. SCCs coordinate the charges, projects, and timelines of the subordinate committees and facilitate communication across strategic areas and between the committees and the Board.
2013 Strategic Coordinating Committee Leadership
Membership and Communities: Chair, David Wensel, DO
Leadership and Workforce: Chair, Greg Sachs, MD
Education and Training: Chair, Tim Holder, MD FAAFP
Quality and Research: Chair, Sydney Dy, MD
Advocacy and Awareness: Chair, Chad D. Kollas, MD
The current committees and task forces are:
Academic Palliative Medicine Task Force
Charged with developing and implementing a strategy for building a robust academic sector with the capacity for education, research and clinical program development.
Annual Assembly Committee
Charged with designing a comprehensive educational experience including plenary, concurrent, and paper/poster sessions using evaluation and needs assessment data, educational abstract submissions, and knowledge of current issues.
Annual Assembly Scientific Program Sub-Committee
Charged with reviewing, assessing and selecting abstracts, as well as determining paper and poster award winners.
Clinical Education Committee
Charged with overseeing the educational programs and products designed for the clinical practice of hospice and palliative medicine (both foundational and advanced level). All content will support the review and preparation for hospice and palliative medicine board exams, the clinical practice of hospice medical directors and ongoing advanced clinical practice competence.
Charged with managing the Academy’s constituency model by establishing and maintaining guidelines, policies, practices and other resources for special interest groups and forums.
Charged with reviewing and providing guidance on specific ethical issues related to the field of hospice and palliative medicine, periodically reviewing relevant position statements, and raising ethical issues that should be brought to the attention of the SCC and Board.
External Awareness Task Force
Charged with developing programs of outreach and education to relevant organizations, including the specialty societies of the ten co-sponsoring boards. The committee also provides counsel on public awareness outreach, materials and media-related activities.
Fellowship Grant Task Force
Charged with managing the process and timeline for distribution of foundation supported fellowship grants.
Charged with monitoring the financial health of the organization and ensuring that its assets are protected, its resources are used properly and that the Academy complies with all applicable laws and reporting requirements.
Leadership Development Committee
Charged with creating a comprehensive vision for leadership training and development designed to prepare AAHPM members to serve as physician leaders within various health care settings where HPM professionals are employed and able to influence policy and practice.
Medical Directors Education Committee
Charged with overseeing the educational programs and products designed for hospice physicians and preparing them for certification as hospice medical directors.
Charged with reviewing membership recruitment and retention strategies. The committee supports a diverse and inclusive membership and promotes history preservation within AAHPM.
Public Policy Committee
Charged with examining public policy issues with the potential to impact members, their patients, and the field and developing the Academy’s advocacy agenda. The committee monitors legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal levels; makes recommendations for action to AAHPM leadership; develops position statements; and oversees initiatives designed to inform and engage members around advocacy. Committee working groups have been established to (1) track state-level policy concerns and develop an infrastructure to help members respond and (2) examine the role for HPM in emerging payment and delivery models.
Charged with strategic oversight, communication and coordination regarding AAHPM official publications, including the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, PC-FACs and AAHPM Quarterly.
Quality and Practice Standards Task Force
Charged with addressing activities within and across the three-dimensional framework of practice settings, organizations working on measures and indicators, and institutional/physician payment systems. Participates in the creation and dissemination of performance standards on behalf of AAHPM.
Charged with recommending ways in which the Academy can promote training, funding and implementation of research. The committee also collaborates with other national organizations to formulate a national research agenda for palliative care and advocate for increased funding.
Review Educational Content
Review manuscripts or presentations and provide feedback/recommendations to primary author/faculty.
Serve as an Item Writer for Practice Exams
Using guidelines/training provided by AAHPM, research, write and edit multiple choice questions.
Write an Article
A great way to get involved in AAHPM is to write an article for the journal or newsletter. AAHPM welcomes articles written by members in all areas of hospice and palliative medicine.
Contribute to the Blog (aahpmblog.org)
Write a blog post on any subject related to hospice and palliative medicine. It should be brief (average is 250 words) and represent you—your personality, your personal experiences, and your views. Blog once or blog often.
Submit an Abstract for the Annual Assembly
The Annual Assembly Committee issues three separate calls for proposals for the Assembly. The first call, for clinically-based workshops and concurrent sessions, is in the early Spring. The second call, for research-based sessions, is in the Summer. The third call, for professionals and professionals in training case submissions, is in the Fall. Watch the "Learn" section of aahpm.org for more information and submission directions.
Join a Community
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum for interested members to discuss topics of common interest. All the SIGs meet at the AAHPM Annual Assembly and interact virtually throughout the year. To join a SIG, just mark the appropriate box on the membership application, update your profile through the online membership database, or call Member Services at 847.375.4712.