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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.

Governance Structure

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:
Education and Training: Chair, Tim Holder, MD FAAFP
Quality and Research: Chair, Sydney Dy, MD
Advocacy and Awareness: Chair, Chad D. Kollas, MD

Apply to serve on a Committee, Advisory or Working Group or as a reviewer/contributor. The level of the commitment required for each is described below:

Committees: Volunteer service is primarily completed through a combination of email correspondence and conference calls (often monthly) to advance specific committee charges. Committee members are appointed to serve a two-year term.

Advisory or Working Groups: Volunteer service may require a rapid response and include monthly (or more frequent) conference calls and email correspondence to address emerging issues. Advisory or working group members are appointed to serve a two-year term.

Reviewers/Contributors: Volunteer service is focused on a single project involving an intensive amount of work over a short period of time, such as an item writer for practice exams or manuscript reviewer. Service is one year or less in duration.

The Call for Volunteers is now closed. The deadline to apply was January 31, 2014.

Additional Opportunities

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 (
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 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.

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