Hello – I’m fresh back from Washington, DC where AGA’s committees gathered last weekend to plan the year ahead. It was great! I was inspired by the discussions and dedication of our volunteer committee members to move the needle forward for AGA and our specialty. Discussions focused on our strategic plan, and how each of the many AGA programs enhance value for our members.
I had the opportunity to visit with old friends and make new friends. Involvement on our committees has allowed me to meet and become friends with people from all over the country. I ran into Rhonda Souza, who is the AGA program chair for DDW this year, and recalled that we first met at AGA meetings, and have since become collaborators and good friends. I had the chance to chat with my younger colleague, Peter Liang, who will chair our Training and Early Career Committee in 2019. The energy and enthusiasm of our AGA future leaders was very evident and promise an exciting future for AGA. During my 36 years as an AGA member, I have developed valuable friendships, which have enriched my career in GI.
I want to encourage each of you – whether in basic science research, academic clinical practice or in some form of private practice – to get involved in AGA committees. AGA will benefit from your knowledge and wisdom, and I hope you will enjoy the opportunity to help shape the future directions of AGA.
We hope you will consider nominating yourself or colleagues for the following committees: audit, clinical guidelines, diversity, education & training, ethics, finance, government affairs, nominating, PAC, practice management, publications, quality measures, research awards panel, research policy, women’s and the microbiome center. For more information on the positions available, take a look at the AGA Committee page
. Applications and nominations are due Nov. 1.
We are also currently looking for candidates for governing board positions that become open next spring: vice president, at-large councillor, at-large councillor for development and growth, and education and training councillor, and for next year's nominating committee – including two positions for members less than 10 years out of fellowship. Nominations are due Oct. 1. More information.
In addition to Board or Committee activities, we have a few other leadership programs available to you:
- Women’s leadership conference – for both early career and experienced professionals
- FORWARD program – for underrepresented minorities in academic medicine
- Future Leaders’ Program – for early career GIs (established leaders are invited to apply as mentors)
You can go online to get more information about these Three Leadership Pathways
. Applications for all three are due Oct 22.
I hope you will get involved in one or more of these activities. I think you will enjoy interaction with colleagues, and an opportunity to make the AGA more valuable to our members.