ASPS President's Page: Looking ahead to Advocacy Summit, EOL and Plastic Surgery The Meeting
Hello and welcome once again to the President's Page – a monthly behind-the-scenes look at what is happening around ASPS.
We've got a full slate of events ahead in the coming months, featuring the annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. June 26-28. This consolidated "mega-Summit" began last year as a replacement for the multiple regional fly-ins. It provides a focused, efficient and comprehensive way for membership to take important advocacy issues from around the country straight to Capitol Hill on behalf of the specialty. Lynn Jeffers, MD, Board Vice President of Advocacy, will tell you more below.
Another exciting upcoming event is the kickoff of this year's Essentials of Leadership program, which provides a phenomenal opportunity to develop the leadership and communication skills necessary to become an effective leader in any organization – local or national. Anu Bajaj, MD, chair of the Leadership Development Committee, details more information below.
We couldn't be more excited to announce the debut of the new ASPS app – a free service for members available on Apple and Android. Years in the making, this app enables you to engage and connect with colleagues and committees while also receiving the latest Society news and events. Features include a complete member roster (including the ability to search for members across the directory by first or last name and contact them via phone or e-mail); the ability to view up-to-date CME reports; and the ability to join a Zoom meeting directly within the app. All of this practical functionality is available for free! We sincerely hope you download it and use it. We know you'll love it!
We're also looking forward to Plastic Surgery The Meeting, taking place in Chicago Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. Building on the success of Orlando last year, which was the most well-attended meeting in the history of the Society, Chicago will provide even more opportunities, value, and education for members than ever before. We also have new family-friendly events and options to make this a meeting for everyone! Registration is now open here.
I'd also like to remind you that the opportunity to join a committee is open and we have received a tremendous amount of interest! We would love to place you on a committee that piques your interest. This year's deadline is April 30, so please apply here.
I personally couldn't be more energized about all of the outstanding things going on in the Society – both on stage and behind the scenes. We continue to strive to keep you informed with these updates and hope you are just as enthusiastic about the value of being a member of the largest plastic surgery organization in the world!
-Yours in Service,
Legislative Advocacy Committee Update
The Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) and the new Advocacy Summit Planning Committee are gearing up for another trip to Capitol Hill this June. Last year, ASPS showed a strong presence with 82 plastic surgeons from 26 states who completed 101 congressional meetings. We are looking forward to similar representation this year's Advocacy Summit (June 26-28) as we dive into issues impacting the specialty and our patients.
We are excited to host a physician panel on state legislation that sets fee limits not only on out-of-network emergency room visits and procedures, but (in some states) even on out-of-network elective procedures and visits to our offices. Physician leaders from plastic surgery, orthopaedics, radiology and emergency medicine will all participate in this panel and talk about the ways we can work together to protect providers and patients while combating the insurance industry. In 2018 already, ASPS has worked on this issue in 29 states, so I'm looking forward to hearing about ways we can all work together to win this battle.
Other Advocacy Summit highlights include our keynote speaker, Charlie Cook from the Cook Political Report, who will provide inside analysis on the upcoming elections.
Members who attend the Summit will also play an integral role in helping the LAC set the Society's advocacy priorities in 2019 through a survey that determines for which issues the Society advocates at the state and federal level. This survey is exclusive to the Advocacy Summit and the LAC, so it's a critical opportunity to impact ASPS policy. Summit attendees will also participate in Advocacy Roundtable breakout sessions to discuss issues facing the LAC, including the creation of ASPS's new white hat issue. Through these breakout groups, ASPS members can provide qualitative feedback on nuanced aspects of state policy, ranging from scope of practice to in-office compounding. The Summit is the only opportunity for members outside of the LAC to offer this expertise and shape ASPS's policy positions!
I really hope you can join us this June in Washington, D.C.
-Lynn Jeffers, MD, Board Vice President
Leadership Development Committee Update
The Leadership Development Committee is committed to encouraging and developing rising leaders within Plastic Surgery. As a component of this mission, the LDC conducts the Essentials of Leadership Program. The mission of EOL is to train plastic surgeons to have the head to think for themselves, the voice to inspire their organizations, the heart to serve others and the courage to act when others will not. Building on the success of years past, this year's program features a new wrinkle in that ASPS is collaborating with ASAPS this year. Response has been strong – we've received 30 applications for 14 possible spots in the program. The roster includes 12 ASPS members, 12 ASAPS members, four small group leaders and four industry partners, including Allergan, Galderma and Sientra. Both of this year's EOL sessions will take place at the ASPS office in Arlington Heights, Ill. – the first being May 18-20 and the second taking place Oct. 12-14. We look forward to helping guide the next generation of plastic surgeon leaders on their path to success.
-Anu Bajaj, MD, Committee Chair