What a remarkable last few years it has been. Despite challenges, the Aerodigestive Society and its membership have held two successful meetings and several webinars, awarded grants and presented scientific abstracts. In addition, many of our members and their teams have published peer-reviewed manuscripts on the evolving care of our complex patient population. It is with this sense of accomplishment and continued drive that we present two pressing needs to you.
- Annual membership drive
Annual membership is from January 15, 2022 through January 14, 2023.
You have been identified as a former member, Fellow, or participant (attendee or lecturer) in one of our recent conferences. We want you to continue as a vital part of the Society. Our academic pursuits depend on your participation and support. If your membership has already been extended through January 2023, you should have received information on your updated renewal.
The Aerodigestive Society website (https://aerodigestive.us/) will be the mechanism for collecting dues and sending renewal notices moving forward. While the website remained open to all over the last several years, certain features will be now accessible only with your membership ID and password. These features include video recordings of recent conferences, webinars, selected publications, selected past PowerPoint presentations, and private discussion forums.
However, you are unlikely joining for the website’s attributes, but rather, you are joining to be an integral part of our developing field. Membership confers eligibility to participate in committees, receive a discount on the annual meeting, and move towards Fellowship status with its attendant voting and leadership opportunities. It is our members and Fellows who drive the evolution of aerodigestive medicine
There are two factors in the price of membership. The first is the category of membership (General vs. Fellow). Most individuals will be general members. Those who have participated in at least three of the last five annual conferences and meet eligibility criteria (please see https://aerodigestive.us/bylaws) may consider membership as a Fellow. Fellows are voting members of the Society, and they may hold office and chair committees. The second factor relates to compensation, and the dues of practicing physicians are higher. Anyone other than practicing physicians is broadly defined as “allied” (includes all trainees).
Please follow one of the following links that would be appropriate for you:
- General, Allied $100 yearly
- Fellow, Allied $160 yearly
- General, Practicing Physician $150 yearly
- Fellow, Practicing Physician $210 yearly
With payment, your membership extends through January 14, 2023
- Upcoming Elections and Leadership Opportunities
We will soon call for nominations for a subgroup of officers and committee leadership positions. As is the case with the duration of annual membership, the term of one-year elected positions will be from January 15, 2022 through January 14, 2023, and two-year elected positions will term on January 14, 2024. Following nominations there will be balloting and an online election. Historically, only Fellows participated as the electorate. However, this year voting will be open to all members given the extraordinary pressures on conference participation in the last years. For this reason, please complete your membership or Fellowship registration as soon as possible so that you may vote and hold office. For a description of the roles, please see https://aerodigestive.us/bylaws.
Open offices to be filled with this month’s election:
Please review the following list of available offices. If you are a Fellow of the Aerodigestive Society, or if you know a Fellow of the Aerodigestive Society who might be a good fit for one or more of these leadership opportunities, please reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org or through our contact page with your nominations. Please note, while the same person may be balloted for multiple positions, we will “match” them to their preferred position, so please rank your preferences. As an example, you may wish to run for APP Representative to the Executive Committee and also for the Health Care at Large Board of Directors position. In this scenario, we ask that you indicate which is your first choice ahead of time, in the event that you win both elections–ie, APP Representative to the Executive Committee (1st choice)…
Board of Directors
- President for 2022
- President elect for 2023
- Health Care at Large
- Family Representative
- At Large 1
- At Large 2
(only 2 of the last 4 italicized positions will fill with this election)
- ENT rep (1 year, 2022)
- Pulm rep (2 years)
- GI rep (1 year)
- SLP/OT rep (2 years)
- Program coordinator (2 years)
- APP rep (1 year)
- At Large 1 (1 year)
- At Large 2 (2 years)
The Aerodigestive Society Board of Directors
Post expires on Friday January 7th, 2022