At my installation as president of the AFMRD during the business session at the Program Directors Workshop in Kansas City, I conducted a short group exercise. I asked all members to stand. I then asked those who had made a contribution of some kind to AFMRD to sit down. My goal was not to make those standing feel uncomfortable, but rather to set a benchmark from which we can measure our member engagement in the coming year.
As you know, AFMRD is a member organization. This means that if we don’t have a critical mass of engaged members, we don’t have an organization.
Yes, paying your annual dues is a contribution – and certainly a necessary one. However, contributing to the “brain trust” of the AFMRD for the benefit of all members, their residency programs, and our organization is of even greater value.
Just as I asked those attending the business session, I am now asking all members to commit to contributing to AFMRD over the next year at least one thing for the betterment of all. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Submit materials to the Residency Curriculum Resource
- Complete your RPI
- Submit your salary survey information
- Volunteer to serve on a task force
- Submit a useful resource to the new AFMRD Toolbox
Please take credit for completing something by sharing it on the list serve.
If this occurs, our organization will be stronger than ever. We will have a more collective brain trust and a great sense of belonging to something bigger than our own programs.
So, in review, what is everyone going to do this year? CONTRIBUTE to AFMRD.
This is my time; this is your time. Make a commitment for your organization over the next year. I really want to see everyone sitting at the 2015 AFMRD business meeting when I again ask about member contributions.
I am eager to see everyone’s input to AFMRD and I look forward to being your servant leader for the next year.
Todd Shaffer, MD, MBA, FAAFP