Participation: Your Key to Personal and Professional Success

I joined the Endocrine Society 25 years ago, and have been involved in a variety of roles throughout the years, culminating with my current service as President. This journey has been very rewarding, as I have met many colleagues that are now friends and I have learned from a wide variety of experiences along the way. This has been possible for me because many years ago when I first joined the Society I volunteered to serve on a committee. There are many opportunities available for members to participate on committees, subcommittees, focus groups, and task forces. I would encourage you to become involved, particularly those of you who are new trainees and early career professionals, as you are the future of our Society.

Committees and Task Forces

Each year the President-Elect names nearly 100 members to committees, which is usually a three year commitment. In addition, there are other ways to engage with the society on a shorter term basis, as part of a focused group formed to address a specific issue. A few months ago I convened task forces to address current needs in Leadership Development, Knowledge Integration, and the ENDO meeting, and this provided me a great opportunity to invite new members who had volunteered for committee service to participate. Increasingly the Society will be reaching out to members who have expressed interest to involve them in working groups with short term assignments as well as focus groups to give feedback on ideas or existing products from the end-user perspective.  I encourage you to volunteer and  to take advantage of opportunities to provide your input. By giving your time and expertise to the Endocrine Society you will gain knowledge, learn new skills and make connections that  will be valuable assets for your professional career in the future. If you are interested, please visit the volunteer page.

Recognizing Our Colleagues, Mentors and Mentees

Each year, the Society presents $800,000 in awards to endocrinologists at all stages of their careers to  recognize their dedication to excellence in research, education and clinical practice in the field of endocrinology.  The Awards Call for Nominations will launch this fall and I encourage all of our members to participate in the nomination process to celebrate the accomplishments of your peers, mentors and mentees. Please take the time to learn more about our awards and to submit your nominations. The selected awardees will be recognized at ENDO 2016 in Boston.

Election for Officers and Council

The ballot for the 2016 Endocrine Society election will be sent on September 1st. The Society governance is well balanced, and each year a President-Elect, a Vice President, and a Council-designated seat are elected from one of the three constituencies—basic scientists, clinical scientists, and physicians-in-practice— with the candidates for each of the positions coming from a different constituency. The positions on the ballot for the 2016 Election are: President-Elect (Clinical Scientist); Vice President (Physician-in-Practice); Council (one Basic Science seat and two At Large seats.) Our Society has an outstanding group of qualified candidates on the ballot and I encourage all our voting members to participate in this very important activity. The Officers and Council members embrace the Society’s mission, vision, and Strategic Plan and provide thoughtful oversight and stewardship of the Society.

Please remember to cast your vote and remind your colleagues as well. This is your Society, and your participation in the election is important! If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me via president@endocrine.org.

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