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Left to right: William E. Bynum IV, MD; Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP; Lynn M. Cleary, MD; Jane Kimball; John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP; Don W. Powell, MD; Douglas S. Paauw, MD; Suzann Pershing, MD; N. Joseph Espat, MD; Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD, MACP; Alan G. Robinson, MD; Carol Aschenbrener, MD; Richard L. Byyny, MD, FACP; Tonya Cramer, MD; C. Bruce Alexander, MD; Rae-Ellen W. Kavey, MD, MPH; Alicia Alcamo, MD; Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD; Christopher Clark, MSIV; Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD; Debbie Lancaster; Candice Cutler; Barbara Prince.


2012 meeting of the AΩA board of directors

The annual meeting of the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha was held in San Francisco, California, on October 6, 2012. Present were:

  • Officers: President Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD, MACP; President Elect C. Bruce Alexander, MD; Immediate Past President Rae-Ellen Kavey, MD, MPH; Secretary-Treasurer Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP.
  • Members at large: N. Joseph Espat, MD; Eve J. Higginbotham, MD; Douglas S. Paauw, MD; Don W. Powell, MD; Alan G. Robinson, MD.
  • Councilor directors: Lynn M. Cleary, MD, State University of New York Upstate Medical University; Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Student directors: Alicia Alcamo, MD, the Ohio State University College of Medicine; William E. Bynum IV, MD, University of South Carolina School of Medicine; Christopher Clark, MSIV, University of Mississippi School of Medicine; Tonya Cramer, MD, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
  • Medical Organization Director: Carol Aschenbrener, MD, Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • Coordinator, Residency Initiatives: Suzann Pershing, MD.
  • National office staff: Executive Director Richard L. Byyny, MD; Assistant Treasurer William F. Nichols; Managing Editor Debbie Lancaster; Programs Administrator Candice Cutler; Membership Administrator Jane Kimball; Controller Barbara Prince.

Attending by teleconference were: Councilor director Sheryl Pfeil, MD, the Ohio State University College of Medicine; Councilor director Alan G. Wasserman, MD, George Washington University School of Medicine.

Absent: Member at large Robert Atnip, MD.

New to the board are: Alan G. Robinson, MD, elected to a three-year term as member at large; Lynn M. Cleary, MD, elected to a three-year term as councilor director; Christopher Clark, MSIV, elected to a three-year term as student director. Councilor director Sheryl Pfeil, MD, was elected to a three-year term as member at large.

Retiring from the board are: William Bynum IV, MD; Rae-Ellen Kavey, MD, MPH; Don W. Powell, MD.

Renewed for a three-year term is: Suzann Pershing, MD.


Constitutional changes

The board voted to approve the following constitutional changes:

Article IV. Membership and General Considerations
Section 3: Resident and Fellow Memberships

Residents and fellows who were elected as medical students to the Society are automatically members of the chapter of the medical school sponsoring the educational programs in which they are enrolled. In addition, each chapter may nominate for membership in the Society each year residents or fellows who have completed a first year of residency or fellowship. Their election shall be based on continued academic achievement, leadership, professionalism, service, teaching, research and promise referred to in Article II and Article IV, with special emphasis on commitment and excellence in teaching of medical students. The numbers eligible to be nominated and elected will be related to the size of the medical school class and the number of students eligible to be nominated to membership in AΩA in the school. The minimum will be three residents or fellows. The numbers related to size and the increment will be determined by the Executive Director periodically.

Section 4: Alumni/Alumnae and Faculty Memberships

The provision for nomination by each chapter of alumni/alumnae members and faculty members each year provides a means of recognizing and honoring individuals who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers. Such election shall be based on continued achievement, leadership, professionalism, service, teaching, research and promise referred to in Article II and Article IV. Inasmuch as the number of individuals eligible for selection in these two categories is limited, chapters should evaluate carefully the professional and personal stature of nominees.

  1. Alumni/Alumnae: Graduates of medical schools in which a chapter exists, who were not elected as students, residents, or fellows, but who, after ten years or more following graduation are judged on the basis of academic and professional achievement, leadership, professionalism, service, teaching, research and promise referred to in Article II and Article IV to be qualified, may be nominated for membership in the chapter of the medical school from which they graduated.
  2. Faculty: Members of the sponsoring school’s Faculty of Medicine who hold an earned doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) and have demonstrated continued academic and professional achievement, leadership, professionalism, service, teaching, research and promise referred to in Article II and Article IV, and a commitment to scholarly excellence and medical education may be nominated for membership in the chapter of that school.

The numbers eligible to be nominated and elected in each category will be related to the size of the medical school class and the number of students eligible to be nominated to membership in AΩA in the school. The minimum in each category will be two faculty and two alumni. The numbers related to size and the increment in these categories will be determined by the Executive Director periodically.

Article V. Organization and Central Administration
Section 3: Executive Director and National Office

The national office shall be directed by an Executive Director, chosen by the Board, who shall be the chief executive officer of AΩA and shall be responsible for implementation of all activities of the society, for maintenance of all society records, and for reports to the Board each year on the state of the society. The Executive Director shall serve ex officio, without vote, on the Board of Directors.

Section 5: President

The President shall be the senior elected officer of the AΩA Board of Directors, shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall have general supervision and direction of the activities of the Board. The President shall perform such other duties as are specified in these bylaws or as may be assigned by the Board. The term of the President shall be one year, beginning and ending at the conclusion of the Annual Board meeting. At the end of the term the president shall become the Immediate Past President.


The relevant changes are incorporated in the Constitution.


Elections

The following members of the board were elected as officers for a one-year term:
1. C. Bruce Alexander, MD, President
2. John Tooker, MD, MBA, President Elect
3. Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD, MACP, Immediate Past President

Two honorary members were proposed this year. Both were elected to honorary membership for their distinguished contributions to medicine. Profiles of these honorary members will appear in a future issue of The Pharos:
1. Giovanni Romeo, MD
2. Slavomir Majewski, MD


Reports

Dr. Fincher and Dr. Byyny presented their reports for the year, summarizing the year for AΩA programs, new medical school chapters, chapter visits, fundraising, the membership directory and database, communications and public relations, and staffing.

The financial review was presented by Mr. Nichols and Dr. Stubbs. A presentation on AΩA’s investment program was given by Jennifer Ellison and Diana Lieberman of Bingham Osborn & Scarborough.

Mr. Nichols and Dr. Stubbs presented a proposal for a dues increase in 2013, which was passed by unanimous consent. Dues were last raised in 2010.

Dr. Byyny and Dr. Fincher reported on the site visit to Florida International University, which has petitioned for an AΩA charter. They recommended that a charter be granted. The motion was passed contingent on the school receiving full LCME accreditation.

A report on the Professionalism Award was presented by Dr. Paauw and Dr. Maxine Papadakis of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

A report on the work of the committee for the proposed Leadership Award was presented by Dr. Tooker and Dr. Byyny.

A report on The Pharos was presented by Debbie Lancaster.

Dr. Pershing presented a report on the Residents Initiative project and the first year results of the newly offered Postgraduate Award. She proposed a motion that the award be opened to all residents and fellows at institutions affiliated with an AΩA chapter. The motion was passed and will be implemented in the 2013/2014 academic year.


Miscellaneous

The minutes of the 2011 board meeting were approved. A final budget was also approved.

Updated on November 13, 2012.


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