“We are here to help chart the course for the AANEM and how it helps its 4500 members and the more than two million neuromuscular disease patients we, as members, care for each year,” said Francis O. Walker, MD, to the AANEM Board of Directors during its semi-annual meeting in Chicago last week.
The AANEM Board of Directors, committee members, and staff gathered for the three-day event that included meetings of the board of directors for AANEM, AANEM Foundation for Research & Education, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM), and various committees. In addition, the ABEM and CNCT certification examinations were held on Friday and Saturday.
Dr. Walker, MD, president for 2013-14, began the AANEM Board meeting by reminding attendees of its role in setting direction, ensuring adequate resources, and providing oversight for the organization.
“Taking care of patients, making diagnoses, and providing treatments matter,” said Dr. Walker. “We want the best for our patients and for the young physicians who will follow, and we have an opportunity to think about how we want the AANEM to look, not just in 2015, but in 2025 and beyond.”
The Board was tasked with several action items, including approval of a $3.14 million budget for 2014. In 2013, ANNEM’s revenues totaled $3.38 million and expenses totaled $3.01 million. The Board approved the current year’s strategic plan, and discussed a strategic planning session for future years focusing on the association’s ability to meet the needs of physicians and allied health professionals who treat patients with neuromuscular diseases. This strategic planning session will be held this summer.
In addition, it was announced that the Peripheral Nerve Society has agreed to hold a session at the AANEM 61st
“We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Peripheral Nerve Society, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, and similar groups at the meeting. It is our hope that these partnerships will enhance the attendee experience,” said Shirlyn Adkins, JD, executive director.
She added, “We are excited about where the AANEM is going and all the changes we have in store for the future.”