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AAPM Newsletter

September/October 2011

AAPM Chair of the Board’’s Column Michael G. Herman, Mayo Clinic

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would like to add my thanks to everyone who attended and made the annual meeting in Vancouver a great success. I would like to focus the rest of my column on the recently approved and posted AAPM Strategic Plan. The strategic plan was developed after the Board of Directors revised and approved a new AAPM mission statement with associated high level goals (RSNA 2009). The mission statement and goals are more or less permanent with the previous mission statement dating to 1997. The strategic plan however has a time frame of 3-5 years and it guides the prioritization of initiatives and assignment of resources in the context of the current scientic, professional and educational environment and our own perceived strengths and weaknesses. The current strategic plan was produced by an ad hoc committee that included membership from across the AAPM. The committee began work in early 2010 and generated a list of 34 objectives and 136 strategies to achieve the goals of the AAPM mission. Working with the full AAPM Board, the ad hoc committee developed a more specic list of the highest priority and most time-pressing objectives (22) and associated strategies (50). It is important to recognize that the strategic plan represents an assessment at a given point in time under a given set of circumstances. It indicates what our priority activities are in the near future. In any case, part of our plan is to continue to do what we already do well. The committee, again working with the Board of Directors and council chairs then dened specic deliverables associated with each strategy and each strategy was assigned to an appropriate AAPM council or committee for implementation. It is also important to note that the strategy/deliverable assignments were made to existing AAPM entities, so we take full advantage of our already effective committee structure. With approval of the strategic plan this June, a standing committee of the Board of Directors was created to monitor and help manage the strategic plan process. The Strategic Planning Committee of the Board is comprised of six sitting BOD members plus the President-Elect, President, Chairman of the Board, Immediate Past Chairman of the Board and the Executive director (Ex-ofcio). The primary functions of this committee are 1) to oversee the implementation and progress of the plan, reporting to the full board; 2) participate in the budget prioritization process and 3) guide (at ~5 year intervals) a comprehensive review and revision of the strategic plan. The full charge and membership of this committee is posted under the committee structure. The committee drafted an implementation template and review schedule to be used by each assigned group so that plans and progress could be readily assessed following a consistent process. This information was shared with council chairs and the full BOD in Vancouver and we hope to see the rst rounds of template use and feedback in the 2012 calendar year. The full strategic plan is posted on the AAPM website under the mission statement at: http:// www.aapm.org/org/TheAAPMStrategicPlan-2011_Full_Version_nal.pdf

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AAPM Newsletter September/October 2011 Vol. 36 No. 5  

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