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ASE’s Inaugural Leadership Academy Kicks Off Contributed by: Neil J. Weissman, MD, FASE, Chief Scientific Officer, MedStar Health and Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC; and Chair, ASE Governance Task Force. As ASE entered its fourth decade, it became apparent to its Board of Directors that the organization needed to look closely at the growing diversity of its membership and focus on building future leaders for the Society and the field of cardiovascular ultrasound. As an outgrowth from this insight, in 2015 the Board approved a fiveyear strategic plan that included a goal to “create a dedicated volunteer workforce with allegiance to ASE, to be accomplished through mentorship and training.” To accomplish this initiative, ASE’s Leadership Academy was born. The concept for the program is to cre-
ate a process to mentor and train potential leaders, ultimately creating a pipeline of emerging leaders with specific talents that would be helpful for ASE’s committees and Board, and in serving in their own respective institutions.
Leadership training can provide an opportunity to strengthen ASE’s future and positively impact our members’ professional careers. ASE’s Governance Task Force (GTF) was charged with developing this leadership program. The GTF members envisioned a program that would include didactics, experiential learning, self-directed online learning, and access to ASE senior advisors, with minimal face-to-face commitment outside of ASE’s yearly meetings. A key aim of the program is to serve the field of cardiovascular ultrasound as well as to develop a robust pipeline of members to be future leaders of ASE. The GTF defined the ideal candidates as members who: Have 15-20 years to be involved in the advancement of ASE Are committed to the cardiovascular ultrasound community and ASE Regularly attend the ASE Scientific Sessions Work on ASE committees, task forces, writing groups, or councils Hold Fellowship (FASE) designation at the time of application for the program, or plan to achieve FASE by the conclusion of the program ASE staff and the GTF researched potential leadership programs used at hospitals and other professional organizations. The GTF and ASE’s Board of Directors determined that the American Association for Physician Leaders (AAPL) would be the best partner to provide much of the core online leadership training. AAPL provides education that is applicable to physicians as well as non-physicians who work in a clinical environment. This was a very important component for the ASE Leadership Academy because our membership is made up of both physicians and allied health professionals, and we wanted the Leadership Academy to benefit all ASE members. This program provides a unique opportunity for members to increase their knowledge and develop a skill set that will help them throughout their career. During this 24-month program, Leadership Academy participants will be matched with a senior ASE advisor, acquire a personalized evaluation of their leadership aptitude, and receive high-quality online tutorials on leadership topics that are valued at over