Call for Volunteers

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The American Society of Breast Surgeons' committees are responsible for developing and maintaining the programs that support the Society's mission. The Society is seeking volunteers for the committees listed below. The term for each vacancy is 2 years, and up to 3 terms may be served unless stated otherwise. The term will start immediately following the ASBrS 2023 Annual Meeting. In addition, the Practice Advocacy Committee is offering short-term project-based positions, available to Active or Associate Breast Surgeons.

Each vacancy is for specified membership categories. Preference will be given to those not already sitting on a committee. All volunteers must be members in good standing. Patient Advocate members may only sit on a committee by invitation of the committee chair. Review the following information before applying. The deadline to apply is December 28, 2022.


CME Committee

Vacancies: 4 (Active/Associate Member)

The CME (Continuing Medical Education) Committee serves as a regulatory committee that works with education-based committee chairs and activity faculty to ensure the Society's CME activities meet the Society's CME mission statement and adhere to all Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accreditation criteria and standards, as well as assigning American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award (AMA PRA) Category 1 Credits™ and approving American Board of Surgery (ABS) Continuous Certification CME assessments. The committee meets 3–4 times per year by teleconference.

Requirements for CME Committee Participation

  1. Members may not be owners, employees or have relevant financial or non-financial/strategic business relationship with ACCME-defined ineligible companies during their term(s).
  2. Members should have sufficient volunteer time to fulfill committee responsibilities during the 6–12-month process for CME activity development and delivery.
  3. Members should be familiar with or willing to learn Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award (AMA PRA) guidelines and criteria.

For More Information

Contact Tekoah White at twhite@breastsurgeons.org.

Health Equity Committee

Openings: Active/Associate/Affiliate Member

The ASBrS Health Equity Committee will address the issues around access and quality in delivering care to patients by providing a framework for addressing health equity and correction of disparities in the realm of breast disease. This committee meets by Zoom and once in person at the ASBrS Annual Meeting.

For More Information

Contact Laura Randel at lrandel@breastsurgeons.org.

Membership Committee

Vacancies: 3 (Active/Associate Member)

The Membership Committee responsibilities include reviewing applications for membership in the organization (1–2 times per month), increasing awareness of the Society, surveying members as needed, and recommending changes to the bylaws as appropriate regarding membership. The committee does not meet on a regular basis. Committee meetings are scheduled as needed.

For More Information

Contact Mara Lang at mlang@breastsurgeons.org.

Member Engagement Committee

Vacancies: 3 (Active/Associate Member) and 1 (Fellow Candidate Member)

The Member Engagement Committee fosters daily member engagement through the community forums, social media, and other modalities to support the Society's mission. The committee meets 3–4 times per year, including 1 in-person meeting at the ASBrS Annual Meeting.

For More Information

Contact Joe Schlosnagle at jschlosnagle@breastsurgeons.org.

Patient Safety and Quality Committee

Vacancies: 1 (Fellow Candidate Member)

The committee's mission is to improve the safety and quality of care provided to patients with breast disease. The committee meets 4 times a year, plus once in person at the ASBrS Annual Meeting.

For More Information

Contact Sharon Grutman at sgrutman@breastsurgeons.org.

Practice Advocacy Committee

Short-Term Project-Based Positions

The committee is seeking breast surgeons to work on various projects. The following volunteer opportunities are project specific and do not confer full committee membership.

  • APP Toolkit ()

    Vacancies: 8–10 (Active/Associate Member ; Breast Surgeon)

    Summary: This resource is aimed at educating breast surgeons on APP (Advanced Practice Providers) such as Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) and Physician Assistants (PA). We start our toolkit with descriptions of the training required to become an APN or PA, licensing, scope of practice and the differences between an APN or PA. We describe their role in a typical breast practice as an independent or collaborative practitioner or a combination and different models for billing for their services. Lastly, we provide some sample job interview questions and a sample performance using the SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) framework.

    Team Members: We are soliciting volunteer breast surgeons to read through our toolkit and offer suggestions that we missed. We would like a mix of clinicians who have been in practice for at least 5-10 years and those who are just starting their practice. We would prefer experienced clinicians to have worked with an APP in a collaborative or independent manner and we are looking for clinicians from community and academic based facilities. We are asking our volunteers to read through our toolkit and make suggestions/edits and depending on need, possibly participate in one call to finalize the toolkit. In particular, we would like someone who is familiar with incorporating a PA into a breast surgery practice with regards to billing and efficient utilization.

  • “Just Before You Close” Toolkit ()

    Vacancies: 8–10 (Active/Associate Member ; Breast Surgeon)

    Summary: The purpose is to provide a checklist of key items to review at the end of a breast surgery before closing the incision and leaving the operating room. The goal is to help prevent misses that could lead to poor patient outcomes in lumpectomy, mastectomy, and axillary noted surgery patients. Each of the “Just Before You Close” checklists will start by asking the circulating nurse to read the consent form to confirm that all aspects of the procedure were performed. All checklists will also have items for addressing pain control (eg, Ketorolac) and post-op nausea.

    Team Members: We are soliciting volunteer breast surgeons with at least 5 years of clinical experience to help design and review a standard template for the checklists and to generate and review items felt to be critical for each checklist. Each procedure checklist will have 1–2 members of the group assigned to complete a working draft using the standard checklist template. The entire group will then review and revise the proposed procedure-specific checklists.

  • New Practice Toolkit ()

    Vacancies: 8–10 (Active/Associate Member ; Breast Surgeon)

    Summary: The Practice Advocacy Committee is developing a New Practice Toolkit for surgeons considering opening up a new practice, whether it is transitioning from an employed, academic, or group practice or starting a new one after training. The toolkit will include administrative and clinical considerations when starting a practice and also outline various cost considerations.

    Team Members: Anyone interested in sharing their experience, advice, clinical templates, employee handbooks, bylaws, best practices, etc.

  • Life Stressors Toolkit ()

    Vacancies: 8–10 (Active/Associate Member ; Breast Surgeon)

    Summary: The Practice Advocacy Committee is developing a Life Stressors toolkit to provide resources and direction for members experiencing various life stressors such as maternity leave, medical leave, chronic illness, death in the immediate family, divorce, elder care, etc, during their practice.

    Team Members: Anyone interested in sharing their expertise or experience in this area.

For More Information

Contact Sharon Grutman at sgrutman@breastsurgeons.org.

Question of the Week Committee

Vacancies: 3 (Active/Associate Member)

The Question of the Week (QOTW) program, available on the Society's website, gives members access to a bi-weekly breast-related case, complete two follow-up questions, and review the 'take-home points' along with supporting references. Upon completing questions, participants will be able to see how other members answered, view how many credits they have earned, and can print their CME transcript at any time. The program also fulfills the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification Program.

Committee members are responsible for developing, reviewing, and approving QOTW program content. There are quarterly teleconferences to discuss and review submitted questions before final approval. Otherwise, the chair will reach out to members via email with requests and updates. The committee will meet at the ASBrS Annual Meeting where data will be shared and future question themes advanced.

For More Information

Contact Tekoah White at twhite@breastsurgeons.org.

Research Committee

Vacancies: 3 (Active/Associate/Affiliate Member)

The mission of the ASBrS Research Committee is to develop, review, and oversee research programs within the ASBrS, to provide stewardship for breast surgical issues, and to encourage participation in research and clinical trials. Volunteers should have knowledge of how to critically review science, statements and guidelines, surveys, registries, and trials. The committee is actively reviewing and revising the ASBrS consensus statements as well as creating new statements. This committee meets 3 times a year by Zoom and once in person at the ASBrS Annual Meeting.

For More Information

Contact Laura Randel at lrandel@breastsurgeons.org.

Selected Readings in Breast Surgery Committee

Vacancies: 4 (Active Member)

The Selected Readings in Breast Surgery Program is a free-of-charge member benefit, providing an easily accessible CME format for surgeons who treat patients with breast disease. Learn how to institute best practices for patients, both those in the office and in the operating room. This program also helps surgeons obtain the self-assessment credits necessary to fulfill the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification Program. Participants read an online journal article, and then complete an online posttest, which includes a "final thoughts" discussion, and a post-activity evaluation. Participants are allowed repeat attempts but must ultimately achieve a minimum score of 75% on the required posttest in order to claim credits.

Each committee member is responsible for choosing an appropriate article addressing an educational gap, generating posttest questions and discussions based on the articles that will measure the participant’s competence and medical knowledge. Articles are posted monthly. Each participant is generally responsible for one article submission annually. The committee meets 1 to 2 times a year.

For More Information

Contact Tekoah White at twhite@breastsurgeons.org.

Young Surgeons Working Group

Vacancies: 1 (Active/Associate Member) and 1 (Fellow Candidate Member)

The role of the Young Surgeons Working Group is to provide a forum for issues of surgeons who are early in practice/young in age, identify future leaders in the society and ensure representation of early career viewpoints in the larger ASBrS society. The group meets by teleconference as needed and once in person at the ASBrS Annual Meeting.

For More Information

Contact Mara Lang at mlang@breastsurgeons.org.

About the Call for Volunteers

  • Committees with vacancies to fill are announced through our annual “Call for Volunteers” in the fall. If opportunities become available at other times throughout the year, members will be notified at that time. Applications will only be accepted during our volunteer enrollment periods.
  • The “Call for Volunteers” announcement will include application information and outline the specific skills/expertise the committee is looking for, meeting attendance requirements, etc.
  • Interested volunteers may access the complete list of committees available on our website.
  • All applicants must be a member in good standing.

Terms

  • Most committee members serve from April to April. The dates correspond with the ASBrS Annual Meeting. Working group terms and special project group terms may vary.
  • Members serve for a term of two years and can serve up to three two-year terms. Chairs serve for a term of three years and can serve up to two three-year terms.
  • All members may sit on committees, but only Active Members may vote or hold office. Patient Advocate members may sit on committees by invitation only from the committee chair.

Duties/Time Commitment

  • Committee duties will vary by committee. Volunteers are requested to commit to a few teleconferences per year and/or in person meetings as determined by the committee (dependent on committee projects, etc.) and to actively participate as a committee member.

For questions regarding the Call for Volunteers

Telephone: 410-381-9500 or 877-992-5470 (M – F 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET)
Email: membership@breastsurgeons.org