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An Introduction to ASP and AAIM Stuart L. Linas, MD Presentation to American Society of Nephrology October 2008 ASP Mission Promote and support the specialties of internal medicine as a career discipline

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an introduction to asp and aaim

An Introduction to ASP and AAIM

Stuart L. Linas, MD

Presentation to American Society of Nephrology

October 2008


ASP Mission

  • Promote and support the specialties of internal medicine as a career discipline
  • Develop common resources and a uniform voice among subspecialty internal medicine professors and divisions
  • Facilitate cooperation among other internal medicine organizations
  • Support new initiatives in education, medical research, and patient care
  • Form public policy and influence legislation related to subspecialty internal medicine
specialties represented
Two Appointed Representatives

Allergy and Immunology




General Internal Medicine



Hospital Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Nephrology (Don Kohan, Bruce Molitoris, Stu Linas)


Pulmonary and Critical Care


Two Appointed Representatives

From fellowship programs at Community Teaching Hospitals

Three Elected At-Large Members

Elected by the membership

Specialties Represented

Membership Statistics

ASP membership represents:

  • >1,000 individuals
  • 92 nephrology division chiefs and fellowship program directors
  • >700 divisions in departments of internal medicine
  • 60 divisions of nephrology
  • >90 departments of internal medicine
  • 14 internal medicine specialty societies
asp committees and task forces
ASP Committees and Task Forces

Teaching and Applying Quality Principles

Member Services




Upcoming Seminars

ASP New Division Chiefs Seminar:

“How to be a Successful Division Chief”

February 7, 2009

Hyatt Regency DFW

Dallas, TX

ASP Accreditation Seminar:

“Site Visits, Accreditation, and the

New Competencies”

March 28, 2009

Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport

Chicago, IL

past policy initiatives
Past Policy Initiatives
  • Influenced J-1 Visa policies
  • Influenced VA research policies
  • Enrolled 15 subspecialties in ERAS Fellowships, resulting in 11 participating in Medical Specialties Match
  • Addressed the generalist-subspecialist interface
  • Worked with specialty societies to develop in-service exams for fellows
  • Provided funding for junior faculty to study the gerentological aspects of their specialty
  • T. Franklin Williams Scholars
    • ASN-ASP Junior Development Award in Geriatric Nephrology
      • Applications due January 30, 2009
  • Integrating Geriatrics into the Specialties of Internal Medicine
    • “ASN-ASP Workshop on Prediction, Progression, and Outcomes of Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults” held in May 2008
    • ASN course “Geriatric Nephrology: An Epidemiological and Clinical Challenge” taking place November 4-5, 2008
    • Funding for an online curriculum for fellows on aging and the kidney
new policy initiatives
New Policy Initiatives
  • Task Force on Teaching and Applying Quality Principles
    • Create a career development award for junior faculty with an interest in quality improvement
    • Create a system for professional development
    • Create a clearinghouse for quality improvement resources, best practices, curricula
    • Draft a white paper on teaching and applying quality improvement into the academic internal medicine and ambulatory setting
new policy initiatives10
New Policy Initiatives
  • Task Force on Part Time Careers
    • Developed the ASP Task Force on Part-Time Careers Consensus Statement which was endorsed by all of the associations in AAIM
    • Drafted a white paper that has been submitted for publication
    • Working with NIH to create a mechanism for allowing part time faculty to apply for and receive K awards

What is AAIM?

Formed in 1999, AAIM consists of the academically focused internal medicine organizations

  • Association of Professors of Medicine (APM)
  • Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM)
  • Association of Specialty Professors (ASP)
  • Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM)
  • Administrators of Internal Medicine (AIM)

Internal and External Relationships

Internists in Practice



Academic Medicine







Academic Internal Medicine







Evaluating Quality




Internal Medicine


Hospitalists (1)

Generalists (1)

Geriatricians (2)

Subspecialists (31)

Coalitions for

Faculty and Staff






AAIM Professional Development Initiatives

2009 AAIM Executive Leadership Program

July 27-August 1, 2009

Cambridge, MA

Applications due January 9, 2009

Program Topics

  • Strategic Analysis and Marketing
  • Cost Analysis and Operations Management
  • Organizational Design and Leadership
  • Financial Control Systems and Change Implementation
12 policy priorities
12 Policy Priorities
  • Accreditation
  • Medical education policy and funding
  • Medical research policy and funding
  • Internal medicine revitalization
  • Certification
  • Faculty affairs and diversity
  • Immigration
  • Health care for an aging population
  • Physician workforce
  • Health care quality
  • Health care access
  • Physician reimbursement
featured active aaim initiatives
Featured Active AAIM Initiatives
  • Education Redesign
  • Physician Workforce
  • Competency-Based Education and Training
  • Internal Medicine Residency Requirements
contact information
Contact Information

Association of Specialty Professors

2501 M Street, NW

Suite 550

Washington, DC 20037-1325

Telephone: (202) 861-9351

Fax: (202) 861-9731