Becoming a member leader will help you expand your professional network, strengthen your leadership and professional skills, and contribute to our mission of uniting, leading, and growing the global endocrine community. As benefit available exclusively to members, it’s also a way to give back and to influence the future of the field.
Our task forces, committees, and working groups are comprised of members and staff committed to advancing endocrine research and practice. By participating in one of these groups, you will work on initiatives that impact our members, practitioners, and patients worldwide.
Opportunities with You in Mind
You can contribute in various ways, each with a different strategic focus, outcomes, and time commitment. This flexibility allows you to identify your preferences and work on opportunities that best suit your interest, availability, and expertise.
In addition to serving on work groups, task forces, and committees, you can also choose to participate in “one-time” activities that help propel our work forward. These activities include reviewing abstracts, participating in surveys and research, and reviewing and providing expert opinions on scientific and clinical resources. We want you to take advantage of opportunities that are both rewarding and fit into your busy schedule.
Our current groups are listed below and examples of how members contribute to implementing our strategic priorities.
Task Forces and Working Groups
Member Leader Spotlight
Without our member leaders volunteering their expertise, accomplishing our goals would not be possible. The basic and clinical research communities are an important part of our Society. As we implement SP4 and look to create greater value for these members and enter the next year of our committee transition process, we wanted to say "thank you" to Research Affairs Core Committee (RACC) co-chairs Anne Cappola, MD, ScM, and Ruth Keri, PhD for extending their three-year co-chair roles to work with RACC over the last year to ensure that their activities support the priorities of SP4.
They also have worked with staff to devote a significant amount of time during RACC’s October meeting to identifying the unique role that our Society can play in supporting the research community. During the meeting, RACC discussed the most important things we can do to reinforce that our Society is their professional home, identified areas of emerging science for our Society to champion, and suggested additional tools/resources we can create to fill unmet needs. Thank you to Drs. Cappola and Keri for their dedication to the research community and our Society!
The charge of the Communities of Practice Working Group is to recommend an approach for the Society to pursue communities of interest and create a prioritized list of pilot communities to launch in 2018-2019.
The charge of the Endocrine Board Review Faculty Group is to:
Develop and hold a 2-day live educational program that provides learners with the knowledge needed to successfully complete the ABIM board examination for certification or recertification in the subspecialty of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism
Ensure that the program meets the required CME accreditation standards
Ensure that the program meets the required ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) standards
The charge of the Fellows Training Series Steering Group is to: Determine which content should be included in FTS, whether that content represents a curation of existing content (e.g., content derived from live meetings, CPGs, and other Society efforts) or brand new content developed specifically for clinical fellows.
The ITE Steering Group is charged with oversight of the ESAP In-Training Exam (ESAP-ITE), an in- service exam administered annually by endocrinology fellowship training programs. The group is responsible for the selection of exam content and decisions related to the exam utility, with its ultimate mission being to ensure relevance and usefulness of the exam to endocrinology training programs and fellows.
The charge of the Clinical Endocrine Education Committee is to:
Conduct an annual evaluation of the Society’s continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC) programs to ensure compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials, Standards and Guidelines
Review the planning of all Society CME activities for ACCME Compliance
Develop and periodically review the CME policies and procedures
Participate in the Society’s re-accreditation by the ACCME
Manage the Society’s educational initiatives in support of clinical and basic science endocrinology training in undergraduate medical education, residency, fellowship and other graduate training programs
Be attentive to the regulatory environment as it pertains to endocrine practice, such as maintenance of licensure (MOL)
Collaborate, when appropriate, on educational initiatives with other committees, professional organizations and societies
The Clinical Endocrinology Update (CEU) Steering Committee will oversee the development of the annual Clinical Endocrinology Update activity. The goals and objectives of the CEU Steering Committee are to:
Provide a comprehensive continuing medical education meeting covering common and evolving issues in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism
Enhance the education of endocrinologists and other health professionals who treat patients with endocrine disorders
Ensure that the CEU meeting remains current and relevant to the needs of endocrinologists in a practice setting
The charge of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to develop a strategic plan to:
Increase diverse representation in governance and leadership roles by promoting visibility and participation
Increase awareness of, and advance research to address, health disparities in endocrine disorders.
Understand and meet the varied professional needs of the diverse membership with respect to existing and new programs and services.
Leverage D&I to address recruitment, engagement, and retention of a diverse Society membership
Advocate for the needs of a diverse Society membership to Council, the governance and other Society programs, and build partnerships with key organizations to support activities that enhance D&I efforts.
The charge of the Committee on Governance Affairs is to:
Conduct periodic evaluations of the revised governance structure (including role of Council liaisons)
Evaluate effectiveness of committee structure including representation of all constituencies, adequate attention to cross-cutting areas such as diversity and ensuring a strong pipeline of diverse leaders
Evaluate committees every 2 years (scheduled in a staggered fashion, by groups, such that only one-half will be evaluated each year) for effective performance, currency, minimal overlap and accurate reflection of Strategic Plan, making recommendations as needed
Assist the President-Elect in making effective, strategic, diverse and representative committee appointments
Evaluate committee chairs and members for their effective participation and their potential for other Society leadership roles
The charge of the Hormone Health Network Committee is to:
Identify priority areas for patient/public education about hormones and health as well as endocrine-related diseases and conditions
Identify and cultivate national and international partners who are stakeholders in the Foundation’s patient education mission
Lead, with APOCC and other Society committees, efforts to identify and develop topics for national public awareness campaigns that will advance the Society and the public’s understanding of endocrinology
Supervise the development of the clinical component of the Foundation’s patient education materials and its public awareness efforts
The charge of the Laureate Awards Committee is to:
Select the most appropriate recipients for the Society’s top awards, the Laureate awards
Ensure that the Laureate awards reflect the Society’s diverse constituencies
Periodically review the scope of the Society’s awards to assure that the number and distribution of awards advance and contribute to the Society’s goals, identify new areas needing recognition, and recommend changes as needed
The charge of the Quality Improvement Subcommittee is to:
Oversee the Society’s quality improvement initiatives, including those related to the performance measures development process, health information technology adoption/education, and miscellaneous practice management programs as identified by the Clinical Affairs and Scientific and Education Core Committees.
Identifying clinical guidelines from which to develop performance measures, performance improvement modules, and decision support tools.
Monitoring of quality improvement programs proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The charge of the Research Affairs Core Committee is to:
Promote excellence in all research in endocrinology and related fields
Ensure that the needs and interests of researchers are well served by the Society
Ensure that the expertise and perspective of Endocrine Society members are represented at research funding agencies and reflected in policies and national issues that impact researchers
Promote, support and participate in the Society’s research advocacy efforts
Promote the perspective of endocrine researchers in coalitions (e.g., FASEB, Research!America)
Identify new Society resources, programs and services that will serve the Society’s research constituencies and work with other committees and other Societies (including domestic and international scientific societies) as appropriate to drive the development of new initiatives
Represent and promote the views of the research communities within Society activities and in collaboration with other Society committees (e.g., Publications Core Committee, Trainee and Career Development Core Committee, and Annual Meeting Steering Committee)
Recommend strategic partnerships that will increase the Society’s profile among the broader scientific community
How do I apply to become a member leader?
Complete a volunteer profile using your endocrine.org username and password.
What happens when I complete my profile?
Upon receiving your profile, we will review the available opportunities with your answers and look to match you with a suitable placement. If you are interested in committee work, your name will be considered by the President-Elect during the committee appointment process, which typically occurs each fall. Your profile is tied to your endocrine.org account, which allows us to access your preferences as new opportunities emerge. You can change the information on your profile at any time by logging into your endocrine.org account.
What is the typical time commitment?
We have many opportunities across the Society, all of which require differing time commitments. Upon completing your profile, you may indicate the amount of time you’d like to commit to opportunities (1-3 years, <6 months, a few hours, etc.). This will allow us to identify opportunities that fit with your schedule.
What support are volunteers provided?
Upon placement, we will work with you to assist with any questions and needs as they arise. Member groups which require travel and/or reimbursements—such as committees—will be provided access to MacNair Travel Management, a reimbursement form, and hotel reservations. To learn more, please see our Committee Information Resource Page.