Bariatric Times

JUL 2017

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10 Ask the Leadership Bariatric Times • July 2017 THE ASMBS 2017 ELECTION SEASON: The Future of Society Leadership Dr. Morton, thank you for taking the time to speak with us about the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) election season. Please begin by describing the structure of the ASMBS leadership, individuals currently serving, and positions that will be open this season. Dr. Morton: The ASMBS leadership, comprised of the Executive Council and Integrated Health Executive Council, is structured to represent all disciplines of the ASMBS membership. Executive Council positions are as follows: President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Senior Past President, Secretary/Treasurer, eight Councilpersons-at-Large, and the President and President-elect of ASMBS Integrated Health. Executive Council is further broken down into the Executive Committee of the Executive Council (ECEC), which includes the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, and Secretary/Treasurer. The Integrated Health Executive Council follows a similar structure with IH President, IH President- Elect, IH Secretary, IH Past President, IH Senior Past President, EC Liaison, and five IH Members-at- Large. Individuals serving in these roles work toward achieving the collective goals of improving and growing the society as well as the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. See the article sidebars for a list of those currently serving. This season there are two Councilpersons-at-Large positions and the Secretary/Treasurer position open on the Executive Council. What are the eligibility requirements for open ASMBS leadership positions? Dr. Morton: The qualifications to be considered during the nomination process are as follows: • Councilpersons at Large. Nominees should be actively engaged in the practice of bariatric and metabolic surgery and have effectively served as a chair or co-chair of a Society committee, a co-chair of a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) committee, or as a State Chapter President within the past five years. • Secretary/Treasurer. Nominees should be actively engaged in the practice of bariatric and metabolic surgery and either be currently effectively serving on the Executive council or have effectively served on the Executive Council within the past two years. It is important to note that the individual serving as Secretary/Treasurer automatically becomes President-Elect for the next election season. This process was instituted in 2015 to 1) keep consistency in filling this role and 2) ensure ample preparation for the President-Elect. As Secretary/Treasurer, you become part of the Executive Committee of the Executive Council, which entails a higher level of involvement, such as participation in weekly group meetings. There is a lot going on in the Executive Council, and it's important that the individual in line to take over as President be active and up to date. Also, many of the projects the executive committee works on cannot be completed within a year, so you need to be able to pass the baton. Please explain the process for nominations and elections. What is the timeline? Dr. Morton: The ASMBS Nominating Committee oversees the nomination process. I serve as Chair alongside Dr. Raul J. Rosenthal, Co- chair, and members Drs. John Baker, Neil Floch, and Ann Rogers. First, the nomination committee identifies eligible candidates for open positions. Those individuals are then notified of their eligibility and asked about their interest in being nominated. Once the committee learns which candidates would like to be nominated, we review the nomination list and narrow it down based on their statements, service to the society, and service to metabolic and bariatric surgery in general. Three top nominees are selected for each position. The nomination/election process timeline is as follows: • July 3–July 23, 2017: Nomination period • July 23, 2017: Nomination period closes • July 24-July 28, 2017: All nominees notified of nomination. Acceptance of the nominations is confirmed and nominees are informed of required additional documents. • August 7, 2017: All required documents from nominees must be received by ASMBS office to be considered for office. • August 8, 2017: Nominee lists and required documents sent to the Nominating Committee for review. • August 22, 2017: The final slate of candidates is released to the Executive Council. • August 23, 2017: Inform the final nominees and request to avoid electioneering. Nominees that were not selected as finalists are notified via phone. • August 28, 2017–September 17, 2017: Final slate presented to the membership for voting. • September 18, 2017: Final votes are tallied by ASMBS office and Executive Council is notified. T h i s M o n t h ' s I n t e r v i e w w i t h A s k t h e LEADERSHIP RAUL J. ROSENTHAL, MD, FACS, FASMBS with This column is dedicated to sharing the vast knowledge and opinions of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery leadership—past and present—on relevant topics in the field of bariatric surgery. JOHN M. MORTON, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS, is Chief of the Section of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California, and Past President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric Times. 2017;14(7):10–12.

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