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Strategic Planning Initiative

The AFMR National Council has set out a strategic plan to help the organization thrive and grow.

The initiative has been broken down into five (5) objectives, each with a subcommittee that has set specific goals:

  • Membership
  • Mentorship
  • Recognition
  • Operational Excellence
  • Value->Engagement

Membership

Lead: Janushe Patel, MD
Champions: AFMR Membership Committee

Goals:

  • Develop recognition opportunities for mentors/mid-level researchers and members.
  • Create educational resources via social media as member value.
  • Involve non-MD (i.e. PhD members)

Mentorship

Lead: Samrat Das, MD
Champions: Melanie Cree-Green, MD, PhD
Akankasha Goyal, MD
Siddharta Mahapatra, MD, PhD
Attaya Suvanasankha, MD

Goals:

  • Create mentorship opportunities for junior investigators.
  • Launch a mentorship program to address gaps in regional mentorship and encourage career advancement.

Recognition

Champions: Joumana Chaiban, MD, FACE
Michael McPhaul, MD
Viranuj Sueblinvong, MD
Cherry Wongtrakool, MD

Goals:

  • Develop journal awards program to reach specialties not currently represented.
  • Recognize AFMR/AFMR members who participate in national/international meetings.
  • Utilize members and luminaries to bring AFMR into the national consciousness.

Operational Excellence

Leads: Samrat Das, MD (Bylaws)
Vijay Shivaswamy, MBBS, MS (Industry)

Goals:

  • Standardize the roles of councilors and executive officers.
  • Increase donations by former presidents and awardees.
  • Establish recurring grants to maintain and grow awards program: Industry, NIH
  • Explore ad revenue strategies for publications.

Value->Engagement

Leads: Oona Sandu, MD
Viranuj Sueblinvong, MD
Champions: AFMR Publications Committee

Goals:

  • Identify services and resources to enhance value for each membership type.
  • Create a Leadership Career Development Program.
  • Develop a program to facilitate submissions to society journals by junior investigators.
  • Develop AFMR YouTube Channel.
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