Dear friends and colleagues,
Opportunity often finds you when you’re ready, but not, necessarily, when you’re looking for it.
On June 1, 2019, I will begin a new role as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). I cannot begin to express my excitement and enthusiasm to serve in this new role and my gratitude and appreciation to the AOA Board of Trustees for selecting me. I will serve the AOA and the osteopathic profession and community with the same passion, effort, and dedication with which I have so willingly committed to ACEP, our specialty, and our members for so many years. However, this new role will require my full commitment and attention, prompting my decision to step away from my ACEP roles.
The AOA Board of Trustees and my fellow ACEP Board members support me in completing my term on the ACEP Board, which culminates this October. However, I will not be available to serve beyond October and will not run for a second term, which is the usual course for ACEP Board members. Serving you as one of your ACEP Board members has truly been an honor and a distinction, which I will remain thankful for throughout my life and career.
In addition, I have resigned my position as ACEP Now’s Medical Editor in Chief. My six years of service to ACEP in this capacity have truly been a labor of love. I have enjoyed and celebrated the success the publication has achieved in winning APEX awards for journalistic excellence every year since our transition from the former name, ACEP News, and format, and achieving the highly coveted #1 readership position in our space. Many hands make light work. The outstanding ACEP staff and our publishing partner, John Wiley and Sons, have been instrumental in building this publication and establishing ACEP Now as “The Official Voice of Emergency Medicine.”
Our recent ACEP membership survey results reflect that ACEP members value this publication, among the top-rated membership resources, and thus, our commitment to the members and our readership must and will continue.
New beginnings should not be overshadowed by the finality of transitions, but reflect the opportunity for new ideas, new leadership and others to contribute and achieve new organizational heights, built on the foundations created by our predecessors.
To that end, I am committed to working with our staff, membership, and readership to help identify my successor. I am also committed to mentoring and onboarding the new Medical Editor in Chief to ensure their success and an ever-brighter future for ACEP Now.
I am in your debt and that of ACEP for the wonderful opportunities afforded me by this incredible organization. You are my friends, my colleagues, and my family. You have done far more for me than I could ever hope to repay.
Please accept my humble thanks and deeply felt gratitude.