|APSA Partnership Initiative Gains Momentum, Provides Member Benefits|
By Stephanie Jackson, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
From its earliest days, APSA recognized the value of partnerships for its members. Our first major alliances were forged with The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP), both honor societies for physician-scientists, to provide physician-scientist trainees access to established and successful physician-scientist mentors. Over the years, through connections of various members of our leadership, we have made affiliations with other organizations to increase our visibility, advocate for physician-scientist training, and expand the benefits we are able to offer our members.
APSA’s alliance with MD/PhD trainee organizations around the globe increases our international presence and fosters dialogue and exchange of ideas about physician-scientist training and careers. Our partnerships with special interest groups position APSA to advocate for change on issues affecting physician-scientist training and careers. Efforts gaining a lot of momentum at present have focused on building partnerships with clinical specialty societies to directly connect APSA trainees with information about their unique training and career aspirations. Established partnerships with the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) have helped pave the pathway for this initiative, and our goal for the upcoming year is to prudently expand our partnerships with clinical specialty societies that better represent the diverse interests of our members.
While each partnership varies, the goal is always to provide benefits to APSA members. Some of the more common ways our partners support the work of APSA is by making financial contributions to our annual or regional meetings, offering direct sponsorship of speakers for these meetings, or sponsoring travel awards for physician-scientist trainees to present their research at APSA meetings. Other benefits include providing discounted memberships in the society or registration for their meetings, offering travel awards or scholarships to specialty society-specific programming, or providing mentors for interest group sessions at our meetings or on our website.
If you would like to learn more about the partnerships we are developing now, or if there is a specific organization that you would like to be represented, or if you would like to become involved in reaching out to these groups, please contact APSA’s Vice-President for Internal Affairs, Stephanie Jackson, at email@example.com.