CHEST leadership meets quarterly in person, but the fall and spring meetings include all of the combined committees of CHEST. As the fall meeting takes place during the CHEST Annual Scientific Meeting, the spring meeting takes on a particular importance in providing the impetus of the upcoming year. The meeting spanned from March 27 to March 30. Traditionally, the first day consists of committee meetings, such as the Council of Networks, Training and Transition, Education, Membership, Guideline Oversight, and Professional Standards. On the morning of the second day, the following committees met: Finance, Diversity, and the Governance Committee. The afternoon of the second day was a combined boards meeting with all members of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents, where we received updates from each of the committees. In addition, all of the board members underwent professional media training as professional development.
On the 29th, the Foundation Board of Trustees had their meeting, which was attended by several of the members of the Board of Regents (highlights listed below). In the afternoon, we had the biannual meeting of the CHEST Industry Advisory Council, where CHEST leadership meets with our industry partners, working together to anticipate the needs of our members and our patients. The Board of Regents convened on March 30 for our formal board meeting.
Highlights of the Spring Combined Meeting:
CHEST Leadership Committees:
Education Committee: Under the leadership of the Chair, Dr. Alex Niven, the Education Committee has grown in scope and focus with the increasing strength of their subcommittees, including Live Learning, Simulation, Peer Review, Outcomes, Innovations, and Educator Development. The Education Committee is now working to develop a revolving education curriculum to ensure that our members have a solid base at the annual meeting, as well as in online learning. The committee is working to increase coordination with the APCCMPD, as well.
Membership Committee: The Membership Committee reported on several accomplishments during the year, including an increase in nonphysician membership and rolling out several new programs, including automatic membership renewal option and adjusted membership fees for international members and retired members.
Finance Committee: The financial report for the last quarter of the CHEST fiscal year was robust with solid outlook for the year.
Training and Transitions: The T & T Committee has had marked success with a dramatic increase in fellow education programs and learners at the CHEST annual meeting. This year will bring new fellow courses in Pulmonary Nodules and Lung Transplantation. In addition, the committee is also reviewing abstract submissions for trainees at a record pace, with case report submissions exceeding last year’s record number of 1,015 submissions.
Guideline Oversight: There are currently 12 guidelines in development, in addition to the 6 guidelines that were completed last fiscal year. This committee updated us regarding the ongoing development of “living guidelines.”
Scientific Program Committee: Dr. Bill Kelly, chairman of CHEST 2019 in New Orleans, reported on the meeting, including the record number of submissions in all curriculum areas. He updated us regarding the ongoing maintenance of certification credits for the meeting, as well as important new initiatives, such as child care and innovative electronic options for the meeting, designed to make the experience “easy” on attendees in New Orleans - The Big Easy.
CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees: Doreen Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP, President of the Foundation, updated us on the quarterly activities of the foundation and guided the board through some of the novel fundraising opportunities, including the 6th Annual Irv Feldman Poker Night, the Inaugural CHEST Foundation Derby Dinner and Auction in New York, and the Popovich Endowment Dinner and future Gala. The Foundation is sponsoring a number of activities at CHEST in New Orleans, including a Lung Health Experience, Breakfast of Champions, Women & Pulmonary Luncheon, the Young Professionals Reception, and the Foundation Reception.
CHEST Board of Regents (BoR): The Board of Regents, led by Clayton Cowl, MD, FCCP, President of CHEST, had a packed session. The session started off with a unique team building exercise. The Board approved the Master Fellow Award selection that will honor Dr. Darcy Marciniuk. The Digital Strategy Task Force, led by Dr. Chris Carroll, Nicki Augustyn, and Ron Moen, reported on their findings, which led to a lively discussion on how to move forward with an innovative and successful digital plan. A report was also given on the membership recruitment and retention initiative. Finally, the BoR approved a new agreement with PA Consulting to assist in the ongoing CHEST Analytics program.