As a leader in education for pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, staying ahead of trends in its professional fields and across educational delivery, in general, is critical to remaining relevant and to best serve the membership. The leadership of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) developed a multifaceted program this year entitled, “CHEST Inspiration,” a series of programmatic initiatives aimed at stimulating and encouraging innovation within the association and recognizing individuals with great ideas that streamline current processes or disrupt ways of traditional thinking about everyday problems.
The CHEST Board of Regents recently completed one of the first components of the CHEST Inspiration program – the 2019 CHEST Environmental Scan. This article describes the development of the 2019 CHEST Environmental Scan and its fit with the other components of CHEST Inspiration program.
Environmental scanning is a formal process for tracking trends and occurrences in an organization’s internal and external environment that bear on its success--currently and in the future. The environmental scanning process examines both quantitative and qualitative factors and identifies a set of key environmental indicators believed to have the most important impact on the organization’s work.
The 2019 CHEST Environmental Scan is a synthesis of work that took place in January 2019 at the CHEST Environmental Summit, a special joint session of the Board of Regents (BOR) and the CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees (BOT). In that session attendees attempted to free themselves from the usual concentrated focus on the College and Foundation missions, goals, and strategies, recognizing that a possible (even likely) unintended consequence of a narrow focus is losing sight of the outside world and the forces there that—like it or not—influence and could even disrupt the programs and strategies of CHEST and the CHEST Foundation.