In-training members are the fastest growing segment of the North American Spine Society (NASS). Over the last decade, our In-training membership has tripled and is now almost 20% of our membership. The NASS Board of Directors has recognized the importance of this group and in recent years has concentrated efforts to ensure the Society continues to meet the needs of members in training and early in their careers.
NASS President John Finkenberg, MD recently noted “NASS leadership understands that the future of our Professional Society depends on the engagement of our early career colleagues. NASS has started an Early Career Advisory Council with the hopes that they can build on the successes of past leaders. I have placed an Early Career Council member on the Annual Meeting Program Committee and will utilize their guidance on formulating AM NASS 2023. We are the largest Multidisciplinary Spine Society in the World and have been given an extraordinary platform to benefit our patients and colleagues.”
The new Early Career Advisory Council was formed in Summer 2022 with a mandate to recommend initiatives of relevance to younger members and to present these programs directly to the Board for review and approval. The inaugural Council is comprised of 63 early-career representatives from NASS committees as well as 10 at-large members. Each year the NASS Immediate Past President, Second Vice President and Chair of the Resident & Fellow Education Committee will act as leadership facilitators to the group.
The Council held it’s first meeting on Friday, October 14, 2022 during the NASS Annual Meeting in Chicago and is now developing topic-based workgroups to brainstorm new resources and initiatives for the Society. Past President Edward Dohring, MD, 2nd Vice President Scott Kreiner, MD, and Resident and Fellow Education Committee Chair Andrew Schoenfeld, MD led the meeting. Dr. Dohring commented: “Scott, Andrew, and I were very impressed with the turnout for the meeting, and by the enthusiasm demonstrated by our early career members. Many NASS Board members and staff leaders also attended, confirming NASS’ recognition of the importance of this group to the future of our society. Our initial discussions focused on the Annual Meeting, and lots of useful ideas were generated by our early career group, which we will implement at the 2023 meeting in LA. Everyone at NASS is excited about the contributions the ECAC will bring to NASS.”
More information about the Council can be found on the NASS website