June 19, 2017
By Kristi Birch
|Amy O'Brien-Ladner, M.D.|
Amy O'Brien-Ladner, M.D., a pulmonologist and interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has been elected as a councilor for the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP).
The ASP is a subgroup of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) and represents internal medicine subspecialty divisions at medical schools and community teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada. The organization works to improve education, research and patient care as well as influence public policy related to internal medicine and its subspecialties, such as gastroenterology, infectious disease and endocrinology. The ASP's recent achievements include working with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to craft a list of milestones used to evaluate the progress of fellows who are training in the subspecialties, and working with the ABIM and the American College of Physicians to optimize the board recertification experience.
"The Alliance is a sea of academic expertise and an ideal resource for colleagues in all areas of academic medicine," said O'Brien-Ladner. "It's the perfect environment to create and vet ideas regarding all aspects of academic medicine throughout the nation. I'm honored to have been elected as an ASP councilor to focus on the internal medicine specialty areas."
O'Brien-Ladner has been active in the ASP since 2010, when she was the vice chair of the Department of Medicine at the KU Medical Center and participated in a leadership program offered by the AAIM. She began serving on a member services committee in 2012, and in 2015 chaired the ASP program planning committee for the AAIM national meeting.
ASP Councilor terms are three years, and councilors are elected by their peers. O'Brien-Ladner's term begins on July 1.
"Dr. O'Brien-Ladner's clinical background as well as her experience directing the Department of Medicine and previously the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at KU Medical Center—one of the top 20 divisions in the nation—make her an outstanding choice to serve as an ASP Councilor," said Robert Simari, M.D., interim executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Center. "She has distinguished herself as a physician, educator and leader in academic internal medicine, and I have no doubt she will work hard in this role to address the issues faced by the internal medicine subspecialties."