After 14 months on the job, CEO Barbara Byrd Keenan has become a key player in endocrinology, in health care and Washington, DC. 2014 was a year of what she called firsts and tops.
“We had our largest annual meeting ever in 2014,” she said. “We had the highest top line revenue ever, we had the highest level of participation in the ESAP in-training exam ever. And we ended the year with the highest level of membership ever. More than 18,400 endocrinologists now call the Endocrine Society home.”
The most memorable first for 2014 was the first day in the Society’s new office in downtown Washington, DC.
“You expect the first year to be memorable, but 2014 exceeded expectations,” Keenan said. “We had a very successful move to 2055 L Street and the staff embraces their new home in Washington, the most vibrant association hub in the world. The move from Chevy Chase is a clear sign to our members and to Washington that we are taking our place in the larger world.”
Not only did staff and volunteer leaders manage the move smoothly, they managed the triennial ACGME re-accreditation just as smoothly.
The Facts and Figures project has moved from launch in 2014 to the release of the first module on Obesity here in San Diego. Members can expect succeeding modules to be released every four to five weeks as they are completed and approved.
2014 was also a year of studies. First came a study on the impact and influence of endocrinologists on primary care and OB/GYN. Next came a long-awaited workforce study that documented the need to attract more medical students into the specialty.
“We need to show medical students how they can capture the passion that our members feel,” Keenan said. “Our diseases are the diseases of note for the 21st century: hormonal cancers, obesity, diabetes, reproductive health. Endocrinologists are medical sleuths coming up with treatments that work.”
The 2014 annual meeting was another high point that leads into 2015. Not only was the joint meeting with the International Congress of Endocrinology the largest ENDO ever, it was the final ENDO summer spectacular. ENDO has moved to the spring.
“Coming to San Diego just nine months after Chicago is a real tribute to our volunteer leaders and staff,” Keenan said. “Part of what makes ENDO great is the combination of three perspectives, basic research, clinical research, and clinical practice. We take a translational approach that moves us all from hormone science to health.”
ENDO 2015 is racking up its own list of firsts and tops. The Presidential Plenary reinforced endocrinology’s place at the cutting edge of basic and translational science. The Life Science Pavilion and special programming to support trainees and fellows help set the Society in its own category.
So did the special recognition given to the 40th anniversary celebration for Women in Endocrinology on Thursday night.
“The pride and joy at the dinner was palpable,” Keenan said. “That recognition is one more reason this is more than a medical society, it is a society that is recognizing and building the role of endocrinology in medicine, in society, and in health.”