As ENDO 2015 wraps up and we move toward our centennial year, I am honored to share with you a few thoughts on our Society as we fully embrace the global community we have become.
The Endocrine Society is truly a growing organization, as we are now up to 18,000 members. But, as we continue to grow, we want to be very inclusive and welcome everyone at all levels of their training. The Society has always been strongly supportive of clinicians, basic scientists, and academic researchers; our strength is that we include all three of those groups. Our meeting and our services cover a broad range to make sure everyone’s needs are being met. Diversity makes the Society a stronger organization.
The Society is certainly busy with a lot of activities, but we will have two main focuses in the year ahead: obesity and social responsibility.
The Society has established an Obesity Expert Panel, comprising leading scientists and physicians in the field, to help us figure out how we can leverage our strengths toward tackling the global obesity epidemic. There has been a lot of change recently in the field, and as a result there is a lot of misinformation circulating among both physicians and the lay public. The Society can take the lead in providing scientifically accurate information for the betterment of our patient population. We also are developing a curriculum on obesity so that our trainees can be properly equipped to understand what treatments are currently available, and where the science is taking us in the future, which will ultimately improve patient care.
Personally, I’m excited about my social responsibility program initiative, which we hope to launch next year. The program, Endo Cares, will continue our initiatives in health disparities and global diplomacy (the Ambassador Exchange Program). In the program’s pilot, the Society will focus on giving back to the diabetes community through partnerships with AYUDA and other charities serving diabetes camps in the US and around the world. Our members will have opportunities to staff these camps, interact directly with patients, and educate and advise local healthcare providers in diabetes care and management.
As many of you know, 2016 will mark the Endocrine Society’s 100th year. We have a large group working on exciting things for the centennial, looking at both our history and how far we’ve come in endocrinology. There have been amazing advances in discovering hormones, developing therapies, and diagnosing disease in the last 100 years. In addition to looking back, we also will focus on where we are going in moving the field forward.
I expect that you’ll hear some historical perspectives for many seminars at ENDO 2016. And, you still have an opportunity to weigh in on our “Celebrating a Century of Endocrinology” display, which highlights Society milestones, major discoveries in the field, Nobel Prize Winners, and clinical advances that have changed patients’ lives. On display in the Sails Pavilion at ENDO 2015, this draft is still a work in progress. Stop by to review the achievements in our field and add to the timeline any important ones you think we’ve missed. The final timeline will be unveiled at ENDO 2016 in Boston.
The Society has come a long way in 100 years, but it is vital that we continue moving forward. Initiatives such as the social responsibility program allow us to participate more fully in our global society. Many people in other parts of the world, even those not far from us, don’t have the benefit of the treatment options and cures we have available today. The Society can impact global health and work toward reducing health care disparities.
We certainly encourage you to give us feedback on your needs so that we can continue to provide a positive experience and needed resources for our large and growing membership. We look forward to seeing you in Boston in 2016!