Elections: ASP



Solomon Liao, MD, FAAHPM

LiaoSolomon-headshot.jpgI am honored to be nominated for the position of president-elect for the Association of Specialty Professors.  I have served on the ASP council since 2013 as the representative from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  Since that time I have had the privilege of representing ASP on several AAIM committees and workgroups including the E-learning committee, the education committee, and currently the advisory group for health disparities collaborative.  I have also served as the AAIM representative to the American College of Physicians’ “fellows’ high value curriculum work group.” Outside of ASP and AAIM, my day job is the director of palliative care service at the University of California, Irvine, where I am also the palliative medicine fellowship director.  

My vision for ASP is for more fellowship directors and division chiefs to become engaged in AAIM.  I believe the next big strategic step for ASP is to focus on reaching out to the fellowship directors and division chief through their subspecialty societies.  My hope is for these fellowship directors and division chiefs to better appreciate what AAIM has to offer.  Engagement of the fellowship directors and division chief could also lead to better relationships between AAIM and the subspecialty societies and foster future collaborations.

My goal for ASP is for it to be further integrated into AAIM.  My conviction is that ASP has so much more to offer the AAIM community than just advice on fellowship topics and subspecialty matters.  I am convinced that ASP can offer its talents, skill and wisdom on issues spanning the breadth of internal medicine, including undergraduate medical education and residency training. If chosen as president-elect of ASP, I will commit to broadening the impact of ASP and helping it and AAIM to be a greater force for good within the medicine community.


Chad Burski, MD

burski.jpgIf I were to become a member of the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP) council my goal would be to promote professional growth of the subspecialties within internal medicine. This growth would eventually expand across the subspecialties to create a more synchronized transition from residency to fellowship, improve fellowship application transparency, and promote the continued development of trainees. As a member of the ASP council, I would also promote increased expansion of competency based assessment for fellows.

Ricardo Correa, MD, EsD, FACP, FACE, FAPCR, CMQ

CorreaRicardo-photo.jpgIt is with respect and humility that I am writing this statement for the member-at-large (MAL) position of our ASP Council. Our council has been a strong voice in all the critical issues inside and outside the AAIM. Now more than ever, our section’s role is vital, and I would like to contribute to further improvements. I look forward to bring my vast experiences and skills to the council, where I can devote my time to this highly philanthropic organization.

ASP's mission is to enhance specialty professors through professional development, research, and advocacy. Some of the goals that I will like to achieve as MAL of the council are: (i)establish an ASP professional development strategies to enhance the careers of early/middle career members and IMGs (ii) work with the other councils in policies and programs to increase the recruitment, education, and engagement of all members (iii) create programs that simulate advocacy across our members, (iv) build partnerships with key organizations to support ASP and AAIM activities and (v) generate a collaborative research networks among members to increase science production in internal medicine and subspecialties. I will be able to do this because my core values align with the mission and vision of our organization. I have the leadership skills of communication, project development, strategic partnership, decision making, and persuasion. These skills, along with my drive, will help me achieve everything I have proposed to the council.

Furthermore, I would like to make ASP the leader on a problem that our members are facing and is the increase in burn-out and a decrease in the wellbeing. Multiple reasons are driving this problem: including the elevated cost of medication, hospital administration deciding working hours, and the use of a procedure-driven pay system. Our ASP should continue advocating for our members at the national level with the support of the AAIM. ASP should focus on more programs that provide the members with a leadership toolkit box and create resilience so they can actively get involved in issues that are important for our profession and patients. These programs should prepare the attendants to become leaders in their local areas, plus creating a network that helps them grow in their careers in multiple ways.

I would also like to mention that I am very involved in social media, and with that, I have helped to spread the mission and vision of AAIM/ASP and establish connections with many of our members. I believe that using this tool to benefit the council is very important, and I will be able to do that.

Finally, I believe that diversity and inclusion is an essential part of our organization, and as a council, we should embrace that. One of my vision as MAL of ASP will be to promote diversity at every level, including the council, the organization, research initiatives, and patient care. I commit to doing great work and represent the entire membership. I will bring to the council the same enthusiasm and energy that I have had in my work as a physician, leader, scientist, and educator.

Vera P. Luther, MD, FIDSA, FACP

Luther-Vera-photo.jpgThe Association of Specialty Professors (ASP) represents fellowship program directors, division chiefs, and faculty physicians from medical schools and community teaching hospitals across the United States and Canada. As such, it is a very diverse group with unique perspectives, opportunities, challenges, and considerations. As an ASP Member at-Large on the FY 2021 ASP Council, I would aim to help ASP collaborate with other organizations within the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) as well as with subspecialty professional societies to represent the interests of all and assist our organizations in working together towards common goals. 

I believe that my professional experiences to date will help me accomplish these aims. I served as the associate program director for subspecialty education for the internal medicine residency at Wake Forest for nearly a decade. I currently serve as the program director for the infectious diseases fellowship at Wake Forest and have been in that position since 2014. I have been active with AAIM since 2010 and over the past six years, I have served on the AAIM Resident-to-Fellow Interface Committee. Through these various positions, I have experience working with internal medicine residency and subspecialty training program faculty and staff to address various issues that arise in academic medicine and medical education in order to optimize the training and education of the next generation of physicians.

I have also been active with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) since 2014 and have served on the IDSA Education Committee, Training Program Directors Committee, and Medical Education Working Group. I have chaired the IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Curriculum Working Group since 2016 and represented IDSA for three years on the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Public Health (LEAP) Fellowship Steering Committee, a collaboration of three professional societies and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These experiences have helped me to understand the structure and function of professional societies and have helped me gain insight into opportunities for enhanced communication and collaboration within and among professional societies. I would be delighted to serve as an ASP Member at-Large on the FY 2021 ASP Council.  Thank you for your consideration!