I became active in College committees as a fellow in training because I wanted to become involved beyond my membership. Early on, Ira Finegold recruited me to be a member of the Stinging Insect Committee. Later, I became a member of the Public Relations Committee. Other committees followed: Membership, Bylaws, Managed Care and the Annual Meeting Program Committee, among others. I also became active in the Joint Council, later the Advocacy Council, to ensure our specialty has a voice in Washington. My volunteer work has led me to the honor of being president of the College.
It’s the time of year we ask members to apply to serve on College committees. I encourage each of you to consider this opportunity. Committee work is vital to making the College’s initiatives become reality. Each of you has unique knowledge and skills to share – and the College, as well as our specialty and patients – will benefit from your expertise.
Volunteer work is what you make of it. Short on time? Many committees have minimal time commitments. Interested in a specific allergy condition? You’ll most likely find a committee on that topic under the Science Council. Want to have input on educational opportunities the College offers? Try a committee under the Education Council.
There is something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned physician or just starting your career. I am pleased to report that in 2019, 52% of committee applicants were under the age of 45 and 70% had no prior College committee service. All were offered a spot on one or more committees and encouraged to share their perspectives on a variety of committee projects.
The College is taking applications through April 15 to fill committee openings that will begin in November. To learn more about each of the College's committees, please visit the Our Organization and Governance section of the ACAAI member website.
If you have questions, please email Kate Barcal, ACAAI Director of Administration.
J. Allen Meadows, MD, FACAAI