We asked Michael Blaiss, MD, FACAAI, executive medical director, to comment on the upcoming College Leadership Summit.
Q: The College has offered the Leadership Summit for four years now, helping more than 80 young allergists grow in their leadership. What has impressed you most about this group and what do you hope future participants gain from this unique opportunity?
I am most impressed with the attendees’ excitement to learn leadership skills. Most realize they need leadership skills no matter what type of allergy practice they are affiliated with – academics, large group practice, and solo or small practice. They did not get this type of training during fellowship. Any young allergist who attends the College Leadership Summit will gain skills that they can use immediately to better interact with their peers and staff and improve their practice. This activity is an important means for the College to groom further leaders in allergy.
Q: What advice would you give to committee members who are considering attending the event? How can they leverage what they will gain through the Leadership Summit with their involvement on College committees?
It would be ideal of all young committee members to attend the Leadership Summit. The training offered will prepare them to be successful in a committee environment. The skills obtained will help them think “outside the box” and be able to initiate and execute committee projects. The College’s committees are uniquely positioned to drive activities that are important to the allergy community. Participation in the Leadership Summit enhances the allergist’s ability to advance the committee’s goals.