By Alexandra Cooper, AASLD Intern
The period between completing your training and jumping into practicing full-time can be filled with plenty of new responsibilities, a new position and unexpected changes. These changes include an AASLD membership class change from a trainee to a regular or international member. AASLD wants to help trainees adjust to the next chapter of their careers by gradually increasing their membership dues over time while continuing to offer the professional opportunities that come with a membership through a new program.
Earlier this year, AASLD introduced the Trainee Transition Program (TTP) which “makes sense,” according to Elizabeth J. May, PhD, Chair of the Membership and Mentorship Committee. “Our trainee members are residents, fellows and graduate students who are balancing demanding work schedules, financial strain and free time constraints.” The program will allow our trainee members who are transitioning to a regular membership “to maintain a personal connection with a diverse and high-quality professional group” made up of more than 6,300 AASLD members around the world.
“Many external pressures can surface at the time a GI/Hepatology Fellowship is completed: the abrupt end to a busy, fruitful routine as a fellow, leaving friends who have been esteemed colleagues, a move, expenses appearing from debts acquired to reach the goals, the numerous unfriendly steps to establish oneself in a new town, with new colleagues and new work expectations. Any encouragement is welcomed. The AASLD can be a capable support system by offering a time to get up to speed in terms of the cost to claim membership. Call it a break, but by offering the chance to keep contacts, be active as a member and consider attending The Liver Meeting® with reduced membership fees, we see it as a wise investment. You remain the future of this organization,” said Dr. May.
AASLD membership gives doctors, trainees, associates and other health care professionals many opportunities to further their careers. Joining a Special Interest Group, presenting research and attending The Liver Meeting® and continuous learning are a few of the perks AASLD members take advantage of throughout the year.
Dr. May advises that trainees, “[take the] time to recognize (and enjoy) the moment. I still look back fondly on the time spent in graduate research, residency and fellowship as some of my happiest days!” She extends her congratulations to members in the Trainee Transition Program, and looks forward to seeing you soon at The Liver Meeting® in San Francisco this November, at a webinar or however your paths may cross in the near future.
If you have any questions about the program, please email AASLD Member Services at email@example.com.