By Byron L. Cryer, M.D., Suzanne Rose, M.D., M.S.Ed., and Celena T. NuQuay, C.A.E.
In today’s increasingly complex health care environ- ment, there is a burgeoning need to cultivate leadership skills that will guide the field of gastroenterology into a new era of high-value care, promote discovery and innovation, and foster the education and training of the next generation while also advocating for the needs of
patients, communities, providers, and learners. As part of
its new strategic plan, the AGA created the Future Leaders
Program to identify and promote prospective leaders both
in the field as well as in the organization.
The AGA is committed to ensuring that there is a healthy
pipeline of future leaders who are willing and able to effectively meet the obligations of key leadership positions
within the field of GI while at the same time helping to
advance the strategic objectives of the association. The
inaugural class consists of 18 early-career GI professionals
selected through a highly competitive process and paired
with nine prestigious current and former AGA leaders who
served as their mentors.
The program participants received leadership develop-
ment training from a top industry expert who cultivated
their skills in communications, negotiation, and conflict
resolution as well as expanded their knowledge regarding
emotional intelligence, collaboration, and presentation
skills. The Future Leaders were also trained in advocacy and
traveled to Capitol Hill last fall to share their thoughts, ex-
periences, and recommendations with legislators and their
staff. The program also included web-based seminars and
phone conferences with participants and their mentors.
The Future Leaders have already begun to advance the
strategic direction of the AGA through proposals related to
practice and quality, research and innovation, education and
training, advocacy, publications, and member engagement.
As the inaugural class prepares to graduate this May at
the 2016 Digestive Disease Week®, they are continuing
to contribute to the AGA and the field as they address
complex topics and new initiatives in virtual roundtables
designed to continue the dialogue using innovative tech-
nology. The next round of applications will open in fall
2016 and interested applicants should visit http://www.
for more details later this year.
The impact of the program is best shared through the
voices of its participants.
Byron L. Cryer, M.D. Professor and associate dean for faculty diversity and development,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Tex.
Councillor-at-Large, American Gastroenterological Association, Bethesda, Md.
Suzanne Rose, M.D., M.S.Ed. Professor of medicine and senior associate dean for
education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.
Education & Training Councillor, American Gastroenterological Association, Bethesda, Md.
Celena T. NuQuay, C.A.E. Senior director, member relations & constituency programs,
American Gastroenterological Association, Bethesda, Md.
American Gastroenterological Association
Graduates the First Class of Future Leaders