The American Society of Hematology supports the work of hematologists conquering blood diseases and relies on the leadership, guidance, and expertise of countless volunteers from around the world and across the spectrum of hematology. Whether you’re a trainee, educator, clinician, or researcher, you play an important role in advancing the field of hematology.
There are numerous opportunities to get involved with ASH. See below for several ways to lend your energy and expertise.
Standing and scientific committees are instrumental in determining strategic priorities and implementing programs that advance ASH's mission, while the Executive Committee serves as the governing board of the organization.
ASH seeks volunteers interested in quality improvement to share their clinical expertise through initiatives ranging from the popular Consult-a-Colleague service to the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and other educational tools.
There are many opportunities for hematology experts with outstanding writing, editing, and organizational skills to work on a variety of world-class ASH publications – from peer reviewed journals to news magazines to educational textbooks.
ASH has a robust portfolio of career development and training award programs that support hematologists at all stages of their careers and aim to attract and retain the top minds in the field. As part of the selection process, study section reviewers assess the scientific merit of grant applications to determine which will have the greatest impact.
Mentorship is key to a successful career, and ASH has numerous opportunities for more seasoned professionals to leverage their skills and experiences to make a positive impact on next generation of hematologists. Individuals from backgrounds that are underrepresented in hematology are particularly encouraged to apply.
Educating lawmakers and policymakers on critical issues affecting hematology research and practice is an important role that every ASH member can help play. Advocacy can be as easy as sending a letter to Congress through a few clicks of the mouse or as immersive as a year-long fellowship working in a Congressional office. ASH offers a variety of opportunities to help shape policies to ensure the best care of patients with blood disorders.
ASH meetings could not succeed without the support of numerous volunteers at every level. In addition to high-visibility roles such as presenter and moderator, there are many volunteers working behind the scenes reviewing abstracts, providing real-time peer-review of scientific sessions, etc. In addition, ASH offers leadership opportunities for members interested in representing the Society at external meetings.
Getting involved with ASH as a volunteer was one of the best choices I have made in my career. I would encourage anyone thinking of volunteering for ASH to act on it. There are so many options ranging from research to training and advocacy where individuals of all levels of training can make a difference by volunteering.