Leave It Better Than You Found It

By Kurt Snyder, JD, Director of CME at Stanford University

Robert Baden-Powell famously said, “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.” This quote resonates with me on both a personal and professional level, so I always try to do this in everything I do. This includes being the editor of the Almanac

It is hard to believe but I just passed through the halfway point of my three-year term as Almanac editor-in-chief. Wow, time really does fly. I am proud that we continue to make the Almanac better, and I hope you enjoy accessing articles regularly. We consistently have published a new article every week and for the first time ever, this year we published some content in a video format. Thank you Brian McGowan for taking the lead on this and making my dream a reality. When I took over the Almanac, one of my goals was to really leverage the “new” online format of the publication, which had historically always been done in print. Publishing online video interviews is an example of doing just that. 

Although publishing an article each week may sound like no big deal, I can assure you that deadline each week is non-forgiving, and it comes regardless of what is going on in my life. Fortunately, I have surrounded myself with a committee full of dedicated people. Moreover, we have a person from SmithBucklin that assists on the backend. Lynn Valastyan currently is filling in for Kelly Rehan, who is on maternity leave. We are very grateful for their support. 

Generally speaking, we ask our Almanac editors to commit to securing four articles per year. Note that I did not say write four articles. Some do write all the articles but some also just use their “MacGyver” and networking skills to find others to write articles, which they review, edit and ensure that high quality information is passed along to our readers. At any given time, we have eight to 12 editors, two assistant editors and one editor. All are volunteers with a busy CME/CPD career just like you. 

In a perfect world, we would have a good mixture of experienced and new people on the committee with the goal of constantly developing committee leadership for future editors. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. We have had some people leave CME/CPD, and we have some people transitioning off the board at the end of the year as their terms are complete 

All this is to say — we are activity looking for people to join us on the Almanac Editorial Board as regular editors or assistant editors with terms starting in January. Terms are three years in length. Of course, we want the Editorial Board to be reflective of the Alliance membership, so diversity is an important consideration. 

If you want to join the Almanac Editorial Board or you know someone that you think would be an excellent addition, please let me know at kurt.snyder@stanford.edu. Thanks, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to present you with the latest ideas and innovations to help you do your jobs even better.

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