December 2010                                                                   Issue 1
Conference News From the Association of  American Veterinary Medical Colleges


Plan now to attend the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Annual Conference on Thursday, March 10 -- Sunday, March 13 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia.

On March 13, the conference will feature a leadership seminar from award-winning Georgetown University Professor Robert J. Bies.

This sure-to-be lively, interactive session will help hone your leadership skills by grappling with the real-life challenge of initiating diversity-related change.

Plus, attend the admissions workshop, president's reception, Iverson-Bell Symposium, and plan to meet with members of Congress on issues of importance to veterinary medical education.

As always, confer with colleagues, share best practices and let your voice be heard.

Register early for a $50 discount.

Leading Change: Diversity in Focus

Change is never easy.  Real change won't happen without leaders who know how to manage risk, build trust and deal with resistance without getting off track.

Do you have what it takes?

Find out in "Leading Change: Diversity and Risk Communications in Veterinary Colleges," a half-day leadership seminar from author and award-winning Georgetown University Professor Robert J. Bies, sponsored by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). 

Bies, a management professor and founder of the Executive Master's in Leadership Program at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, will present two interactive sessions, each featuring discussions based on real examples provided by veterinary college deans who will also provide feedback and recommendations.


In session one, Professor Bies will provide a framework for leading change in the area of diversity and identify "best practices" for leading diversity initiatives in organizations, including colleges.  He will examine the challenges of change management through a case study and analysis of AAVMC's DiVersity Matters initiative.

In session two, Bies will deal with managing risk communications as they relate to administrative decisions and actions undertaken by deans, with a particular focus on dealing with resistance or conflict.

Whether you're a faculty or staff member, student, veterinary professional, or simply interested in augmenting your leadership skills, please join us for these engaging sessions that will help you deal with resistance to change and other practical challenges that you are likely to face both now and in the future.

Also related to diversity, this year's conference will feature an award and symposium to honor Iverson Bell, DVM, for his outstanding leadership and promotion of diversity in veterinary medicine.

Registration Information

What: AAVMC Annual Conference

When: Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13 
Where: Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia

Register for the conference before Friday, Feb. 11 to receive the $50 discounted rate of $550. Special $125 early registration rates apply for veterinary students.

Access the online registration.

Please remember that hotel reservations for the Westin Alexandria must be made separately through the hotel.  Registering for the conference does not automatically confirm a hotel reservation.  When calling the Westin Alexandria at 703-253-8600, please mention you are with the "AAVMC 2011 Annual Conference" to receive the discounted rates listed below.  There are limited rooms within the block, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The deadline for reserving a room at the discounted rate is February 16, 2011. After that date, room rate and availability cannot be guaranteed.

Room Rates: Single and Double Rooms - $209/night.

Room rates will be subject to the prevailing sales tax, currently at 12.5 percent, as well as a $1 per night occupancy tax.

Please feel free to contact the AAVMC's Project Manager Matt Grogg at 202-371-9195 ext 110 or email him at mgrogg@aavmc.org with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Alexandria: History and Charm Adjacent to Washington, DC
The Westin Alexandria is located in the exclusive Carlyle section of Old Town Alexandria, where Colonial architecture lends itself to unique shops and restaurants. Old Town Alexandria is where you'll find "history living at every turn" in the third oldest historic district in the nation.

Do you want to explore downtown DC?  Just hop in a taxi or take a short ride on the conveniently located Metro train, just three short blocks away.

Learn more about Alexandria.

In This Issue
Diversity in Focus
Registration Information
Professor to Lead Seminar
Scholarship Takes the Stage
Award-winning Professor to Conduct Leadership Session

Georgetown University Professor Robert J. Bies will present Leading Change: Diversity and Risk Communications in Veterinary Colleges, at AAVMC's Annual Conference on Sunday, March 13, 8 a.m. -- noon.

Bies (Ph.D., Stanford University) is professor of Management and founder of the Executive Master's in Leadership Program at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.

He has published widely on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice, and revenge and forgiveness in the workplace. He is co-author of Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge-And How to Stop It, published by Jossey-Bass.

Professor Bies' honors include the Best Teacher award at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. At Georgetown, he has twice received the Joseph Le Moine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence, as well as the Outstanding Professor of the International Executive MBA Program and the Outstanding Professor of the Executive Master's in Leadership Program.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, International Journal of Conflict Management, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.

All 2011 AAVMC Annual Conference registrants are welcome to attend the leadership seminar and discussion.  Individual registration for this session is not available.

Register now.
Scholarship in Perspective
A special educational segment of the conference will feature a discussion and presentation of poster sessions on the following topics:

 -- Assessing Assessment: Critique of a Model for Evaluating Students' Mastery of Content, Clinical Reasoning Skills, and Communication Skills (Michigan State University).

-- Pilot Project in Integrated Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (Washington State University)

-- Leadership Development in Veterinary Medical Education (Ohio State University)

--What are the Non-Academic Attributes Important for the Veterinary Profession? The Ontario Perspective (University of Calgary/ University of Guelph)  

--Enhancing Clinical Learning in the Workplace (The Royal Veterinary College)

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