ASPEN Committees

Abstract Review Committee  

(In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives cannot be appointed to this committee.) Reviews, ranks and selects scientific and clinical practice abstracts submitted for presentation at the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference. Committee members should have experience submitting abstracts for review, and/or reviewing scientific or clinical practice abstracts or manuscripts. (This committee meets via conference call with the bulk of its work conducted in the fall.) 

Annual Conference Monitoring Committee

Responsible for monitoring and critically evaluating education sessions and reporting findings and recommendations to the Program Committee. This is an interdisciplinary committee that consists of individuals in all aspects of their career.  Members of this committee enjoy attending conferences and critically evaluating all aspects of the conference from the education programming to the exhibit hall to the overall entire attendee experience.  This committee meets via conference call approximately two times prior to the annual conference and for 1.5 – 2 hours during the conference.  (Must attend the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference to participate on this committee.).   

Clinical Practice Committee

(In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives cannot be appointed to this committee.) Oversees the development and revision of clinical guidelines, standards, and position papers related to clinical issues.  ASPEN Members actively engaged in clinical practice and with more than 5 years experience are preferred. (This committee meets primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference.) 

Education & Professional Development Committee

(In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives cannot be appointed to this committee.) Oversees the planning and evaluation of all of ASPEN's education programs and approves all education offerings for CE credits. Members of this committee have an interest in educating other healthcare professionals in nutrition through the creation of new and innovative professional development resources.  Ideal individuals for this committee are those with experience in education programming through volunteer or job related experiences. Members of this committee are expected to organize and plan one webinar during the committee term, this includes inviting speakers, establishing learning objectives with the speakers, etc. (This committee meets primarily via a monthly conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference.) 

Malnutrition Committee

Oversees and coordinates the malnutrition efforts for ASPEN which include Malnutrition Awareness Week™, develops and reviews position papers and scientific projects for ASPEN and in collaboration with other organizations. ASPEN members actively engaged in clinical practice or malnutrition research and with more than 5 years experience are preferred. (This committee meets primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference.) 

Membership Committee

Responsible for enhancing the member experience through annual review of member categories and benefits, recommending new membership categories and assisting with annual member promotion and retention efforts. There is no specific experience required; consider applying for this committee if you are interested in working with fellow members to grow the Society. (This committee meets primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference.) 

Chapter Affairs Subcommittee

Subcommittee of the Membership Committee. Responsible for recommending actions to the Membership Committee on the following issues: 1) monitoring compliance with Chapter status and recommending any courses of action for non-compliance; 2) recommending chapter member benefits; 3) creating and rolling out a succession plan for chapter leadership; and 4) identifying growth opportunities for Chapters. Members who have previous chapter leader experience or who are interested in volunteering with a chapter are encouraged to apply. (This committee meets primarily via conference call) 

Section Affairs Subcommittee

Subcommittee of the Membership Committee. Responsible for recommending actions to the Membership Committee on the following issues: 1) monitoring compliance with Section status and recommending any courses of action for non compliance; 2) recommending Section member benefits; 3) creating and rolling out a succession plan for section leadership; and 4) identifying growth opportunities for Sections. Members who have previous section leader experience or who are interested in volunteering with a section are encouraged to apply. (This committee meets primarily via conference call.) 

Nutrition Informatics Committee

This Committee is charged with 1) Evaluating implementation of nutrition and nutrition support management in the major electronic health record (EHR) systems in use; 2) Identifying health information technology (HIT) and EHR issues that affect patient safety and system effectivness in nutrition support management; 3) Collaborating with other healthcare organizations and major EHR vendors; 4) Providing education and support for ASPEN members and other nutrition and nutrition support clinicians using EHR systems. 

Nutrition Support Fundamentals and Review Course Committee

(In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives cannot be appointed to this committee.) Responsible for planning the live in-person and virtual review courses. This course is considered a prep course for those preparing for certification exams. Ideally, individuals who have participated in the review course in the past and/or have taken one of the available nutrition certification exams are best suited for this committee.  Members of this committee cannot be involved in any type of certification exam committee. (This committee meets primarily via conference call.) 

Publications Review Committee

Anticipates and responds to the changing professional needs of members by providing ideas and making recommendations for innovative publications and products. Members are frequently presented with new titles related to the field of clinical nutrition and volunteer to review copies for considered inclusion in the ASPEN bookstore. (This committee meets primarily via conference call on a bimonthly basis.) 

Public Policy Committee 

Sets the agenda and develop initiatives related to public policy and advocacy for ASPEN. ASPEN Members  engaged in clinical practice and with some knowledge of public policy are preferred.(This committee meets primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference.) 

Research Committee 

Oversees the research program for ASPEN including  selection of  the recipients of ASPEN research awards and the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation grants. Committee members should have experience in either clinical or  basic research. (This committee meets primarily via conference call, with most of their efforts from September through January and face-to-face at the annual conference.) 

Self-Assessment Committee

(In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives cannot be appointed to this committee.) Solicits reviews and approves questions, rationales, and references for the self-assessment program. This is an ideal committee for professionals in all aspects of their career and for those interested in providing nutrition education to other professionals.  Members of this committee are comfortable utilizing a wealth of resources including reference books and journal articles to ensure accurate content is in the self assessment program.  This self assessment program is considered a prep course for those preparing for certification exams, members of this committee cannot be involved in any type of certification exam committee. (This committee meets primarily via monthly conference calls and, face-to-face at the annual conference. Self assessment committee members can expect to do 1-2 hours of independent work per month in addition to the conference calls.)