ASPEN depends upon its member volunteers to carry out its mission to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy. Without members’ commitment and dedication, it would not be possible to conduct our activities, including the development of standards, guidelines, position papers and educational programming; publishing of JPEN, NCP and other publications; and awarding research awards and grants.
There are a number of ways to become involved in ASPEN:
- Board of Directors: ASPEN is governed by an 11-member board of directors elected by the membership. A new board is installed June 1 of each year. Detailed information can be found in Board of Directors’ Position Descriptions, Competencies and Qualifications.
- Committees: ASPEN committees plan and implement a variety of the Society’s programs. Most committees are appointed in the spring and serve from June 1 – May 31 of each year. Committees relating to the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference are appointed in the late fall. If you are interested in being considered for a committee, please complete an application, and return it with your CV.
- Task Forces: In addition to committees, the ASPEN president may appoint task forces during the year for narrowly defined purposes, such as developing standards of practice, writing a position paper, or assisting in the development of a new program or publication. Task force terms vary depending on their purposes – they may be short-term (a few months) or long-term (more than one year). If you are interested in being considered for a task force, please make sure your ASPEN membership profile is up-to-date with your primary specialty.
- Sections: Sections provide ASPEN members with the opportunity to network with their peers and become involved in specialized activities.
- Chapters: By becoming involved in an ASPEN chapter, you can meet and work with other members in your geographic area.
Each year ASPEN volunteers are asked to complete and submit to the ASPEN national office a Conflict of Interest Policy & Disclosure Statement.
Program planners and faculty/authors are required to disclose commercial relationships for each event in which they are participating/speaking.