ASPEN Committees

Each year, hundreds of clinical nutrition healthcare providers volunteer their expertise in support of the Society’s mission in leading the science and practice of clinical nutrition. Serving on an ASPEN committee is just one of the ways you can give back to the field. Most committees are appointed in the spring and serve from June 1 – May 31 of each year. The annual conference program committee is appointed in the late fall. Most committee terms are three years. Membership on committees is available to members in good standing.


Abstract Review Committee  

This committee reviews, ranks and selects scientific and clinical practice abstracts submitted for presentation at the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference. Members of this committee may also be asked to serve as moderators in the oral paper sessions and the rapid-fire research presentations at the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference.  This committee meets via conference call with the bulk of its work conducted in the fall (September - December). Members of this committee have the necessary skills to review and evaluate research submitted in abstract form.  

In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives and employees cannot be appointed to this committee. 

 

Annual Conference Monitoring Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring and critically evaluating education sessions and reporting findings and recommendations to the Program Committee.  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 after the conference.

Members of this committee must attend the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference. Members are this committee are appointed by ASPEN’s President and Vice-President in the fall.

 

Clinical 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 effectiveness 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. This committee meets primarily via conference call. Members who have an interest and experience in nutrition and EHRs are best suited for this committee.

 

Clinical Practice Committee

The Clinical Practice committee oversees the development and revision of clinical guidelines, standards, and position papers related to clinical issues. This committee also reviews all ASPEN Board approved documents and serves as a think tank for clinical practice issues and projects. They meet primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference. ASPEN Members actively engaged in clinical practice and with more than five years of experience are preferred.

ASPEN members actively engaged in clinical practice and with more than five-years experience are preferred.

 

Education & Professional Development Committee

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 are expected to organize and plan one webinar during the committee term, including inviting speakers, establishing learning objectives with the speakers, etc. Members of this committee also serve as the educational reviewers for the articles selected for the journal CE program, approximately five articles per year.  The committee meets via a monthly conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference. 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 have experience in education programming through volunteer or job-related experiences.

In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives and employees cannot be appointed to this committee.

 

Enteral Nutrition Committee

This committee develops recommendations, position papers and other educational initiatives around enteral nutrition for ASPEN and in collaboration with other organizations. The committee contributes to public policy initiatives on EN. The committee meets primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference.

ASPEN members actively engaged in clinical practice with EN or research or medical affairs with PEN and with more than five-years experience are preferred.


Fellows Selection Committee

The Fellows Selection Committee works year round, with the primary responsibility of recommending Fellows of ASPEN to ASPEN’s Board of Directors. The committee also works to enhance the application and selection process. The group meets approximately six times per year.

Members of this committee must have the FASPEN designation. Committee members are not eligible to provide recommendations for FASPEN candidates.


Malnutrition Committee

The Malnutrition Committee oversees and coordinates the malnutrition efforts for ASPEN, including Malnutrition Awareness Week™ and developing and reviewing position papers and scientific projects for ASPEN and in collaboration with other organizations. The committee meets primarily via conference call approximately four per year, and face-to-face at the annual conference.

ASPEN members actively engaged in clinical practice or malnutrition research and with more than five-years experience are preferred.

 

Membership Committee

This committee is 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. Membership awards are managed by the committee. The committee meets via conference call, typically bimonthly.

 

Nutrition Support Fundamentals and Review Course Committee

This committee is responsible for planning the live in-person and virtual review courses. This course is considered a prep course for those preparing for certification exams. The committee meets primarily via conference call several times per year. 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. 

In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives and employees cannot be appointed to this committee. Members of this committee cannot be involved in any type of certification exam committee.  


Physician Engagement Committee

This committee was created in 2017 by the ASPEN Board of Directors with the goal to grow the physician community both nationally and internationally within ASPEN. The goals are to create a home for physicians within ASPEN, increase physician awareness of ASPEN activities/resources of value to physicians, and to develop programming and other activities to engage physicians in nutrition and ASPEN. The committee meets via a monthly conference call in the evening. Sub-committee responsibilities require about two hours per month. The committee meets in-person annually at the conference. 

Committee members must be ASPEN physician members interested in driving physician engagement in ASPEN.


PN Safety Committee

This committee develops recommendations, position papers and other educational initiatives around parenteral nutrition for ASPEN and in collaboration with other organizations. The committee contributes to public policy initiatives on PN. The committee meets primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference.

ASPEN members actively engaged in clinical practice with PN or research or medical affairs with PN and with more than five-years experience are preferred.

 

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee sets the agenda and develops initiatives related to public policy and advocacy for ASPEN. This committee meets primarily via conference call, and face-to-face at the annual conference. ASPEN Members engaged in clinical practice and with some knowledge of public policy are preferred.

Individuals involved with sales or marketing for the nutrition industry cannot be appointed to this committee.


Publications Review Committee

This 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. The committee meets primarily via conference call on a bimonthly basis.


Research Committee

ASPEN’s Research Committee oversees the research program for ASPEN, including selection of the recipients of ASPEN research awards and implementation of other research objectives. The committee meets primarily via conference call, with most of their efforts from June through March and face-to-face at the annual conference. Committee members should have experience in either clinical or basic research.


Self-Assessment Committee

This committee solicits, reviews and approves questions, rationales, and references for the self-assessment program. The committee meets primarily via monthly conference calls and, face-to-face at the annual conference. Committee members can expect to do one to two hours of independent work per month in addition to the conference calls. This is an ideal committee for professionals in all stages of their career who are 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. 

In compliance with accreditation standards, industry representatives and employees cannot be appointed to this committee. The self-assessment program is considered a prep course for those preparing for certification exams, therefore members of this committee cannot be involved in any type of a certification exam committee.