“I try to empower people to get involved in ASCP because the more voices you have working together, the more influence you can have over policy issues that affect our profession.”
—Betty M. Chung, DO, MPH
ASCP Resident Representative Betty M. Chung, DO, MPH, proactively works to engage pathology residents and to instill in them a desire to help shape the future of pathology.
“I try to empower people to get involved in ASCP because the more voices you have working together, the more influence you can have over policy issues that affect our profession,” says Dr. Chung.
“With ASCP, I strive to encourage other residents to see the bigger picture. Right now, they are primarily focused on completing their residency. Yet, now is also the time to get involved with pathology advocacy organizations, especially with the changes that healthcare reform will bring. We can only shape policy if we become educated about what influences it and participate in this process.”
Over the past year, Dr. Chung has worked to promote ASCP to residents, informing them of ASCP grant and award opportunities, volunteering at the resident reception at the 2013 ASCP-United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology meeting, encouraging residents to join as ASCP junior members and to network at ASCP events, recruiting resident members as ASCP volunteers. She also served as the Resident Representative during the ASCP Future of the Pathologist Workforce working group meeting and shared information from this meeting in a report to the ASCP Resident Council. Dr. Chung also attended the Governance and Public Affairs and Fellow Council meetings during the 2013 ASCP Leadership Forum.
Additionally, she presented a poster at the ASCP 2013 Chicago Annual Meeting and has penned an article focusing on healthcare reform’s impact on pathology as a profession for an upcoming issue of ASCP Critical Values.
For her leadership and outreach efforts, she was recognized with the 2013 ASCP Resident Representative Leadership Award during the ASCP 2013 Chicago Annual Meeting.