noun a pact, coalition or friendship between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests
The ASE International Alliance Partners program was developed to create a pathway for collaborations and shared resources among participating membership-based echocardiography/cardiology societies. This program is open to established and recognized specialty or sub-specialty organizations based outside the United States that endorse the practice of cardiovascular ultrasound. Sections, working groups, or councils of societies that focus on the use of cardiovascular ultrasound outside the US may also be recognized as participants.Eligible societies include but are not limited to the disciplines of cardiology, anesthesiology, critical care, surgery, and emergency medicine.
The goal of the alliance program is to share knowledge, expand thought leadership, and enhance standards and practices based on the best thinking worldwide for improved patient care.
- There is no fee for participation. A letter of request from the President of the organization with supporting materials will get the process started (see instructions below).
- The alliance will take place over a two-year time period, to be continued upon adequate participation and if the alliance was deemed mutually beneficial. Any continuation will be communicated in writing.
To apply, the organization should submit a letter of request from their President to the ASE International Relations Advisory Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the ASE President. The letter of request should include the following information:
- Brief history of the organization (will be adapted for use on the international alliance webpage)
- List of Board of Directors and their roles, including contact information
- Programs from annual meetings for previous 2 years (may be PDF copies)
- Resource information, such as Website address and a copy of or link to the organization’s journal, if applicable
- Information about activities, such as committees, working groups, meetings
- Verification of a dues paying membership structure and number of members (annually). The organization may be asked to submit a verifiable list of members if the society is unknown to ASE.
- If the applying body is a section, working group, or council of a cardiology association, the application should provide a brief overview of the parent organization, as well as a description of the structure of the sub-group applying.
Opportunities will vary among organizations, depending on geographical location, language requirements, organizational structure, and needs/interests. Our goal is to find ways to work together that will be mutually beneficial. Some opportunities for consideration include:
- An invitation to endorse ASE guideline documents
Also, for the non-English-speaking member societies: An invitation to translate and disseminate ASE guideline documents, when applicable; and the opportunity to translate an ASE guideline poster for distribution within their membership (restrictions apply)
- ASE endorsement of the alliance organization’s annual meeting. Endorsed meetings are listed on ASEUniversity.org.
- Recognition of alliance organizations on asecho.org, on signage at the ASE Scientific Sessions, and during the International Leadership Round Table at ASE Scientific Sessions
- An invitation to submit a “short list” of outstanding organization members with their areas of expertise and contact information for inclusion on ASE speaker and author databases (selection not guaranteed).
What’s In It for ASE?
Through the use of shared links and the dissemination of information to members of the alliance organizations, ASE looks for:
- Greater visibility and dissemination of ASE guideline documents
- Enhanced support of and interaction with echo researchers through added visibility to the alliance organizations’ members
- Increased collaboration/interaction from alliance organization members in ASE activities and annual meeting
- A deepening relationship with potential collaboration partners through a structured alliance program
For more information regarding the ASE International Alliance Program, please contact Rhonda Price, International Relations Specialist, email@example.com.