June will be very significant to me this year. It will mark the end of my AAMI volunteer leadership duties. It will be bittersweet.
I will be rotating off of the AAMI Board of Directors after 12 years. I end this awesome experience as the vice-chair for BMETs. During my tenure, I always tried to be a voice of logic and speak for the HTM community. I have had the privilege to serve with some really incredible people over the years and become friends with many of them.
I was on the Board during a lot of struggle and growth, with three dynamic presidents: Mike Miller, Mary Logan and Rob Jensen. I have been proud to lend my voice to help guide this organization and the leadership, from a relatively small organization to a much larger, global one.
At the same time, I will end my time on the Technology Management Council (TMC) as the Chair. I am the last charter member of this group, and I cannot begin to mention the number of outstanding people I have met and learned from through this committee.
There was a lot of strife between AAMI and the HTM community when the TMC was formed. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an honest effort on AAMI’s behalf, and I feared it was to just quiet some HTM professionals who were upset. My fears were quickly allayed by outstanding leadership and quick, significant successes. Since then, the TMC has become the most sought-after committee at AAMI. I am proud to have been part of it for so long, and am very happy to leave it in such good hands.
My volunteering at AAMI is not totally over. Among other things, I am still on several standards committees and will be around for a while. Over the years, the AAMI staff has prodded me to step up into new experiences, and for that I will always be grateful. It has helped me to be a better leader.
My experiences are not isolated incidences, or happenstance. I always want to give back to the field that has done so much for me. The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” That has always been one of my mantras. I would challenge you to always keep learning, and understand what is happening. Learn how to be a leader and don’t be afraid to volunteer. AAMI is here to help you grow—all you need to do is get started and get involved.
If you know me, and especially if we have served and volunteered together, I would like to say, “Thank you.” You all have enriched my career and my life. If you do not know me, feel free to reach out and say hello.
I feel really good about the future of HTM! It is in good hands with the younger leaders who are following.
Thank you for allowing me to represent, lead and teach. It has meant the world to me.
Paul W. Kelley, CBET, AAMIF, is director of biomedical engineering, the Green Initiative, and Asset Redeployment at Washington Hospital in Freemont, CA.