Ursula Mary-Kocemba Slosky, PhD, Professional Relations Fellowship

Applications will open in October

Amount: $1,000 (includes travel reimbursement)

Sponsored by: ERF

INTRODUCTION: Born in Poland, Ursula Marianna Kocemba received her PhD in medical microbiology from the Warsaw Medical Academy. She and her husband, Jack Slosky, PhD, emigrated from then-communist Poland in 1974 to conduct postdoctoral work at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Ursula passed away in 2012.

Ursula strongly believed that there are two keys to communication between people, especially in medical communications. First, when one translates words from one language to another, one should strive to include nuanced meanings and information to avoid serious medical errors and deep misunderstandings. Second, one should strive to interpret appropriately by including a context of differences of cultures, levels of education, life experiences, as well as differing needs and expectations. Together, such "cross-interpretation" is key when applied to professional relations.

Dr. Jack Slosky strongly believes that it is important that SNMMI develops new leaders with a comprehensive understanding of both professional and government relations in order to successfully navigate through the increasing complex U.S. and international healthcare environment. Patients will ultimately benefit from effective interpretation (and better understanding) between themselves and their medical providers as well as between medical societies, industry groups and government agencies. To this end, Dr. Slosky has established this professional relations fellowship in memory of his late wife.

The Ursula Kocemba-Slosky, Ph.D., Professional Relations Fellowship is made possible through a grant from the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

DESCRIPTION: The professional relations fellowship provides early-career professionals in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging direct, personal exposure to professional/public relations activities of the SNMMI as they relate to other medical societies and other professional organizations.

The fellow will spend one week in the SNMMI Leadership department, prior to October 2022 (COVID restrictions pending). The fellow will be assigned a mentor who is a member of the SNMMI board of directors. The mentor will be designated by the SNMMI upon mutual consent of the mentor and the fellow (mentee). It is expected the mentor and mentee will speak by phone, with an option of a one-day visit by the mentor to the SNMMI headquarters during the program, as determined by the activities and objectives outlined below.

Activities with SNMMI Governance and Membership Engagement department include:
• Visit with SNMMI senior staff
• Visits to other medical societies and associations, at a director-level. Staff from both organizations discuss the following areas; culture, effective communication, collaboration, advocacy and navigating change, issue resolution, working with other organizations including industry.
• Visit Patient Advocacy Groups who are currently members of the Patient Advocacy Advisory Board (PAAB) to discuss how they are organized, the various opportunities and outreach they afford to patients and their collaboration with the SNMMI patient outreach effort.

Additional Professional Relations Fellowship activities include:
• Attend SNMMI Mid-Winter or Annual Meeting (continue contacts at such meeting with SNMMI leadership, leadership/staff of other medical associations, nuclear medicine industry associations, etc... )
• Provide a written summary of the Fellowship experience; include suggestions on how the Professional Relations Fellowship could be improved.  Include in the summary, an update on a selected professional/intersociety relations issue of interest to the Fellow, specifically stating any new information and what types of activities could be undertaken to address this issue.
• Be appointed as a member of the SNMMI Outreach Committee, or other appropriate committee as determined by SNMMI. The Fellow is expected to keep a log of activities while serving on the committee.

The fellow will receive a stipend of $1000, and all-expense paid travel to the Washington DC area as outlined above.

• An early-career professional is defined as an MD, scientist or technologist who has completed at least 3 years, but no more than 10 years of post-training experience in the field. Professionals who have been in the field longer than 10 years are not eligible.
• Resident of/or actively practicing in the continental US, Canada, or Mexico.
• Member of the SNMMI.  (To become a member please visit the SNMMI membership website at www.snmmi.org/membership and click on the join or renew tab.) Any applicants who are not members of the SNMMI will not be considered.

• Submit a CV
• Submit a written statement of interest in professional relations and association leadership.
• One recommendation from a supervisor / colleague / program director

SELECTION CRITERIA: Fellowship assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside an individual's area of expertise. Selection will be based on a combination of the following criteria:
• Record of professional achievement in one's career
• Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth
• Demonstrated commitment to public service/administration evidenced by prior leadership positions in other committees/associations
• Sincere desire to achieve the goals and objectives of the Fellowship in the form of an essay on why the applicant thinks he/she should be selected.
• Skills to succeed at the highest levels in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
• Exceptional writing ability, a positive attitude, and strong leadership skills.