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ISTM 2018 Call for Nominations

ISTM depends on the high quality and dedication of its elected volunteer leaders for its continued vitality. Any qualified member in good standing is eligible to seek office. If you would like to be considered for a place on the ballot for the position of President-Elect or as a Counselor on the Executive Board (Board of Directors), you have until 9 November 2018 to submit a nominations form found on My ISTM. As only members are eligible to self-nominate, you will need to sign into your ISTM account to access the form.

The Executive Board is structured so that the Board represents multiple regions of the world even though some regions have many more members than others. Presently, ISTM has 3,500 members in around 90 countries. The positions of President and two Counselors need to be filled with their terms to begin in May of 2019 at the CISTM16 in Washington, DC, United States of America.

The President position is for a two-year term. However, the President first serves as President-Elect for two years preceding his/her term and then for two years after the term as Past-President (for a total of six years). Each Counselor position is for four years. A nominating committee, in accordance with criteria set out in our bylaws, has been formed by the current Executive Board. Any ISTM member in good standing without a conflict of interest is eligible for nomination and it is desirable for a candidate to have the following qualifications:

  • Prior service on ISTM committees, professional/interest groups or ISTM-sponsored initiatives
  • Publication of travel medicine-related clinical or research articles in the Journal of Travel Medicine, other journals or books
  • Contributions to the biennial CISTM
  • Leadership experience working with national or international professional societies or groups
  • Professional experience in the field of Travel Medicine

For each open position, the nominating committee will carefully review all the nominees and will select, by majority vote, the names of two nominees for each position that are most suitable to appear on the ballot in accordance with the bylaws of the ISTM. A link to a secure and anonymous electronic ballot hosted by a professional election firm will be e-mailed to all members in January of 2019 and the balloting will be open until mid-March of 2019. Election results will be announced at the membership assembly in May 2019, at the CISTM16.

The Society bylaws state that no more than three of the seven elected Directors of the Society may be from the same continent. The following paragraphs pertaining to the election process are quoted from the bylaws to increase an understanding of this process:

Article 8.2
The Executive Board shall be composed of the following seven voting positions: the President, the President-Elect, the Past President, and four Counselors. Only the seven voting directors on the Executive Board may make motions and vote at a Board meeting. To the extent practical, the Executive Board also shall invite to its meetings as non-voting participants any other officer, standing committee chairperson, and publication editors, along with such other guests as the Executive Board deems appropriate. The following conditions apply to the Executive Board members:

  • No more than three of the seven Executive Board members may be from one continent.
  • No two consecutive Presidents or President-Elects may be from the same continent at the time of election.
  • At least one Executive Board member shall be a nurse.
  • No person may be elected to the office of President or President-Elect more than once.
  • Counselors cannot be immediately reelected to a Counselor position, but may run for office again after a two-year break in service.
  • Any Executive Board member appointed or elected to fill a vacancy on the Executive Board may not cause a violation of the geographic and other requirements outlined above.

Article 8.3
Every two years at a time sufficiently in advance of the next Membership Assembly, the nominating committee shall submit to the Secretary-Treasurer the names of two nominees for each of the positions on the Executive Board that are coming up for election. At least three months prior to the Membership Assembly, the Secretary-Treasurer shall send an electronic ballot to each member eligible to vote in accordance with the ballot procedures set forth in these bylaws at section 6.6. Counselors shall be elected for a term of four years, while the President, President-Elect and Past President shall serve two years in each position (for a total of six years).

Please note that your nominations should be guided by the interpretation of the articles above the geographic composition of the Executive Board in 2017 at the time of election (see below).

Geographic Composition of the Executive Board in 2019 at the Time of Election

President: Lin Chen, United States of America
Immediate Past President: Leo Visser, The Netherlands
President-Elect: To be elected (cannot reside in North America)
Counsellor: Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
Counsellor: Andrea Rossanese, Italy
Counsellor: To be elected Open
Counsellor: To be elected Open

2018 ISTM Nominating Committee Members:

Lin Chen, United States of America, President-Elect, Committee Chair
Lucille Blumberg, South Africa
Gerard Flaherty, Ireland
Anne McCarthy, Canada
Nancy Piper-Jenks, United States of America
Eli Schwartz, Israel
Mike Starr, Australia
Robert Steffen, Switzerland
Claire Wong, New Zealand