Special Communication  |   September 2016
Nonprofit Board Membership for Health Care Professionals: Honor or Responsibility?
Author Notes
  • From Georgetown University in Washington, DC (Dr Johnson), and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (Mr Calderwood, where he is a candidate in the Wharton MBA Program). Dr Johnson holds a master’s degree in hospital and health administration. 
  •  * Address correspondence to Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA, RADM, USPHS (ret), 5518 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7122. E-mail: radmjohnson@gmail.com
     
Article Information
Special Communication   |   September 2016
Nonprofit Board Membership for Health Care Professionals: Honor or Responsibility?
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2016, Vol. 116, 620-626. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.121
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2016, Vol. 116, 620-626. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.121
Abstract

Physicians and other health care professionals are often invited to serve on nonprofit boards. Although service on a nonprofit board is an honor, it carries a large responsibility. Many health care professionals are unaware of the level of commitment and involvement board service requires, particularly fiduciary boards, which have accompanying risks and legal functions. In the present article, the authors describe the activities and responsibilities of a fiduciary board member. They also provide a checklist of questions to ask before agreeing to serve on a board and discuss how to decide whether one is the right fit for a specific board position.

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