APMAN score for meetings

Authors


‘A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.’

Sir Barnett Cocks1

Many clinicians feel disempowered by the process of committees and meetings. The development of the necessary skills is often not seen as a high priority in clinical training. The clinicians then find themselves in a state of ‘developmental delay’ in comparison with others around the table, and not surprisingly their ideas may be ‘asphyxiated at birth’. The following checklist is designed to give some insight into personal developmental milestones and to highlight when and where ‘resuscitation’ may be needed. Individuals with the most severe ‘meeting delay’ may find the most fulfilling activity during a meeting is scoring others around the table.

  • • Agenda
    • • 0 = surprise at meeting
    • • 1 = read in advance
    • • 2 = you help choose
  • • Preparation between meetings
    • • 0 = nil
    • • 1 = paperwork read
    • • 2 = paperwork read, ideas generated and discussed
  • • Minutes
    • • 0 = not read
    • • 1 = read in advance
    • • 2 = read acted on/corrected
  • • Attendance
    • • 0 = does not go
    • • 1 = submits written comment, suggestions
    • • 2 = attends in person
  • • Networking
    • • 0 = around table are strangers, a mysterious group
    • • 1 = knows names and roles
    • • 2 = allies cultivated, foes identified and neutralized2
Total score0–3 = Delayed
4–6 = First Steps
7–8 = Walking
9–10 = Running

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Footnotes

  • 1

    Worked for 43 years in the Office of the Clerks to the House of Parliament UK before retiring in 1971.

  • 2

    No single strategy can achieve this goal but the other elements in the scoreare key foundation skills.

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