AARC Election 2020 — Michael Madison

Michael Madison

Director at Large

Michael Madison, MBA, RRT

Product Manager – Respiratory
Flexicare, Inc.
Member Since: 1988

AARC Activities:

  • AARC (American Association for Respiratory Care) — Since 1988
  • Position Statement and Issue Papers Committee — Chairman 2019–Present
  • Government Affairs Committee — 2017–Present — Attended four AARC Hill Days
  • Management Section Member — 2010–Present
  • Adult Acute Care Section Member — 2010–Present

HOD Activities:

  • House of Delegates Substitute Delegate — 2018 Summer Forum
  • House of Delegates Substitute Delegate — 2016 Summer Forum
  • House of Delegate Substitute Delegate — 2015 Annual Congress

Affiliate Activities:

  • VSRC (Virginia Society for Respiratory Care) — 1984–1994
  • CSRC (California Society for Respiratory Care) — 2000–Present
  • Program Committee — Participant 2006–2012
  • Bylaws Committee — Chairman 2013
  • President 2013–Present

Related Organizations:

  • CTS (California Thoracic Society) — 2016–Present
  • SCCM (Society for Critical Care Medicine) — 2015–Present
  • ACCP (American College of Chest Physicians) — 2016–Present


  • MBA — Master of Business Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University — December 23, 1993
  • Respiratory Therapy Technologies Certificate, J. Sargent Reynolds Community College — November 11, 1983
  • B. A. — Political Science and English, North Carolina Wesleyan College — May 9, 1981


  • June 30, 2017 — 2017 California Respiratory Care Workforce Study — Steering Committee Member
  • February 2017 — How California Initiated an RRT- Only License to Practice — AARC Times
  • October 2016 — CSRC Safe Staffing Position Statement and White Paper — CSRC resource library (ex-officio committee member)
  • September 2014 — The Journey to an RRT License Minimum in California — CSRC

Elections Committee Questions:

What experience or significant contributions do you have to offer the AARC which would help accomplish one or more of the AARC Horizon Goals as presented by President Schell?

As president of the CSRC for the last 5 ½ years, I have been privileged to lead and work with a team that is fully committed to the advancement of our profession. By reaching out collaboratively to the CA RCB, we have proposed, co-sponsored and supported legislation within Sacramento that has helped shape our profession nationally. It was hard work pushing our RRT License Minimum initiative forward, but it has paid off and 8 other states have followed with others working on it. I have helped by speaking on professional advancement in other affiliate events to help stimulate their efforts to move to an RRT License Minimum. I take the responsibility of sharing best practices to help pave the way for others very seriously. Opening a dialog our Horizon Goals with as many of our colleagues as possible to affect change within our profession is a key to developing an engaged profession.

What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?

Clearly, membership is the lifeblood of all professional organizations. Getting the attention of our colleagues has become harder than ever. Social Media and electronic media are great messaging pathways. However, you must have a clean, clear and pertinent message in order to grab the attention of our colleagues. I believe that the overall value proposition of the AARC and its affiliates is very high. Presenting that value in a concise and tangible manner is one of the best ways to grab that attention. Developing the AARC value proposition so that it resonates with our less than engaged colleagues (students, current RCPs, managers, associates, etc.) is what I believe is critical to stimulating action; joining the AARC. There is great value within the AARC and we need to show and take credit for that value so our members and would be members know the value and benefit they are receiving.

Role-Specific Questions:

What do you consider to be the greatest opportunity for the respiratory therapy profession and what are your ideas to help realize this opportunity?

The Respiratory Care Profession has been and still is exceptionally good to me. Unfortunately, over the years I have watched many colleagues leave our profession to pursue opportunities (career paths) that did not at the time exist within our profession. I believe that part of it is because we need to broaden our educational credentials so we can not only participate in multidisciplinary environments but to also successfully lead such teams and projects (and further open doors). I use what I learned in my MBA program every day of my life and I am thankful that I took that pathway. If there had been a similar program with a Respiratory Care focus, I would have gone in that direction. Healthcare is changing at an ever-accelerating rate and we need to prepare our profession not just with educational minimums, but with educational opportunities that improve careers and strengthen our profession as a whole and I would work for those goals as an AARC Director-at-Large.

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