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President's Message

By Brenda Sue Houmard, MD, PhD | 2018 SCMS President

Watching the Winter Olympics in Peung Chang, it was clear how vital all of the community is to the success of our superstars. It made me think of the four pillars of effort for our Society:

  1. Clinical issue of immense importance to our community
  2. Support of medical education
  3. Advocacy for physicians, physician assistants and the patients in our community
  4. Impartial venue for physician/physician assistant collegiality

I am honored that so many of you were able to join us on February 7 for our Kickoff Reception to highlight our clinical focus: the Opioid Crisis. I am confident that our collective efforts to address this epidemic will make our community healthier, happier and safer. We are currently finalizing the membership of our task forces:

  1. The Opioid Crisis in the Inland NW: Managing Chronic Pain
  2. The Opioid Crisis in the Inland NW: Managing Acute Pain
  3. Community Resources for the Opioid Crisis

We will be in contact soon to assemble meetings for these task forces. Please notify Shelly Bonforti ( if you are willing to contribute and interested in participating, and have not yet signed up.

As we continue those efforts, I want to encourage all of you to contribute in another way to the success of our superstars. On April 5, on the Gonzaga campus, the Spokane County Medical Society will co-sponsor with the UW Family Medicine Interest Group a workshop entitled, “Medical Advocacy in Eastern Washington”. We anticipate that attendees will include UW and WSU medical students, PA students, residents, and SCMS members. Our goal with this meeting is to encourage the eastern Washington medical community, particularly students, to become more involved in medical advocacy at the local and state level. The president and CEO of WSMA (Washington State Medical Association) will be in attendance and will present advocacy opportunities available through the WSMA. We anticipate that a representative from WAFP (Washington Academy of Family Physicians) will also attend discuss advocacy opportunities from WAFP’s prospective.

I will see you at this wonderful event that will make our medical community so much more successful.

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  Brenda Sue Houmard, MD, PhD
  2018 SCMS President


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