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President's Message

By Brenda Sue Houmard, MD, PhD | 2018 SCMS PresidenDear Colleagues,
With the coming of spring, I took the opportunity to think about Leo Tolstoy, the Russian writer who is often regarded as one of the most talented authors of all time. He lived and wrote in the 1800s, but his insights apply to us today.

His six life lessons were recently summarized as:

  • Keep an Open Mind
  • Practice Empathy
  • Make a Difference
  • Master the Art of Simple Living
  • Beware your Contradictions
  • Expand your Social Circle

I feel that the missions of the Spokane County Medical Society align perfectly with Tolstoy’s lessons. We set out four pillars of effort for the society in 2018:

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

To date, we have convened three task forces to address this crisis while working closely with the Spokane Regional Health District, we have supported in-kind the UW physician and public lectures here in Spokane by Dr. Tauben, Chief of Pain Medicine at the UW. By continuing to heed Tostoly’s lessons, I am confident that we can make a difference in our community.

On April 5, we sponsored the workshop, “Medical Advocacy in Eastern Washington”. We are most grateful to our speakers from the Washington State Medical Association (Dr. Donna Smith and Ms. Jennifer Lawrence Hanscom) and the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (Dr. Carl Olden). This was a wonderful opportunity for us to both support medical education (as the participation by the students and trainees was immense) and encourage medical advocacy in our community.

I can think of no better way “to expand your social circle” than through the neutrality and impartiality of the SCMS. I look forward to seeing all of you at our events. In the words of Tolstoy: “Spring is time of plans and projects.” Let’s do it!.

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  Brenda Sue Houmard, MD, PhD
  2018 SCMS President


Spokane County Medical Society
Phone: 509.325.5010 | Fax: 509.325.5409
318 East Rowan Avenue, Suite 209 | Spokane, WA 99207