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President's Message

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

Dear Colleagues,

I thought continuing the topic of 'Medical Advocacy' may be useful. During the last address to you, I talked about the definition of advocacy and its importance in our profession. The ability of the Spokane County Medical Society to serve as your voice in this mission and to do so in a neutral and bipartisan manner is one great benefit of SCMS membership.

The House of Delegates of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is going to be held in Spokane this year on October 13th and 14th (that is the weekend following the SCMS Medicine 2018 CME on Oct 12th so make a weekend out of it!) at the Historic Davenport Hotel in downtown. This annual event location is alternated every year between Seattle and Spokane. This event brings together several hundred voting delegates to set the course for society policy and advocacy, elect officers and provide opportunities for networking. The SCMS typically has 5-8 members in attendance – we hope you will join us this year.

In addition, we are often asked as the county medical society to meet with our state and national legislators (one such meeting is pictured here as members of the SCMS Board met with Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers on August 10th). It is our duty and our pleasure to give these legislators our view of the medical issues that affect our patients and our ability to care for our patients. In this way, they can help to bring appropriate change to the issues that affect the health of our patients. I absolutely envision our role with the politicians to be a bipartisan informational pathway. It is my experience that they value the voice of the 'boots on the ground.'

As I said before, I am pleased that the SCMS has medical advocacy as one of its pillars of focus this year. I hope you will join me in the SCMS medical advocacy push!


Picture of Brenda Sue Houmard, President of SCMS

 

 Sincerely,

  Brenda Houmard Signature

 

  Brenda Sue Houmard, MD, PhD
  2018 SCMS President

 

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