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Incoming President's Message - Spring 2018

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

It is the time of year that most of us assess the progress of last year and make plans for improving next year. As the incoming president of the Spokane County Medical Society, I feel that this is an opportune time to do just that.

Under the leadership of John McCarthy and with the hard work of those who are dedicated to the society, the financial status of the society has regained stability. In addition, the McCarthy year (as it will become known) started a revolution in how we view our society. In a time when the society was struggling for a balanced budget (and it is so!), the value for its members was clearly addressed. The question that was brought forth was, “What cost/benefit set-point exists that clearly will make physicians and physician assistants want to be a part of the great movement of the Spokane County Medical Society?” The first aspect of that equation was addressed by the reduction of the membership dues for 2018.

The second aspect of that equation is our mission for this year. Our current goal is that every member can easily answer the questions, “What actually does the medical society do?” and “How does the society benefit my patients, my interests and my professional life?”
We are currently focusing on four pillars of effort for the 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

While future editorials will outline the society’s efforts to support medical education and advocacy, I would like to highlight the current clinical focus of the Spokane County Medical Society - the opioid crisis. While national statistics indicate that this crisis leads to at least 90 American deaths from overdose each day, this is only a small fraction of those whose lives are controlled and altered by the devastating disease of opioid abuse and misuse. This impacts all people from all walks of life. It is our duty to our community to try to impact this crisis.

I hope you will attend our 2018 Kickoff Reception which will highlight these efforts, hearing from experts in the field and a recovering addict, and identify ways that you can participate in these community efforts. This exciting event will be held on the evening of February 7th at the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic. Your invitation will be arriving soon. We hope that you and your guest will join us, and that you will encourage your colleagues to attend as well. n

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  Brenda Sue Houmard, MD, PhD
  2018 SCMS President


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