2018 President's Message- Amir Qureshi, MD

I am pleased to be serving our local medical society.  Now more than ever medicine, like politics, is all local.  The Pulaski County Medical Society (PCMS) has been serving the community and physicians in central Arkansas for over 150 years.  We are the first and largest county medical society in the state.  I look forward to 2018 as we continue to help guide the practice of medicine in our county and state.

This will be a busy year for physicians and no time is better than the present to become involved in organized medicine.  Our profession is constantly changing.  With new federal and state administrations, our congressmen and women need our leadership, guidance and support.  We need to voice our concerns regarding safe patient care for the people of our state.  In the coming year you will hear a great deal about SJR8 put forth by Arkansans for Jobs and Justice.  This constitutional amendment would install civil justice reform measures into the Arkansas Constitution.  It has a broad coalition of support from the Arkansas State Chamber, Arkansas Trucking Association, Arkansas Health Care Association, The Poultry Federation, Arkansas Hospital Association and the state Medical Society.  For all the detail on what this measure includes go to www.pulaskicms.org

Have no doubt; lawyers will fight this measure with every tool at their disposal.  PCMS has given a substantial donation to Arkansans for Jobs and Justice and I encourage you and your clinic to do so as well.  If true tort reform is not passed in 2018, with this broad of a support base, I am afraid it will never be passed. 

The society will continue to support UAMS medical students through the Carolyn Clayton scholarship fund and freshmen orientation luncheon.  With the assistance of our PCMS medical student representative, we will continue to strengthen our support and relationship with our young physicians in training.  We continue to offer service through the Pulaski County Medical Exchange, the only emergency medical answering service in central Arkansas exclusive for physicians, monthly Lunch and Learn sessions as well as our new membership directory smartphone app. 

In March 2018 the board of directors will be conducting a session to look at the future of your local medical society and how it should be shaped to better serve its members.  I encourage you to call the PCMS office and voice your thoughts on how we can best serve you.  We look to our membership for guidance and support. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president.  I promise to serve you and our community well. 

Best wishes for a healthy 2018,

Amir Qureshi, MD