2017 President's Message- Kristen Lienhart, MD

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 2017 as we continue to help guide the practice of medicine in our home state.  This will be a busy year for us all 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, we are likely to see bills regarding tort reform, private option, telemedicine, and opioid prescription regulation, just to name a few.

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.

The PCMS will continue its monthly newsletter focusing on matters of local interest, as well as providing a forum for issues pertaining to the practice of medicine. 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.  We also support the PCMS Healing the Healers Foundation which serves as a free, confidential resource enhancing physician well-being.  Please consider donating to this important cause. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Finally, the practice of medicine is both a sacrifice and an honor. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president.  There is a reason that God gave me two ears and only one mouth.  I look to our membership for guidance and support.  I promise to serve you and our community well.

Best wishes for a healthy 2017,

Kristen Lienhart, M.D.