I am honored and humbled to serve as your President of the Pulaski County Medical Society for the 2020 term. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. We look forward to continuing the work of our predecessors in fulfilling the mission of PCMS – the oldest and largest county medical society in our great state – and we hope to have your support and active participation in the activities of the PCMS.
With ever-increasing demands of documentation/coding, prior authorizations, managing employees or meeting requirements of employers, and taking care of patients with chronic and complex medical conditions, it is tempting to “put our heads down” and do what we do best – take care of patients. But with the challenges facing our profession, including the issues of scope of practice and tort reform, we can’t assume that someone else will take care of these things for us. Now is the time for us all to stay involved and join together to ensure adequate and safe patient care for the people of our state.
We are currently in our third year of implementing the PCMS Strategic Plan. We are grateful for the work of the members of the strategic planning committee. Using their input, we have made advancements and continue to work in these areas:
Practice and Professional Viability– This year the PCMS is investing in improved communication with our members through a web based app and updated website. We anticipate that this will facilitate our ability to disseminate information to our members and promote greater involvement. The PCMS will continue its 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 and monthly Lunch and Learn sessions. If you have suggestions for Lunch and Learn topics contact Derek at 501-687-0039, or email him at email@example.com.
Community Voice and Outreach – The PCMS is pleased to partner with Harmony Health Clinic, a non-profit medical and dental clinic serving the medically uninsured and underserved in Pulaski County. As a group, we are contributing financially toward the needs of the clinic, but they are also in need of physician and other medical and non-medical volunteers (contact them at http://www.harmonyclinicar.org/volunteer-harmony.) With your support, PCMS had the opportunity to fund some very impactful UAMS student projects including “Walk with a Future Doc”, “Harmony Health Clinic Garden” and “LULAC Medical Spanish Course”. We look forward to continuing to support medical students and our community by funding additional projects this year.
Leadership – PCMS is encouraged to have seen an increase in our membership in 2019. As we grow, so does our impact. One of our focuses in encouraging physician participation in organized medicine is to involve medical students early in their training and careers. We had over 20 students at our Annual Membership Meeting. Thank you to State Volunteer Mutual Insurance for sponsoring their registrations. The Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner in December is always a great opportunity to take some time to connect with each other. I hope to see many of you there this year!
Kay H. Chandler, MD