2018 has been another year of transformation for Memphis Medical Society. Please read on for a recap of those moments and what’s to come in 2019, most notably our re-imagined President’s Gala on Saturday, January 26th, 6pm, Shelby Farms Park (you can RSVP here). Thank you to all of the members, staff, friends, and partners that made this year a rousing success.
Our 2018 Annual Meeting ended a fantastic presidency for Dr. Phillip Langsdon, allowing me to take the reins of our 141-year old organization. Thank you again, Dr. Langsdon for your continued service. What’s next? I hand over the reins to our new President, Dr. Jimmie Mancell at a reimagined annual gathering, The President’s Gala. All members need to attend so that we can showcase all of the Society’s accomplishments.
Our annual Day on the Hill was attended by more than 50 physicians and friends and hundreds of other physicians across the state. Join us on March 26th next year.
We launched a much-improved mdmemphis.org, that includes a searchable online member directory, blog and now includes online appointments with select members. What’s next? Reports letting our members know when their page was accessed on our site.
We launched and continued social events for smaller groups of members like Residents, Women in Medicine, and our Spouse Support Group, formerly known as The Alliance and seeking a new name. More events to come in 2019!
We began creating Thrive, our new wellbeing offering for members. Physicians need a confidential place to share thoughts and concerns in their life without fear of punitive measures coming their way. As an added bonus, the Memphis Medical Foundation will offset the costs of the program. What’s next? Thrive will launch in 2019 and we are already working toward adding a financial wellbeing component to it.
Our student chapter is as engaged as ever. Their leadership has been phenomenal, and they are even taking up their own legislative agenda, focused on Graduate Medical Education funding. What’s next? The Society is currently researching posible solutions to soften the student loan debt our members face, no matter their career stage. Stay tuned!
We continued our partnership with Tennessee Medical Association and closed one of our most successful legislative sessions ever, combating issues like scope of practice, maintenance of certification and indoor tanning. Read more here.
We launched our new Memphis MedCast podcast. Our first two episodes also included CME credit. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts. What’s next? More episodes coming in 2019!
We re-launched MEMPAC, our local political action committee. We have raised enough funds thus far to make contributions to local candidates in 2019. We still need donations and are always looking for MEMPAC/Legislative Committee members.
MedTemps, our in-house practice staffing service, enjoyed one of its most successful years to date. We keep costs low and productivity high. Call the office, and speak with Freda or Cailyn to get the support your practice needs.
If you made it this far in the email, thank you for your commitment to our organization. I know I speak for the staff and board when I say we are committed to making our members’ lives better at home and in the practice. Our doors are always open if you have suggestions for helping us do that. Stay engaged on social media and mdmemphis.org.
Here’s to making 2019 our best year yet.
Autry J. Parker, M.D.
President, Memphis Medical Society