A message from the President
Checking in with everyone in the county. Clearly these are surreal times. Although the economic ramifications have the potential for being severe, this is a health pandemic of unprecedented size in our lifetime that has the potential to dramatically affect generations and even genders as the highest number of deaths have been among males. We have not been faced with significant thoughts of rationing healthcare, but it is upon us as we are seeing what New York is dealing with.
The ISMA has been working with the Governor’s office on ensuring compensation for telehealth visits as we try to keep non-urgent visits out of the office and I encourage you to go to the ISMA website for information as they are updating regularly. What can we do at the county level? As healthcare has become siloed and institutionalized, we are not able to communicate as effectively as physicians with each other. The curbsides have turned into Doc Halo’s text and although convenient, have distanced us more. I know many of you may not be social media fans, but it would be nice if we had a way to communicate within the county. We are going to start a trial of a physician member only Facebook group. It can be found by the name: SJCMS (Physician Member Only). You will have to request to join the page which will allow us to verify membership prior to approval. Please note, there is a public page also for the society that can be found at: St. Joseph County Medical Society. Of course, you would not share patient names online at all, but this would be a place to ask colleagues how they are dealing with different issues in our area. It can also be a place where you can communicate with the SJCMS on how we can serve you better. I know there is the Doximity platform but that is a nationwide site and many times there are issues that are not specific to where we are in the world.
We are going to delay our annual meeting, which is usually scheduled in May, until the fall with everything going on and look for suggestions on topics. Typically, in a presidential election year we have had a political round table type of event where we ask people running for office to come to the meeting for question answers type setting. If we were to ask candidates to come, it would be ideal to know there was going to be awesome support and participation from our physician members of the county.
Thank you for all that you do every day for the care of your patients. Stay strong and stay healthy!
Natali Balog, MD
Trustee, 13th District Medical Society
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