Why I joined:
As a new practicing physician in 1993, just after completing my residency and fellowship training in Rochester NY, I looked to the MCMS to help me become informed in the matters that affect the practice of medicine and identify and take action in the health care issues that affect my patients and the public of Monroe County.
MCMS helped me become not only aware of current health concerns facing our county but also gave me the information and the tools that allowed me to help inform and educate my patients. MCMS is a society that stays in the forefront of all new political changes that affect health care delivery and has been instrumental in organizing the physician community into being aware and knowledgeable as to the current issues facing medicine and how to effectively problem solve and stay current during this time. One of the smartest decisions I made was to become a member and stay a member all these years.
Why support MCMS?
It is the only organized society of its kind in our area that keeps health care providers informed and aware of current health care issues concerning the public, our specific patients, and also political changes at our local and national level regarding the practice of medicine. It gives us an organized voice to speak on current issues, express our concerns and try to problem solve in the most effective way.
As a physician with a busy practice I am always trying to navigate through the large amounts of information that I receive daily regarding my specialty and current health care issues. The news and information arrives via printed mail, email and newsletters from multiple sources. I find after reading the MCMS emails regarding current concerns or events along with the MCMS website and printed material, I get much more concise understandable information and I am much better informed.
What do you think is the most valuable benefit or service offered by MCMS?
The services MCMS provides are many and extremely valuable. MCMS provides information, and education to the health care providers in our region and also to the public. The brochures, the emails, the website, the magazine all are well done and very helpful to a practicing physician. MCMS gives me, as a physician, insight to current and future political issues that will affect and are currently affecting medicine. It provides not only education, but helps organize our physician community and gives us a voice with our local government and our local insurance companies.
I have worked with the MCMS staff on some issues that have affected our patients specifically within the field of radiology, such as a few years ago the Breast Density talking points and information put together by a committee organized by MCMS to inform physicians and all women. The committee met several times over many months and put together information regarding what breast density is, how it effects the results of a mammogram and what women and their primary care doctors should know and expect with this new law implementation.
What has MCMS done for you?
MCMS is helpful in my daily practice by providing information and education to my patients and myself on issues that are currently at the forefront, through brochures and newsletters that I make available at my facility. It offers me an organization that has the resources to help me as a physician with my current issues as I practice radiology in this community. It offers seminars and education workshops to my management staff and office staff in patient communication, in employee concerns, in billing and reimbursement current changes and many timely updates.