A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Greetings! My name is Dr. Erin Jefferson and I am enthused to be the incoming president of Fort Wayne Medical Society. I grew up in Indianapolis and attended Indiana University for my undergraduate studies. I had the opportunity to attended medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. I had every intention of returning to Indianapolis following my residency training. However, my experience as a family medicine resident at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program locally was very positive. I quickly changed course and identified Fort Wayne as my new home. Since my graduation from training in 2014, I had the opportunity to provide patient care both in rural and suburban settings. In 2019, I stepped into my new role as teaching faculty at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program and the medical director of the Family Medicine Center. I take an interest in the organization of medical practice and promoting the voice of the physician. In this way, I hope that my skill set will be an asset to Fort Wayne Medical Society in the year to come.
It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Sara Brown as president of Fort Wayne Medical Society. Dr. Brown was able to lead with poise and provided thoughtful consideration to all discussions and challenges that were put before her. She put forth great effort to change the by-laws of Fort Wayne Medical Society, a necessary step to modernize the organization and reflect current practice. Dr. Brown also worked tirelessly to bring consistency to the operations of Fort Wayne Medical Society and the Board of Trustees. In doing this, the organization operates more efficiently and allows us to focus on our goals and initiatives. Her reliability and approachability were appreciated and I hope to emulate the same traits.
During the last few years on the Board of Trustees of Fort Wayne Medical Society, I worked in partnership my team members to update the organization website. While I am not particularly savvy with regard to technology or graphic design, it was an enjoyable activity. I recognize that accurate and up-to-date communication via website, social media, etc. is helpful for membership engagement and elevates our presence within the community. Moving forward, I hope to continue to find new/creative ways to engage with our membership in person and virtually. I do believe that this will be even more important as we recognize that socially distanced interactions will be encouraged for the foreseeable future.
This is a unique time to serve Fort Wayne Medical Society, as this organization continues to grow and evolve. As physicians working for different organizations and in different specialties, it is comforting to know that we are united in an organization that finds our common voice and mission within the community. I have always known that the Fort Wayne Medical Society demonstrates much value to the community at large. However, I have been proud of the additional support that has been demonstrated during this COVID-19 crisis. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important that the medical community remain connected. It has been reassuring to know that we all have a place to turn when we need reliable data, guidance and support from local experts, or simply a friend during these challenging times. While the COVID-19 pandemic has been heartbreaking on many levels, the heightened sense of unity within the medical community is one silver lining.
It is safe to say that none of us know exactly what the next twelve months will bring in our community - with regards to pandemic management and economic hardships. However, I am committed to be steadfast in my devotion to my profession and our mission at Fort Wayne Medical Society. I promise to be nimble and creative when necessary in order to maintain the forward trajectory that Dr. Sara Brown worked so hard to establish. I hope to work closely with our outstanding executive director, Joel Harmeyer, to further demonstrate the value of this organization. We hope to find creative ways to spark interest in physician fellowship and the society goals and objectives. I look at the unfortunate situation related to COVID-19 as an opportunity for Fort Wayne Medical Society to step up in support of our wonderful community. Please know that my proverbial door is always open and I am open to thoughtful suggestions and communication. I look forward to working with you all!
Erin Jefferson DO