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President’s Message

 

S  TTmmer 2015

Tom Kintanar, MD  FWMS Out-going President

President’s Message: Farewell

This is a short dialogue in my final message to our marvelous  Fort Wayne/Allen County Medical Society.

This past year has been a year of progress and change as we have tried to trim down our financial situation and the progress is ongoing.  I’m very proud to report that under the guidance of our treasurer, Dr. Scott Steinacker, along with the oversight of our Foundation Chair, Dr. Sharon Singleton the mission is intact.

I am very proud to turn the reins over to Dr. Ryan Singerman, whose enthusiasm and energy permeates a room when he is present.  His leadership skills will take us forward to complete the mission that we have embarked upon.  Ryan hit the road running with his keynote address from Chris Patterson, Executive Director of the Vanderburg County Medical Society in Evansville, Indiana, who presented many strategies to enhance member interest, participation, and community service.

When I started on our Medical Society Board more than 25 years ago, our seat at the corporate counsel was insured by the vision and hard work of Michael Mirro, M.D. our Medical Society President.  He subsequently appointed me to his position as Board Chair in order for him to join the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  It is this community service and involvement that has enabled our Medical Society to permeate all corners of our community.  I am confident Dr. Singerman will continue this vision.

The Medical Alliance’s projects have been highlighted by their tireless efforts in providing the medical community an introduction to medicine as a profession with the annual Doctors Day at Science Central.  Their fundraising efforts in assisting the community to serve the underserved have been recognized as an invaluable asset in reflecting the medical community’s overall support of our community.  Their efforts in assisting Indiana University School of Medicine are also very noteworthy.  In addition, Mrs. Cami Pond has taken her efforts a step further to become the AMA Alliance President.

This reflects on the overall efforts of our Medical Society Alliance and their members.  It is these efforts that I truly applaud.

If we had a Medical Society President’s Award, there  are two individuals who I would highlight to receive that award.  Number one would be Alice DiNovo, our Executive Director.  Alice has been the backbone of our organization assisting Win Rood for many years and now continuing at the helm in order to maintain our presence and visibility in the community.  The second individual who I would award would be Mrs. Betty Canavati.  Betty has been a stalwart in maintaining our Medical Society Quarterly and all of the scientific and community articles that comprise our current informatics She has proven to be a worthy successor of William Clark Jr., M.D. our previous editor.  Those individuals I would like to personally recognize and thank.

In making final comments, I can share it has been an extraordinary year and a privilege to serve as Medical Society President.  The state of our practices have changed greatly.  The challenges of the opioid crisis, payment schemes, and partial repeal of the ACA have  lead to increasing frustration with our practice environment.  Physician burnout is at an all time high.  However, I still remain eternally optimistic in that with continued mentorship of our younger colleagues and a firm belief in God, country, and service to our community, the physician servants of our community can rise to meet the challenges and changes that affront us now and for years to come.

Thank you for the opportunity of service this past year!

Ryan Singerman, DO FWMS Incoming President

President’s Message:  Greetings

I am honored and humbled to be elected as the incoming president of our Medical Society.  I have been participating with both the Fort Wayne Medical Society and the Indiana State Medical Association for several years, advocating for our physicians and patients.  Through these actions I have seen the fabric of our American healthcare system in a different light and it’s not very pretty. We are all trying to practice medicine while standing in sand that is ever shifting beneath our feet, with new regulations, mandates, financial pressures, public health concerns, and health care institutions all contributing to our daily stressors.  Most of us hate change, yet one of the few things certain in life IS change.

With change we must also be fluid, both in practice and in our Medical Society.  With nearly all physicians employed by large entities and the small practices becoming virtually extinct our Medical Society must face new challenges and shift its focus.  Physician burnout is at an all-time high.  We need to be engaging our doctors and their families early on, helping to preserve that fire before it snuffs out.  Work-life balance is an impossible task, but we can help by being a society of like-minded individuals who encourage and build each other up.

We have two large competing medical groups in town and it appears that a third will be joining the fray.  From my interactions within our society I feel that the collegiality and friendships between physicians extends well beyond the corporate boundaries regardless of competitors.  That said, our Medical Society will be the neutral ground where we can come together whether we bleed blue, red, or green, to ensure that the needs of our physicians, their families, our patients, town and county are held above any market pressure.

I would also like to see our Medical Society within the realm of research and education as well as socially.  To that end, we will be looking to hold more social events to engage our physicians and their families in order to continue building stronger bonds across the corporate lines.  As for research, we’ll be working on supporting funding and guidance for all levels, whether they be student, resident, or practicing physician who wants to expand the boundaries of medical knowledge.

Our board has been diligently working to serve our members. We have for the first time in many years gotten a working budget and are going through a foundation audit to ensure that we are compliant with state and federal laws.  We are striving to find new ways to meet the needs of our physicians and their families but we are a small group. Our bi-monthly meetings are open to ALL our members and we want your input!  Please come by, email or call with your thoughts and ideas, as any quality product is only as good as the sum of its parts.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your President.  I look forward to engaging with you over the course of the next twelve months!