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President’s Message


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Ryan Singerman, DO FWMS President

Happy Holidays!

I would like to provide an update to the medical society at large. Within the Board of Trustees we are diligently working on updating our bylaws, which are in desperate need of revision. We will be presenting the update for consideration and voting at the Annual Dinner in the Spring of 2019.

We are also working on safeguarding our future in the ever changing landscape of medical care and organizations. To that end we are discussing partnerships with local not-for-profits, engaging with county programs, revising our website, and have multiple members on key boards and panels at the state level. My vision for our medical society continues to be one that is engaged with our members, supporting the needs of the physician and their family, and to the broader community of patients we serve in Fort Wayne and Allen County. I continue to ask for feedback on current initiatives and for ideas and needs to be presented for us to act upon. Far too often our members feel isolated from each other and this should not be accepted as the norm. Let’s be the society that cares after its own, who encourages and lifts up, who builds and seeks to leave the community better than when we began.

That said, we often keep looking for ”someone” to do “something”. We are all “someone” to someone else. If you have a great idea then take action! Don’t know how? Call us! We can help connect people to others and resources.

Recently I was listening to a motivational speaker who was addressing physician burnout–the “Boogeyman” of medicine. She said something that really struck a chord within me. When presented with a challenging situation we have two choices. We can complain and become negative, dragging down our teams and families into a mire, remaining passive and letting it roll over you. Or we can roll up our sleeves and actively work with constructive feedback and thoughtful insight to improve the situation. I’m calling on all colleagues to roll up your sleeves and step into the leadership roles around you. We can continue to make Fort Wayne, Allen County, and Indiana an awesome place to be a physician!

May God richly bless you, your families, and our patients.