To Serve - as effective advocates for our patients and the integrity of patient-surgeon relationship.
To Promote - the health and safety of our patients, their families, our neighbors, and our communities.
To Foster - collegiality, fellowship, mentorship, and continuing medical/surgical education among our colleagues.
To Conserve - our resources of time, talent, and treasure.
From the President
It is certainly a privilege to serve as your president for the upcoming year! I want to first give many thanks to Bill Richards, MD, our immediate past president, for the job he did in representing our chapter throughout the year. His emphasis on Lobby Day, Trauma Funding and Medicaid were great examples of how our chapter can advocate for the people of Alabama. With the help of our Executive Council and chapter membership I think we should continue to work towards those policy goals. We encourage all of our members to interact with their State and National representatives through individual efforts and to participate in activities such as Lobby Day and the Advocacy and Leadership meeting in Washington, DC.
Our annual meeting was a great success with information on MACRA, MIPS and other policy issues being discussed. Clinical updates were very informative with active discussions on breast cancer, pancreatic surgery, colonic disease and ERAS to name a few. Surgical residents from The University of Alabama, The University of South Alabama and the Brookwood Baptist Health System participated in the meeting and also presented their research posters. The Chapter plans to encourage medical student and resident participation by hosting a "Career Day” program for them in the near future. A resident from each program in the state is also appointed to the Executive Council.
The Chapter plans to continue to co- host a reception at the American College of Surgeons meeting this year in Washington, DC. Please check the website for further details and join us if you plan to attend the conference. I also look forward to our 2017 Annual Meeting in Point Clear June 9 and 10. You can now obtain Self-Assessment CME credits which are required for MOC at our conference. Put the dates on your calendar!
As always, watch for our newsletters and check the website for updates and information. Please contact Lisa or myself if you have some thoughts or ideas you wish to share.
John Porterfield, M.D., FACS
Alabama Chapter, American College of Surgeons
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